Daryl Hickman is an FAA-rated Airline Transport Pilot for land and sea airplanes, and holds Commercial Pilot certificates in balloons and gliders, a Light Sport Repairman-Maintenance certificate, as well as a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate for airplanes and gliders. He has successfully trained over 300 students from Sport Pilot through Certificated Flight Instructor. Additionally, Hickman has issued numerous tailwheel endorsements to students in many different aircraft.

His educational background includes degrees from both Central Florida Community College and the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri. 

Hickman’s flying background includes experience in numerous land and sea airplanes, gliders and balloons. He is a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Puget Sound Antique Airplane Club, Experimental Aircraft Association (Past-President of Chapter 977) and is Past-President of Green River Chapter of the Washington Pilots Association.

Named the 2016 Soaring Society of America Top National Flight Instructor, Daryl has served as a tow pilot and flight instructor for Rose City Soaring Association and the Omaha Soaring Club.  

An honorably discharged veteran, Daryl served with the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division in Desert Shield/Storm, and later with the Air National Guard in both Missouri and Washington.

Hickman is the Executive Director of KidsFlyCubs.org, a 501(c)(3) charity providing no-cost flight instruction to teens.