Founder of Historic Warbird Foundation
Tim is the owner and president of a concrete products company in central Michigan. He has been flying for 38 years, 16 years in jets, and holds an ATP commercial pilots license and instrument rating. He has 6000 hours flying including 1000 hours in jets, and he is also a certified instructor pilot and a qualified lead formation pilot.
Tim and his wife Beth live in Battle Creek, Michigan, as do his six adult children. Tim has many hobbies including scuba diving, skiing, and golf. He enjoys flight instructing, as well as helping the Boy Scouts of America with their “Flying Merit Badge.” Mr. Brutsche (nobody ever calls him that) also volunteers for charity flights with the group, “Wings of Mercy,” transporting patients across the country.
Additionally, he is a 31-year volunteer check pilot and instructor for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and says, “These pilots are a great bunch of folks to be around and if I crash I want them to come looking for me.” The CAP pilots do the majority of the search and rescue work for the Air Force and are not paid.
Tim has flown 50 different airplanes from Cubs to a 757 and says, “Flying with the Hoppers at 400 knots, five feet apart in a 4-ship is the greatest thing I have done.”