Aerial Transport Personnel
Van Pray Jr.
Airline Transport Pilot, Aircraft and Powerplant mechanic with Inspector Authorization,
Senior Parachute Rigger, Accelerated Freefall Instructor,
Strong Tandem Instructor, Static line Instructor
I was born into aviation at Edwards Air force Base and lived 20
miles North in California City. The Mojave Desert where my father was the Airport
Manager and operated a small skydiving center was a great place for me to learn
about General and Experimental Aviation. By the age of ten I was driving drop
zone truck, packing parachutes, cleaning aircraft parts, and fetching tools. In
1987 I received my A&P and shortly thereafter Pilots licenses and
Jumpmaster ratings. I maintained and flew my fathers Twin Otter, Cessna 206,
C-150 and was given the opportunity to fly King Airs, DC-3s, Convairs, and
numerous other aircraft over the years. Fixing and flying aircraft for air-taxi
and government contractors increased my knowledge and understanding of the
logistics and operating cost over a wide range of aircraft. Lockheed Martin
hired me to fly for NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in 1999 as a Mission
Management Pilot on the King Air 200 and C-12s. I upgraded to Aircraft Commander
six months later and remained there until budget cutbacks from the loss of the
Orbiter Columbia. I followed my wife to St Louis and flew as co-pilot on the
Embraer regional jet for one year.
I always remained active at drop zones and decided to operate my own business to fulfill the needs of
the skydiving community by providing safe and reliable aircraft.
Van Pray Jr.'s resume: HTML PDF
My background in Skydiving and Flying Experience
Hello, I'm Emiko. I started skydiving in 1988 in Japan. Then a
few years later, I came to California and got my Static Line and Accelerated Freefall instructor
ratings and also worked as a Tandem instructor and freefall photographer. I had a great
passion about skydiving and by the year of 2004 I logged almost
3000 jumps. My interest gradually shifted to flying, and I took my first flight lesson in
November 2002. Six months later I obtained my private pilot license and several years later my
instrument, commercial, and multi-engine rating. My father-in-law gave me my first
flying job, flying for skydivers in Cessna 206. He also gave me an oppourtunity
to fly a Twin Otter. Around that time, I stopped skydiving and
concentrated on flying. My second aviation job was to fly Cessna 402s with
Japanese tourists from Southern California to the Grand Canyon. This job was so much
fun that every morning I got up feeling that I couldn't wait to go to work!
After being a canyon pilot, I moved up to a commuter airline job in St. Louis, MO.
I became a captain on the 30 passenger Jetstream 41 and flew in the midwest area. I also flew
a Senaca II for an Air Taxi company in New England area in the summer of 2005. At this unique
operation I flew from a 2300 foot runway from a small island to a number of
large airports such as JFK in New York and Boston's Logan airport for exclusive customers.
Mr. Chevy Chase was one of our important clients.
Now, I am very excited about flying the ATC Cessna 206 for skydivers again. I came back to
where I started. But this time, I will be bringing this experience and knowledge to the
operation of ATC's C206.