Richard “R. J.” Corman, A-B Tech's Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology Chair, began flight training in the mid-1990s. Mr. Corman earned his Associate in Applied Science degree in Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology from Lenoir Community College (LCC) in Kinston, NC.
After earning his private pilot, instrument rating, and commercial pilot licenses at LCC, he went on to earn his FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFI-I) and became a flight instructor at Middle Tennessee State University while earning a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace there. Upon graduation from MTSU in 2004, Mr. Corman worked as a full-time flight instructor at WNC Aviation at the Asheville Regional Airport.
In early 2006, he was hired by Piedmont Airlines, a US Airways subsidiary, where he flew a Dash-8 turboprop and was based in New Bern, NC. In late 2007, Mr. Corman joined LCC as the Program Chair of Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology. He led the program for three years before becoming the Associate Dean of Business, Industry, and Emerging Technologies in 2010.
Mr. Corman joined A-B Tech as Dean of Business and Hospitality Education in 2013. In February 2015, he added the title of Chairperson of the Aviation Management and Career Pilot Technology program. In addition to the above degrees and FAA credentials, Mr. Corman earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Richard and Abigail. He spends his free time gardening, flying, and enjoying time with his family.