Juan Urista is an FAA-certified Advanced Ground Instructor and aviation educator. He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps where he worked for seven years in aircraft maintenance. He is involved in Civil Air Patrol, emergency services, and search and rescue. Juan has had a variety of other experience including tactical training support for the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and law enforcement. He earned two Associates of Science degrees from San Diego Miramar College in Aviation/Airway Management and Operations and Aviation Maintenance Technology. He also earned a Certificate of Achievement in Aviation Maintenance Technology/Pilot Studies.