Patrick T. Carey is a professional pilot who served 20 years in the military as a dual rated Master Army Aviator. His military awards include the Bronze Star, 2 awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, and 38 Air Medals, 2 for Valor, and several service and campaign ribbons. He was also awarded a direct commission from Chief Warrant Officer to First Lieutenant following his combat tour in Vietnam.
Since his retirement at the rank of Major in 1987, he has worked in the aviation industry in the Los Angeles area. He has been a Test Pilot, Corporate Pilot, and Flight Instructor. For twenty eight years he served as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) flight test over 4,000 applicants for pilot certifications. His two years as an FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) Test Pilot were during his five years as a Gulfstream Production Test Pilot. He has owned his own flight school. As a Corporate Pilot, he has been an FAA Chief Pilot, Director of Operations, and Check Airman for three different companies all of which he started from scratch. He has over 32,000 hours of flight experience in helicopters and airplanes. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate in Single and Multiengine Airplanes, with 9 Airplane Type Ratings. He is Commercial Pilot rated in Helicopters, and is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor in both Airplanes and Helicopters.
Pat has served on the Board of the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA), and is a Life Member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA). He has served on the Board of the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Hawthorne Planning Commission and the Hawthorne Airport Zoning Commission. In 2000 he ran the successful campaign to keep the Hawthorne Airport open, winning 71 % of the in the voters in the City of Hawthorne to keep the airport open.
Pat holds a BS Degree in Business Management from Cameron University, Lawton, OK, and a MS Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Certificate of Completion from the University of Southern California, School of Aviation Safety Management.