Safety Committee

Mission Statement

In support of the SCAA Mission, the Safety Committee will proactively promote aviation safety education throughout the region. To this end, the Safety Committee shall develop and facilitate safety education events and/or related communications addressing all disciplines of general and business aviation.


In support of the Safety Committee’s Mission Statement:

    • Develop and execute an annual Safety Standdown Seminar
    • Develop and conduct at least two additional safety events per year
    • Foster safety communication within the region and between other similar regional organizations

Safety Committee Members

Ken Mazzola
Chair, SCAA Safety Committee

Ken Mazzola flies the  Challenger  300  and  CJ4 at MedImpact Holdings, Inc.   He also serves as the standards and training captain at MedImpact, and previously filled the role of Safety Captain where he helped  his  flight  department achieve  Stage III  IS-BAO certification. 

A current CFI with 3000 hours of instruction given, Ken is a part-time simulator instructor in the CJ3 and CJ4 at Tru Simulation and Training in Carlsbad.  In 2014 he completed the USC Aviation Safety and Security graduate certificate program.

Tom Sharp
Committee Member
Mr. Sharp’s aviation experience represents a wide variety of flying and administrative accomplishments. With ratings in both fixed wing and rotory wing, his over 30 years of commitment and dedication to aviation bring a unique perspective to the Safety Committee. His resume encompasses a wide variety of corporate and utility helicopter flight and management responsibilities as well as corporate and 135 fixed wing flight roles, including international operations and flight department management positions. He currently works as a dual rated corporate pilot (Global Express and EC 145) in San Diego where he also serves as the flight department’s Safety Officer.
David Ryan
Committee Member

Dave Ryan is the Director of Flight Operations for MedImpact Healthcare Systems in San Diego. Ryan brings over 30 years of aviation experience in corporate and OEM sectors of the industry and has held various positions as a Program Director, Adjunct Professor, Corporate Pilot, Senior Air Safety Investigator, Safety Captain/Demonstration Pilot, Chief Pilot and Aviation Safety Consultant to name a few. In addition, Ryan has served on the Bombardier Learjet Advisory Committee, Bombardier Challenger Advisory Committee, Center for Aerospace Safety Education Industry Committee (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), General Aviation Air Safety Investigators Committee, SCAA Safety Committee (previous Chairman), and the NBAA Safety Committee.

Prior to joining MedImpact and Crownair Aviation Ryan was the Chief Pilot for Bombardier Aerospace / Learjet in Wichita, KS. During his tenure there, he managed the daily operations of the Learjet Flight Demonstration Team. Ryan was also responsible for department Safety programs and served on the design, development, and flight test team for the Challenger 300 Certification Program. He was also instrumental in the development and execution of the Bombardier Safety Standdown programs.

Dan Cerkan
Committee Member

Dan Cerkan is Vice President of BOLO3 Safety and Survival Consulting, headquartered in Escondido, California.   He  has over 16 years of experience in the safety field.      Dan is currently working on his Masters  of  Aeronautical  Science with a dual emphasis  on  Aviation  Safety  Systems  and  Human Factors. Dan is an accredited IS-BAO Auditor fixed/rotary wing aircraft, operations  and  maintenance. 

Dan retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2011 where he was a designated Naval Aviator.  He held numerous positions in operations,  administration,  aircraft maintenance and safety during his Marine Corps career.     Dan is an experienced aviator with over 3600 hours of fixed and rotary wing experience.    He holds  an  Airline  Transport  Pilot (Rotorcraft) certificate, with ratings in the CH-46E/BV-101, VH-3D/SK-61, and VH-60N. 

Nat Iyengar
Committee Member

Nat Iyengar is a San Diego based international contract pilot on Gulfstream V series     and Challenger   604/605  aircraft.   After 17 years as a professional sailor racing  around  the  world  Nat  shifted  from     the  sea to the air. With 18 years of experience in  aerospace he has flown a variety of aircraft from the MD- 11 to the Beechjet  and  worked in training,  standards and safety in the airline and corporate  aviation   domains holding positions as an Instructor Pilot, Check Airman, and Safety Pilot.

Nat actively serves with the NBAA Safety Committee and has represented business aviation on several FAA working safety groups.In addition he also serves on the NBAA Access Committee Flight Deck Group and participates in the annual NBAA International operators Conference.

Jason Herman
Committee Member
Jason Herman,  CAM,   is a Lead Captain at Latitude 33 Aviation,  where he manages  and  flies a Citation CJ4 based in Van Nuys.  He is an NBAA Certified Aviation Manager and also volunteers as Chair  of  the  NBAA  Part  135 Working Group and also maintains active membership on the  NBAA Domestic Operations Committee. Jason’s background in aviation is extensive and includes years of flight  operation  management  in both  Part  91  and Part 135  departments,  aircraft  scheduling  and  dispatch,   and supervisory training roles. Additionally, he has assisted operators in achieving their IS-BAO  certification and  renewal as well as completing other valuable audit programs to ensure a strong and positive safety culture within multiple flight organizations. Jason brings this experience, in addition to his passion and enthusiasm for aviation safety, to serve as a member on the SCAA Safety Committee.
Debi Carpenter
Executive Director @ SCAA
Debi Carpenter has more than fifteen years of international and aviation-related sales and marketing experience.  Debi has an extensive and diverse background in aviation marketing, including directing and managing the sales and marketing efforts of multiple FBOs, charter operations, aircraft sales, as well as multiple maintenance and avionics service centers.
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