Terry has always had a love for flying. He grew up on a farm East of Galt and spent many hours watching crop dusters as they usually woke him up in the early morning hours. After graduating high school, He began a career as a firefighter in 1974, working at both Woodbridge Fire Department and Manteca-Lathrop Fire Department. In 1979, Terry switched careers and went to work for the Lodi Police Department. Although he always wanted to learn to fly, there were other family priorities.
Terry spent many enjoyable hours flying with a friend in his Cherokee Archer II until at the age of 82; his friend had to give up flying. Terry also loved to fly radio control aircraft and did so for many years. Terry’s wife Tina and his children, Travis and Tara, would often purchase some type of exciting flight for him on his birthday or Fathers Day. One of these flights was with Air Combat USA, where he got to duel it out air-to-air with another want-a-be fighter pilot. In addition, several of the flights were in ultralights out at Lodi Airport.
Terry has always loved ultralights and thought he would love to become a flight instructor when he retired from the police department. With retirement on the horizon, he began training in a Challenger 2 place. On Oct. 21, 2003, he flew solo in a CGS Hawk and became a registered (USUA) United States Ultralight Association Pilot. He then logged more than the required hours needed to start training for becoming a (BFI) Basic Flight Instructor. On Sept. 6, 2005, He completed the training and became a registered BFI with USUA (USUA #A10525). After over 30 years working in public safety and the last 27 at Lodi Police Department, Terry retired on July 6, 2006. On July 12, 2006, Terry became a licensed sport pilot and on March 9, 2007, he became a sport pilot CFI. Terry is now dedicated to providing the best training he can to new ultralight and sport pilots. Terry is a great instructor and hopes to see you soon out at the flying field. He can be contacted at terry where flying4fun dot net.