Joe began his aviation career as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol and earned his pilot’s license when he was 16. Joe won an Air Force ROTC scholarship to the University of Virginia and was briefly involved with pilot training for the Air Force when the Vietnam War ended. Instead of continuing with an Air Force career, Joe decided to pursue his commercial ratings at Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. Joe graduated from that program with his Commercial Pilot rating, Multiengine Rating, Certified Flight Instructor Rating, Multiengine Instructor Rating and Advanced Ground Instructor Rating.
Joe then flew as a charter and corporate pilot for a number of years in Alabama and Virginia, totaling more than 10000 hours of commercial flying, much of which were in multiengine aircraft. When not flying corporate aircraft, Joe also served as a flight instructor and had the privilege of signing off many students for different flight ratings. For a time period Joe also taught ground school at a local college in Alabama.
When one of his sons decided he wanted to pursue his pilot’s license, Joe once again joined Civil Air Patrol to assist his son in obtaining his ratings. Joe and Doug met more than 20 years ago through CAP and have been flying together ever since. Joe is now the chief check pilot for DBL and flies as captain in the company managed Cirrus SR22s, Piper Matrix, Piper Malibu, Cessna 421, Pilatus PC12, and as SIC on the Cessna Citation.
Captain Robert Slowik graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1970 (B.S. Aerospace Engineering) and later completed the Aviation Safety and Aircraft Accident Investigation course at the U.S. Navy Post Graduate School in Monterrey, CA. He served twenty-six years in the U.S. Navy, twenty of which included duty as a flight instructor and a carrier-based attack pilot. With the easy part behind him, he worked for four different airlines, retiring as a captain from Delta Air Lines in 2011.
While flying a full line schedule, Bob also served as Training Programs Coordinator for the Air Line Pilots Association, managing the development and presentation of seven airline safety management and accident investigation courses. He brought his military and airline training and operational experience to the DBL Aviation team in 2009 and currently serves as Chief Pilot. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with type ratings in the A-320, ATR-42, ATR-72, CE-550, DC-9 and Lear Jet and flies as captain in the company managed Cirrus SR22s, Piper Matrix, Piper Malibu, Cessna 421, and Cessna Citation II.