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FAPA.aero History

Not just a website, FAPA.aero is a well-connected company staffed by industry insiders with decades of experience in the aviation industry. We communicate monthly with the head of hiring or chief pilots at every company we track, and we don't post anything on our site until it's verified. Our president and Chairman Louis Smith founded a company known as FAPA, which helped thousands of pilots reach their professional goals from 1974 through 1996. Smith flew as a professional pilot for 35 years before retiring in 2006 as a DC-10 captain with Northwest Airlines. Judy Tarver, Vice President -Global Strategies, was the hiring manager at American Airlines long enough to hire more than 7,000 pilots. Claudette Carroll, our Director of Pilot Career Services, has nearly twenty years experience in pilot screening & selection and was instrumental in facilitating the hiring of over 5,000 pilots during her tenure at American Eagle Airlines.

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Judy Tarver

Vice President - Global Strategies


Judy Tarver is Vice President, Global Strategies of FAPA.aero. As a recognized expert in the field, Ms. Tarver is able to provide insightful and useful feedback to give pilots an edge in planning and pursuing their career as a pilot.

For over 37 years she has worked as an aviation consultant, writer and speaker specializing in the field of pilot selection and recruitment. She was Manager of Pilot Recruitment for American Airlines where she was responsible for facilitating the hiring of over 7,100 airline pilots.

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Hired at Delta Air Lines

Hi Judy, I flew the Tarver 1 Arrival into Reno the other day and, of course, thought of you. I hope you are well and finding time to relax although I'm sure you're swamped with interview prep. All is well at Delta. Best decision I've ever made. I'm on the A320 out of NYC and really enjoying it. Thank you for helping me get here. Enjoy the pic and hope you're doing great. Warm regards, Ryan