Matthew’s love of aviation began early, but it wasn’t until after grad school and the start of a geospatial engineering career that he was able to engage in aviation. “After my first ride in a friend’s cub, I was hooked, but it took more than a few years before I was able to start flying.”
Dave was born and raised on an Indian Reservation in E Washington, he learned to love and respect the outdoors- camping, hunting, fishing and working. His father owned and operated a logging company which he worked for while going to high school and college, learning the value of hard work and being independent. While in college, Dave’s father encouraged him to get his pilot’s license, saying that GA was the future. After graduating from the Univ. of Washington, he moved to Alaska to experience the ‘Last Frontier’, and to hunt and fish the wilds.
A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Jeff Russell grew up in Sheboygan and now resides near Madison, WI. He flies a SuperCub and Cirrus out of the Morey airport in Middleton. “The SuperCub rotates between Bushwheels, skis, and floats and spends at least two weeks a year in the backcountry of Montana and Idaho,” he says, adding, “I look forward to working with the RAF on its mission to promote recreational aviation in Wisconsin.”
Lori grew up the youngest (with a twin sister) in a large aviation family. Her father served as navigator on a B-29 during WWII, and later piloted his family around the country in a PA-11, a Skywagon, and a Piper Navajo. Her childhood was filled with Sunday afternoon flights in the PA-11, flying the C-180 to visit older siblings who were in college at the University of Wyoming, and accompanying her father on business trips and travels to many destinations.
Her brother became a CFI, and three brothers-in-law held private pilot certificates.
If there was ever an individual who epitomizes volunteerism for the Recreational Aviation Foundation, it is Carmine Mowbray, from Polson, Montana. She volunteers her time to publish the RAF Newsletter, and has worked on the pilot shelter at Ryan Field, swung a Pulaski cutting sage brush at a Missouri Breaks airstrip and staffed the RAF booth at trade shows.
A private pilot since 2003, Craig McCullough received his instrument rating in 2005 and has since flown his Cessna 172 up and down the eastern seaboard to airstrips in Philadelphia, Williamsburg, Charleston, Savannah, Key West and many points in-between. Craig works for Hewlett-Packard managing sales teams that support civilian and intelligence agencies within the federal government.
Pete grew up in Maryland, bought a 1946 Aeronca Champ in 1975 and has been flying it ever since. He is an A&P; he studied Aerospace Engineering and in 1985 began as a Flight Test Engineer with the Department of Defense at Pax River Naval Air Station. He now serves as a Project Engineer with HCR Inc. a family manufacturing business. He lives in Lewistown, MT with his wife and three children. Their daughter Rebecca is a licensed pilot and learned to fly in that 1946 Champ.
An active member of the aviation community, Pete enjoys rebuilding classics as much as flying them.
The RAF's new Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Chandler cannot recall her first GA flight. Just three months old she was nestled into a makeshift bed behind the rear seats of the family’s Piper Archer to temporarily escape the Ohio winter in Florida.
Growing up, she does recall many of her family’s aviation adventures including trips to the mountains, coastal islands and a particular South Carolina watermelon run ($1 a melon) in their Stinson 108.