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.
When I raised my hand at the Montana Pilots Association’s (MPA) Board of Directors retreat in Bozeman in September of 2003, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I had been following the MPA’s Recreational Airstrip Committee for several years and watching them try to raise money. I even donated dogsled rides for their online auction. To boost their fundraising effectiveness I suggested they create an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 501(c) (3) Public Charity in order to solicit tax-deductible donations.
Reade joined the RAF board in July of 2012 and served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the foundation. He had long been associated with aviation and philanthropic work, primarily in the Philadelphia area. He brought financial management expertise to the RAF along with his deep love of aviation. Reade lost his life in an aircraft accident in January of 2016.
Starting out in a Piper Super Cub, Chuck got his private rating in 1960. Seeking further flying knowledge, he gained his commercial and glider licenses in 1961; then seaplane and instrument ratings. He bought a brand-new Cessna 180 in 1976 and began exploring North America from the air. He and his wife Penny have a map of the Continent, criss-crossed with their flights.