Having served 20 years on active duty as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, Robert Orr brings a wealth of training and experience in aviation operations, safety, and investigations. His formal education includes a Penn State bachelor’s degree and an Embry-Riddle Master of Aeronautical Science degree with aviation safety specialization, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He is also a graduate of numerous military and civilian aviation training courses, including USN/USMC Aviation Maintenance Officer, CRM Instructor, ORM Instructor, Aviation Safety Officer, Aviation Safety Commander, USAF Board President Course, USAF Jet Engine Mishap Investigation Course, SCSI, and the NTSB Academy, among others.
Rob has accumulated over 3300 pilot hours in over 6 different fixed and rotary wing military and civilian aircraft, including the CH-46E, Bell 206 B/C, King Air 350C/ER, T-34C, the Presidential VH-60N and VH-3D helicopters, and other single and multi-engine aircraft. In addition to several military qualifications such as night vision goggle instructor, terrain flight instructor, and flight leader, he also holds FAA commercial helicopter multi-engine, fixed wing ATP, and rotary and fixed wing CFI(I) certificates. His operational experience includes Middle East deployments, having flown counter-terrorism missions in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing and combat missions in Iraq. Other flight assignments included turboprop instructor in Pensacola, C-12 pilot based in Japan, and 4 years of duty as a Presidential Pilot in support of Presidents Obama and Bush, as well as the Vice Presidents, heads of state, and numerous other VIPs on over 50 worldwide trips and dozens of DC area missions. Rob also served as an aviation mishap investigations instructor at the Naval Safety Center’s School of Aviation Safety. Throughout his career, he has applied and augmented his experience and training while leading safety programs and conducting aviation safety inspections and mishap investigations. He is now employed as the Director of Safety at an international rotary and fixed wing aviation company.