About Rick

Private Pilot License: September 1, 2011

Next Rating/Goal: Complex/High-Performance Endorsement

Home Airport: ETB – West Bend, Wisconsin (West Bend Air, Inc)

Number of PIC hours: 93 as of 1/21/2013

Photo Op After First Solo Flight

Very happy after first solo flight on November 10, 2010

As a child growing up in south eastern Wisconsin, I took for granted the wonderful abundance of general aviation activity in my back yard every summer.  I remember frequent visits to the EAA each year with relatives who lived in Fond du Lac.  After many years of dreaming I finally pursued my pilot license.  I am still in the infancy stages of any aviation career with many more goals yet, this “License to Learn” has been one of my greatest joys in life.

When I’m not flying, I am working and have been interested in computers almost as long as airplanes.  I consider “Company Computer Guy” my day job to support my flying habit.  I have a programming and development background with a strong knowledge of networks and servers.

Key Skills

  • Java Development
  • Network Infrastructure (Wired and Wireless)
  • Operations (ERP) systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Database Administration
  • Voice over IP
  • VMWare
  • Android

Specific Experience

  • Java API for remote SAP ABAP execution.
  • Mitel 5000CP Phone system, Inter-Tel Axxess PBX
  • Eclipse development environment.
  • ManageEngine AppManager, Netflow Monitor
  • WebFOCUS Reporting tool by Information Builders
  • Pentaho OpenSource BI Reporting
  • BIRT reporting tool with Eclipse
  • SAP BI
  • Apache Tomcat versions 5, 5.5 and 6
  • Apache http server version 2.x, virtual hosts, SSL, LDAP, SVN, Reverse Proxy, mod_jk
  • Samba Server
  • MySQL server, NDB Cluster
  • AS/400, DB2
  • Suse Linux, SLES, OpenSuse 10.x, 11.x, Redhat Linux
  • FreeBSD, NetBSD Unix
  • Windows 95, Windows 98, windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Group Policy, Custom software installation deployments (msi,mst)
  • Network Logon scripts using KiXtart
  • Cisco IOS, ASA.  VPN, QoS, VLAN
  • Virus, AdWare, and Malware safe removal
  • Android app design, development and publishing

I hope to some day combine my background in computer systems with my passion for aviation into a career.  If you have an aviation related project that needs Information Technology support, I am interested in hearing from you.



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