Successful Real Estate Investor
While flying for the airlines, and arriving in California in 1951, Stich started investing in real estate, starting with a $500 investment, and motivated by a book popular at that time, A Thousand to a Million in Real Estate. By 1987, these real estate properties were valued at $10,000,000.
Lafayette, CA 36-Unit Apartments
60-Unit Motel, Yuba City, CA
On the left of the motel, Stich built a truck stop, and on the right of the motel he built a golf driving range and an executive-length golf course.
Other real estate assets.
Becoming a Federal Airline Safety
Inspector During The
Period of Major Aviation Disasters Every Few Months
Stich left the airline industry in 1962 and became a federal airline safety inspector-investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during period of seemingly endless series of preventable airline disasters. (See the serious problems and culture in various offices of the U.S. government is History of Aviation Disasters: 1950 to 9/11, revealing the world's worst aviation-disaster-related scandals in the world's history and the forerunner of the enabling problems making possible the hijackings of four airliners on September 11, 2001.
After a year assigned to the Los Angeles offices, he was asked to take a life-and-death-assignment to correct the serious aviation safety misconduct at a major politically powerful airline that was experiencing a steady series of horrific airline disasters. Because of the level of corruption that he found at this assignment, at United Airlines—aided and abetted or fostered by gross incompetence, self-serving interests, and corruption in the FAA hierarchy, that was shocking beyond comprehension, and enabling a series of horrific aviation disasters, Stich embarked on a 40-year corruption-exposing task that continues to this day.
FAA problems leading to it being called the "Tombstone Agency" for the many people killed due to its internal problems.
Sampling of aviation disasters and deaths enabled by deep-seated FAA problems.