Sandya Narayanswami, PhD., Chair
She is a scientist and owner of S. Narayanswami Consulting. Her clients include universities, private research institutes, and organizations focused on aerospace and spaceflight.
Sandya comes from a family with a history in aviation. She holds a Private Pilot Certificate and is a member of the Aeronautical Association of the California Institute of Technology, aka the Caltech Flying Club. She is passionate about General Aviation, received an AOPA Flight Training Scholarship in 2017, and hopes that her example inspires women of all generations to reach for the skies!
Arlynn McMahon, Nominations Administrator
2009 National CFI of the Year
Arlynn had the same instructor from student thru ATP.
She soloed on her 16th birthday, received her private pilot on her 17th birthday and missed her ATP on her 23rd birthday because of inclement weather. In 2006 she married her flight instructor.
Today she is Chief Instructor at Aero-Tech, Inc., in Lexington, KY. With 10,000 hours dual given, she holds CFIA/I.ME. She is author of Train Like You Fly, Scenario Based Training for Flight Instructors and Lessons Plans to Train Like You Fly, published by ASA.
Pam Shriver, Treasurer
Pam’s background includes being a CPA, Controller, & Interim CFO.
She helps small businesses keep their financial records tidy and up to date, which leads to informed and timely decision making.
Pam loves to travel and is in awe of all the individuals involved behind the scenes of air travel and their dedication to the daily implementation of aviation safety.
Mike Busch, PR/Communications
2008 National AMT of the Year
Mike is arguably the best-known A&P/IA in general aviation.
He writes monthly articles for EAA Sport Aviation, AOPA Opinion Leaders Blog, and numerous aviation type club magazines.
He co-founded AVweb in 1995 and served as its editor-in-chief for nearly eight years.
He is CFIA/I/ME, and an aircraft owner for 45 years with 7,500+ hours, and is a FAASTeam representative. He’s CEO of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc.
Paul New, Airventure Coordinator
2007 National AMT of the Year
Paul soloed the day after his sixteenth birthday and received his private when he was 17. Soon after graduating Southern Illinois University with a degree in Avionics Technology he started and managed the avionics department for a commuter airline.
Today he is owner and CEO of Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc, in Jackson, TN. Paul also provides technical support for the Cessna Pilots Association and writes a monthly column for their magazine. He holds private pilot with an instrument and multi-engine ratings. He also holds an A&P with IA and has been an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative
Lauretta W Godbey, Interim Fundraiser
Lauretta Godbey is Director of Marketing Communications for NAFI, the National Association of Flight Instructors. She runs all aspects of the association’s membership communications programs including direct response marketing campaigns, website development and oversight, content management and strategic planning. Lauretta previously served as Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations Director at AVEMCO Insurance Company and spent several years with AOPA, most recently as Program Manager marketing the association’s affinity products and services. Lauretta is Co-Chair and Executive Director of the WINGS Industry Advisory Committee. In this capacity, she works to build awareness and increased participation in the FAASTeam WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program. The WIAC sponsors an annual sweepstakes, the Paul and Fran Burger $10,000 WINGS Sweepstakes for aviators who complete phases of the program.
Charath Ranganathan, Secretary
Charath Ranganathan is a Southern California-based CFI and aviation enthusiast. His passion for flying was kindled at an early age by his father’s friends, all of whom worked in the civil and defense aviation industry in India. Charath rekindled his love of aviation when his daughter gave him a Groupon for a demo flight out of Van Nuys airport for Father’s Day 2011. After that flight in a Piper Cherokee, he was “hooked”, and went on to obtain his Private Pilot certificate in 2012, followed by the instrument rating in 2014, the Commercial rating in 2016, and the CFI in 2019. He is currently pursuing his CFII and also holds both the AGI and IGI certificates. Charath loves to teach – both on the ground and in the air. He blogs about flying and flight instruction at https://pfactor.io/. Charath is the President of the Aero Association of the California Institute of Technology (AACIT) of which he has been a member since 2013.
Kevin L Clover, FAA Liaison
Kevin is the OPS Lead: FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), AFS-850
General Aviation and Commercial Division, AFS-800
Federal Aviation Authority