Larry Brown | Mike Busch | Gary Crump | Adrian Eichhorn | John Foster | Dr. Ian Fries | Michael Goulian | Thomas B. Haines | Kristine Hartzell | Dave Hirschman | Tom Horne | John and Martha King | Lindy Kirkland | John Kounis | Bruce Landsberg | Janet Lapp | Rod Machado | W. Tim Miller | Mike Nichols | Gerry Parker | John Popel | Bob Ripley | LtCol Kevin Roethe | Dr. Jonathan Sackier | Brian Shul | Adam Smith | Max Trescott | Thomas P. Turner | Bruce Williams | John Yodice | Kathleen Yodice | Ingrid Zimmer-Galler | John Zimmerman
From his first discovery flight in high school, Larry Brown continued his passion for flying by becoming a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He flew F-15s while stationed in Japan and Germany and was a flight examiner, instructor pilot, mission commander, and maintenance test pilot. Later he flew T-38s as a flight examiner and instructor pilot, and in his final assignment he was an instructor pilot in the T-52, the Air Force designation for the Diamond DA-40. He now takes to the skies in his Cessna P210.
Mike Busch is arguably the best-known A&P/IA in general aviation. He writes his monthly “Savvy Aviator” column on maintenance-related subjects in EAA Sport Aviation, Cirrus Pilot and Cessna Pilots Association magazines, and hosts free monthly online maintenance webinars on the first Wednesday of every month. Mike was honored as National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year for 2008, has been a pilot and aircraft owner for 45 years with 7,500-plus hours logged, and is a CFIA/I/ME. He’s CEO of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc., the world’s largest firm providing maintenance management for owner-flown GA aircraft. He co-founded AVweb and served as its editor in chief for more than seven years.
Gary Crump, AOPA’s director of medical certification, is a former operating room technician and emergency medical technician who has been assisting AOPA members for more than 25 years. He’s also a medical expert for AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services and has been flying since 1973.
Adrian A. Eichhorn is an airline transport-rated pilot, currently flying for JetBlue Airways. He is type rated in the Airbus 320, Gulfstream IV, III, II, 200, Challenger 604, and Cessna 560 Excel. Prior to JetBlue he flew for the FAA, NASA, General Dynamics, and the Washington Redskins. While flying for the FAA he provided flight and ground instruction to FAA flight crews and senior officials including the deputy administrator, associate administrator for Aviation Safety, and the federal air surgeon.
He achieved master certified flight instructor (MCFI) and master ground instructor (MGI) in the National Association of Flight Instructors and by Master Instructors LLC.
Adrian is an A&P/IA who has worked exclusively on Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron aircraft for the past 20 years. He has received numerous national awards including being named the FAA National Safety Counselor of the Year in 2001 and is the sole recipient of both of the highest honors given by the American Bonanza Society—the M.D. Cashion for Technical Excellence in 2005, and the Airmanship Award in 2008.
John Foster is a BPPP instructor with 35 years’ experience as an air traffic controller. He is a Civil Air Patrol mission pilot and G1000 check pilot.
Ian Blair Fries, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon and senior FAA (HIMS) aviation medical examiner. He learned to fly while serving in the U.S. Air Force and became a flight surgeon. He has flown for more than 35 years, and has more than 5,000 hours as pilot in command.
Dr. Fries serves on the AOPA Foundation Board of Visitors, is co-chairman of the AOPA Board of Medical Advisors, and is the aviation medical consultant for Teamsters Airline Division. An aviation writer and frequent aviation speaker, he consults with several aircraft and avionics companies. He holds ATP, CFII, and Learjet ratings. As a senior FAA (HIMS) medical examiner, he assists pilots with alcohol, drug, and antidepressant issues obtain special issuances. He is a member of the Flying Musicians Association. He flies a Daher-Socata TBM 850 in the furtherance of his medical and aviation consulting practices.
Mike Goulian doesn’t just fly an air show; he attacks it.
Millions of airshow spectators around the globe have witnessed the ferocity of a Mike Goulian airshow performance. Every roll, pull, and tumble of his flight is a deliberate execution of precision. With his aggressive approach to the airshow arena, Mike Goulian has mastered the ability to convey his message of passion through flight.
