David Ruiz is the Chief Flight Instructor at Aurora Aviation, and also does corporate flying for three other companies. David received a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies from Hardin-Simmons University in 1986, and later earned an Associate degree in Aircraft Pilot Training from TSTC - Waco in 2004. He has a varied background working with government agencies, schools, and in the private sector, enjoying each end of the spectrum and bringing that experience to the classroom and the cockpit.
David originally instructed at TSTC - Waco before becoming Aurora's Chief Instructor. It was here he had his first interaction with Baylor students, also teaching Aviation Safety and Aerial Navigation in the classrooms in addition to flight instruction. Since Aurora Aviation is an approved flight school for Baylor Aviation majors, David works with students not only in the cockpit, but also with the internships offered by Aurora to upper-level students.
In the Fall of 2012, the Aviation Science department brought David on as an adjunct faculty to teach the Corporate Pilot section of the Aviation Operations course. Dave enjoys the opportunity to teach students about real-world flying. On teaching, David says, "My corporate pilot experience enables me to give my students a realistic perspective in the everyday world of aviation. It gives me great satisfaction when a former student comes back and thanks me for the flight training that they received."
David enjoys running and competes in local 5k races. He also loves 1960's muscle cars and reading historical non-fiction.