Year Inducted: 2018
Captain Barry Schiff began flying at 14, and his career as an aviation writer at 21, when he wrote innovative aviation education products published by Jeppesen Sanderson. Captain Schiff is known for his 12 books and 1,800 plus articles published in 110 aviation magazines. Notably, AOPA Pilot, for which he is a contributing editor and contributor since 1964.
At the time of his induction to the California Aviation Hall of Fame, he had logged 28,000 hours of flight time and has flown 356 different types of aircraft (including the B-52, U-2, P-51 Mustang and the V-22 Osprey). He obtained a waiver, becoming an ATP at 21, and has every category and class rating issued by the FAA (except airship). He also has every flight instructor rating (with gold seal) and type ratings from the Ford Trimotor and Douglas DC-3 to the L-1011 and B-747.
Captain Schiff retired from TWA in 1998 after an unblemished 34-year career during which he flew domestic and international operations and was a check captain on the Boeing 757 and 767.