Hello everyone! I’m Eileen Bjorkman and I’ve been involved with aviation for most of my adult life — more than thirty years (I’ll let you do the math to figure out my age). I hold Airline Transport Pilot and Certificated Flight Instructor ratings and I have 2,000 hours of flying time. My specialties are aerobatics and tailwheel flying, and I owned a Bellanca Decathlon for eighteen years and I now have a 2003 Super Decathlon that I own in partnership with two other people.
In addition to my civilian pilot time, I was a flight test engineer in the USAF, where I had the opportunity to fly more than 700 hours in 25 different types of military aircraft, primarily the F-4, F-16, C-130, and C-141. I retired from the Air Force in 2010 as a colonel.
I have both MS and BS degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. I also have a PhD in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
I’ve had articles appear in Air & Space/Smithsonian, Aviation History, The Daily Herald (Everett, Washington) and Sport Aviation, as well as a wide variety of technical journals.