Timm Preusser is a founding member of the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association, where he served 12 years on the Board of Directors, and is one of the founders of the COPA Safety and Education Foundation, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Timm is a mechanical engineer with a PhD who worked in executive positions in multi-national enterprises, and he is a professional pilot, flight instructor and flight examiner, with ATP and type ratings. He is managing partner with FTA Flugtraining Aschaffenburg, an EASA approved flight training organization (ATO) and a Cirrus Training Center (CTC).
Timm has logged 7.000 flight hours in different types of airplanes, including turbine aircraft, with a majority of 5.000 hours in Cirrus airplanes, most of them as an instructor or examiner. He has flown and instructed in Europe, USA, Africa and Australia, including 16 north atlantic crossings in SR20/22 planes. He is an FAA Gold Seal Instructor and an 11 time Master Instructor. As an educator by heart, his main activities center around creating lectures and giving presentations for COPA University, AOPA, flight instructor refresher clinics, in his own flight school and writing articles for COPA Pilot magazine. His main interests are in TAA, avionics and human performance. He is a member in several renowned aviation societies (AOPA, SAFE, NAFI)
Timm and his wife, Gerda (also a mechanical engineer with PhD, private instrument pilot, instrument ground instructor, and certified aviation auditor), conducted and instructed on more than 50 international CPPPs since 2003, in places as fancy as Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Poland, South Africa and United Kingdom. Their great goal is to improve the international general aviation safety through instruction, recurrent training providing insight.