Local Flight Training Aurora Aviation Oregon Airport Charter Services
22785 Airport Road NE
P.O. Box 127
Aurora, Oregon 97002
Telephone (503) 678-1217
Fax (503) 678-1219
I became part of the Aurora Aviation team in February 2004. I grew up in Sherwood back when it was a very small town. After being a stay at home Mom for 20 years I began working with CPA’s doing public accounting for a variety of businesses. I had no previous experience in aviation. I’ve had some great opportunities since working here such as flying in a B-24 Boomer and a North American AT6. I’ve met and worked with a lot of great and interest people here. I now live in beautiful Newberg. This is a great place to work and I hope to remain employed here until I retire or expire.
It was preparing for college that introduced Chris to a local corporate pilot who offered him a summer internship in back in Waukegan working on antique military aircraft as part of an all-flying museum. He worked at the Warbird Heritage Foundation for several years during summer vacations, learning about various jet and prop warbirds, helping maintaining the aircraft, cleaning the aircraft, and performing ground crew operations at airshows like Oshkosh, and every once and a while flying a few of the jets and prop aircraft with their pilots. As part of the Flight minor at Embry-Riddle, Chris earned his Instrument through Multi-Engine Commercial ratings in the Cessna and Diamond aircraft. He started work on his CFI while at ERAU, but had to take a break from Embry-Riddle’s flight program during his senior year of engineering, where he helped design a lightweight fighter jet as his senior project, and worked on the CFI certificate at Northaire Aviation in Prescott instead. Graduation came before he could finish, and once again put a hold on the CFI/CFII until he found his new home in Oregon.
After graduating college, Chris began a career at Garmin AT, in Salem, now working as a project lead certifying retrofit avionics. He has the chance to work with all different types of avionics Garmin designs, and the variety of aircraft they can be installed in. He works full-time at Garmin, but loves flying and instructing in evenings and on weekends. He finished his CFI and CFII in Oregon. Besides flying, he is an avid downhill skier, loves to hike and be outdoors, and has started to get into photography, but has a lot to learn still. Chris joined the Aurora Aviation team late in 2014 and is very excited to be a part of the Aurora Aviation team!
In 2005 he moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL and worked as a pilot and flight instructor at a busy Part 141 Flight school. Instructing allows him to pursue his goal to always be learning and improving in the field of aviation. Jose now holds an ATP and Gold Seal Flight Instructor rating for single and multiengine airplanes and has logged more than 2,000 hours as an instructor. He is proud to be a part of the Aurora Aviation team after moving back to Oregon with his native Oregonian wife and daughter.