About Dale Black

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CAPT. DALE BLACK, in his new book, “Visiting Heaven” recounts the tragic plane crash that took the lives of two other pilots. Although he was the lone survivor, Dale broke nearly every bone in his body and severed his right eye. His recovery was slow and painful, but the results were miraculous. What no one knew was that his journey went well beyond the emergency room and hospital. Dale actually died and had what many term as a near death experience. But he kept what he saw, heard and learned to himself for over four decades based on advice from his grandfather, who was the only person Dale confided in.

“My experience was extremely sacred and very difficult to talk about. But within a few weeks of the crash, I told my grandfather who I trusted and who was my spiritual mentor. He suggested that I not speak about it, but live it out through my life, which is exactly what I chose to do. I told no one else for 40 years—not even my wife—until I believed God was telling me to share it.”      

As an author and teacher of the Bible, Dale brings a unique perspective of heaven’s viewpoint, most specifically regarding what God is doing in the events of the end times. He shares this perspective on his Heaven’s View Podcast.

Dale has spent his life in three areas: aviation, business, and sharing the love of Jesus in more than 50 countries, to countless thousands.

Dale’s career has included working as a former commercial pilot, airline pilot instructor, FAA designated jet examiner and aviation accident prevention counselor. He has captained flights all over the world and trained thousands of professional pilots–all while building and operating several businesses.

Dale continues to touch others in ways that are life-changing. The greatest joy he has is to share the love of God—introducing people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Dale and Paula host Heaven’s View Podcast, seen on YouTube and other platforms. 




As Dale walked with God and studied the Bible, he experienced “the impossible” over and over (described in his bestselling book “Flight To Heaven” Bethany House Publishers, 2010).

He has a BA degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and a MA in Theology and PhD in Business from Golden State University. After five years of Bible training he was ordained in 1988 and has served as youth minister, college and career minister, church planter and a Senior Pastor.

For over thirty years Dale and Paula led scores of teams on short term Christian missionary projects in over 50 countries.

Dale is often a guest speaker and brings the message, “With God Nothing Is Impossible”.

A Word From Paula

Being married to Dale has not been an easy road. One of the reasons for this is because at the center of Dale’s heart—since his journey to heaven—is an incessant desire to please God whatever the cost. And believe me, there have been countless dues that have been paid for this quest.

For many years after the crash, Dale worked tirelessly to complete his aviation training and to accumulate thousands of flight hours as he continued to strive for his dream of becoming an airline pilot. After applying to hundreds of airlines and being rejected by all of the majors, due to the extent of his injuries, Dale never gave up hope. Finally, ten years after the crash, ten years of applications and rejections, God was faithful to Dale’s perseverance and faith—when he was accepted by TWA. Against the greatest of odds, Dale had reached his dream of becoming an airline pilot for a major U.S. carrier. Well, the story doesn’t end there.

A few years later after abundant blessings as an airline pilot and in our own business of jet charter and pilot training, Dale felt that God was asking that he surrender his airline career. Within weeks, Dale resigned from TWA, the career he had worked so diligently to achieve. It was one of the hardest things he ever did. Suddenly, there was no lucrative salary, no pension, no retirement package, no insurance of any kind and no travel benefits. Simply put, there was nothing left, and this was a permanent decision. In principal, it was a little like Abraham being directed by God to sacrifice Isaac, after receiving the long sought after promise.

“…For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”
Luke 12:48
Paula Black

Dale with Dr. Graham, On July 18, 1979, the ten year anniversary. Inside the cockpit of TWA Boeing 747 at LAX.

Dale & Paula on the 25th anniversary of the crash.