Paul (Pete) Illman authored The Pilot's Air Traffic Control Handbook, Third Edition, as well as The Pilot's Communications Handbook, Fifth Edition. An active pilot for over 50 years, he was certified to fly single and multiple commercial engine aircraft. Employed by TWA for over 30 years in various management capacities, Pete was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, The United States Pilots Association, and The Kansas Pilot's Association.
Gene Gailey has been a private pilot for over 43 years, including serving his local sheriff's department Aero Squadron for the past 26 years in positions of volunteer member, commander, and search-and-rescue pilot. He is also a long-time member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association).