About the Author Byron Gene Fish entered the aviation field at the age of 16. He was initially trained in a Boeing PT-17 trainer, and later received his private pilot certificate in an Ercoupe 415D. He entered the Air Force to attend AF pilot training, and earned his wings and a commission as a pilot. His career was cut short with the 1962 personnel reduction in the Air Force, and he returned to the enlisted ranks to become a performance flight engineer. After retiring from the Air Force, he accepted employment with Saudi Arabian Airlines as a ground performance instructor. He then returned to the United States to work for Boeing. Following retirement from Boeing, he joined Flight Safety International in Seattle as a ground and flight simulator instructor. When FSI and Boeing merged, he remained with FSI as Director of Training and Standards. He retired in 2010 after a back injury. Gene recognized the value of education, and enrolled in college wherever he was located. He eventually completed degrees in psychology (BS, MS, and PhD) and aeronautical engineering (BS, MS, PhD). He and his wife, Rosaly, live in Normandy Park, Washington.