Nick Ahlen is based in Pensacola, Florida, where he instructs the future of Naval Aviation in primary, instrument, aerobatics, and formation flight in the T-6B Texan II turboprop trainer. Nick is an FAA Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI) in multiple categories including helicopters; holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy; and is a National Association of Flight Instructors Master Instructor.
Nick has been a professional aviation educator for over a decade, with over 2,300 hours of instruction given. Nick remains active in general aviation through AOPA, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the National Association of Flight Instructors, the Civil Air Patrol, the Commemorative Air Force, and the International Aerobatics Club.
William Beuck has 23 years of experience in military and general aviation. He is a Commercial Pilot with a Multi-Engine Instrument rating, Certified Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, Instrument Ground Instructor, and Airframe and Powerplants Mechanic. While in the Marine Corps he served as a KC-130 Flight Engineer around the world flying over 6500 hours, participating in Operations Iraq Free and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Africa and South America. During that time he instructed systems and emergency procedures to pilots and flight engineers during flight and in flight simulators. In addition he provided instruction in Crew Resource Management and Risk Management. He concluded his Marine Corps career as a Maintenance Officer and Aviation Maintenance Safety Inspector.
Mr. Beuck earned his Private Pilots License with the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena Aero Club while in Okinawa, Japan. He completed all other ratings with Plus One Flyers in San Diego, California, where he currently instructs. He also volunteers as a supplemental instructor with Miramar Community College’s flight program. In addition to flying aircraft he also flies paragliders and coaches skydiving. Throughout his career he has had opportunities to recover from being a Rusty Aircrewman or Pilot.
Ray Beverly is a pilot who loves to fly and teach. Twenty years as a U.S. Air Force pilot flying the T-38 and B-52, owning two different flying schools, flying the Citation X for NetJets, and owning his own Decathlon and now an RV8 have made for a fun and exciting flying career. Ray’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education have gone hand in hand with his flying career. With his ATP and Gold Seal Flight instructor’s certificates, he has more than 22,000 total flying hours with more than 10,000 hours of dual instruction given. He and his wife of 47 years, Sharon, live in Eugene, Oregon.
Mark Boguski was once a rusty pilot, however after a 22-year absence from the sky he got current again in 2002 with help from AOPA. Since then he’s earned his Instrument rating, Commercial Pilot certificate, Flight Instructor certificate and his Advanced Ground Instructor certificate.
Following an early retirement, Mark is now pursuing his passion for training the next generation of safe and enthusiastic pilots as an independent CFI and AGI in Olathe, Kansas. With Rusty Pilots, he’s also looking forward to helping the current generation of pilots to be safer and more active in flying.
Mark is in a partnership owning a 1977 Piper Archer, a member of AOPA, EAA, Civil Air Patrol, the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). Outside of aviation, Mark has a passion for climbing mountains and long distance backpacking – “anything to get to altitude”!
William Dubois is a widely published aviation writer and frequent contributor to AOPA’s Flight Training magazine, General Aviation News, and FAA Safety Briefing. He is also the author of the long-running PlaneTales blog. Dubois, who started flying at age 17, has a degree in aviation technology, holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with Instrument rating, an NAA Sporting License, and a Ground Instructor certificate with Advanced and Instrument ratings. He’s flown 22 types of aircraft, from light sport to light twins. Dubois is a national champion air racer, taking home the silver season trophy for production airplanes from the Sport Air Racing League in 2006, and he’s the holder of a world speed record from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
Dubois has been involved in adult education most of his life, and believes that humor and analogy are key teaching techniques, along with a relaxed and inclusive style that makes learning fun. He’s especially excited to be working with the Rusty Pilots Program because he himself was a rusty pilot, and he understands the challenges and rewards of returning to the cockpit.
