Rick Valdes started his flying career in 1975 and retired from United Airlines in 2013. From 2000 to 2013, Rick was the International Federation of Airlines Pilots Association (IFALPA) representative to the ICAO Proficiency Requirements in Common English Study Group (PRICESG). He is a graduate of the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPAI) basic and advanced Accident Investigation and Safety School. Rick is a former FAA Air Safety Inspector. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida. Rick has over 24,000 hours’ flying hours, including extensive international flying experience in Europe, South America and Asia.