Dale Black is a former airline pilot, who as the only survivor of an airplane crash, dedicated his aviation career to professional pilot training and aviation safety. Capt. Dale has flown over 40 years with 17,000+ hours of flight experience in a variety of commercial jets, as well as many corporate jets and general aviation aircraft.

Dale has a BA degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and a MA in Theology and PhD in Business from Golden State University. He has led scores of teams on short term Christian missionary projects to over 50 countries since 1981. After five years of Bible training he was ordained in 1988. He has previously served as youth minister, college and career minister, church planter and a Senior Pastor.

The message which Dale brings is powerful, scripturally sound, and vitally needed in this generation. He has ministered within many denominations and ministries ranging from Fundamental to Pentecostal.

Capt. Dale is the author of the best selling book, Flight to Heaven, and has appeared on “100 Huntley Street” TV, “It’s a New Day” TV, as well as approximately 200 radio programs nationwide. Capt. Black is available to speak at churches and conferences, and is available for TV and radio interviews.

Dale and his wife, Paula, have been married 40 years, are the parents of two grown children and live in Southern California where he continues speaking and writing books.  Invite Dale To Speak

More About Dale’s Aviation Background

Dale is a former Aircraft Systems Instructor for the Boeing 747, Boeing 727, Boeing 737 and Boeing 707 aircraft. He has been a Senior Simulator and Flight Instructor on the Boeing 737, the Learjet 35/36, Learjet 24/25, Learjet 55, Cessna Citation I and II. He has been a Flight Examiner for the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, the Boeing 737 and a variety of Jet Type Ratings. Dale is also a former Flight Standards Captain, Safety Consultant, Accident Prevention Counselor and regular speaker in aviation seminars. He founded and operated a jet pilot training and jet aircraft sales company. He has been a pilot and instructor for many celebrities as well as executives of several fortune 500 companies.

A Word From Paula

Being married to Dale has not been an easy road. One of the reasons for this is because at the center of Dale’s heart, is an incessant desire to please God –whatever the cost. And believe me, there have been countless dues that have been paid for this quest.
For many years after the crash, Dale worked tirelessly to complete his aviation training and to accumulate thousands of flight hours as he continued to strive for his dream of becoming an airline pilot. After applying to hundreds of airlines and being rejected by all of the majors, due to the extent of his injuries, Dale never gave up hope. Finally, ten years after the crash, ten years of applications and rejections, God was faithful to Dale’s perseverance and faith. Dale was accepted by TWA. Against the greatest of odds, Dale had reached his dream of becoming an airline pilot for a major US
carrier. Well, the story doesn't stop there.

A few years later after abundant blessings, both in our jet charter and pilot training business, and as a major airline pilot, Dale felt that God was asking that he surrender his aviation career. Within weeks, Dale resigned from the airline career he had worked so hard to achieve. It was one of the hardest things Dale ever did. He simply walked away from it all - out of what he felt was obedience to God. Suddenly, there was no lucrative salary. There would be no pension, no retirement package, no insurance of any kind and no travel benefits. Simply put, there was nothing. And this was a permanent decision. In principal, it was a little like Abraham being directed by God to sacrifice Isaac, after receiving the long sought after promise.

Giving up his airline career was just one of the many "dues" that have been paid in response to Dale's journey to heaven. But apparently God wanted to do even more pruning in my husband's life. Soon thereafter, Dale felt that in order to continue to be obedient to God, he was also required to give up our business and our homes. Dale and I sold the prospering jet sales, charter and pilot training business and placed the funds into ministry. We also sold our home and some real estate investments, and placed all these proceeds into the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as well. I mention this only because you should know that God has clearly asked Dale to really "sell out" because of his journey to heaven and back. “…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more." Luke 12:48
Paula Black


Dale flying on anniversay flight July 18.

 Dale with Dr. Graham,

July 18, 1979 on the

ten year anniversay.

Inside the cockpit of

TWA Boeing 747 at LAX.


Dale & Paula on the 25th anniversay of the crash.