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Tom Schaner

  • Lecturer, Center for Aviation Studies
  • 244 Bolz Hall
    2036 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-688-1132


Tom Schaner is an educator and management professional.  He joined the Center for Aviation Studies (“CAS”) as a Lecturer in August 2015, bringing with him more than 30 years of general and commercial aviation experience.  Prior to joining CAS, Tom served as Vice President of Operations for one of the largest U.S. Part 135 air cargo companies.  In this role Tom directed all operational aspects for the third largest independent air cargo network in the U.S.  He was responsible for all flight operations for an aircraft fleet of more than 180 planes and 200 pilots, disbursed geographically into four primary hubs, six secondary hubs and multiple tertiary hubs, comprising a total of 54 pilot bases and serving more than 120 airports.  He also oversaw all ground based operations consisting of more than 30 vehicles, 140 ground personnel (including loaders/unloaders, sorters and company employed couriers) and a nationwide independent courier network of more than 900 companies throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The company was the largest provider for financial document transportation in the nation as well as a premium transportation service provider for additional industries that required immediate turn-time and specialized handling: international financial institutions, organs for transplant, blood products, media and tapes for distribution, aircraft parts, security sensitive material, even passenger charter service for vacationing families, surgical teams, or corporate professionals.

Tom’s passion for education, aviation and mentoring has served him well in his career.  It was the foundation for the company’s operational excellence and industry renowned pilot development programs.  Pilot development was particularly important as the company most often hired crewmembers seeking their first, post-CFI professional pilot position. 

Tom holds an Airline Transported Pilot certificate with a Learjet type rating and has logged more than 8,000 hours of flight time.  He has worked as a professional pilot, flight instructor, company instructor pilot and even served as a company check airman for the FAA.  He has provided more than 4,000 hours of flight instruction, signed off more than 100 pilots seeking certificates or ratings, and administered more than 400 check rides in his career.  Tom has served at all levels in the industry, starting as a Line Service Technician then moving on to other positions including Flight Instructor, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor (in a Part 141 training program), Part 135 Instructor Pilot, Part 135 Check Airman, Part 135 Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and finally Vice President of Operations.