Jerry A. Temple is an aviation professional in every sense. Initially trained as a Vietnam era US Army fixed and rotary wing pilot, Jerry Temple holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and is type rated to pilot the Cessna Citation jet. Additional fixed wing ratings include Certified Flight Instructor in both single and multi-engine airplanes, and the Instrument Instructor rating. He holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate to fly helicopters and possesses a Helicopter Instrument rating. Jerry Temple has logged over 5000 hours of flight time – including 250 hours of combat flight time logged while serving as the pilot of an assault helicopter in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart for his service.
Jerry Temple earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management and has been involved in General Aviation sales since 1975. This experience includes four years with the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas. At Cessna, Jerry was a marketing specialist which involved the writing of aircraft brochures, dealer sales manuals and other product information literature. In this role, a considerable knowledge of the various Cessna models, their performance, features and options was developed.
Other positions with Cessna involved the marketing of turbine powered aircraft such as the Conquest turboprops and the Citation jets. In 1979, Jerry joined AirFlite, the Long Beach based Cessna Aircraft distributor. AirFlite was Cessna’s wholesale distributor in California, Arizona and Nevada. In the role of Multi-Engine Sales Manager, considerable flight experience in the Cessna 300 and 400 Series Twins was gained, and he also acquired knowledge about competitive aircraft. In 1993, Jerry Temple began Jerry Temple Aviation (JTA) with the concept of providing Buyers and Sellers of piston powered aircraft with the same high standards of professional support that is offered in the business jet marketplace. Today, JTA is recognized as the leading Twin Cessna Specialist.