Aloft above the Mining City of Butte, a kid seeing the grandeur of Montana's Rockies for the first time is destined to become passionate about aviation. Those early flights in a neighbor's Bonanza motivated young John McKenna to obtain his private pilot license at the age of 16.
Alan’s business acumen and impressive experience on professional boards qualified him for this RAF board position. But he demonstrated his sleeves-rolled-up dedication to its mission when he flew from his home in Pennsylvania to Ryan Field for a work party.
Jack was introduced to flying in 1989 by son Devin, who began washing planes for flight time at age 13. Before long, Jack, his wife Patricia, and Devin were all licensed and flying as one another’s co-pilots on weekends, vacations and then college shopping.
McGlynn has 24 years' executive experience with Hewlett-Packard, finishing there in 2005 as a Senior Vice President having participated in boosting printer annual sales from $150 million to over $13 billion. Retirement was short-lived as McGlynn was recruited to run a new Australian color printing startup with breakthrough technology. He retired again in 2013.
McGlynn flies his Cessna 182, frequenting backcountry airstrips.
Mike was born and raised in New Hampshire (hometown is North Conway), where his interest in aviation began early. His grandfather (Transport Pilot's License #3926) started flying in 1913 after building his first airplane. Later he became a barnstormer where he met Mike’s grandmother Freda. Deciding it was time to settle down, they moved to North Conway in 1930 to start an airport (http://www.airfields-freeman.com/NH/Airfields_NH.htm#white
In April 2005, Peter (Pete) Bunce became President and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with additional offices in Brussels, Belgium. He and the GAMA staff travel worldwide engaging regulators, policy makers and elected officials to promote general aviation and advance the interests of GAMA's international membership of more than 73 airframe, avionics, engine and component manufacturers.
Steve "sj" Johnson came to aviation from an unusual direction. Fear of flying on commercial airliners led him to confront the fear and start taking flying lessons in 1997. A rocky start - including an accident as a low-time pilot - fueled his determination to learn all he could about flying. Now a 4500+ hour pilot, Gold Seal flight instructor, dedicated advocate of aviation and aviation safety, those days seem very long ago.