Ms. Schulze has been with the NTSB for 10 years and is currently the Chief of the Major Investigations Division in the Office of Aviation Safety. In this role, she oversees the organization responsible for investigating major accidents and incidents involving domestic air carriers and providing U.S. accredited representatives for investigations involving foreign air carriers. Previously, Ms. Schulze served as the Chief of the Aviation Engineering Division, overseeing investigative work in areas related to aircraft systems, structures, powerplants, and maintenance. Ms. Schulze joined the NTSB as a system safety engineer and worked on numerous domestic and international investigations, including Alaska Airlines flight 261, Pinnacle Airlines flight 3701, and American Airlines flight 587. Before joining the NTSB, Ms. Schulze worked in the commercial aerospace industry in various engineering and engineering management roles related to design, system safety, reliability, and quality. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Space Sciences and Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York.
Dr. Bower has been with the NTSB since 1995. He joined the Major Investigations Division in the Office of Aviation Safety in September 2010. He was previously the Chief of the Vehicle Performance Division in the Office of Research and Engineering, where he specialized in aircraft performance, aircraft icing, and aerodynamics for NTSB accident investigations. Dr. Bower is currently the investigator-in-charge for several domestic incidents and the U.S. accredited representative for the Swearingen SA-227 Metroliner accident in Cork, Ireland. He has participated in more than 30 major domestic and international accident investigations, including Comair flight 3272, Alaska Airlines flight 261, and TWA flight 800. Dr. Bower received the NTSB's Dr. John K. Lauber Award in 1998 for his aircraft in-flight icing research programs conducted during the Comair flight 3272 investigation. Dr. Bower has also provided NTSB support to other agencies, including NASA during its investigation of the space shuttle Columbia accident and the FBI during its investigation of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Before joining the NTSB, Dr. Bower worked as a research scientist/engineer, a college instructor, and an aerospace engineer. Dr. Bower received his Bachelor of Science and doctorate degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Crookshanks, an aerospace engineer specializing in structures, has been with the NTSB's Aviation Engineering Division within the Office of Aviation Safety since 2002. He has participated in numerous accident investigations, serving as investigator-in-charge, U.S. accredited representative, and Airworthiness and Structures Group Chairman. He was previously employed by Winglet Systems, Inc., where he provided design, installation, and sustaining engineering support for a composite Boeing 727 winglet, and The Boeing Company, where he performed dynamic flight load calculations for various airplane models. Mr. Crookshanks received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado.
Mr. Sauer, a Senior Air Safety Investigator in the NTSB's Central Region, has been with the NTSB for 12 years and has participated in more than 500 accident investigations. He has been the investigator-in-charge of numerous high-profile aviation accidents involving both general aviation and commercial aircraft. Mr. Sauer is a private pilot with airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane ratings. For the past 8 years, he has represented the NTSB at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh event. In 2006, he received the NTSB's Regional Employee Award. Mr. Sauer received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin and Master of Aeronautical Science degree in Operations Management/Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
John W. McGraw became the deputy director of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Flight Standards Service in November 2008. Flight Standards, an organization of more than 4,800 employees, is responsible for ensuring the safety of flight for civil aircraft by setting standards for and certificating air carriers, air agencies, general aviation operators, airmen, and designees. Flight Standards is also responsible for oversight of certificated operators and airmen and enforcement of the federal aviation regulations. In addition, the organization manages the aircraft and airmen official registry system. As deputy director, Mr. McGraw oversees the Flight Standards divisions that produce policy and work instructions for aviation safety inspectors and guidance for the aviation industry.
Previous assignments in the FAA include manager of Flight Standards' Flight Technologies and Procedures Division, AFS-400, where Mr. McGraw was responsible for the implementation of new technologies into a performance-based National Airspace System. Before joining Flight Standards, Mr. McGraw worked in the Aircraft Certification Service as acting assistant manager, Aircraft Engineering Division, AIR 100; acting manager, Transport Airplane Directorate Standards Staff; and manager, Airplane and Flight Crew Interface Branch in the Transport Airplane Directorate. Mr. McGraw's first assignment in the FAA in 1995 was as a senior systems engineer in the Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office.
