Vojtech "Joe" Vala is a former colonel (retired) in the Czechoslovakian Air Force. He graduated from Czech Air Force Academy as Aeronautical Engineer. Qualified as pilot at Czech military aircraft Zlin-126, Jak-11, Mig-15, Mig-21 and L-29, L-39 military trainers. Valid Czech pilot license. He is a gyro pilot and he personally built an ultralight gyrocopter.
He has lived in the U.S. since 1990 and is now a U.S. citizen.
FAA Qualifications: PPL with IFR and multi engine ratings, Airframe and Power-plant (A&P) mechanic with FAA Inspection authorization certificate (IA). For 5 yrs, he worked at the prestigious Andrews Air Force Base which was part of the NAF (Naval Air Facility).
As a flight engineer he flew everything from L-29 Delfins, L-39 Albatros, UB-200 Beechcraft and Cessna Citations. He also worked as United Nations inspector in Iraq for Iraqis Air Force in 1998.
Aircraft restoration work includes Aeronca Champion, Navy PT-19 trainer, Zlin 526AFS Acrobat, Taylorcraft 1943 L-2M military version, 1940 Piper J3 Cub and 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D. Total flying hours 3500.