Pilot Bios

Craig "HeyZuse" Ekberg

 

Craig is a FAST Instructor pilot and was one of the founding members of Tiger Squadron.   He is an experienced commercial, instrument, high-performance, complex, and tail wheel pilot, with more than 4,500 total hours and 3,500 hours of warbird flight time. He has flown many aircraft, including the Yak-50, Nanchang CJ-6A, T-28, T-34, T-33, T-6, and an Alpha Jet. Craig is an instructor for Formation flying, Tactical Formation, and Aerobatics, and he owns both a Nanchang CJ-6A and a Yak-50.

Doug "Professor" Zeissner

 

Doug is a FAST Lead pilot who flies the 1967 Nanchang #36, a modified CJ-6 with a Russian engine and a mostly original interior and system. He is a commercial, instrument, high-performance complex, tail wheel pilot.   A pilot since 1991, Doug enjoys flying formation, doing aerobatics with his son, William, and has competed in several Red Star formation challenges. Doug flies his own CJ-6, and is building a 1942 Stearman.

Gil "NAFOD" Lipaz

 

Gil is a FAST Lead pilot and flies a 1966 Nanchang CJ6A. He earned his pilot license at age 20 before enlisting in the USAF where he spent two years active duty and four years with the Air National Guard as an avionics and flight control systems technician on the F-16 and C-130 aircraft. Gil has flown many different civilian aircraft. His love for the versatile and capable Nanchang keeps him flying as often as he can.  Gil holds a commercial pilots certificate with complex/high performance ratings.  Gil is also an officer of the Red Star Pilots Association.

Dan "DAWG" Delane

 

Dan is a FAST Lead pilot who started flying Cherokee 140's while in college in 1972. The USAF taught Dan to fly the T-37, T-38, F-15 and F-5E which he flew as an Aggressor instructor at Nellis AFB. Dan worked for the airlines while flying with the Air National Guard, amassing over 10,000 hours flying big jets, but his real fun is flying his Nanchang CJ6 in formation with Tiger Squadron. Dan is an ATP, FAA-designated examiner on the MD-11 and a civilian flight instructor.

Jeffrey "Cat" Ying

 

Jeffrey began flying in 1981. His road to aviation included the creation of the first civilian aircraft designed and built in Taiwan. An avid pilot, Jeffrey's ratings include: multi-engine, instruments, rotorcraft, turbine, and is FAST Wing qualified. He recently became the first pilot of Chinese descent to fly around the world (in his single engine Piper PA 46 Malibu). Jeffrey has over 2,000 hours as a pilot. One of the most interesting aircraft that he has flown is a WW1 SE-5A. Jeffrey owns several aircraft including a French military Gazelle helicopter and a Yak 50.

James "Bear" Bu

 

James flies his 1964 Nanchang #15 with its original Chinese Housei engine and a mostly original stock configuration. James bagan flying in 2002 and has over 1,500 hours.  He holds a commercial pilots certificate with instrument/complex/high performance ratings and is FAST Lead qualified. James' maternal grandfather was a WW2 Air Force pilot who served in the Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW, 14th AF). His grandfather was one of only three surviving pilots among his class. For James, flying with Tiger Squadron is a wonderful celebration of his family's heritage.

Robin "Ebay" Hou

 

Robin flies his 1985 Nanchang #54 in its mostly original stock configuration. Robin began flying gliders in 1990 and has over 2,000 hours total time. He is a private pilot with instrument/complex/high performance ratings and is FAST Wing qualified. He enjoys maintaining his Nanchang as much as flying it. Robin also owns a Pazmany PL-1 wearing Taiwan Army livery.

Ryder "Hammer" Adams

 

Ryder flies his 1985 Nanchang CJ-6A. The aircraft has a Russian M-14P engine and original military paint scheme. He earned his private pilot’s license in January 2012 and attained his high-performance complex and multi engine rating four months later. Originally content with “normal” aircraft, Ryder was introduced to theTiger Squadron way of flying and has never looked back.  He is FAST Lead qualified and has competed at the Desert Thunder Air-to-Air tactical event. 

Guido “Rolex” Rietdyk

 

Guido flies his 1985 Nanchang CJ-6A with a high-performance M14-P Russian motor and 3-blade prop as well as a Yak 50.  A native of The Netherlands, he caught the flying bug early flying sail planes and earned skydiving certification while on military deployment in the 80’s in Northern Germany.  An experienced racecar driver and high performance driving instructor, he enjoys anything with an engine and a bit of pace.  Guido has his private pilot license and is FAST Wing qualified.

David "Sparky" Klein

 

Dave is a second generation aviator. His father flew the SNJ in the Navy and completed his career flying the 707, 720B, 727, 737 and DC-10. Dave continues his family tradition flying a 1985 Nanchang CJ-6A with a Russian M-14P engine and a Siberian paint scheme. Dave also owns a Yak 50. In addition to being FAST Wing qualified, he holds a Private Pilot license as well as instrument, tail wheel, complex and high performance ratings.

Wayne “Parkher” Grau

 

Wayne started flying in 1998 and currently flies a Bonanza A36 as well as the 1985 Nanchang CJ-6A with the original Chinese military paint scheme and the Russian M-14P engine.  With over 2000 hours he has his private pilot, instrument, high performance, and complex ratings and is FAST Wing qualified.  Wayne says that after watching the Tiger Squadron over fly the Torrance airport for years he decided to take a ride, one ride was all it took.

Brad "Squat" Ammann

 

Brad has been a pilot for over 12 years and flies his 1985 Nanchang CJ6A.  Brad has his commerical, instrument and complex/high performance ratings as well as his FAST Wing qualification.  Brad also owns a Malibu Matrix.

Michael "Pipes" Li-Paz

 

Michael, the son of an Air Force officer, grew up in a military environment  and learned to fly at a young age.  He joined the Air Force and served for 8 years followed by another 12 years in the reserves.  "Pipes" holds a commercial and instrument pilot certificate for single engine airplane, land and sea.  Michael flew the Nanchang CJ6A for several years before purchasing his Yak18T.  He enjoys flying with Tiger Squadron and especially with his son and fellow team member, Gil "NAFOD" Lipaz.

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