Chris began flying at the age of 15 and became hopelessly hooked on flying. He started flying in Waukegan, IL, and worked as a linesman throughout high school. He earned his private pilot certificate before graduating. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona for a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Flight. During the summers, he interned at a warbird museum working on antique military aircraft during airshows, and assisting with normal flight operations. As part of the Flight minor at Embry-Riddle, Chris earned his Instrument through Multi-Engine Commercial ratings in the Cessna and Diamond aircraft.
After graduating, Chris began a career at Garmin AT in Salem as an engineer. He now works as a Flight Test Engineer on various Garmin avionics systems. He earned his CFI and CFII in 2014 after moving to Oregon, and loves flying in the northwest. Although Chris works full-time at Garmin, he loves flying and instructing in evenings and on weekends. He has flown charter out of Aurora in a Phenom 300, and trips in King Airs. When not flying, Chris can be found skiing, hiking, and taking pictures.