Human Factors, Aviation Humor
DANNY MORTENSEN was an air traffic controller at several different airports. As President of Bill Phelps’ Airline Ground Schools for many years, he co-authored The Airline Career and Interview Manual. Danny retired from the airlines in 2010 and founded The Aviation Speakers Bureau. Having flown numerous air races, he took the 1990 first-place trophy at the National Championship Air Races in Reno. Danny put some of his most unbelievable but true pilot and controller stories in his book Confessions of an Air Traffic Controller: An Autobiography of Adventure, Humor, Lack of Talent, and Terror by a Unique Aviator. At the podium, Danny shares some of his best wacky, unique funny stories of flying and air traffic control. At the 2022 Official Kickoff in Theater in the Woods at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Danny had an audience of over 2,000 pilots roaring with laughter.
Safety Management Systems (SMS),
CFIT/Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Crash at Reno—Accident Investigation
ATC Humor—Confessions of an Air Traffic Controller
Licenses and ratings: Airline Transport Pilot, Multiengine, Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument, FAA Control Tower Operator, FAA Designated Aircraft Dispatch Examiner, Advanced Ground Instructor, Aircraft Dispatcher
1996-2010 Instructor, DHL / ASTAR Air Cargo*
1993-1995 Airline Dispatcher Program Manager/Instructor; Sierra Academy, Oakland, CA. As a FAA dispatch examiner conducted
over 1,000 checkrides.
1990 Co-founder of CATS FAA Computer Testing
1987-2010 President; Bill Phelps' Airline, Ground Schools Inc. (AGS)
1984-1987 Senior Instructor, Airline Ground Schools
1982-1984 Aviation Products Manager/Corporate Pilot; Company Rep, AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants
1973-1981 FAA Air Traffic Controller
1970-1972 Infantry Officer, US Army
* Accident Analysis on airline accidents including:
Avianca #052, JFK 1990, Eastern #66, JFK 1975
United #173, Portland, OR 1978, Northwest #750, Detroit 1987
United #585, Colorado Springs 1991, AIA #808, Guantanamo 1993
Korean Airlines, Guam 1997, American #1420, Little Rock, 1999
and CFIT, Controlled Flight Into Terrain.
Author; former radio talk show host - KFOX-FM (California).
1st Place Gold, National Championship Air Races, Reno, NV 1990.
3 world aviation speed and altitude records (since superseded)
US Air Racing Association, past President. Author
Built and flew two race planes now on permanent display in museums.
Owns a 1953 MG-TD Roadster and a 1940 cabin Waco VKS-7 biplane