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Michael A. Ryder
22138 Needles St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Voice (818) 772-8586
Page (818) 513-5511

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  • 1989-1997
    Monster Robots Inc. Malibu, CA
    Sr. Robosaurus Pilot/Shop Foreman/Special Project Mgr.
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  • Robosaurus pilot for Super Dave Osborne Show
  • Robosaurus pilot for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • Robosaurus stunt pilot for filming of "Steel Justice" 2hr MCA Universal. TV pilot.
  • Robosaurus stunt pilot for Universal Studios Florida Live Stunt Show
  • Metal & aluminum fabrication.
  • Cutting/welding.
  • General mechanic.
  • Hydraulic mechanic/cylinders & pumps.
  • Sponsorship coordinator & recruiter ex: Sanyo, Motorola, Vicon, Apple.
  • Media liaison. Road manager.
  • Video coordinator, including production, editing & duplicating.
  • Transportation coordinator, including personally transporting Robosaurus
  • Robosaurus is 67' 79,970 lbs estimated value $2.5 million. 300,000 miles est.
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  • 1991-1993
    Applied Research, Huntsville AL
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  • Helium Airship Construction/Pilot/Flight Engineer.
  • Constructed and flew several surveillance helium airships for the Department of Defense, Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Border Patrol and Missile Command.

  • 1988-1989
    Pacific Sod Farms, Camarillo CA
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  • Daily sod delivery driver, 42' 80,000 lb trailer
  • Strong experience in daily fork lift operations
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  • 1986-1988
    Piuma Aircraft Malibu, CA
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  • Senior Staff Commercial Hot Air Balloon Pilot
  • Commercial tether set ups and piloting for advertising and other corporate functions.
  • Primary pilot for commercial ride operation.
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  • 1985-1986
    Sky Sports Aviation Palm Desert, CA
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  • Primary pilot for commercial ride operation.
  • Experienced in extreme high wind take-offs and landings, desert morning & evening.
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  • 1980-1985
    Wind Wizard Hot Air Balloon Productions
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  • Primary pilot for commercial ride operation.
  • Commercial super pressure tether set-ups and piloting for television,
  • Print & advertising and other corporate functions.
  • FAA Certified flight instructor.
  • Promotion, sales, and advertisement coordinator.
  • Established flight schedules and bookkeeping procedures.
  • Extensive training in ground crew handling techniques.
  • Supervised equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Supervised all special events.
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  • 1978-1980
    Howard Sommers Official Police Garage (OPG)
    Heavy/Light duty tow unit operator
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  • Heavy duty tow operator (unlimited weight and length)
  • Extensive experience in uprighting semi tractors and trailers, cement mixers etc.
  • Experience also includes cranes of 80'@140,000 lbs
  • Farmiliar with police and private impound operations
  • Perfomed impounds for:
  • LAPD, LACO Sherrif, CHP, DOT, Dept Building and Safety, Marshals
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  • Flight Experience Includes
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  • Total Time as PIC 2489 hrs.
  • Television, Radio and print ads.
  • High altitude, hot air, 21,000
  • Distance and duration, hot air, 75 miles 6.5 hrs.
  • Mountain flights, winter, Sierra Nevada range.
  • Extreme high wind take offs in excess of 20 mph.
  • Extreme high wind landings in excess of 45 mph.
  • Regular free flights over the island of Kauai.
  • Limited rotorcraft and fixed wing experience.
  • Owner and pilot of Eiper and Paraplane ultralights.
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  • Type Aircraft Experience
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  • PIC and owner of Raven super pressure 104,000 cf free flight and tethers, with and without passengers.
  • PIC and owner of Barnes and Balloon Works 104,000 cf free flight and tethers, with and without passengers.
  • PIC Stokes super pressure 56,000 cf tether.
  • PIC Thunder/Colt 210,000 cf free flight with pass.
  • Co-Pilot Cervany/Tyler Super pressure thermal airship. Diameter 51' Length 210'(larger than Goodyear Columbia).
  • PIC and Flight Engineer Memphis and T-com helium surveillance airships.
  • Co-Pilot Goodyear Blimp.
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  • Other Abilities
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  • SAG (Screen Actors Guild)
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • Skydiver
  • Fluent (read, write and speak) in Spanish.
  • Military radio operator (USMC.)
  • Class A commercial drivers license with haz-mat endorsement.
  • FAA certified Flight Instructor.
  • California State Private Investigator (Lic submitted 12-11-96)
  • Computer programmer (DOS, Batch, Basic, Q&A. HTML)
  • Wood, Steel and Aluminum Fabricator.
  • Welding (Non-Certified)
  • General construction and cabinet making.
  • Circular Oak stair case and mantle builder
  • Jet powered land vehicles.
  • Steam powered engines
  • Electronics.
  • Tree climbing and removal (the higher the better).
  • Videographer, Editor, Still photographer, Night vision.
  • Hand Gun competitor, plates, pins. (.38,.357,.40)
  • Gold, river dredging and metal detecting
  • Off road, 4X4 and dirt bikes
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  • Web
    Design and authoring

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