Orestes D. Gooden raised in historic rural Piedmont area of Virginia is a graduate
of Buckingham County High School. He received a B.S. degree from Virginia State University
(3rd generation legacy) and a Masters of Aeronautical Science (dual speciality) from
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Orestes Gooden is a distinguished graduate of
the U.S. Navy Electronics School and Naval Nuclear Power School and was commissioned
an Ensign after completing Officer Candidate School. Following completion of Flight
Training he was designated a Naval Aviator and received the coveted "Wings of Gold".
He has enjoyed 24 years of honorable military service. Qualified as an Aircraft and
Mission Commander he has held numerous leadership positions and assignments with various
commands. Orestes Gooden presently serves on the Elizabeth City Pasquotank County
Regional Airport Authority and has served as an active member of the Pasquotank County
Volunteer Firemen Station #8. His professional memberships include U.S. Naval Institute,
Civil Air Patrol, Tuskegee Airmen Inc., American Association of Airport Executives,
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Orestes Gooden has enjoyed a civilian career as a Manufacturing Engineer with Ford
Motor Company and Visteon Automotive Systems. He is presently a professor of Aviation
Science at Elizabeth City State University where he continues to make ("ECSU... Elevate
Higher. Emerge Stronger.") by sharing his love and passion for flight as he is serving,
educating and mentoring the next generation of aviators and aerospace industry students.
He is certified by the FAA and qualified in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
Relevant Course work area:
Human Factors in Aviation, Accident Investigation & Safety, and Corporate Aviation Operations
FAA CERTIFICATIONS & RATINGS
FAA Commercial Pilot Ratings Airplane Multi-engine Land Rotorcraft-Helicopter Instrument: Airplane & Helicopter
• United States Navy Command leadership experience (24-years)
• Designated Naval Aviator / Pilot; United States Navy Flight Training School; Corpus Christi, TX / Pensacola, FL
• Master Instructor; Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola FL
F L Y -- N A V Y
BS, Virginia State University (1977-1981)
MAS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1993-1995)