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air safety institute instructorTom Curran

Tom started flying at Seattle’s Boeing Field in 1978 and holds ATP, CFII/MEI, and float ratings. His early exploits included instructing in Florida and Alaska. After college, he helped produce Alaska’s first Aviation System Plan and several airport master plans. Tom later joined the USAF and served as an Instructor and Evaluator pilot in the F-15C and B-1B. His adventures included tours in Alaska, Europe, Japan, and Southwest Asia. His “day jobs” included Commander of a B-1B squadron, Director of a NATO Air Operations Center, and Deputy Director of the DoD‘s Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence. His credentials include degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Florida Institute of Technology. Tom lives in Gig Harbor, WA, and WILL fly for food!

Gerry FairbairnGerry Fairbairn

Gerry holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is a retired professor of aviation having taught at San Jose State University, Daniel Webster College and Westminster College. He is an ATP, a flight instructor with airplane, glider, and instrument ratings; a ground instructor with advanced and instrument ratings, and holds a mechanics certificate with A&P ratings. He has accumulated over 6,500 flight hours with much of it in flight instruction.

Catherine FishCatherine Fish

Catherine Fish has been an active flight instructor since 1974 and is a current mountain pilot. Her background includes diverse experiences including glider tow pilot, USDA contract pilot, airplane camping and commuter airline captain. Formerly an Av Tech instructor at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, she is currently a ground instructor for P-3 Orion Air Tanker Pilots.  She has been an AOPA Air Safety instructor since 1983. She is an active member of the Aviation Speakers Bureau, and is co-author of the book Speaking of Flying.

air safety institute instructorMark Grady

Mark Grady has over 6,500 hours in a Cessna 152! He logged those hours during his decade as a traffic watch/pilot reporter for WRAL-FM in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has also flown other aircraft ranging from a Cessna 441 to the Blockbuster Video Blimp.

Mark has been presenting seminars for the Air Safety Institute for well over a decade. He is a member of the Aviation Speakers Bureau and was named North Carolina’s Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year in 1998 by the FAA. He is also the author of two books and a filmmaker.

Bill Gunn

Bill is the former airport compliance manager for the Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division. Bill is an ATP, CFII, MEI, and ACR authority. He has approximately 8,000 flying hours in a wide variety of military and civil business, corporate, and general aviation areas. Bill flew RF 4C aircraft in South East Asia, air shows in Great Britain, and represented the Air Safety Foundation in test CFI clinics in Australia. Bill is a consultant for right-of-way and airport compliance issues and litigation and writes professionally for aviation journals. He is an aircraft owner and flies for business and pleasure.

jason millerJason Miller

Jason Miller is a Certified Flight Instrument Instructor with more than 18 years of aviation experience and thousands of hours of instruction given. Jason is a member of the FAA safety team, an instructor for AOPA’s Air Safety Institute and was nominated by the FAA for the 2009 Flight Instructor of the Year Award.

“I am passionate about developing systems that help pilots become safer and more efficient.” Says Miller.

Using his background as a performer and experience on the flight line, Jason created The Finer Points – Aviation Podcast, one of the most recognized and well respected aviation podcasts in the world. The critically acclaimed podcast has delivered more than 3m flight training files to pilots all over the world.

Wayne Phillips

Wayne Phillips is an ATP with B-737 and Falcon 20 type ratings. Wayne is a DA-20 Examiner, has owned and operated a 135 company, a banner towing business, and a hot air balloon tour enterprise in the Rockies. He manages the Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP), a two-day B-737 introductory course for aspiring airline pilots conducted at the Continental Airlines Pilot Training Center (www.b737.com). He’s the careers writer for Flight Training Magazine. Wayne earned “CFI of the Year-1999” in the FAA NW Region.

air safety institute instructorJeanné Willerth

Jeanné Willerth is a Master CFI who provides single and multi-engine training in the Kansas City area. She was named the 2015 “CFI of the Year” for both the Kansas City Flight Standards District and the FAA’s Central Region. Jeanné was the 2012 “National FAASTeam Rep of the Year”. She is an ATP and holds CFI-A, CFI-I, MEI, IGI, and AGI certificates. Jeanné is active in the Ninety-Nines, SAFE, and the Missouri Pilots Association. She volunteers for Angel Flight Central, Challenge Air, LifeLine Pilots and Young Eagles. Jeanné holds both undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics.