Who We Are
What began over 20 years ago as an idea for offering pilots a high value simulator training experience has now grown to include 4 training center locations and almost 300 employees. This journey of growth and expansion has been successfully guided by Wally David, CEO and Tracy Brannon, COO. Their combined business and aviation knowledge and experience has set a strong foundation for SIMCOM to grow and expand. SIMCOM embraces pilots who fly everything from piston-single engine aircraft to the most advanced business jets. Wally and Tracy make sure that all pilots feel welcomed and important when at SIMCOM, regardless of the size and complexity of the airplane they fly.
Wally David, CEO
SIMCOM Chief Executive Officer
Walter (“Wally”) David is CEO of SimCom International which he founded in 1989. Prior to beginning his aviation career, David served as Corporate Vice President at Paine Webber, Inc. David is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA in Finance and also holds a private pilot license. David is married with three children. He was born in Pasadena, CA, and has been a resident of Orlando, FL for 30 years. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, scuba diving and golf. He is an active member of the First Baptist Church – Orlando.
Eric Hinson, President
Eric Hinson assumed his role as President of SIMCOM in November 2012. After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Eric began his life long career in aviation as a pilot in the United States Navy. While in the Navy he served in training, tactical and test squadrons flying a variety of aircraft including the TA-4J Skyhawk, A7E Corsair and F/A-18 Hornet. After leaving the Navy, Eric earned an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. Prior to joining SIMCOM Eric served in senior and executive level positions at several leading aviation and aerospace companies, most recently as Executive Vice President of FlightSafety International. Eric is still an active pilot with an ATP license and 3,900 hours of flight time. In addition to flying Eric enjoys golf, skiing and travel. He is married with two children and resides in Jupiter, Florida.
Tracy Brannon, COO
SIMCOM Chief Operating Officer
Tracy Brannon is the Chief Operating Officer of SIMCOM Training Centers, the Business and General Aviation division of SIMCOM, Inc. He is responsible for directing the division’s daily operations, developing strategic business goals and objectives and directing the division’s daily operations. Since joining SIMCOM in 1992, Brannon has progressed through positions including Instructor, Assistant Training Center Manager, Training Center Manager and Vice President of Operations. He oversaw the acquisition of Attitudes, the authorized training provider for Piper Aircraft, the start-up of training services for the regional airline industry, the purchase of PrestoSim in 2010 and the integration of fourteen devices acquired in 2011. Brannon’s initiation into aviation started in 1972 at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he first learned to fly. He later enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as an Air Operations specialist and was subsequently commissioned in the United States Navy. Throughout his career with the U.S. Navy, Brannon served as Naval Aviator, Mission and Aircraft Commander on the EC-130G/Q and as Aircraft Commander and Instructor Pilot for the T-44A (King Air). He retired from the Naval Reserves in 2002. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Brannon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. He is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Brannon was born in Ft. Myers, FL, and has been an Orlando resident since 1989. He is married with two children. His interests include water sports, triathlon competition and traveling.