Jack Cress is a lead instructor for the Helicopter Accident Investigation course at University of Southern California. He was a career helicopter pilot in the US Marine Corps, having flown nearly 4000 hours during his 24 years of military service, with international flying assignments in
Jack's non-flying duties were predominantly maintenance oriented during the first half of his military career, in which he served in the areas of maintenance administration, quality assurance and maintenance control. He was also formally trained as a Maintenance Test Pilot in the H-46 and supported numerous squadron maintenance programs in the test piloting role. Other non-flying duties included that of NAVAIR Program Manager (H-46, C-130, OV-10), Depot Engineering and Quality Officer (several helicopters, AV-8B/C, F-4J/S, C-130) and IMA Maintenance Officer (UH-IN, AH-IT, CH-53E, C-130F, CH-46E). He also was twice assigned to the US Navy's Aviation Safety School, where he initiated the course in Helicopter Aerodynamics and also taught elemental Structural Failure Analysis, in support of that institution's accident investigation and mishap prevention programs.
Jack's teaching experience also includes numerous courses for the
Jack has earned a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the