Our Pilots

    1. Dan is a third-generation pilot whose father and grandfather flew for commercial airlines. He grew up around airplanes and remembers wanting to be a pilot by the time he was eight years old. His first flying job, over 20 years ago, was as a flight instructor for AeroSchellville. “Schellville was my style. We flew Stearmans and other tail draggers on gravel runways.”

    2. Dan has an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with 8,500 hours of flight time, 4,000 of them in classic aircraft. He owns a North American P-51D Mustang and a North American SNJ-5. Though he flies Boeing 737’s for a major commercial airline, antique aircraft have always held a special attraction. “They represent an interesting era and are well made. In many ways, they’re more demanding to fly than the bigger jets where you spend many hours on autopilot. Antique aircraft are just fun to fly.”

Dan Vance

Santa Rosa, CA

Pilot, Aircraft Technician (A&P)