Col. Carlton Sumner is a professional airline pilot and former business director who is dedicated to flight training and aviation safety. Col. Sumner currently works as a pilot for Air Transport International flying the Boeing 767 around the world as well as flying freight for companies such as Amazon and DHL. Prior to working for ATI, Col Sumner was a Captain at both Endeavor Air and Mesaba Airlines flying Northwest and Delta passengers for the regional system. Beyond aviation, Col Sumner briefly worked for FlightSafety International as a business manager/director. Teaching background includes aircraft platforms such as Embraer and Gulfstream.
Col. Sumner was born in Tampa, Florida and grew up in many states in his early childhood. He began flying at the age of 16 in Memphis, TN, and earned his Private certificate at age 17. He attended the University of North Dakota and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics. In 2015, Col. Sumner went back to school and earned his Master of Business Administration from Salem International University with an emphasis in Finance.
In 1998, while in college at the University of North Dakota, Col. Sumner discovered the Civil Air Patrol and immediately joined the local unit. During his time in the North Dakota Wing, Col. Sumner became a check pilot and started working with the cadets in the unit giving orientation flights, working in cadet programs, and learning to become a mission pilot. Due to his job relocation requirements after joining Mesaba Airlines, Col. Sumner became a member in the Wisconsin, Michigan, and Mississippi Wings.
Throughout his Civil Air Patrol career, he has served as Squadron Commander, Deputy Group Commander, Wing Stan/Eval Officer, Wing Director of ES, Mississippi Wing Commander, National Stan/Eval Officer, and currently, National Senior Program Manager – Operations Training. Col. Sumner holds master ratings in Command, Logistics, Flight Operations, and Standards and Evaluations. He also holds senior ratings in Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Organizational Excellence. In October of 2010, Col. Sumner earned the Gill Robb Wilson Award, which is the highest professional development award one can achieve in the Civil Air Patrol.
Col. Sumner is married to his wife, Kaytie. They have 3 children: Selah, Allison, and Noah. They reside in Savannah, GA where the family enjoys hot air ballooning, horseback riding, and of course Civil Air Patrol.