Caleb Taylor, a commercial airline pilot, flight instructor, a designated pilot examiner and an air ambulance pilot, grew up in San Diego. He is the founder and currently the president and chief pilot for large cabin jet aircraft at Encore Aviation in Carlsbad. He is also the chief pilot at ST Air Service. Mr. Taylor founded and was president of ProFlight in Carlsbad, for 28 years. Earlier, Mr. Taylor had been a corporate pilot at both Cal-West and Executive Wings, both based in Fresno. In 1986, he was a simulator and ground instructor at the Cessna Learning Center in Wichita, and, before that, for six years, was a charter pilot and flight captain for the Stephen B. Colwell Company in Mammoth Lakes. Earlier, he had been first officer and a flight instructor at Critical Air Transport/The Flying School in San Diego, where he was also involved in medevac operations throughout the western United States and Mexico. He began his professional flying career as a flight instructor at Star Aircraft in San Diego in 1978. Mr. Taylor began his flight studies with the late Bill Gibbs, when he was 16. He has accumulated over 14,000 flight hours.