Tom Short

Senior Pilot, Los Angeles Fire Department

Mr. Short is a Senior Pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Air Operations Section.  Mr. Short has been a pilot for 41 years of which the last 36 have been flying helicopters in a variety of assignments in the training, utility, HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) and fire/law enforcement public safety aviation sectors.  He has been serving as a pilot for the Department for the last 22 years.

Mr. Short has a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, in Aeronautical Operations and Maintenance Management.  He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate in helicopters and a Commercial Pilot Certificate in single engine and multi-engine airplanes.  He is also an FAA Certificated Instrument Flight Instructor (CFI) in both helicopters and airplanes.  Additionally, he holds FAA certificates as a Ground Instructor with basic, advanced and instrument ratings as well as an FAA Certificated Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic.  Mr. Short is a Vietnam-Era Veteran with the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard and is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Training Center at Ft. Rucker, Alabama as a Warrant Officer/Army Aviator having served with honor in assignments with the Army National Guard as a Helicopter Pilot and Unit Trainer in instruments and tactics during the 1980’s and early 90’s.

Mr. Short is also a former Police Officer/Pilot in California and held previous assignments as a 14 CFR part 135 HEMS pilot/instructor as well as an FAA DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner).  Mr. Short has extensive experience in wildland firefighting as a contract pilot, CWN (Call When Needed) pilot and finally as an Agency pilot while working for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) and now with the LA County Fire Department.  He is a qualified ICS (Incident Command System) Instructor, Aviation Safety Officer and is currently an FAA approved NVG (Night Vision Goggle) Instructor for his agency in addition to his duties as Senior Pilot.  Mr. Short has over 13,500 hours of rotary wing flight time in a variety of aircraft to include his current assignment as PIC (Pilot in Command) of the Bell 412 and Sikorsky S-70/UH-60.  He has over 1800 hours of NVG flight time in a variety of missions including wildland firefighting, SAR/Hoist (Search and Rescue) and HEMS.

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