Shane received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas in 1982. That same year, Shane joined Scaled Composites in Mojave, California as a test pilot.
Shane designed a new model of single-engine, fixed wing airplace -- the Shane Runabout -- in 1988. In 1997, Shane received the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots for his flight test work on the Williams V-Jet II and Vision Aire Vantage. He is currently the president-elect of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
Scaled Composite career
At Scaled, he became the director of flight operations in 1989. Shane is currently Scaled's vice president for business development and continues as director of flight operations. Despite his management responsibilities, he is still an active test pilot for Scaled.
Although he was one of the four qualified pilots for SpaceShipOne, Shane did not fly any of the Ansari X Prize qualification flights of the craft in 2004. Instead, as director of flight operations, he supervised the flights from the control room.