"Pitchlock Pete" Bruno

The Creator and Host of the Hangar Deck Podcast is a "Retired" U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and Graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). "Pitchlock" Pete has over 5,000 flight hours as a U.S. Navy P-3C Flight Engineer and SH-3D/H Crew Chief and Rescue Swimmer. 

He currently is a Department Managing Director for an Aviation Defense Contractor and specializes in Engineering Support, Technical Documentation Development and Systems Engineering for many Department of Defense Agencies. 

Specializations include Innovative Aviation Technologies to include Technical Data Development/Management, Instructional Systems Design/Computer Based Training , Aircrew and Maintenance Operating Procedures development, Interactive Technical Manual Development (S1000D) and Aviation Tablet Technologies (Electronic Flight Technologies).

"Fast Eddie" Simila

Co-Host of the Hangar Deck Podcast, Fast Eddie is a US Naval Academy graduate and Retired USNR Commander and US Navy Pilot. Fast Eddie has accumulated over 9,000 Flight Hours in US Navy P-3C, C-130T and various Commercial and Training Aircraft.

As a United Airlines Pilot, Ed’s specific experience is with the Boeing 737 and Airbus A-319/320 Type series aircraft.

He currently is an Aviation and Aerospace Analyst specializing in Flight Operations, Aircrew Flight Manuals, Flight Clearances and Crew Resource Management Standards.

 

"Raging Rick" Pretsch

Raging Rick started his aviation career as a lineman in Kissimmee, FL washing, waxing and fueling airplanes for his uncle's FBO.  He quickly earned his ratings and worked as a CFI and CFII while attending Arizona State University.   Upon joining the United States Air Force, Rick accumulated over 3,000 hrs in the F-4 and F-16 Fighter Jets graduating from the USAF Fighter Weapons School Instructor Course and serving a tour in an operational test squadron where he specialized in fighter tactics development.

Not ready to hang up his flying jacket, Raging Rick started his commercial aviation career with American Airlines where he flew and earned type ratings in the MD-80, B-737,B-757/767 and B-777. Rick retired as a B-737 Captain after accumulating over 14,000 hrs.

Still wanting to be part of the aviation community, Rick teamed up with Fast Eddie on the USN P-8 program writing Aircrew Flight Manuals and spearheading with the Electronic Flight Bag program to include performance supplement management and development of the US Navy's most advanced surveillance aircraft.  He is currently retired and living with his college sweetheart in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Jeff "Hobie" Hobrath Co-Host Jeff Hobrath is a Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and a accomplished Graphic Artist who joined the team in 2016 . His childhood dream was to serve in the United States Navy and Jeff joined the Navy in 1981, at the age of 17 and shipped off to bootcamp in February 1982.   Jeff's military service revolved around Naval Aviation, specifically Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS) dealing with Aircrew Survival and equipment on America's most advanced weapons systems including carrier based aircraft such as the F-4 Phantom, F-14 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, EA-6B Prowler, F-5 Tigershark and F/A-18 Hornet.  He served in various commands and duty stations including Recruit Training Command Great Lakes Illinois, Naval Air Technical Training Center Lakehurst New Jersey, Naval Air Station Miramar Califronia, Naval Air Station Glenview Illinois, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove Pennsylvania, Fighter Squadron Twenty One (VF-21), Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five One (VR-51), Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Two (VR-52), the aircraft carriers USS Constellation (CV-64) and the USS Coral Sea (CV-43).  Deployed around the world several times in various operations.  While stationed at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Jeff was selected as “Sailor of the Year” and promoted to Chief. He currently is a Art Director for an Aviation Defense Contractor and specializes in illustrations, technical drawings, web sites, page layout, cartoons, and logos.  Jeff has 30+ years experience as a leader and senior graphic artist in both government and commercial environments.  He thrives on all things creative and is a great addition to the Hangardeck Podcast Team.

Jeff "Hobie" Hobrath

Co-Host Jeff Hobrath is a Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and a accomplished Graphic Artist who joined the team in 2016 . His childhood dream was to serve in the United States Navy and Jeff joined the Navy in 1981, at the age of 17 and shipped off to bootcamp in February 1982.   Jeff's military service revolved around Naval Aviation, specifically Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS) dealing with Aircrew Survival and equipment on America's most advanced weapons systems including carrier based aircraft such as the F-4 Phantom, F-14 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, EA-6B Prowler, F-5 Tigershark and F/A-18 Hornet.

