Born and raised in Miami, Florida Jeff’s passion for aviation began at the tender age of 7. On a family trip at Miami’s International Airport (MIA), Jeff remembers glancing out the terminal window at a huge airplane with the name Clipper Flying Cloud. The Moss family was taking this PanAm flight 440, a Boeing 747 jumbo jet, from Miami to Los Angeles. Once on board, he made his way up the spiral staircase to the upper deck and into the flight deck. He sailed pass the flight engineer and proclaimed “Hi Mr. Captain, I’m Jeffrey Moss, I’m seven years old and I’m here to learn everything!” And so started Jeff’s love affair with the Boeing 747 and flying. On many occasions. Jeff’s mother would take him down to MIA’s International concourse, buy him lunch at McDonald’s, and let him watch 747’s pull in and out of the gates. When Halloween came around the following year, Jeff dressed as an airline pilot, even “borrowing” his father’s large black leather lawyer case and decorating it as a flight bag with aviation stickers, much to the chagrin of his Father.
As a college student at Arizona State University, aviation would reenter Jeff’s life when he discovered that his roommate was a private pilot. Once a week after class, Eric and Jeff would drive to Phoenix Skyharbor Airport with a portable radio in hand to watch airplanes and listen to air traffic control. All his friends knew of his passion, since on the wall behind his bed was a 747 flight deck poster. A close friend read an article about airlines offering a “pilot for a day” program where you could actually fly a full motion 747 flight simulator and surprised Jeff with it as a gift. Flying the 747-400 simulator for the first time would be a life-changing experience. He was determined to learn everything he could about the airplane and to someday be proficient in flying it in the simulator.
Over the next 5 years, Jeff visited many of the world’s air carriers 747-400 simulators, learning their specific operating procedures and making friends with the training captains. Jeff would always fly to that airline’s home base on a 747, bringing with him 747 hats and stickers from the Boeing store and giving them out to the crew when he got on the aircraft. This little gesture would often get him an invitation to join the flight crew in the cockpit for takeoff and landing.
He soon started writing articles for AirlinerWorld magazine about flying the 747-400, 747-200, and 777 to name a few. He held off getting his private pilot’s license often saying “why do I need that, I can fly a 747 – although only in the simulator!”
At the urging of his airline friends Jeff got his Private Pilot’s license, Instrument Rating and then Commercial. Having picked up plenty of tips and procedures from his professional airline friends over the years, Jeff started passing them on to his everyday flying buddies from the right seat as a safety pilot. At AOPA Expo, Jeff saw that glass cockpits would soon make their way to general aviation and this inspired Jeff to get his CFI ratings.
When Cirrus introduced the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra, becoming the first general aviation aircraft to have a full glass cockpit, Jeff joined the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) and through Cirrus became an early member of the Cirrus Standardized Instructor Program and a COPA CPPP Instructor. He was one of the first Factory Trained Instructors on the then Lancair Certified Columbia 350/400 (now Cessna Corvalis) and was a co-creator and Chief Flight Instructor for the Columbia Recurrent Training Program (now Cessna Advanced Aircraft Club Recurrent Training or CAART) for which he still teaches.
One day a friend who flew a Citation CJ asked Jeff if he wanted to accompany him on a quick flight. He jumped at the chance. This was his first glimpse at flying a jet single pilot, inspiring him to teach on light jets. Today, Jeff holds five single pilot jet type ratings and is typed as a Captain on the Gulfstream 550. He is an independent instructor/mentor pilot on the Cessna Citation Mustang & CJ series, Eclipse 500, Embraer Phenom 100/300 and Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA. He specializes in training piston pilots for their initial single pilot jet type rating.
All his aviation pals refer to him as MossY, a nickname that fits him well. He is a charter member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), and an active member of AOPA, COPA, Cessna Advanced Aircraft Club, Citation Jet Pilots, Eclipse 500 Club and Phenom Jet Association . Jeff serves as a FAAST Team Lead Representative for the FAA’s Western Pacific Region, Van Nuys, LAX, Long Beach and Riverside Districts.