An Air Force Academy Graduate, Cook flew in the Air Force as a T38 instructor prior to starting at L3 in Waco. Cook worked at L3 for 28 years with experience primarily in the flight test department as a flight test engineer and Test Director. He also has experience working in mechanical installation design, stress analysis of aircraft structural loads, and was a Chairman of the Weight Control Board within L3 to advise Program Management on how to meet weight requirements for interiors. Cook’s diverse engineering background allowed him to be a multidisciplined engineer which led him to be a better flight test engineer and test director.
Cook saw an opportunity with Blackhawk to be more involved in multiple aspects of engineering, facing bigger and more diverse challenges and looks forward to the chance to work with everyone to find a solution and see the impact of that result. Cook is the Senior Vice President of Engineering and manages engineering projects, STC development, performs flight testing, and provides input for future projects. Cook is motivated to be thorough when finding a solution so that there are no surprises in the end, for Blackhawk or for the customer.