Mike’s crisp, athletic style of flying is the evolution of his landmark career as an aerobatic competitor. Mike reached the pinnacle of the sport when he won the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Championship at only 27 years of age. He was honored to represent the United States at the World Aerobatic Championship on three separate occasions.
Mike returned to the competitive world with his participation in the famed Red Bull Air Race series. He was chosen once again to represent the United States on a global stage. Mike’s relentless pursuit of perfection earned him a first place win in Budapest, Hungary, in 2009.
As an airshow superstar Mike Goulian continues to redefine what is possible in the air. His ability to push the limits while adhering to strict safety standards has earned Mike the reputation of being a true professional in his field. He was recognized for his efforts when the aviation industry bestowed upon him its greatest honors. He is one of a seven people to have been awarded all three of the airshow industries’ most prestigious awards: the Art Scholl Memorial (2006) Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship (2009), and the ICAS Sword of Excellence (2012).
Today, Mike’s performance is the perfect marriage between man and machine. The only airplane capable of delivering a Mike Goulian performance is the Extra 330SC. Composed of high tech, lightweight carbon-fiber and rugged steel construction, the Extra 330SC is the world’s most high performance aerobatic airplane. Despite Mike’s successes he remains humble and accessible to organizers and fans alike. This rare combination has made Mike Goulian an unforgettable airshow favorite.
Thomas B. Haines was appointed senior vice president and editor in chief of AOPA Publications in July 1994 and named senior vice president of Media in December 2009. He manages a staff of 22 writers, editors, graphic artists, photographers, videographers, developers, Web specialists, and support personnel.
He oversees publication of AOPA Pilot magazine, the world’s largest aviation magazine; Flight Training magazine, a monthly magazine specifically for student pilots and flight instructors; the weekly AOPA ePilot electronic newsletter; the Flight Training edition of ePilot, AOPA Online and four other Web sites; and the association’s video-on-demand channel, AOPA Live. AOPA Pilot received the 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for association publications from Folio: magazine, publishing’s highest honor.
Kristine, chief flight instructor, is responsible for representing the Air Safety Institute at industry and government meetings, overseeing the AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) Flight Instructor Safety Courses (FIRC) and delivery of the ASI Safety Seminars, and assists with special projects to increase ASI’s outreach.
She previously held a position within AOPA Government Affairs where she advocated on behalf of AOPA members on regulatory issues.
Kristine holds a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she attained her private, instrument, commercial, multiengine, CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates.
Prior to her time at AOPA, she was an airline pilot, charter pilot, and private pilot with type ratings in the Airbus A320, Canadair Regional Jet, and Jetstream BAe3201 and with time in a Piaggio Avanti II. Kristine has held positions of chief pilot under Part 135 operations as well as check airman and manager of Human Factors for a Part 121 air carrier. She has also assisted in the certification process for two separate air carriers (a Part 121 airline and Part 135 charter operator), writing manuals and representing the carriers in FAA table-top exams and flying proving runs to earn operating certificates for those carriers.
Dave Hirschman was just starting out as a newspaper reporter in the mid-1980s when he was assigned to write a story about a biplane pilot in advance of an airshow, and a 30-minute flight in the open-cockpit N3N convinced Dave that he had to learn to fly. Since then, Dave has logged about 7,000 flight hours, mostly in totally impractical vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes. He is an ATP, CFII, MEI with single- and multiengine land and sea ratings. He also has provided more than 2,000 hours of tailwheel and aerobatic dual instruction.
Tom Horne is a 5,000-hour ATP and CFII with type ratings in the Phenom 300 and Cessna Mustang. His experience includes flying some 250 different aircraft models, from ultralights to top-of-the line business jets. He’s been writing for AOPA Pilot since 1980, and covers a wide range of topics. One of them—“Wx Watch,” a monthly column begun in 1982—exclusively addresses aviation weather. He’s studied meteorology at Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania State University. This year and next, he’s also heading up AOPA’s 1963 Debonair Sweepstakes restoration project. A final note: He owns a pair of Tony Lama cowboy boots.
Pilots throughout the world know John and Martha King from their fun video presentations in their courses, and regard them as their personal aviation mentors. The Kings’ use of technology and clear, simple, and fun teaching have made aviation knowledge more accessible to hundreds of thousands of pilots and maintenance technicians.