Before entering the FAA, Mr. McGraw served as a test director/test pilot for the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center and as a flight test engineer for the U.S. Navy Rotary Wing Test Directorate at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River.
Mr. McGraw has over 30 years of aviation experience, including 13 years flight test experience. He served 24 years in the U.S. Army, active duty, Guard, and Reserve. He holds a Commercial Rotorcraft-Helicopter Certificate with an instrument rating, has over 4,000 hours of flight time, and is a U.S. Army Master Aviator. In 1984, he graduated cum laude from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics degree, and in 1987, he graduated with high honors from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree.
Born and raised in the Jacksonville, Florida area, he currently serves as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Aviation Events Specialist/Air Show Coordinator for AFS-800 in Washington, DC as of May 2011.
Following graduation and commissioning from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in General Engineering, he attended naval aviation training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Whiting Field in Florida and Corpus Christi, TX. He was winged a Naval Aviator in 1993 and selected the P-3C Orion Anti-submarine warfare aircraft with assignment to VP-47, Golden Swordsmen, at NAS Barber's Point, HI from 1993 to 1997. While assigned to VP-47, he served in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield assigned to duties involving enforcement of the No-Fly zone and maritime surveillance of the Persian Gulf. Flight duties involved plane commander, weapons officer and check pilot. Following VP-47, he flew the T-37 Tweet with the USAF at Vance AFB, OK and served as an instructor and check pilot flying the Be-200 King-Air at NAS North Island, CA. He fulfilled his obligation of active service and was honorably discharged in 2000.
Following military service, Mr. Umstead has continued flying holding a Commercial Pilot certificate with Instructor rating for instrument, multi and single engine airplane. He has flown as a SR-22 captain for a Part 135 operator, Flight Officer for Colgan Airlines in the SF-340 Saab aircraft and served as a Chief pilot and Director of Operations.
Since September 2007, Mr. Umstead has worked for the FAA as an Operations General Aviation Safety Inspector. He entered the FAA at the Greensboro, NC FSDO where he served as a Principal Operations Inspector (POI) for Part 133, 135, 137 and 141 operators. Additional assignments were Inspector in Charge (IIC) for Aviation Events, Check Airman and Facilities Safety Officer.
Mr. Umstead currently resides in Annapolis, MD with his wife of 13 years Beth Umstead and two children, William Michael (8) and Kaylee Alexandra (4).
John Cudahy has been president of the International Council of Air Shows since June 1997. In addition to day to day management responsibilities for the organization and its full-time staff, Mr. Cudahy is the industry's principal spokesman and has been intimately involved with developing and refining the air show community's safety program during the last 15 years, including details related to International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) administration of the aerobatic competency evaluation (ACE) program, which ICAS runs in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada. Before joining ICAS, Mr. Cudahy served in marketing- and communications-related positions for the National Pest Management Association, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the Packaging Education Foundation. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1983. He is a private pilot who lives in Herndon, Virginia, with his wife and two teenage children.
Wayne Boggs is a professional air boss who works at 20-25 air shows every year. He has been involved with the air show business for nearly 30 years and recognized as one of the most effective and most respected air show air bosses in the United States. In addition to his air boss responsibilities, Boggs serves as operations, safety and security director for the Sun n Fun Fly-In and Air Show in Lakeland, Florida, the country's second largest aviation and air show convention. Before retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration, Boggs held several management-level positions in the air traffic control division of FAA. He was responsible for air safety and security during the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. He was in charge of air traffic control for the FAA's Southern Region.
Judy Willey is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Air Shows. In her capacity as president of the Oregon International Air Show for the last twelve years, Willey has developed a strong, national reputation as one of the top air show event organizers in the country. Prior to joining OIAS in a full-time capacity, Willey served as events director for the Hillsboro (Oregon) Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of Portland State University and the mother of two adult children.
