Russell K. (“Rusty”) Henson has been flying since 1974 and earned his first Instructor certificate in 1991. He purchased his first airplane in 1977, his first helicopter in 2000, and has amassed over 6,000 (accident-free) hours. Henson holds the highest grade of certificate, the Airline Transport Pilot, and is qualified to teach single engine, multi-engine airplanes, helicopters and instrument flying in all of these aircraft as a US FAA certified flight and ground instructor (CFII).
Trained as an engineer and working as an airport consulting engineer in the planning, design, and construction of airports, he received his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1981 and retains his Registered Professional Engineering credentials in Illinois and Colorado.
As a Resident Engineer with the United States Federal Aviation Administration he was responsible for managing construction of aviation navigational aids: Instrument Landing Systems, Approach Light Systems, Terminal Radar, etc. Adding to his instructor credentials, Henson also received Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) training and certification at the Duluth, Minnesota factory in 2011. The Cirrus is a high performance Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) incorporating avionics and automation found in modern “state-of-the-art” cockpits. Henson was also invited to attend ground school for high-altitude helicopter operations training at the Colorado Army National Guard facilities in Eagle, Colorado (HAATS).
Henson periodically participates as a volunteer Instructor in the Pilot Proficiency Program at yearly AirVenture events in Oshkosh, Wisconsin through his membership in the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE).
He has provided flight training, aerial photography services, flown aerobatics, and has flown for a Part 135 air taxi operation in Alaska. Traveling to southern Africa, he co-validated his US FAA license and toured several countries there. His flying destinations in the western hemisphere have included landings in every US state except Maine and several flights in single and twin-engine airplanes ranging from Nicaragua to the Arctic Circle. Also included in his resume is extensive mountain flying and high-altitude instructional experience in Colorado over the course of 25 years spent there.
Henson permanently re-located to Mexico in 2007 and became the co-founder of Jovenes Aguilas de Mexico in San Miguel de Allende, a youth-oriented program begun in the United States by the Experimental Aircraft Association that has introduced aviation to over two million children all over the world. As a volunteer pilot and event coordinator, he has worked to promote General Aviation in Mexico and has introduced hundreds of children to aviation since 1993 at no cost to the participants.
Henson and his company Alas de San Miguel is based at the Celaya, Guanajuato airport (MMCY) and is also available throughout Mexico to provide ground and flight training in owner’s airplanes or helicopters.
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