Philip ‘OP’ Oppenheimer
Philip A. “O.P.” Oppenheimer –‐‑ Lt Col, USAF (Ret) joined Aviation Performance Solutions in March 2001 as an upset recovery, aerobatics and air combat flight instructor. OP has flown and instructed in the McDonnell Douglas A‑4 since 2002 (800+ hours). He holds CFI, CFII, ATP ratings and is an FAA NVG Instructor with over 10,000 hours of flight time in 29 different aircraft.
He served a 20 year career in the United States Air Force flying the A‑10, A/OA‐‑37, and the F‑16, including a tour as an F‑16 squadron commander (309th Fighter Squadron). He also flew over 130 combat hours during Operation Desert Storm in the F‑16. He holds type ratings in the A‑4, T‑38/F‑5, A‑37, and the Beechjet 400A and has flown contract corporate positions in the King Air 200, Citation XL and Citation X. He is also a USDOI/USDA Level 1 Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) fire pilot and safety liaison having flown fires throughout the western US over the last 15 years and is currently the Chief Pilot and Director of Flight Operations for Top Aces Corp (A-4 and Alpha Jet). His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction (Texas A&M University – 1979) and a Master of Arts degree in Military Science, Air Warfare (American Military University – 1996).