Arnie "Speedway" Andresen has been on the Educational Foundation Board since 2012 and is a past President. He was an Adjunct Professor of Aviation at AB Tech Community College and holds an ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI and AGI and got his Private Pilot License in 1969. He has over 7,000 hours of flight time of which 2,000 hours are in Civil Air Patrol aircraft. He has almost 1,500 hours as a flight instructor. He has been active in the Western North Carolina general aviation community since moving here in 2007.
Andresen has a BA from Muhlenberg College, is an US Army Veteran and attended the Western Michigan University Aviation Technology Program. He flew as an FO for a small commuter serving cities in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. While employed by Piper Aircraft Corporation (the old version) he held a number of positions including managing Corporate Flight Operations, Sales Administration and liaison to a NASCAR 'Cup' racing team. To earn the nickname 'Speedway' he landed a Piper Aerostar on the back stretch of the Daytona 500 and delivered it to the NASCAR Champion. His last gig was as a contractor assigned to the 52nd Flying Training Squadron USAF, Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq as Chief Academic Instructor where he trained pilots in support of a Foreign Military Sales program.