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Larry Brandt

Larry Brandt gained his intimate knowledge of radar compliments of the US taxpayer, in the US Air Force, where he was a maintenance crew chief on advanced Air Defense Command search and height finder radar systems.

Following his stint in uniform, he worked for a number of years as a technician on aviation weather radar, autopilots, and other avionics, followed by a multi-decade history in avionics marketing. International responsibilities consumed the majority of those years, primarily in Asia, with responsibilities in Latin America and Europe eventually being added. He has resided in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Larry is retired from a major avionics company, where he was most recently a senior manager leading the marketing and sales of head-up displays in the business jet market worldwide.

He instructs both Marine Weather and Marine Radar for Starpath Navigation, a Seattle-based marine training school. See Together with Starpath’s founder, David Burch, Larry co-authored Radar Workbook, which pairs with David Burch’s Radar For Mariners text. The texts have been selected by the American Sailing Association and by other organizations as their text of choice for this topic. These texts - as well as Larry’s presentations to schools, yacht clubs and boat shows - are ‘nondenominational’; that is, they are fully applicable to radar operators on both power and sail.

Larry is an American Sailing Association-certified instructor for all keelboat levels up to and including Advanced Coastal Cruising, Coastal Navigation, Marine Radar and Marine Weather. He and his wife own a Catalina 36 sailing vessel that is used extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and western Canada, and he crews as skipper and navigator on vessel deliveries, both power and sail. An officer of the Catalina 36 International Association (, he is Technical Editor for the Catalina 36 Mk II series boats.

He holds an FCC General Radiotelephone License with ship radar endorsement, and an amateur radio license as well. He also holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot License (multiengine land), an FAA Commercial License (single engine land, sea, and helicopter), and FAA Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor ratings.

Related webinars

Radar is an extremely useful tool, but do you know how to use it effectively? This webinar will help you discover your radar's full potential.
The Automated Identification System (AIS) is a powerful tool that can help you avoid collisions with freighters and other vessels equipped with AIS transmitters. Marine electronics expert Larry Brandt unravels the mysteries of AIS and shares his experience installing AIS on his own boat.