Meg Godlewski was born into an aviation family. Her father was an engineer at Lockheed and her mother spent time at a P-38 base during World War II where she took flying lessons in an Aeronca Champ. Meg is also a journalist and spent the better part of 10 years working any media job she could find to pay for flying lessons. Meg currently writes the Ask the Instructor column for Aviation for Women Magazine. Meg is a FAA Commercial Pilot and Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI), FAA Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor (AGI, IGI) and a six time Master Flight Instructor in addition to being a Gold Seal instructor.
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.
Michael Gwinn is an experienced aviation professional with more than 40 years of general aviation and military experience. Soloing on his family’s grass field (WV77) at 16 years old, Mike later joined the U.S. Army, serving in numerous helicopter and airplane assignments including service in the prestigious 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Mike holds Airline Transport Pilot certificates for both airplanes and helicopters. He is also an FAA Gold Seal CFI for both airplanes and helicopters, is type rated in 12 aircraft, and has more than 14,000 flight hours. Currently Mike is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for airplanes and helicopters with the Richmond, Virginia FSDO, an FAA Specialty Aircraft Examiner (SAC), and works as a contract flight instructor in both airplanes and helicopters at Fort Eustis, Virginia. In his spare time, he flies his Cessna 170B and runs the Hinton-Alderson Airport (WV77) at Pence Springs, West Virginia, which has been operated by his family since 1932.
Philip Mandel had no idea flying could be affordable for someone with an average income, or possible for someone with an IQ under 200 – until he met a pilot, just a “regular guy” with an average job, who flew for fun and owned a beautiful Mooney. The very next day, Phil drove to his local flight school and signed up for lessons. The bug bit so deeply that sometimes he went for two or even three flight lessons per day! That was back in 1981. He earned his Private Pilot certificate, followed by an Instrument rating, Commercial Pilot certificate, CFI, CFI-I, and MEI certificates. Through the years he has owned nine different airplanes. Now a “recovering engineer,” Phil is an independent flight instructor based in the Portland, Oregon area.
John ‘Bart’ McGonagill graduated from the University of Arizona and immediately entered the United States Air Force and undergraduate pilot training. Twenty years and four-corners of the world later, he concluded his USAF career as a combat rescue pilot and continued his passion for general aviation. An active CFI throughout his military life, in his post-USAF career, he worked as an airport manager, helped author aviation legislation, and of course, kept flight instructing. An aviation enthusiast, he built and flies an RV-10, and is an airpark community dweller in Granbury, Texas. John is currently exercising his post 9-11 GI Bill, attending graduate school at Texas Tech University. He is married to his wife of 32 years, Teresa, also using her post 9-11 GI bill at the Texas Tech School of Law. They have a daughter, Naomi, a 2014 graduate of West Point serving in the United States Army.
John is a very personable instructor pilot with exemplary experience in search and rescue operations. He has been a guest lecturer for professional and community organizations throughout his career. He served as a USAF formal school academic instructor, simulator instructor, courseware designer, and flight-line instructor. Additionally, he served in flight test operations, airfield management, training management, and scheduling. John has been involved in general aviation for over 35 years and holds ratings of commercial (fixed and rotary), instrument, and instructor.
Yasmina Platt knew she wanted to become a pilot since flying, as a child, in airliners between the beautiful Canary Islands and mainland Spain. She moved to the United States over 15 years ago to achieve her dream.
Obtaining her private pilot certificate while in High School, Yasmina is an active pilot and flight instructor (CFI and CFII), rated in single and multi-engine airplanes, seaplanes, and helicopters. Yasmina also holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and an M.S. in Transportation Planning and Management from Texas Southern University (TSU).
Yasmina’s professional career includes soccer management, aircraft sales, transportation research, teaching, advocacy, marketing, and airport planning and management. Her passion and commitment for aviation is evident in the number of professional credentials that she holds as well as the number of awards she has acquired. Her focus is aviation safety, development, outreach, research, education, and the promotion and protection of aviation. She especially loves teaching and sharing her love of flying with others.
Yasmina currently works for AECOM as a Senior Airport Planner and Utah Valley University (UVU) as an Adjunct Aviation Instructor. She also writes a bi-monthly column for the Midwest Flyer magazine.
