Timm Preusser is a founding member of the Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association, where he served 12 years on the Board of Directors (and currently serves again). He is one of the founders of the COPA Safety and Education Foundation, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. Timm is a mechanical engineer with a PhD who started his career as an assistant professor at the Technical University Darmstadt and later held executive positions in multi-national enterprises. Timm is a professional pilot, flight instructor, Platinum CSIP and Designated Pilot Examiner, with ATP and type ratings. He is managing partner with FTA Flugtraining Aschaffenburg, an EASA approved flight training organization (ATO) and Platinum Cirrus Training Center.
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, and has completed 16 North Atlantic crossings in SR20/22 planes. He is a FAA Gold Seal Instructor and a 12 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, of course, 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 common goal is to improve the international general aviation safety through instruction, recurrent training and providing insight.
On the SEF board and in COPA University™, Timm’s responsibilities are the international training events (outside USA) and driving the structural development of COPA University™ forward. Timm is the author of the 2021-2026 strategic plan for COPA University™ which aims to become a worldwide recognized institution for aviation safety and training for TAA pilots.