Worked as a crop duster, flying Stearmans and Bell Model 47 helicopters in the early 1980s.
Won the U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic Championship in 1988 and received his first sponsorship from Randolph Sunglasses in 1991 to fly at air shows across the nation.
Received the two most prestigious air show industry honors the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award and the Bill Barber Award for Airshow Showmanship in 1992.
In 1997, the Sean D. Tucker School of Aerobatic Flight, now known as the Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety, opened as the world’s premier precision flight training school to increase the safety of pilots of all types of planes, including general aviation, military, government, and commercial aviators.
Formed the four-ship aerobatic team “The Collaborators” in 2005.
Served as an FAA designated Airshow Certification Evaluator, where he spent countless hours counseling young air show performers on their routines.