Troy Whistman has always aimed his eyes skyward. His passion for aviation began as a child, building and flying model aircraft and rockets.
His formal aviation training began in the 1980's, while in high school. He learned to fly in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, from Paine Field in Everett, WA—where Boeing's huge 747 factory is still located to this day—and where he honed his wake turbulence avoidance skills! He moved to Tacoma, WA, finishing his private pilot rating at Tacoma Narrows International, which is perched on a carrier-like cliff several hundred feet above the waters of Puget Sound, adjacent to the famous "Galloping Gertie" Tacoma Narrows bridge, which collapsed in a wind storm just four months after it opened in 1940.
Troy moved to Texas with his family in 1999 for what was supposed to be a "one year stint", but they loved Southern people and culture so much, they ended up staying and calling Texas home. He earned his Instrument rating shortly after arriving and became active in volunteer flying, including EAA, Young Eagles, Challenge Air and Angel Flight, for whom he's flown missions since 2000. Since 2014, Troy has served as the NE Texas Wing Leader for AFSC, helping recruit and enable new volunteer pilots to support our mission.
In Troy's professional life, he is a Director for the Americas for an international data protection and information management software firm based on the east coast and leads several teams of subject matter experts that assist customers with complex architectural and business requirements. He is based out of his home office on the SE Side of the DFW metroplex and bases his Cessna TR182 out of Mid-Way Regional.
Troy would love to help you become more engaged in Angel Flight’s work in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and throughout Northeast Texas. Contact him using the form below if you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer pilot!
If you are interested in using Angel Flight's services for yourself or someone you know, please go to our Request a Flight page.
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