CHRIS SULLIVAN

A lifelong resident of Greenville County, South Carolina, Chris Sullivan started flying in 1991 largely inspired by his Uncle John who had been a Marine Corps fighter pilot in the Pacific theater, and later flew a Mooney for business.   Chris explains that back in the early sixties, Greenville was still a sleepylittle Southern town.…

Read More

JEFF DEFREEST

Alaska State Liaison Jeff DeFreest started flying early in life – logging his first hours in 1972 – but his flight training stalled until he was well into his career as a professional geologist with the US Forest Service (USFS). He worked in Idaho, Oregon, and Utah before transitioning to Alaska in 2001.  Before moving…

Read More

BILL STEINMETZ

Indiana State Liaison Bill grew up in a flying family. He graduated in 1979 from Purdue University in Indiana with a degree in Professional Pilot Technology. “I was teaching and flying Part 135 in what was then a horrible aviation job market,” he says. Eventually becoming engaged full time in a family construction business, Bill…

Read More

KATERINA BARILOV

California State Liaison Originally from Russia, Katerina lives and works out of a small airport in Santa Paula in southern California. Along with a team of engineers based in Silicon Valley, she is growing a start-up that is building an electric aircraft that will help first responders get to the scene of an accident in remote areas…

Read More

HARPER GOODWIN

Arkansas State Liaison In eighth grade, Harper’s dad gave him a book, How to Become an Airline Pilot, then career day in high school “sealed the deal,” Harper says. “The job was described to me as something like, ‘Fly around the world in fast moving jets with lots of levers, knobs, gauges and important procedures,…

Read More

DAN BARNHILL

Alabama State Liaison There was an Aeronca Champ on the family farm in south Alabama where Dan was raised. “My dad got his pilot’s license while at Auburn University in the late 60s,” Dan says. He flew it from their grass strip overseeing the row crops, pecans, fruits and vegetables, and hog and cow operation during Dan’s…

Read More

TIM RILEY

Idaho State Liaison Tim is a native of upstate New York. His introduction to aviation was as a youngster in a Beaver on floats on the lakes in the Adirondacks. He has lived and traveled around the world during a career in the data networking and security industry. Starting with hang gliders and paragliders, Tim…

Read More

JULIAN PRIDMORE-BROWN

After stints instructing in Asia and back in California, Julian stepped into the role of an airline pilot during what would become a turbulent time for the industry. After the events of September 11, 2001, he returned to flying smaller airplanes as an air ambulance pilot in eastern Oregon while spending off-days flying firefighters around…

Read More

TODD BANKS

Kansas State Liaison Todd, a Wichita native, began flying while in high school. After taking a 30 year break to raise kids and see them off to college, flying was again at the top of his to-do list. He started re-learning tailwheel skills after acquiring a yellow Cub. While working on a land clearing timber…

Read More

BILL MCCORMICK

Kentucky State Liaison Growing up in St. Joseph & K.C. Missouri, Bill had always wanted to take flying lessons and started them in 1997 but then a move, life, work, etc. got in the way.  While on a fishing trip in western Alaska with his brother in 2011, he caught that “Bug” again. Getting rides…

Read More