First Officer Donald Gardner

Donald Gardner has been passionate about aviation since he was a small child. Born in Dallas, Texas in 1985, he had the opportunity to travel the country at a young age and it was during this time he became fascinated with flying. During his senior year of high school, he obtained his Private Pilot’s License and chose to attend Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in order to pursue his dream of becoming an airline pilot. During his four years at Embry-Riddle, Donald had the opportunity to be exposed to what he loves: aviation and flying. In May 2007 he graduated Cum Laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science.

Donald also began his airline career in 2007 and gained experience with several regional carriers including Comair Airlines, Mesaba Airlines and Compass Airlines. He recently joined United Airlines as a First Officer on the Boeing 757 and 767. Donald is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Aviation Safety and Human Factors. He enjoys exposing the youth of tomorrow to the career opportunities available in aviation. He truly realizes the sky is the limit when it comes to the things you can achieve in life as he would eventually like to become the CEO, or Director of Flight Operations, or Chief Pilot for a major airline carrier. Donald resides in St. Paul, Minnesota and enjoys traveling, reading, photography, watching sports and listening to Jazz music when not he’s not in the flight deck.