paul burns

Eclipse IP and Mentor

Paul is a lifelong passionate aviator with broad experience in flight operations.


Paul Burns is a lifelong passionate aviator with broad experience in flight operations—military, general aviation, airline, charter, domestic, and international. He has a hard-earned reputation as a strong leader, skilled aviator/trainer, communicator/speaker, and has exceptional people/customer service skills.

  • 25 years military service, US Air Force; enlisted/officer; retired Lieutenant Colonel; Rated Navigator/Fighter Weapon Systems Officer (WSO); F- 4/F-15E; numerous leadership/management positions
    – 5 Operational flying assignments; Instructor WSO every assignment
    – 39 combat missions, Desert Storm 1991
    Facility commander at Kirtland AFB New Mexico; Led 115 military, government civilian, and contractor professionals in providing an emergent simulation technology to DoD customers for testing, training and concept/technology development; Managed and oversaw multi-million dollar contracts with two major defense contractors.

  • 7+ years at Eclipse Aviation & Eclipse Aerospace; one of 3 original Eclipse flight instructor pilots. Manager/Director of in-airplane type training in Eclipse 500. Helped develop and improve a truly unique and ground-breaking flight training program.

  • Flight Instructor, Production Test Pilot, Demonstration Pilot, Corporate pilot. Also Upset Recovery Training Instructor pilot in L-39 Albatross.
    International Operations; flown the Eclipse across the Atlantic, within Europe, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, and the Middle East.

  • 1 academic year with Southwest Aeronautics, Math, and Science (SAMS) Academy; filled a no-notice vacancy and revamped a truly unique high school aviation program

Paul Burns

Paul Burns

Eclipse IP and Mentor

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