In 1998, Mike Houghton was elected to the board of directors of the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA). He was subsequently hired by the RARA and currently serves as the president and CEO of the Association and the executive director of the National Championship Air Races and Air Show.
Prior to joining RARA, Mr. Houghton was the vice president of marketing and sales for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. Before moving to Reno, he had held a number of key strategic marketing and sales management positions during his 26 years with United Airlines, UAL Inc., and United Vacations Inc. During his later years at United, he served as the president/CEO of United Vacations, Inc.; regional sales manager, Southwest Region; and national manager of sales support.
In 2003, Mike Major was elected to the board of directors of the RARA. He currently serves as the 1st Vice Chair and member of the executive committee, responsible during execution of the event for all timing, flagging and scoring functions. Mr. Major is chairman of the rules committee and is the primary point of contact for pilot and aircraft registration activities for both air racing and air show entrants. Additionally, he is a member of the operations committee, interfacing on a regular basis with the race classes, the Federal Aviation Administration, and emergency services personnel.
Mr. Major is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and retired from active duty as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force after 23 years of service. He flew 10 different high performance fighter and trainer aircraft and accrued nearly 4,000 hours of flight time, including combat experience in Viet Nam. Mr. Major progressed from line pilot through flight commander, weapons and tactics officer, squadron operations officer, squadron commander and vice wing commander, flying front-line fighter aircraft throughout his career. He is active in flight-safety-related activities, accident investigation boards, and the safety aspects of high performance maneuvering. He is also highly experienced in fighter related training at the pilot and instructor pilot levels.
After retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Major worked at Northrop Grumman Corporation, specializing in program management, marketing, business development, and customer relations interface activities with corporate, national, and international customers. He managed all aspects of the technical design, fabrication, assembly, verification and validation activities; ground and flight tests; training; and logistics support with an international partner.
Rod Hightower became president and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in September 2010, representing more than 170,000 aviators worldwide dedicated to the spirit of aviation and growing aviation through participation. In this role, he is also chairman of the annual EAA AirVenture Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which is the world's largest general aviation gathering with a total attendance exceeding 500,000 and an influx of more than 10,000 aircraft to the Oshkosh area for the weeklong event.
Mr. Hightower has been an active pilot for more than 30 years, using aviation for personal recreation as well as in his more than 25 years of business management and senior leadership experience for Fortune 500 manufacturing and industrial companies. He has served as a director of the National Stearman Foundation, a volunteer role focused on fundraising and organizing the annual National Stearman Fly-In. Mr. Hightower is also a founding member of Stearman Flight, an organization dedicated to standardized formation training and safety in Stearman aircraft. He has fully restored his own vintage Stearman biplane and also flies a World War II-era T-6 military trainer.
Sean Elliott has been on the EAA staff since 1996 and became vice president of industry and regulatory affairs for the EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in December of 2010. In this position, he manages EAA's government affairs offices at both EAA headquarters and in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for reviewing and analyzing government policy on the federal, state, and local levels that affects recreational aviation, as well as advocacy for EAA members and private individuals who build and fly aircraft for recreation. Mr. Elliott is also responsible for all EAA year-round aircraft and AirVenture air show operations.
Mr. Elliott is a pilot and instructor in most of EAA's vintage and experimental fleet. He is qualified in many different types of vintage aircraft, including 1929 Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor, 1929 Travel Air E- 4000, 1937 Waco YKS-7, 1930 Pitcairn Mailwing, 1930 Consolidated PT-3, 1927 Ryan NYP "Spirit of St Louis Replica", 1935 Stinson SR-9, 1930 Stinson SM-8A, 1930 D 25 New Standard, 1927 Curtis Swallow, 1932 Waco UEC, North American T-6, Socata TBM 700, Douglas DC-3 (type rated), and Boeing B-17 (type rated). Mr. Elliott's credentials include holding an airline transport pilot certificate and FAA Aviation Safety Counselor designation, over 8,200 hours of pilot-in-command time, and over 5,500 hours of dual instruction given. He holds ratings as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), CFI-Instrument, CF-Multi Engine Instructor, Gold Seal, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Instrument Ground Instructor.