 He served in various commands and duty stations including Recruit Training Command Great Lakes Illinois, Naval Air Technical Training Center Lakehurst New Jersey, Naval Air Station Miramar Califronia, Naval Air Station Glenview Illinois, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove Pennsylvania, Fighter Squadron Twenty One (VF-21), Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five One (VR-51), Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Five Two (VR-52), the aircraft carriers USS Constellation (CV-64) and the USS Coral Sea (CV-43).  Deployed around the world several times in various operations.  While stationed at NAS JRB Willow Grove, Jeff was selected as “Sailor of the Year” and promoted to Chief.

He currently is a Art Director for an Aviation Defense Contractor and specializes in illustrations, technical drawings, web sites, page layout, cartoons, and logos.  Jeff has 30+ years experience as a leader and senior graphic artist in both government and commercial environments.  He thrives on all things creative and is a great addition to the Hangardeck Podcast Team.

 

Andy (Whitey) White

Co-Host of the Hangar Deck Podcast. After toiling with aviation related nicknames (“Anhedral Andy”, “Aileron Andy”…) we came to the conclusion that the name “Andy” is just not complimentary to anything aviation related…so we fell back on what has stuck throughout his military career.

Whitey is a retired U.S. Navy First Class Petty Officer and Aircrewman, with 4000+ hours of flight time as an E-6A/B TACAMO Reel Operator and P-3C Orion Flight Engineer.

In addition to his Naval Aviation background Whitey has also worked in the commercial aircraft industry as an A&P mechanic for Boeing and Fed Ex.

When not working on real aircraft, he is an avid scale modeler reproducing museum quality renditions of aircraft from the WWII era through modern jets.  He is currently a Defense Contractor providing technical support to the U.S. Navy.

The Hangardeck Podcast Website photographs are provided by Andy White Photography and are copyrighted. 

"Jackscrew Jesse" Olmstead

Co-host of the Hangar Deck Podcast.  Jackscrew Jesse is a retired Chief Petty Officer from the United States Navy.  He served as an Aviation Electrician and Flight Engineer in both SH-60B’s and the P-3 Orion.    Jackscrew Jesse has over 5,000 flight hours as a Flight Engineer, plus was awarded an Air Medal and Navy Commendation Medal with Valor.  Jesse is a certified FAA A&P mechanic and holds a B.S in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Every great team needs a comedic relief, and Jackscrew Jesse is ours.  After fulfilling his time in the U.S. Navy as the undisputed, self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Flight Engineer, he packed up his kayak and fishing poles and moved North to the Technology Corridor of Southern Maryland to continue his work in the aviation industry.

 

"Chopper Mike" Nelson

Co-Host of the Hangar Deck Podcast. Chopper Mike served with the U.S. Navy as an Electrician's Mate for nearly 10 years worked on multiple U.S. Navy platforms as a technician and QA Representative.  He holds two degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to include a B.S. of Professional Aeronautics and M.A.S. of Aeronautical Science with emphasis on Aviation Training Systems.

Chopper Mike is currently a Systems Engineer supporting the U.S. Navy Helicopter Fleet providing avionics and electrical engineering support for the H-60 program. 

A lead Electrical Engineer he has expert knowledge of glass-cockpit systems for advanced helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

 
 

Brad Hayes

Brad is the executive director for the Naval Air Museum Barbers Point.  Growing up and coming from an old Hawaiian family, Brad was born in Honolulu and had the aviation bug early in his life growing up near MCAS K-bay he witnessed U.S. Marine Corps F-4S Phantoms, CH-46 Sea Knights, and CH-53 Sea Stallions daily flying from the base near his home in Kaneohe. 

Brad joined the US Marine Corps and served his country during the 90s.  He served as a communicator and earned the MOS 0621.   Brad's aviation achievements include a FAA Commercial Pilot License and Certification and an FAA Airframe and Powerplant License.  He holds a commercial pilots, and A&P licenses. Of course, Brad surfs and loves aviation but when he is not engaged in Museum activities he spends most of his time enjoying his family.