Jeff Trang is Vice President of Technology and Flight Operations for Airbus Helicopters Inc. He manages AHI’s engineering, certification and aviation safety departments, as well as flight test, production and training operations in both Texas and Mississippi.
Jeff joined AHI in 2010 as Chief Test Pilot, where he led a significant expansion of the Flight Test department by coordinating the personnel, instrumentation, analysis tools and test processes with those of Airbus Helicopter in France and Germany.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel, Jeff served 21 years in the U.S. Army and flew the AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache. In 1990, he deployed to Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield.
Upon retiring from the Army in 2004, Jeff worked as a senior rotorcraft test pilot for the Federal Aviation Administration, validating rotorcraft for U.S. certification and developing airworthiness standards for rotorcraft, as well as their associated policy and guidance materials.
Jeff is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He later graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and earned master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and systems engineering from Southern Methodist University.