My Story

Hello, and welcome to the official website of Aerial Colorado!

My name is Derek and I’ve lived in Colorado for most of my life, and I’m proud to call this place home. I have been involved in aviation since I was a young child, and grew up in a family where the airlines and aviation are the family business. I can remember as a child hanging out at airports across the country dreaming of flight.
After beginning my professional career as a pilot, I had a slightly terrifying experience where the airliner I was flying almost collided with a UAS/UAV/”Drone” while on approach in to Houston, TX. This intense experience led me down a path of frustration as I could not find good resources for people operating these highly capable machines. Rather than expressing discontent and anger I have taken upon myself to use the knowledge and resources I have gathered as professional aviator, and share them with my clients. I feel that providing education to this new generation of pilots, we will have a safer, and more structured process for those wishing to fly in the airspace above.

About Derek

Derek is an airline pilot with a major U.S. Airline based in Denver, Colorado. In his career he has accumulated over 4500 hours of flight time, in over 30 types of aircraft. He acts as a Check-Airman for a local flying club, provides personal flight instruction to high profile clients, and performs seminars for local flying organizations. Derek holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, a Certified Flight Instructor certificate with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings
Derek is a graduate of Colorado State University and resides in Colorado with his wife and daughter. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, golfing and photography.