The Kings’ ongoing love of flying and learning has resulted in their being the first couple to both hold every category and class of FAA rating on their pilot and instructor certificates. Martha is the first and only woman to achieve this complete ratings sweep.
Through the years, the Kings have retained their enthusiasm for flying. They fly their own Dassault Falcon 10 jet wherever they go, swapping captain and copilot duties on each leg. They have flown as pilots in every continent of the world except Antarctica, including a trip completely around the world via the length of Russia.
John and Martha have had many awards and honors, but they say their greatest honor has been the privilege to pay an important role in the lives of so many pilots.
Lindy Kirkland spent five years flying the most photographed helicopter in the world. As a Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, Kirkland was a pilot in command of Marine One, the President’s helicopter. Prior to this prestigious assignment, Kirkland spent 16 years flying the AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter in various squadron assignments. Along the way, he also spent time as a helicopter flight instructor for the Navy and Marine Corps and as an acquisition program manager for the new AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters. Kirkland is the proud owner of a 1974 Beech Bonanza that he flies as an active pilot for the Veteran’s Airlift Command and Angel Flight East. He is also currently serving as the president of the Air Care Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting and advancing public benefit flying. Lindy resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with his wife Anita.
John Kounis is the co-founder and editor in chief of Pilot Getaways, a magazine that covers fun places to fly for private pilots. Since founding the magazine in 1998, he has been crisscrossing the country in his Cessna 185 to research fun and exciting destinations—including more than 30 destinations in Texas alone. Before starting the magazine, he spent eight years in Germany, where he flew his Cessna 172RG more than 1,200 hours in over 40 countries—as far north as Spitzbergen about 800 nm north of the Arctic Circle and as far south as Cape Town, South Africa. While in Germany, he also flew extensively in the Alps in a Husky on skis; his highest landing was 14,800 feet.
Bruce Landsberg became the president of the AOPA Foundation in May 2010. He has led AOPA Air Safety Foundation since 1992, serving as president and executive director During his tenure, the organization has been nationally recognized with numerous awards on aviation safety leadership and educational program excellence. He writes the monthly “Safety Pilot” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, has a weekly blog, and is a frequent seminar and webinar presenter and keynote speaker. Bruce serves with many groups to represent general aviation safety interests in the FAA, NTSB, National Weather Service, and collegiate aviation education in addition to various industry groups.
Landsberg was product marketing manager for FlightSafety International in Wichita, Kan., specializing in new business development, training for owner-flown high-performance aircraft and for airline pilot recruitment programs. Prior to that, he managed Cessna Aircraft Company’s Air Age education department fleet sales of aircraft to colleges and universities.
A former U.S. Air Force officer, Landsberg holds a B.A. in Psychology and a master’s degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Maryland.
Bruce has logged more than 6,000 hours and holds airline transport pilot (ATP), single-engine, multiengine, and instrument flight instructor certificates. He has been an AOPA member for more than 40 years.
Dr. Janet Lapp is a 4,000-plus-hour flight instructor specializing in Beechcraft aircraft, an FAA aviation safety counselor, member of the FAASTeam, and contributor to NAFI Mentor, AOPA Instructor Report, Aviation Safety magazine, and the American Bonanza Society magazine. She has developed and presented several new Wings-accredited FAA safety seminars, and has developed cognitive tests for pilots, flight instructors, and AMEs to assess pilot decision-making skills and fitness for flight. Janet holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from McGill University Montreal, and has been Board certified in Psychology since 1982.
Rod Machado is on a one-man mission to keep the FUN in learning. He has degrees in Psychology and Aviation Science with an ATP and all fixed-wing flight instructor ratings. His 8,000 hours of flying were earned the HARD WAY—ONE flight instructor hour at a time. Rod wrote and coanchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying. He is AOPA’s national CFI spokesman, the flight instructor on Microsoft's Flight Simulator, a columnist for AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazines, and has a number of books including Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook and Plane Talk.
Tim is CEO of one of Utah’s leading biotechnology companies and is a professor of business at the University of Utah. Tim holds CFII and MEI ratings, is a BPPP instructor, and owns and flies an A36. Tim was key in organizing Angel Flight in Utah and started Santa Flight to carry gifts to needy children in Utah at Christmas. Tim was awarded the Governor’s Medal for Science in Utah in 2012 and received AOPA’s Excellence in Flight Instruction Award in 2012.
