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David ‘Zog’ Carroll


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Upon retiring from his 25-year Air Force career, Mr. Carroll wasted no time in immersing himself in the civil aviation instruction culture. He rapidly earned his CFI, CFII, MEI, and Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) ratings. He became a member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators (SAFE) and the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). As a testament to his commitment and professionalism as an instructor, Mr. Carroll achieved accreditation as a Master CFI – Aerobatic three times. To help put this achievement in proper perspective, there are approximately 97,000 CFIs in the United States. Fewer than 800 of those have achieved Master CFI distinction thus far, and worldwide only 82 have earned the credential three (3) times. David Carroll is one of only 32 worldwide to earn aerobatic accreditation.

David’s previous roles at APS include Advanced Instructor Pilot, Simulator Instructor, Upgrade Instructor, Check Airman, and Director of Training Programs. He stepped away from APS for a time to focus on educational and personal goals. Now David has returned to APS to provide oversight, quality assurance, and instructor upgrade training for UPRT and the Deputy Senior UPRT Instructor at the CAE Dothan Training Center.

David has accumulated nearly 6,000 hours in fighters, trainers, and civil aircraft, including over 2,300 instructor flight hours.

Instructor Experience

  • Over 1,500 flight hours providing Upset Prevention and Recovery Training
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) / Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) / Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) / Instrument Instructor (CFII)
  • 3-time Master CFI Aerobatic Accreditation


  • Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
  • The International Aerobatic Club (IAC)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  • Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)


  • BAS: Aviation, Leadership and Management, University of Minnesota
  • MAS: Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • PhD(c) in Aviation: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Military Experience

  • Retired US Air Force, 25 yrs. service: T-37, T-38, A-10, F-15E
  • 267 Combat Hours / 58 Combat Sorties (Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Northern Watch / Operation Southern Watch)
  • T-38 Instructor Pilot and Pilot Instructor Training Instructor
  • Allied Air Forces Central Europe Tactical Leadership Program
  • Wing Flight Safety Officer (F-15E), 4th FW, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (AFB), NC
  • Assistant Operations Officer (F-15E), 391st FS, Mountain Home AFB, ID
  • Assistant Operations Officer (T-38C), 25th FTS, Vance AFB, OK
  • Director of Staff, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance AFB, OK
  • Air Staff Deputy Division Chief, AF/A10, Pentagon
  • Graduate: Air Command and Staff College, Air War College

Flight Experience

  • Airline Transport Pilot – B-737, EMB145 Type Ratings
  • Endorsements: Tailwheel, Complex, High Performance
  • Nearly 6,000 flight hours

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