Since 1969, George Cline has safely coordinated many diverse aerial operations and events. Originally trained as a U.S. Air Force air traffic controller, Mr. Cline has gone on to a distinguished career that has made him the leading professional air show air boss in North America. In the air boss business for almost 20 years, he is currently a War Bird air boss for the Oshkosh Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Fly-In in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the annual Sun n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida.
Mr. Cline retired from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with 38 years of experience as an air traffic controller and staff support specialist. While at the FAA, he was active on the FAA's safety council. He has worked as an air traffic controller at the EAA annual AirVenture Fly In in Oshkosh and has been involved in other high-profile events such as the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia; the 1999/2005 U.S. Open Golf Tournament in Pinehurst, North Carolina; the 1995 National Aerobatic Championships in Sherman, Texas; the 2002 Air Venture Race and Time Trials in Manteo, North Carolina; and the 2004/2005/2006 Masters Golf Tournament, Augusta, Georgia. For 20 years, Mr. Cline worked as a controller, procedures coordinator, and supervisor/operations manager at the Sun N' Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, where he was honored as the event's "Controller of the Year" in 1990.
As the current International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) instructor for FAA investigators-in-charge (IIC), Mr. Cline teaches the required course for FAA IICs to conduct air shows within the FAA. He also serves on the ICAS board of directors and was formerly on the ICAS Foundation board of directors. He has worked extensively with the North Carolina Department of Aviation, providing his expertise and knowledge to coordinate the department's Wings Weekend Programs, as well as its temporary air traffic control tower and Coastal Carolina Air Tours. From 2000 to 2007, he served on the FAA's National Airspace Review Team. He also served as the FAA liaison to the North American Air Defense Command's Joint Military Command inside its Cheyenne Mountain Facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1 month after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, providing essential support to the military and the FAA.
Mr. Cline is a private pilot and serves as a goodwill ambassador for aviation, speaking to civic and community groups about his profession and avocation.
Frank Sebastian is the Chair of the Seafair Airshow Committee in Seattle Washington, and the Airshow Director for the Seafair Airshow, an annual overwater event in Seattle. Mr. Sebastian has been involved in the Seafair Airshow for over 14 years and previously served as operations chief and air safety officer. Prior to Seafair, Mr. Sebastian was involved in leadership capacities with several other northwest air shows.
Professionally, Mr. Sebastian has been the president of Emphasis Technography, Ltd., since 1994. Emphasis Technography, Ltd., is a professional service corporation providing consultancy and operational support to state and local governments and the business community regarding emergency management, disaster planning, fatality management, and pathology and medicolegal investigational support. Mr. Sebastian has over 30 years of experience in medicolegal death investigation, and previously served with the Pierce County (Washington) Medical Examiner's Office.
Mr. Sebastian also currently serves as commander of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team for Region 10 (Pacific Northwest). He has deployed in a command role domestically and internationally in support of mass-fatality events.
Mr. Sebastian is a frequently lecturer and trainer on the topics of disaster planning, preparedness, and response. He is an adjunct instructor at Green River Community College. He also serves as a Representative for the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team for the Northwest Mountain Region.
Ed Downum has served as the coordinator of the Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Air Show in San Diego, California, since 1988 and the MCAS El Toro Air Show from 1993 to 1997. He has also been the director of the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum (MCAS Miramar Command Museum) since 2001.
After 27 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corp, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2000. He has 3,500 total flight hours as an A-6 Intruder naval flight officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1973.
Bob Stenevik joined the Commemorative Air Force in April 2005 as the Director of Safety and Flight Operations and was promoted to the Vice President of Safety, Maintenance, and Operations in January 2008. His first career was with the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a technician flying special operations, combat rescue, and some transport and tanker tours. He retired after serving 32 years in many different staff and squadron jobs; the final one in the squadron as commander and on staffs as the director of operations training for Tenth Air Force.
Mr. Stenevik was born August 21, 1947, in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1972 and Naval War College in 1992. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California safety management/accident investigation school and the Air Force aircraft mishap/accident investigation board president course.
