Texas State Liaison
Chase Snodgrass is one of those fellows who had the skill to solo an airplane at age 14 but had to wait until he turned 16 so he could do it legally. He spent his junior high, high school, and college years sweeping hangar floors, washing planes, and pumping avgas as a means of paying for flight training.
Working his way up through the ranks, Chase spent several years as a line pilot for the U.S. Border Patrol flying Super Cubs, C-182s, and OH-6 helicopters in South Texas, tracking down thousands of groups of illegal aliens, performing search and rescue operations, providing close air support to ground agents, and serving as a unit safety and training pilot. He retired as the Patrol Agent in Charge of the Presidio, Texas Border Patrol Station at the end of 2010.
After retirement, Chase completed and flew an RV-10 kit plane, founded the Big Bend Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and has been working to advance and promote aviation in the Big Bend Region of Texas with emphasis on emergency services and economic development. He is an active flight instructor, A&P mechanic, and airports planning and management consultant.
Chase is working hard to help get the Recreational Use Statute passed in Texas, and is looking forward to sharing his passion for aviation with the RAF. He and his wife Debbie have 3 sons.