She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband Jared, a cargo pilot and GA supporter.
Dale Robinson is a Certified Flight Instructor, aviation trainer and speaker who is deeply committed to giving back to the community by mentoring future pilots. He has taught at flight schools in Delaware including Boeing Aero Club and Delaware Aviation—and at New Garden Airport in Pennsylvania and flown as a commercial pilot.
As Program Director for Young Eagles at New Garden Airport, he manages a team of more than 25 volunteers delivering more than 200 free airplane rides to local youth each year. As a guest speaker and mentor, Dale participates in youth programs for Future Aviators summer camp. He also flies occasional Angel Flights and PilotsNPaws rescue missions.
Dale has more than 1,500 hours of pilot in command time and his ratings and certificates include CFI and Advanced Ground Instructor, Commercial Instrument Multi-Engine Land and Single Engine Land and Sea.
Dale holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Delaware and has a background as an enterprise technology and sales executive with companies including Dell, Apple, Lenovo, Teradata, and currently Computer Sciences Corporation. He currently serves on several boards including Ramessys, a startup digital security company, and the University of Delaware’s Parent Leadership Council.
Dale resides in Delaware with his wife Liz and their three children. While not flying or working, he always maintains a very positive “Life is Good” attitude in everything he does!
Brian Schiff is a captain for a major U.S. airline and is type-rated on the Boeing 727, 757, and 767; DC-9 (MD-80); CL-65; LR-JET; and Gulfstream V. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft. He holds several flight instructor ratings and is recognized for his enthusiasm and ability to teach in way that simplifies complex procedures and concepts. He has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985. Schiff also has been an FAA-designated examiner. He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters of Science degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly teaches and conducts seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.
Ted Spitzmiller has unique qualifications that include an extensive background in teaching everything from flight operations to full semester ground schools. He enjoys interacting with people and lighting a fire of enthusiasm for all things aerospace.
He has given more than 4,000 hours of dual instruction in and endorsed pilots for Private, Commercial, Instrument, Multi-engine, CFI, and CFII ratings in Part 61 and 141 schools. He taught ground school for the University of New Mexico for 12 years, and sits on the Board of the Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy (SAMS), a unique aviation-oriented charter school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ted has logged flight time in 82 different aircraft types, has received extensive aerobatic training, and is tailwheel qualified. He is a Civil Air Patrol Command Pilot and the editor of IFR Refresher magazine.
Ron Timmermans credits his older brother and his wife for his success in aviation—his brother for taking him for a flight while he was still in elementary school and his wife for encouraging him to become a flight instructor. Ron has 6,000-plus hours of flight time, including more than 3,000 hours as a flight instructor. Now retired from his career as an architect and project management professional, including 35 years as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army, Ron lives in Orlando, Florida, where he is an independent flight instructor.
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, and Young Eagles.
Jeanné holds both undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics. Jeanné was a Rusty Pilot herself. When she was young, her mother taught her to fly. She took a 15-year break from flying and has earned all her ratings but her private certificate since that time.
Bill Wilson has combined careers in the news media, business and the military with his life-long passion for aviation. After three years in the U.S. Navy as an Air Controlman, he spent 20 years as a TV newsman with his last assignment as news director of KDFW in Dallas. In 1985, Bill started Communique, an Indianaoplis-based interactive multi-media production group that he ran for 24 years. Re-entering the Navy as a reserve public affairs officer in 1974, he retired as a Captain in 1995 with a total of 26 years of active duty and reserve time.
Now semi-retired in the Melbourne, Florida, area, Bill actively instructs pilots seeking to return to flying. One recent student was an 89-year-old former Army Air Force P-51 pilot. You will also read his articles periodically in popular aviation publications. As a Certified Flight Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor, Bill concentrates on conducting effective flight reviews.
Bill’s home field is Valkaria Airport (x59) in Florida, where he is a member of the Orlando FSDO FAAST team.