I'm Chris. I’m an airline Captain and Line Check Airman (a.k.a. Line Check Pilot) based in Charlotte, North Carolina and founder of The Dot Experiment.
I grew up in sunny Southern California. In 2013, just out of high school, I became a licensed pilot and moved to Indiana to attend Purdue University. I remained there, building flight experience, until 2018 when I made the short move to Ohio to begin my airline career. In 2020, refusing to endure one more winter in the Midwest, I fled south to North Carolina. A year later, I completed the upgrade process to officially become a Captain. A year after that, a Line Check Airman. Additionally, I now lead the mentorship programs for both Cadets and Direct-Entry Captains at my company.
Spending time in cities (large and small) all around America — especially during the Coronavirus pandemic — led me to become deeply interested in how we design our built environment. I founded The Dot Experiment in 2021 in an effort to connect with Charlotte's urbanist community. I'm now an active participant in the award-winning Charlotte Urbanists organization. Today, I use The Dot Experiment platform to call attention to the divide between how the United States handles aviation accidents and roadway collisions. In August 2023, I was honored to be a panelist in a Strong Towns Crash Analysis Studio analyzing a crash in the Charlotte area.
I've started several aspirational blogs over the years, all of which have been lost to the sands of time. But I realize the importance of having a home on the web for my writing, both as an exercise of self-reflection and as a channel for my friends and family to keep up-to-date. As such, I've created one more blog—which I call my archive—that I hope will prove to be a lasting record of my life. It's also where I share what I'm doing today.
In my free time, I like to go on walks and bike rides around Charlotte, during which I'll carry my camera and practice photography. As of 2020, I've proudly shot exclusively on Leica equipment.