Mr. Stenevik is married to the former Libby Ann Ivester of Medford, Oregon, and they celebrate their 42nd anniversary this summer.
In 2006 Jim DiMatteo was recruited to be the first and only US Race Director for the International Red Bull Air Races. In 2010 the Red Bull Air Races suspended all operations to re-evaluate their financial model. At that point Jim was invited to join Air Race Inc, an international company that is developing the next generation of single aircraft timed Air Racing. He currently serves as their Race Director and is responsible for the development and coordination of all aviation related activity, Rules and Regulations development, FAA (or equivalent) liaison, execution and oversight of all flying sessions, track design and qualifications of Race Pilots. He is also responsible for appointment of qualified personnel in key aviation functions, and is the primary point of contact for Piston Air Racing.
After graduating in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, Jim followed in his father and brother's footsteps and joined the US Navy where he began an unprecedented aviation career. He is currently on Reserve status as a Captain and has amassed over 5,000 hours in 5 different fighter aircraft (F/A-18, F-16, F-14, F-5, A-4) in over twenty-five years of service. After his combat deployment in Desert Storm, Jim was recruited into the prestigious TopGun adversary squadron. It was there that he accumulated more TopGun Adversary flight time than anyone in the history of the program, ultimately being named the Commanding Officer of both VFC-13 and VFC-111, the TopGun Adversary squadrons on each coast. While under his command the squadrons won the trifecta of Naval Aviation awards (for operations, safety and maintenance) a feat which had never been accomplished before. After command of his squadrons Jim joined the headquarters of Naval Aviation in San Diego, California and worked for the Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) overseeing the TopGun Adversary program. While at CNAF, Jim was asked to lead one of the most publically visible programs in the Navy, the year-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation in the year 2011. After completing what the Secretary of the Navy and CNO have touted as the greatest set of events in recent Naval Aviation history, Jim intends to retire in 2012 and pursue his Air Race and US Navy warbird passions.
In addition to his military and Air Racing careers, as an entrepreneur Jim owns and operates a few award-winning restaurants and bars in the San Diego area. He serves on numerous Boards and Committees in both the business and Naval Aviation sectors and has been awarded numerous civilian awards including the Spirit of Life Award for the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, the San Diego Trailblazer of the Year Award and the Chairman's Award for the International Sports Council. In the military, his accolades include Fighter Pilot of the Year, Adversary Pilot of the Year and Top Hook for the USS NIMITZ aircraft carrier and CAG-9 AIRWING. Jim resides in Coronado, California with his wife of 23 years (Kathy) and their two children, Isabella(11) and Nico(8).
Sean D. Tucker's life is marked by a search for excellence and perfected skill. He is not satisfied unless he is learning, refining a skill, or conquering a fear. Whether he is heli-skiing, cave SCUBA diving, golfing, or flying his one-of-a kind aerobatic dream machine, Sean is full-throttle and extremely accomplished. In air show flying, Sean is the world's premier performer in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most importantly, professionalism. He has been flying air shows world-wide since the mid-70's and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has flown more than 1500 performances at more than 500 air shows, in front of more than 100 million fans. In the upcoming season alone, Tucker and Team Oracle will entertain nearly 6 million fans at approximately 20 shows throughout North America. The level of professionalism and excitement in Sean's air show displays is no coincidence. He practices his air show routine three times every day. Sean has devoted his entire adult life to exploring the art of aerobatic flight and after over 10,000 life-time practices, his passion continues to grow. He is more inspired by the magic and discipline of flight every single year and he continues to improve his skills as an aviator.
Sean is a leader in the air show business as well as the larger aviation industry. He has received all of the air show industry's highest honors. Additionally, Sean has been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. This raises Sean into an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General 'Chuck' Yeager, Bob Hoover, Gene Cernan and John Glenn. However, Sean is nowhere near the end of his career. He continues to passionately develop the art form of Sky Dancing thru an exploration of formation aerobatics and the Collaborators Formation Aerobatic Team.