Bill ‘Borneo’ Gregory

Advanced Instructor Pilot

Bill ‘Borneo’ Gregory

William Gregory, Manager of Business Development – Adventure at APS, has been involved in the Aerospace Industry and an aviator for approximately forty years. Mr. Gregory has a uniquely diverse background in aerospace on the business side and the operational aspect in the air.

In 1979, Bill earned a B.S. Degree in Engineering Sciences as a Distinguished Graduate from the United States Air Force Academy, graduating 15th of 900 in his class. Bill was selected by the Colorado Board of Engineers as the Outstanding Engineering Graduate and also received a Guggenheim Fellowship to attend Columbia University, resulting in an M.S. Degree in Engineering in 1980. He then attended US Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training, flying the T-37 and supersonic T-38 aircraft at Williams Air Force Base, now Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport where APS headquarters is located. .

Bill flew operational tours as a fighter/instructor pilot in the F-111D/F aircraft in its role of low level navigation and attack in night and weather conditions at RAF Lakenheath in England and Cannon AFB in New Mexico. While in England, Gregory completed another M.S. Degree in 1984, this time in Business Management from Troy University, with a perfect 4.0 GPA. In 1987 he attended the USAF Test Pilot School and remained at Edwards AFB, flying all models of the F-15, F-4, and A-7 aircraft. Mr. Gregory has flown in excess of 40 different aircraft throughout his career.

In 1990 Gregory was selected by NASA as a Space Shuttle Astronaut Pilot in the 13th Group of Astronauts. His training culminated with a flight as Pilot of Endeavour [OV-105] on mission STS-67 in March of 1995. The flight set a shuttle endurance record of 16 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes, and 46 seconds while completing 262 orbits of the Earth and traveling nearly seven million miles. He was responsible for executing over 200 flawless maneuvers by the shuttle to acquire target galaxies, some 130 million light years away. As the NASA Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch Chief, he supervised over twenty astronauts and engineers responsible for the production and operation of all NASA’s manned spacecraft. This branch was tasked with vehicle-systems oversight to ensure mission success and crew safety. Gregory was selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel in 1998.

Upon retiring from NASA and the US Air Force in 1999, Mr. Gregory began a new career in business development for the aerospace industry. He worked for Honeywell Defense & Space for nine years, attaining the role of Senior Manager of Marketing. The culmination of his efforts were realized in August 2006 when Honeywell, as the Avionics lead for the Lockheed Martin CEV [Orion] team, was awarded a role in excess of $700 Million. Following his success at Honeywell, Gregory served as Vice President of Business Development for two Tempe, AZ firms, Micro-Tronics and Qwaltec, each for two years.

Since joining APS in April 2013, Gregory has attained over 1500 hours in the Extra-300L aircraft. He is a Master CFI Aerobatic and spends the majority of his time instructing students in the aircraft and the classroom.


Instructor Experience

  • Master Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Aerobatic
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
  • Instructor Course Graduate – F-111D/F (1000+ Hours)
  • Sailplane Instructor Pilot – 850+ Sorties

Education

  • BS: Engineering Sciences, USAF Academy, 1979, Distinguished Graduate
  • MS: Engineering, Columbia University, 1980, Guggenheim Fellowship Scholar
  • MS: Business Management, Troy University, 1984, Honor Graduate [4.0]
  • Certified Professional Engineer [PE] State of Colorado

Honors/Organizations

  • Arizona Governor’s Commission for Aerospace & Defense [2014 – present]
  • Recipient of the 1996 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Recipient of Honeywell Sales Excellence Award, Team Achievement Award, and Top Performer Award
  • Recipient of Honeywell New Inventor Award for US Patent # US7,777,666 [2008]
  • Outstanding Engineering Graduate, Colorado [1979]
  • Board of Directors for the Challenger Space Center [2010 – present]
  • Board of Advisors for TISTA Technology and Technology Corporation [2013 – present]
  • Former Eagle Scout

Flight Experience

  • B-737 Type Rating
  • 8000+ Hours (6000+ Jet and Piston Aerobatic)
  • 400 Hours in Space as an Astronaut Pilot

Military Experience

  • 20+ Years Active Air Force – Retired as Lieutenant Colonel
  • Fighter/Instructor/Test/Astronaut Pilot
  • Squadron Officer School [DG]/Air Command & Staff College/Air War College
  • Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, among others