Mike Nichols is NBAA’s vice president, operational excellence and professional development. He is a primary contact on business aircraft operations and ownership issues, including aircraft acquisition, tax and regulatory matters and works with NBAA committee volunteers to enhance operational excellence in business aviation. He became a certified aviation manager (CAM) designation in May 2012. Nichols leads NBAA’s professional development activities at NBAA’s conventions, forums, conferences, and seminars. Nichols is an active instrument-rated private pilot, a co-owner of a Cessna 172, and a member of AOPA and the American Society of Association Executives.
Gerry Parker has held a CFI certificate since 1969. He served as a navigator in the U.S Air Force. He has instructed with the BPPP since late 2002 and serves as a BPPP standardization instructor. Gerry holds a Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificate, is an accredited Master CFI, an ABS Aviator. He received the Instructor Accomplishment award from the Greater Houston Association of Flight Instructors.
John Propel is a product support technical representative with Hartzell Propeller, Inc., with over 12 years of experience. He recently joined Hartzell Engine Technologies as sales manager to oversee and manage Hartzell’s aftermarket sales and distribution network.
Bob is ABS’ lead technical advisor and frequent ABS Air Safety Foundation Service Clinic inspector. He retired from Delta Airlines as a manager of line maintenance at Atlanta and has operated Southern Aero, an FBO focusing on Beech maintenance, for 20 years. Bob flies a 1966 V35.
LtCol Kevin “Big Jim” Roethe is the senior air defense FAA liaison for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). He started flying taildraggers when he was 16, and proceeded to attend every airshow within driving range, claw his way through the civilian ratings, and work as a flight instructor in college. Big Jim served as an F-16 fighter pilot in Alaska while enjoying flying his bush plane out of his front yard. He went to Test Pilot School to combine his love of flying with his engineering background. After 9/11, he helped flight test technology and tactics to intercept civilian aircraft, then taught the next generation of testers at the US Air Force Test Pilot School. He is currently an AOPA and NBAA member flying as an executive Gulfstream G-200 pilot and serving as a reservist at NORAD. He combines his passion for civilian flying and military experience by spearheading the NORAD civil aviation training program.
Jonathan trained as a surgeon, has been flying for years, serves as medical counsel for AOPA, and writes AOPA Pilot magazine’s “Fly Well” column. He is passionate about patient empowerment and helps members through AOPA's Pilot Protection Services plan. Jonathan participated in developing medical technologies like laparoscopic surgery, amniotic stem cells, and the first commercial surgical robot, AESOP.
After 20 years as an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian Shul today is an accomplished author, speaker, and photographer.
He flew 212 close air support missions in Viet Nam before his aircraft was shot down. Severely burned in the crash, he was given little chance of survival. He spent one year in hospitals and endured 15 reconstructive surgeries. After countless hours of physical therapy, Brian surprised his doctors and returned to flying jet aircraft.
Amazingly he went on to become an airshow demonstration pilot in the A-10, instructed at the Air Force’s TOPGUN School, and culminated his Air Force career with selection to fly the SR-71.
Brian’s remarkable comeback story has motivated audiences nationwide. He is a National Spirit of Freedom Award winner, was the first SR-71 pilot to write a book about flying that plane, illustrated with his own photography, and just last year was inducted into the Air Force Hall of Fame.
Brian is the owner of Gallery One in Marysville, California, where his highly acclaimed nature photography is on display.
Adam is responsible for the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, AOPA’s strategic initiative to reverse the decline in the pilot population.
His focus includes creating the AOPA Flying Clubs Network, which aims to build and support a nationwide network of flying clubs. The program will make affordable, community-based flying available to thousands. Another area of emphasis is the AOPA Flight Training Initiative, which aims to improve the retention rate of flight training through greater emphasis on the customer experience.
Adam owns a Cessna 180 and a clipped-wing J-3 Cub and is slowly building a replica of a World War I Sopwith Pup using original plans.
