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The SCAA Leadership Team

Steve Nielsen
Director of Aviation, Avalon Capital

Mr. Nielsen recently retired as Director of Aviation for Avalon Capital where he operates a Global Express and a Eurocopter 145. Mr. Nielsen has over 45 years in corporate aviation experience. He retired from Yum Brands after 21 years as their Senior Director. He is a former member of the National Business Aviation Association board of directors and NetJets advisory board. Mr. Nielsen served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 - 1970.
Tim Goulet
Vice President
Ross Aviation

Timothy Goulet has over 37 years in the aviation industry. He is currently General Manager of Ross Aviation and worked for Universal Weather and Aviation as its business development manager in the greater Palm Springs area. Goulet also serves as a board member of the Southern California Business Aviation Association (SCAA) and is on the board of the Palm Springs Air Museum. 
Austin Blue
President, Spectrum Aeronautical

Austin Blue has over 25 years’ experience in aviation technology development. He is currently CEO of Freedom Flight Works, Inc working with utility powered parafoil air vehicle and related technologies. As President of Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC Blue has advanced application of carbon-fiber, advanced-composite aerostructures in the design, fabrication, and flight tests of the Spectrum 33 business jet. Blue has also served as Co-Founder and CEO of SciFly, working on UAS sensor and datalink testing, flight operations, and program management. Blue serves as a board member of Applied Composites Inc, a manufacturer of advanced aerospace structures for commercial, military and space customers with five locations with over 500,000 square feet of facilities and 700+ employees.. Blue has served on the board of the Southern California Aviation Association for more than ten years, holds MA (History) and Global MBA degrees, and is an instrument rated pilot. In 2018, Blue was named an Aviation Explorer of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America.

Charlie Ferraro

Charlie has more than 20 years of management experience with most of his career spent overseeing aviation operations. Most recently, he held the roles of Area Director for Signature Flight Support and Regional Vice President for Landmark Aviation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business at Southwestern University and holds a commercial pilots certificate.
Julie Broderick
Area Director, Signature Flight Support

Julie Broderick is a seasoned general aviation industry veteran with more than twenty-five years of progressive FBO management experience. Ms. Broderick is presently the Area Director of Signature’s Southern California operations at Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and Thermal airports. Ms. Broderick is well known to the industry, having been named a “Best FBO Employee” by Professional Pilot magazine six times. Ms. Broderick has successfully managed the transition of numerous FBOs from former FBO Operators to Signature Flight Support.

Dave Ryan

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.

Kristin Gilliam 
Senior Account Manager, Universal Weather and Aviation 

Kristin currently holds the role of Senior Account Manager, West Coast with Universal Weather and Aviation. Her career in aviation started almost 10 years ago and was never on her career path, but the aviation bug was caught. After obtaining her BA in Psychology from California State University Long Beach, Kristin realized that aviation was in fact the career she would like to pursue. Starting as a CSR at an FBO in Long Beach, to building a FBO from the ground up, to managing a charter sales team and now managing platinum and gold clients, Kristin has various perspectives within aviation. She is currently also the Treasurer for the nonprofit Wings of Love, a nonprofit providing financial assistance to children who have lost a parent in an aviation related accident.
Joe Barber
Director of Aircraft Management Sales, Clay Lacy

Mr. Barber works with individuals and corporations to tailor an aircraft management program for their jet and their objectives, providing the personal, professional client service. Joe has more than seven years of industry experience, including flight logistics coordination as well as charter sales. He has also helped develop marketing and sales programs for aircraft management companies. Joe has a B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge, where he minored in Business Marketing.

Caleb Taylor

Caleb has spent forty two years pursuing his passion in professional aviation. Licensed as a Private Pilot in 1977 at the age of 18, he quickly continued on to instrument, commercial, multi-engine, then flight instructor ratings and certificates. At the age of 19, Caleb was employed as a full time flight instructor at a large San Diego-based flight school qualified in instrument and multi-engine training. During his tenure there, he quickly discovered his appetite for training and his natural teaching ability. At the age of 21, he was hired as a corporate pilot flying twin Cessnas and Conquest turboprops in the rigorous mountain flying environment of the eastern Sierra Nevada. In 1982 he earned an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, and later became the chief pilot of a part 135 charter operation with a fleet of 7 Conquest turboprops.

In 1987 Caleb was asked by the Fresno FAA FSDO to become a Designated Pilot Examiner and was qualified in private through ATP and held 7 multi-engine letters. He conducted over 400 pilot examinations from private pilot through ATP in the central valley of California.

Pursuing his passion for teaching, Caleb formed a company in 1988, ProFlight Inc. that was modeled to fill a niche in the type-specific aircraft training market, initially targeting the Cessna Conquest and King Air turboprops. The company competed head-to-head in these markets with the industrial multi-billion dollar brick and mortar training institutions. Developing and implementing innovative training techniques, hardware and industry-first, game changing training software made the programs extremely popular and successful. Eventually, the competition in the Conquest training market forced the closure of this program in the only remaining competitor to ProFlight, a multi-billion dollar Berkshire Hathaway institution.

Caleb has logged over 14,000 flight hours and considered one of the industry’s leading pilot training innovators. His experience includes flight instruction, designated pilot examiner, corporate flight operations, training course evaluator, part 135 Chief Pilot, Director of Operations, Director of Standards, aircraft management, and part 142 Training Center owner. His breadth of knowledge regarding aviation training, line operations, turbine aircraft systems, challenges facing professional pilots in today’s air traffic control system and complex avionics systems, combined with an intimate understanding of how to effectively train this population of aviation professionals uniquely qualifies him to lead a talented team of content developers in changing the future of eLearning and the pilot training landscape.

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