About David Allen
A (Not-So) Brief Biography
Labeled “The most underutilized guy in aviation social media”, David Allen’s secret to building an engaged audience is simply to get engaged in what interested him. David has been involved with aviation nearly all of his life. His father a private pilot, David was introduced to flying at an early age, and the drive to be around airplanes and all things aerospace has never left him.
Not having found the magic set of circumstances that would allow him to train for and obtain a private pilot’s license, David has found many ways to stay plugged into aviation. David spent thirteen years in the Civil Air Patrol, holding positions ranging from Element Leader to Cadet Commander, to holding office on the Cadet Advisory Counsel, and finally progressing on to the Officer corps, holding the position of Deputy Commander for Cadets. David also loves to attend airshows and other aviation-related events.
Still hungry for more aviation immersion, David turned to podcasts to get his “fix”. Podcasts like Uncontrolled Airspace: The General Aviation Podcast, Airspeed, The Pilot’s Flight PodLog, The Finer Points, and many others all found their way onto David’s iPod. Like many listeners, David would burn through every episode of every aviation podcast as soon as they arrived – there ne’er is enough to feed the need.
David’s start in social media was simply to sign up for Twitter and begin following two people he found interesting, specifically Will Hawkins of The Pilot’s Flight Podlog and Cali Lewis of GeekBeat.tv (it should be noted that David also has a healthy love for all things technology). David found that other Twitter users were beginning to follow him back, presumably because of the information contained in his Twitter bio.
Without any hopes of getting a response, David contacted Will Hawkins to indicate his interest in appearing as a guest on The Pilot’s Flight PodLog. To David’s surprise, Will was more than excited to have David join him in the virtual hangar to do a little hangar flying, despite David’s lack of PIC time. That meeting led to real connection, and two episodes after David’s appearance as a guest, he returned as the co-host of the popular hangar-flying podcast. Today, Will and David continue to bring content to their many listeners. David also does much of the production, including editing the show audio, preparing the shownotes and blogpage, and scheduling guests.
Will and David were able to meet face-to-face for the first time at the 6th Annual Living Legends of Aviation® Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. David Tweeted the entire trip, from the drive to the airport, to the flight from Florida to California, to the tour of Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), to the actual dinner and awards ceremony. During this trip, something “very strange” happened: people were following along. David’s followers were actually paying attention to his trip. Comments such as “Wish we were there, too,” and “I’m living this event through you,” were not uncommon. It became very clear to David that other people were interested in many of the same things he was.
From this point on, David made a decision to bring people along for the ride whenever he could. Any time David attends an aviation- or aerospace-related event, he makes a commitment to bring his friends and followers “into the cockpit” with him, allowing others to live the event vicariously through his Tweets, videos, photos, and other social media. David takes great joy and pride in engaging his audience on a personal level.
To date, David has covered such events as:
- 6th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards – January 22, 2009
- Valkaria Airfest 2009 – February 21, 2009
- Launch of Keppler Space Vehicle on Delta II rocket – March 7, 2009
- LoPresti First Saturday – March 7, 2009
- Launch of Discovery on STS-119 – March 15, 2009
- Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In 2009 – April 21-26, 2009
- EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – July 27-August 2, 2009
- AOPA Aviation Summit 2009 – November 5-7, 2009
- NASA Tweetup at Kennedy Space Center for launch of Atlantis on STS-129 – November 15-16, 2009
- U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL – January 24, 2010
- Valkaria Air Fest 2010 – February 20, 2010
- Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In 2010 – April 13-18, 2010
- Acro Camp 2010 – May 12-16, 2010
David currently lives in his hometown in Central Florida with his wife and
three four children. And, yes, his kids love airplanes, too.