At the age of eighteen, Elliott left his hometown of Hemingway, SC after enlisting in the US Air Force where he served for four years as an F-16 Avionics Technician. Upon leaving the military, he accepted a contract position working on F-16s for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (Koninklijke Luchtmacht in Dutch) for a year and was based at Volkel Air Base (Vliegbasis Volkel) in The Netherlands.
On his return stateside, Elliott accepted a job with ESAB Welding & Cutting in Florence, SC as a Field Service Technician, retrofitting and repairing large gantry plasma, waterjet, and oxyfuel cutting machines. It didn’t take long for the aviation bug to bite him again, though, and within a year he moved with his future wife to Greensboro, NC to work as an avionics technician at one of Cessna’s Citation Service Centers.
After five years at the Service Center, Elliott got his A&P Certificate and went to work for a Part 91 corporate flight department in Charlotte, NC who operated two Citation Excels and a Citation Sovereign at the time. Fourteen years later, he’s married, a father of four kids, and the Director of Maintenance for the same flight department, which now operates a Dassault Falcon 900LX.
In early 2017, at the age of 39, Elliott started fulfilling a lifelong dream of learning to fly. He started taking lessons in a 1946 Aeronca Champ and by mid-2019 had earned his Commercial-Multi and Instrument ratings. In June 2020, he’ll be attending FlightSafety International’s Falcon 900LX Pilot Initial Course, after which he’ll gain an SIC-type rating and start flying with his flight department.