Judy Tarver - Vice President - Global Strategies | FAPA.aero | Meet the Coaches | Pilot Interview Coaches and Mentors

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Coach - Judy Tarver

Vice President - Global Strategies

Phone: 800-JET-JOBS Ext. 16
Email: tarver@fapa.aero

As a recognized expert in the field, Ms. Tarver is able to provide insightful and useful feedback to give pilots an edge in planning and pursuing their career as a pilot.

For over 39 years she has worked as an aviation consultant, writer and speaker specializing in the field of pilot selection and recruitment. She was Manager of Pilot Recruitment for American Airlines where she was responsible for facilitating the hiring of over 7,100 airline pilots and has consulted with several major air carriers and other aviation associations such as the Air Line Pilots Association and the University Aviation Association. She has worked on several FAA committees that related to pilot selection and was a presenter at the NTSB Conference on Professionalism in Aviation. 

Tarver is the author of Flight Plan to the Flight Deck:  Strategies for a Pilot Career and several magazine articles that have appeared in Aviation for Women, Flight Training, Air Line Pilot and Airline Pilot Careers. She has just released her new book Expert Witness: Wrongful Death.

Meet the FAPA team

Thomas Smith, MBA, CFP®

Vice President - FAPA Financial Services

ThomasSmith, MBA, CFP®

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with undergraduate business degree from The University of Toledo, Master’s degree in business and finance from Arizona State University, and personal financial planning certificate from Kennesaw State University.  Started professional career as stockbroker with Merrill Lynch and spent 15 years as a Vice President of fixed income securities with both The First Boston Corporation and Lehman Brothers. Experienced individual income tax preparer with H&R Block.  Entrepreneurial and administrative credentials include founding principle and Chief Financial Officer of startup environmental contracting company. Tom lives in Marietta, Georgia with his spouse of 40 years, Julie Smith, and they have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Client Testimonials

Joe W.

Hired at Atlas Air

After joining FAPA, I found that Karen was extremely responsive, answering questions via text, email and phone at all hours of the day and night. Sometimes she would be on a flight herself, but as soon as she landed she was back to me right away. In my case the FAPA job fair was the lead and vital to the invitation...Karen had great advice and testimonials which helped.