Drake joined Redstone College in January 2006 and has been actively involved in the Aviation Technician Education Council and AMTSociety. During the past year he served on the Industry Relations Committee for ATEC and brought a school-sponsored team to AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition in Dallas. He serves as secretary for AMTSociety.
Prior to joining Redstone, Drake spent 18 years with Alaska Airlines. Starting as a base maintenance technician, he was Full RII Rated for the MD-80, 737-200, 737-400, and 737-NG. As a lead aircraft mechanic, Drake had Run and Taxi Ratings on all aircraft as well as Airworthiness Release privileges. His last five years were spent as a line maintenance supervisor at the Los Angeles station. Before joining Alaska Airlines, Robert spent two years as a bench technician for AiResearch.
Robert’s father, Riley Drake, was a graduate and an instructor at Northrop during the late 1950s and early 1960s. He served on the advisory board for Northrop for many years while employed with Garrett AiResearch as manager of field service training.
Robert’s son Jacob is now a student at Crimson and will be a third generation A&P mechanic.
Robert has four boys — Jacob, Nicholas, Matthew, and Riley. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 20 years and live in Lomita, CA.
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