David ‘Zog’ Carroll

Dothan APS Deputy Senior UPRT Instructor

David ‘Zog’ Carroll

David “Zog” Carroll, Dothan APS Deputy Senior UPRT Instructor, has accumulated tremendous depth and breadth of aviation experience. With a father who was extremely active in Civil Air Patrol, Mr. Carroll was exposed to aviation at an early age. Interest turned to activity when David began flight lessons at 16 years old, and earned his private pilot license at 17 while working at a fixed-base operator (FBO) in North Phoenix. He graduated top in his Aviation Maintenance Technology class from Northrop University, and received his Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic rating. Subsequently, he worked for two major airlines in heavy maintenance, sheetmetal repair, backshop component repair, and as a maintenance crew team lead mechanic. During this time, David also attended Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Minnesota, earning both a Bachelor of Applied Studies in Aviation Leadership and Management, and a commission and pilot slot from the Air Force.

Mr. Carroll attended Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Vance Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma. His first assignment was the A-10 Thunderbolt II, at Royal Air Force (RAF) Alconbury in the United Kingdom. During this assignment, David achieved 4-ship flight lead status while still a Lieutenant, a significant achievement. Next, Mr. Carroll was assigned as a UPT Instructor Pilot (IP) to Columbus AFB, Mississippi. He excelled in the training environment, and was subsequently selected to become an “instructor of instructors” at Pilot Instructor Training, located at Randolph AFB, Texas. Wanting to continue to broaden his horizons, Mr. Carroll added an Airline Transport Pilot with Boeing 737 type rating to his civilian certificates during this time, as well as completing a Master of Aeronautical Science with an Operations Specialization from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Next, David flew the F-15E Strike Eagle in two operational tours. In the Strike Eagle, he gained significant experience with glass cockpit operations. He also gained valuable management skills overseeing scheduling, training, and safety programs at various times. During multiple contingency deployments, Mr. Carroll accumulated over 260 Combat hours during nearly 60 combat missions. On the civil side, David began flying various civilian aircraft, including a BT-13 (WWII trainer) with the Commemorative Air Force, as well as restoring and flying his own 1947 North American Navion.

His leadership and program management skills were honed in assignments as a detachment commander, assistant operations officer, range and airspace officer, deputy group commander, Inspector General, Director of Staff, and culminated as Deputy Division Chief for Nuclear Capabilities in the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence, and Nuclear Integration.

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. 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. David Carroll is also one of only 32 worldwide to earn aerobatic accreditation.

David has accumulated over 4,000 hours in fighters, trainers, and civil aircraft. He also has over 1,400 instructor flight hours.


Instructor Experience:

  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) / Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) / Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) / Instrument Instructor (CFII)
  • 3-Time Master CFI Aerobatic


  • Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
  • The International Association of Coaching (IAC)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)


  • BAS: Aviation, Leadership and Management, University of Minnesota
  • MAS: Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Flight Experience:

  • Transport Pilot – B-737 Type Rating
  • Endorsements: Tailwheel, Complex, High Performance
  • 3,500+ flight hours

Military Experience:

  • Retired 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