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Blaine Abbott

Quality Monitor/Covington Aircraft

Blaine Abbott is the Quality Monitor with Covington Aircraft and has 30 years of experience. He is considered an expert in the P&W R-985 and R-1340 Aircraft Engines  Among the world’s leading maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities, we specialize in PT6A turbine and R-985 and R-1340 radial engines and accessories.  

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Paul Draper

Repair Station Manager & Director of Maintenance/Roush Aviation

If it flies, Paul knows about it. Paul has been with Roush Aviation for 18 years and manages Roush Aviation’s Merlin Engine Repair Station. This is no easy task as the complexity to repair these engines properly takes creating engineering solutions and a robust relationship with the FAA to keep these warbirds flying proud. Paul has…

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Sean Elliott

Vice President — Advocacy and Safety EAA

Sean joined the EAA Staff in April of 1996. After 4 years of serving as the Executive Director and President for EAA’s affiliate, the National Association of Flight Instructors, Sean took over EAA’s Aircraft Operations and Air Tours in 2000. As the head of EAA Aircraft Operations, Sean is responsible for the development and implementation…

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Doug Macnair

Vice President Government Relations, EAA

Doug Macnair serves as VP of Government Relations for the EAA in Washington, DC. He is primarily involved in the oversight and conduct of government relations, legislative affairs, aviation policy, and advocacy on behalf of more than 200,000 EAA members and the personal and recreational aviation community.   Before joining EAA, he held the position…

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Jack Harrington

Attorney, SmithAmundsen - Aerospace Practice Group

Jack Harrington Jack Harrington received his Juris Doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1986. He serves in an Of Counsel position to the Smith Amundsen firm in Chicago as a member of the Aerospace Practice Group. He has published numerous articles on the subject of aviation law, which have been published in…

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Jose Flores

President, Vintage V-12's

Jose is the President of Vintage V-12’s, a company that has been rebuilding WWII engines for over 40 years.  Jose started his career with Vintage V-12’s 34 years ago and together with his team has built over 450 Merlin, Allison and Griffon engines.  Jose’s plan is to keep the Warbirds going for many years to…

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Bud Wheeler

President, Allison Competition Engines (ACE Allisons)

Bud Wheeler is a master engine builder, FAA Licensed Powerplant Mechanic, and the President of Allison Competition Engines (ACE Allisons) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania where he has been rebuilding Allison V-1710 engines for some 40-years.   Bud got into the Warbird industry when contracted to provide the Allison’s for the Santa Monica Museum of Flying new-manufacture…

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Barry Hancock

Barry Hancock Founder/Chief Pilot Pilot Makers Advanced Flight Academy CFI/CFI-A/MEI

Barry has been instructing in high performance aircraft for over 15 years and has amassed nearly 5000 hours in that time.  His first experience instructing was as a warbird formation instructor.  As someone who has always enjoyed flying vintage tailwheel aircraft and been interested in improving safety, Barry founded Pilot Makers to bring back the…

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Warren Silberman

Manager, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute

Warren Silberman is currently the Manager of the clinic at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. He moved from the Aerospace Medical Education Division where he was writing AME courses, teaching AMEs, International aerospace Physicians, and Residents in Aerospace Medicine. Prior to that he was working in retirement for 5 years as an AME and Consultant.…

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Mike Ginter

AOPA VP - Airports & State Advocacy

Mike Ginter is AOPA’s Vice President of Airports and State Advocacy, responsible for advancing General Aviation-friendly legislation in all 50 States and promoting, protecting and preserving America’s airports. He manages a team of 8 Regional Managers and almost 2000 AOPA Airport Support Network volunteers. Mike earned his pilot’s license as a senior in High School…

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USAF Major General Tommy Williams, Ret’d

Heritage Flight Foundation Pilot, Delta Airlines Pilot and USAF, Major General, Ret'd.

USAF Major General Tommy Williams started flying when he was 16 years old in Houston, Texas before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. While at Embry-Riddle he participated in Air Force ROTC and after graduation was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force. While in the Air Force Tommy flew multiple fighter aircraft, including the F-15C, F-5E,…

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Col. Richard H. Graham

SR-71 Pilot, USAF, Ret'd, Author

A veteran of fifteen years of assignments within the SR-71 community, Col. Richard H. Graham is uniquely qualified to tell the Blackbird story. Entering the SR-71 strategic reconnaissance program in 1974, and after several years as a crewmember, he was further selected to become an instructor pilot, and in 1978 was selected as the Chief,…

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Rob Mitchell

Film pilot and aerial coordinator with Wolf Air

A retired RCAF Colonel, Rob is currently a film pilot and aerial coordinator with Wolf Air. He got his start in aviation at a young age when his grandfather told tales of Spitfires in WWII in Europe and he watched his dad fly jets in the 70’s and 80’s. His experiences include 20 years as…

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