Tom NortonEclipse & Phenom IP / FAA DPE
Tom is the president of Norton Aviation and has been training general aviation, military, and airline pilots for most of his thirty-year aviation career
Tom is an instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) in the Eclipse 500 and in the Phenom 100 & 300. Tom began as an aeronautical engineer for Pratt & Whitney aircraft then served in the United States Air Force as an A-10 combat and instructor pilot. Following his military service, Tom flew for Delta Air Lines and quickly became an instructor pilot and check airman in the B-737.
Tom started his VLJ experience as the director of training for Eclipse Aviation building the program from scratch and learning many lessons on what works and what doesn’t in this unique VLJ training environment. Since 2006, Tom has been training and mentoring VLJ pilots for type ratings, recurrent, and in oceanic and international procedures. After becoming the first Eclipse 500 type rated pilot, Tom has acquired over 3000 hours in VLJs and has flown many over the north Atlantic and into eastern and western Europe. Tom without a doubt has more experience than any other pilot in training pilots to transition into any VLJ.
Through his experience and positive relationships with the FAA, Tom was selected as one of only two Eclipse 500 and Phenom 100/300 Designated Pilot Examiners (DPE) and can administer the type rating check ride, making it easier and more cost-efficient for customers.
Tom enjoys spending his free time flying and testing his RV-8 home-built aircraft and sailing off the coast of Florida with his wife Mary Beth.
Eclipse & Phenom IP / FAA DPE