Senior Staff

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CaptainTom Ortman

Captain Tom Ortman earned a BS in Accounting and an MBA from San Diego State University. He began his aviation training in 1980 at Western Flight, Montgomery Field in Southern California and obtained his Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multi-engine ratings within 1 1/2 years. Tom also earned his CFI, CFII and MEI in 1985 and instructed at Palomar Airport's Flight International. At that time, Flight International had a military contract and flew Lear Jets and MU-2's daily out from the coast of San Diego. This experience allowed him a great opportunity to obtain his Lear Type Rating and ATP in 1987.

Tom Ortman flew for Eastern Airlines from 1987-89 as a flight engineer on the B-727. Starting in 1990, he began working for United until June, 2015 when he retired as Captain. At United, Tom flew around the world on DC-8, B-737-500 B-757/767, B-777, B747-400. He has over 23,000 hours of flight time including 3,500 hours of dual instruction. Tom is a FAASTeam Representative for San Diego FSDO, board member (Safety and Event Representative) for the Palomar Airport Association, member of the Southern California Aviation Association, member of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), and AOPA member.

Tom has proven to be an excellent mentor--directing people in theirpursuit of aviation, whether for fun or as a career. His wisdom and extensive experience is a definite asset for World Wide Pilots, ensuring “professionalism” every step of the way—promoting safety and proper training for pilots.

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Hans Witsenburg

Hans Witsenburg began his career intransportation with theNederlandse Spoorwegen(NS; Dutch Railways).

He also worked with Carlson Wagonlit Travel - Business Travel Management, before starting with Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) in 1988. With CX, Hans was based in CVG, DFW and LAX Airports. He retiredfrom CX in 2013.

That same year, he founded LBH International Consulting LLC., and in early 2014, he joined WWP, Aviation Training Consultants to represent the company and support its European Connection division.

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Marjan van Nimwegen

Marjan van Nimwegen has brought professional experience in public relations to World Wide Pilots, LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in direct customer service, assisting people of all ethnicities and diverse backgrounds from all over the globe.

Marjan’s long range international public experiences have played a significant role in her ability to understand and assist people of all walks, nationalities and cultures. She is able to advise and guide recruits towards achieving their aviation-training goals with complete confidence.

Her multilingual expertise (Dutch,English,German,French,Italian, Spanish, Portugese) is most beneficial to all of our candidates.



Dean Smith

CSM(R) Dean Smith was born in Heidelberg, Germany and was raised in Gainesville, Georgia. He retired from active duty in October of 2016 ending a 25 year career, enlisted in the Army in 1991 as a Heavy Wheel Mechanic (63W) and attended Basic Combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon Graduation from AIT, Dean was assigned to the 31st Maintenance Company, NTC Support BN Fort Irwin California. In 1995 he was accepted into the United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Program and earned the Military Occupational Specialty of 89D EOD Specialist.

Dean’s assignments include the 259th Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Irwin, California, the 786th Ordnance Company (EOD), Panama, Republic of Panama, 723d Ordnance Company (EOD), Fort Gillem, Georgia, the 766th Ordnance Company (EOD), Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, 705th Ordnance Company (EOD) Fort Polk, Louisiana, CASCOM Support Center of Excellence (SCoE), and 8th EOD Control Team, Yongsan Korea, 79th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), and the 48th Chemical Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. During his assignments Dean had one Operation Desert Spring (ODS) deployment and three Combat Deployments in support of OIF and OEF.

His military and civilian education includes Basic and AIT course, Primary Leadership Course, Unit Armorer Course, Small Group Instructor Course, NAVSCOLEOD, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, SIPERS Management Course, Unit Level Logistics System S-4, Hazardous Materials and Waste handlers Course, Advanced Improvised Explosive Device Course, NTC Observer Controller Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Commanders Safety Course, and Global Anti-Terrorism Operators Course, and the United States Sergeants Major Academy Class 62. Dean has an AA in General Studies form Central Texas College, BA in Criminal Justice from American Military University, and a Masters in Leadership from the University of Texas, El Paso.

Dean’s awards include Bronze Star with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Metal with Two Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal Two Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with Two Oak Leaf Cluster, Valorous Unit Award with Two Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Two Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Four Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, and Over Seas Ribbon with Numeral 4, Combat Action Badge, Basic, Senior, and Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, Mechanics Badge, Drivers Badge with Operator S.

He is currently working for the Department of State as an EOD Coordinator in Basrah, Iraq.

Dean is our direct liason to the US Armed Forces promoting flight schools to potential students interested in becoming pilots.

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Mandy Porter

Mandy Porter brings more than 30 years of marketing, customer support, and creative expertise to WWP. In her role as Director of Business Support, Mandy is responsible for WWP’s virtual events, research, and print and digital publications. During her career, Mandy has managed a variety of technical support and customer service industries. As a trusted strategic advisor, she has worked with her clients to develop an event’s vision and produce high-quality, cost-effective, audience-focused, and profitable events.

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