Captain Ed Valdez began teaching at Cypress College in 2004, after working in the aviation/airline industry for more than 32 years. He began his career as a Ramp Agent at Los Angeles International Airport at the age of 18, serving international airlines loading bags, connecting ground power units, air start units and yes, even the honey bucket on Boeing 707s, DC-8s and DC-10s. He has been a pilot for United Airlines, Champion Air, and Skywest Airlines. From being the Captain of a large transport category aircraft in domestic and international operations to working on the airport ramp, Ed has held a variety of training and management positions, including Line Check Airman, Corporate Chief Pilot, Chief Flight Instructor, Simulator Instructor and Ground Instructor for both pilots and flight attendants. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a minor in Business Administration.