Lt Col David S. English

Lt Col English is the Director of Safety for Civil Air Patrol Southeast Region.  A 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve, he became interested in serving Civil Air Patrol after retiring from a 22-year career as a pilot with United Parcel Service.  He was Safety Officer and a Mission Pilot with GA072, Brunswick Senior Squadron, based at Saint Simons Island, GA.  Most recently, Lt Col English served as Assistant Standardization/Evaluation officer for Georgia Wing. 


During his Air Force career, Lt Col English actively promoted a positive and proactive safety culture including writing articles for Strategic Air Command’s Combat Crew safety magazine.  He and his crew were recognized twice as Crews of Merit by SAC Safety Screen.  In 1997, he accepted the position of Deputy Chief of Flying Safety at HQ 10thAir Force, Air Force Reserve Command, at NAS JRB Ft. Worth, TX.  He attended the Air Combat Command Safety Management Course, Air Force Chief of Safety course, and was trained as a Department of Transportation-Certified Risk Management Facilitator.  He became Chief of Flying Safety and Deputy Chief of Safety at 10th Air Force and was instrumental in creating the Risk Management program for Schedulers and Operations Officers.  His risk management background was essential in creating a program to allow Reserve A-10 pilots to fly all-weather operational and training missions after a series of attitude indicator failures threatened mission readiness.  His efforts demonstrated that high-tempo, high-risk missions can be performed safely and effectively by incorporating risk management principles in the planning and execution process.


Lt Col English has over 15,000 hours in T-37s, T-38s, B-52s, B-1s, EMB 120 Brasilia regional airliners, Douglas DC-8 freighters, and the freighter versions of the Boeing 727, 757, and 767 aircraft.  He has flown as pilot-in-command of the Beechcraft King Air 300-series, and the Pilatus PC-12 in private passenger operations.  He is a qualified CAP SAR/DR Mission Pilot and Form 5 Check Pilot in the Cessna 172 and 182/G1000.  He served as Air Operations Branch Director during the Southeast Region deployment to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  He has received numerous awards and decorations, including the CAP Exceptional Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Force Air Medal.  He is currently an Aviation Lecturer at Middle Georgia State University’s Eastman Flight Campus, teaching Meteorology, Regulations and Safety.  He enjoys flying his SOCATA Rallye 220, travel and boating with his wife, Alysia (also a CAP member).