Pilots Online Academy

Doug Daniel founded Pilots Online Academy to compensate for the quite understandable omissions of commercial flight schools.

"To teach you every bit of airmanship you need to get licensed" is Pilots Online Academy's mission.

This mission was derived from the realization that the more any pilot knows about flying, the better, safer and more self-confident he or she will be. This realization was brought home by an nearly fatal landing in conditions that Doug was not properly trained for nor was he required to be trained for.

As a flight instructor, Doug came to realize that the more a pilot knows before each flying lesson, the more he or she will learn from that lesson. This compelled him to write eBooks and prepare several online courses.

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Doug professional career started at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked as a technician, senior mathematician and managed projects advancing Internet technology.

Commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he was called to active duty during the Vietnam War.

After returning to LLNL he used his veterans benefits to get his commercial pilot license with single engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. He continued his training to be awarded a flight instructor license also with single engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. He has accumulated over 2,400 hours of which over 1,000 are as a flight instructor.

He stayed in the Army Reserve where he was call to active duty twice more, held a total of three Special Operating Forces commands in combat zones and retired as a colonel.

He continued to work in research until the lure of Silicon Valley pulled him into several executive positions then serial entrepreneurship.