Max is a general aviation advocate and thought leader. He's passionate about preserving and growing general aviation in the United States so that it remains available for future generations. He is the president of the SiliconValleyGA, which protects and promotes general aviation in California's Silicon Valley. He is the 2008 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.
He began learning to fly at age 15 and became a part-time flight instructor while working at HP. In 2004, he left HP to found Glass Cockpit Publishing, a publisher of aviation training materials. He actively teaches flying, is recognized as an expert in glass cockpit aircraft, and is one of 18 people in the world that concurrently holds both Master CFI and Master Ground Instructor designations.
ABS Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Thomas Turner has specialized in Beechcraft pilot instruction for nearly 25 years. Holder of a master’s degree in Aviation Safety and a three-time Master CFI, Tom was the 2010 National FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year and the 2008 FAA Central Region Flight Instructor of the Year.
Bruce Williams is the owner of BruceAir, LLC, an aviation consulting, training, and pilot-services company based in Seattle, Washington. He has been a pilot since the early 1970s, and he is a certified flight instructor and FAASTeam representative in the Seattle area. Today, he focuses on training for technically advanced aircraft (TAA) and stall/spin/upset courses in an Extra 300L aerobatic aircraft.
During a 15-year career at Microsoft, he worked on six versions of Microsoft Flight Simulator. While at Microsoft, he was also a technical editor, multimedia producer and editor, and business development manager.
In the 1980s, he edited the Western Flyer (now General Aviation News), a biweekly newspaper dedicated to the world of general aviation. He is also the author of Microsoft® Flight Simulator as a Training Aid: A Guide for Pilots, Instructors, and Virtual Aviators, published in 2007 by ASA, and Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator, published in 2012 by Wiley and Sons. He has also written about a variety of topics for magazines and other periodicals.
John Yodice set up his private practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland upon graduation from the George Washington University School of Law in 1959. Since then he has been continuously representing pilots and others in aviation law matters. Mr. Yodice is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Oklahoma. He serves as general counsel for AOPA and the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations. He is a director (and past president) of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, and is a founding member of the NTSB Bar Association.
Mr. Yodice authors a regular, monthly column in AOPA Pilot magazine and is primarily responsible for the articles included in the firm's several, quarterly newsletters.
Mr. Yodice is an active commercial pilot and flight instructor. He uses his twin-engine Cessna Turbo 310 primarily in his law practice. His Piper Cub is just for fun.
Kathleen Yodice joined Yodice Associates in the spring of 1998 and is chiefly involved in representing pilots and companies in aviation matters. Ms. Yodice began her law career at the FAA, where she spent 12 and a half years handling policy issues, enforcement litigation, medical certification issues, and airport matters. As an FAA attorney, she was a frequent lecturer at FAA Aviation Medical Seminars and FAA Enforcement Seminars. In private practice, Ms. Yodice continues to enjoy speaking on aviation legal issues, and she authors a regular column in AOPA's Flight Training magazine and in Aviation for Women magazine.
Ms. Yodice graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in the spring of 1986 and is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She received her B.A. degree, with honors, from Frostburg State University, where she concentrated her studies on psychology and mathematics.
Ms. Yodice is a past president of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and now serves on their board of directors. She is also a director of the Civil Aviation Medical Association, and a member of the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., the FAA Pilot Society, the Ninety-Nines, and Women in Aviation International.
Ms. Yodice is an instrument-rated private pilot, and she co-owns a 1968 Piper Cherokee 180 with her brother. She learned to fly in the family’s 1946 Piper J-3 Cub.
Dr. Ingrid Zimmer-Galler is a retina specialist and associate professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute with offices in Baltimore and Frederick, Marylsnd. She is an active pilot and aircraft owner.
John’s career in aviation began where many successful aviation careers do—as a student pumping Jet A and avgas. He worked at Sporty’s affiliated FBO, Eastern Cincinnati Aviation, for several summers before he graduated from Duke University with a degree in political science. Now, 14 years later, John oversees the Sporty’s Pilot Shop catalog and online marketing programs. He has been flying for 15 years and is a commercial pilot with more than 2,000 hours. He also holds helicopter, glider, and seaplane ratings. His broad aviation background is invaluable to developing new products and understanding the products and information pilots need for real-world flying. John flies a Robinson R44, a Citabria, and a Pilatus PC-12.