Thomas Long has extensive experience in Aviation Management. He has been instructing undergraduate courses since 1997, covering courses in Airport Management, Airport Planning, General Aviation Operations, Legal Aspects of Aviation, Fiscal Aspects of Aviation, Safety Management Systems, Labor Relations, Strategic Management and Airport Operations. Long holds an MBA in Management with Golden Gate University and a BS in Aviation Management with Southern Illinois University. He earned his Accreditation with the American Association of Airport Executives in 2005.
Long held 2 positions in the Air Force over a 12‐year period before moving on to work with The Boeing Company Wind Tunnel Complex. He has over 22 years of experience working in the civilian airport environment with 6 separate airports; managing 4 of those as an Airport Manager/Director. In 1994, while managing an airport noise abatement program at Paine Field, Long volunteered with the Airport Operations department with Seattle‐Tacoma International Airport for two years and included the creation of a visual scheduling program that provided a way to track the time and location of cargo aircraft parked on cargo lines.
During the period of 1997‐ 2011, Long managed 3 general aviation airports, one of which also included managing the flight school, line service operations, and aircraft maintenance operations. A fourth airport he managed was a non‐hub commercial service airport.
Long is actively involved with the AAAE in six committees: Environmental Services (Alternative Fuels Leader) Finance and Administration, Academic Relations, General Aviation Airports, Operations/Safety/Planning/Emergency Management and Training.