Emilio first soloed at age fifteen. He has been flying ever since. His list of past flying jobs includes flight instructing, charter flying, corporate, time critical freight, air ambulance, aerial photography, regional airline, and major airline. He holds type ratings in the Lear Jet, ATR 42 & 72, A320, DC-9 MD80, and Boeing 757/767. He has over 19,000 hours of total flight time. He is a graduate of St. Louis University where he received a degree in Aeronautics.
Emilio started his first company in 1985. Apollo Software was the first company to market a computerized trip quoting system for air charter companies. His next business venture was Odyssey Interactive. Emilio, along with three business partners, began Odyssey Interactive to create multimedia CD-ROMs. The company’s first and only CD-ROM was Apollo XIII: A Week to Remember. This award-winning CD-ROM tells the dramatic story of the Apollo 13 space flight through a combination of still images, narration, animation, an original soundtrack, newspaper articles and interviews with the astronauts and five of the controllers who worked the flight. Emilio was the writer, programmer, and project manager on the CD-ROM.
Emilio’s writing career began after he sold his first article to Flying magazine. From there he went on to become a regular contributor to Professional Pilot magazine where he wrote on a number of topics relevant to the general aviation industry. He also published articles in the Chicago Tribune and Multimedia Producer magazine.
Emilio’s first book - 35 Miles From Shore - tells the dramatic story of the first and only open-water ditching of a commercial jet. In addition to writing, Emilio works as a pilot for a major airline. He and his wife Lynn reside in Lake St. Louis, Missouri.
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