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2011 WAI Conference

Keynote Speakers

Lieutenant Colonel Maryse Carmichael - Snowbirds Commander, Canadian Defense Forces

LCol Maryse CarmichaelLieutenant Colonel Carmichael was born in Québec City, Québec in 1971. She began her career in aviation as an Air cadet from 1984 to 1988 as a member of 630 Squadron, in Beauport Québec. She enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1990. On completion of pilot training in January 1994, she received her Wings at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael was selected to remain in Moose Jaw as a Flying Instructor with 2 Canadian Forces Flying Training School (2 CFFTS), where she was awarded the A2 instructional category and served as the School Operations Officer and Standards Officer. She subsequently flew the Bombardier-Canadair CE-144 and CC-144 Challenger Aircraft with 434 Combat Support Squadron in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, and then with 412 Transport Squadron in Ottawa, Ontario, in the VIP transport role.

In November 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael was selected to fly the #3 position with 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, becoming the first female pilot to ever fly with the Snowbirds Aerobatic Team. Upon promotion to the rank of Major in 2001 and in her second year with 431 Squadron, Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael served as the team's Executive Officer. In 2003, she was posted to 3 Wing Bagotville to serve as the Deputy Wing Operations Officer mainly supporting the Fighter Force in their role in Operation Noble Eagle, defending North America against possible air threats. Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael returned to flying in 2007, this time on the CC-130 Hercules, flying Tactical Transport with 436 Transport Squadron, at 8 Wing Trenton and supporting the Squadron as the Operations Officer.

Lieutenant Colonel Carmichael was promoted to her current rank and appointed as the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron's Commanding Officer in May 2010. This new assignment marks a return to 15 Wing Moose Jaw, to command the Canadian Forces' Air Demonstration Team, the Snowbirds. She has accumulated, to this day, over 3300 hours of flying time in her flying career. She is married to Major Scott Greenough, a fighter pilot with the Canadian Forces, and they have two daughters, Georgia and Danielle.

 
John and Martha King - Co-Owners, King Schools Inc.

John and Martha KingPilots throughout the world regard John and Martha as their personal aviation mentors. Nearly every pilot has taken a King course and at one time, and almost half of each year's crop of new private and instrument pilots in the United States use King Schools' educational materials. King Schools continues to revolutionize pilot training by pioneering the development of multimedia training programs on many aviation subjects including ground-breaking programs on aviation risk management.

Through the years, the Kings have retained their enthusiasm for flying. They fly their own Dassault Falcon 10 jet wherever they go, swapping captain and copilot duties on each leg. They have flown as pilots in every continent of the world except Antarctica, including a trip completely around the world via the length of Russia.

John and Martha are the first couple to both hold every category and class of FAA rating on their pilot and instructor certificates. Martha is the first and only woman to achieve this complete ratings sweep. They remain active in many categories, regularly flying everything from jet and piston airplanes and helicopters to weight-shift trikes and powered parachutes.

 
Rod Machado - Flight Instructor, Author, Aviation Humorist

Rod MachadoRod Machado traded his motorcycle for flying lessons at the age of 16. His parents were delighted he gave up riding with the vegetarian motorcycle gang known as the sprouts. Captured by the romance and adventure of flight in a Taylorcraft L-2 at Amelia Reid Aviation in San Jose, Rod has remained hooked ever since. In fact, he is one of the few Airline-Transport-Rated pilots who still gets excited by a Cessna 150 fly-by (which he claims he likes because it lasts so much longer that the Mooney, Bonanza and Malibu fly-by).

Rod is a professional speaker who travels across the United States and Europe delighting his listeners with upbeat and lively presentations. Machado truly loves mixing it up with the audience. His unusual talent for simplifying the difficult and adding humor to make the lessons stick has made him a popular lecturer both in and out of aviation. Rod's presentations include topics as diverse as Risk Assessment, Defensive Flying and Handling In-flight Emergencies. His non-aviation topics include: Safety Awareness programs, Humor as a Communication Tool and The Lost Art of Thinking. Additionally, he is known for his rapid fire, humorous banquet presentations.

Flying since 1970 and instructing since 1973, Rod has over 8,000 hours of flight time earned the hard way-one CFI hour at a time. Since 1977 he has taught hundreds of flight instructor revalidation clinics and safety seminars and he was named the 1991 Western Region Flight Instructor of the Year. Rod holds all fixed-wing (powered) flight instructor ratings as well as an airline transport pilot license. He also owns a Cessna P210.

For six years, Rod wrote and coanchored ABC's Wide World of Flying. He is AOPA's National CFI spokesman and a National Accident Prevention Counselor appointed by the FAA in Washington D. C. Rod is the flight instructor voice on Microsoft's Flight Simulator starting with the 2000 version through the X version and he wrote the flight lesson tutorials for the textbook that accompanies the software. He is also an instructor on Cessna's Computer-Based Private Pilot CD-ROM and the author of five aviation books, four DVDs, a 14 CD audio album, a Private Pilot Course on 30 audio CDs and a CFI image CD. You can read his monthly column in AOPA Pilot magazine as well as in Flight Training Magazine.

Rod's eclectic interests are reflected by his equally varied academic credentials. He holds degrees in Aviation Science and Psychology. Rod believes you must take time to exercise or you'll have to take time to be sick. Holding black belts in the Korean disciplines of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido as well over a decade of experience in Gracie Jujitsu, he gets his exercise from practicing and teaching martial arts. He also runs 20 miles a week and claims it's uphill both ways. Someone once said that he's so excited about flying it takes two glideslopes to bring him down.

 
Admiral Gary Roughead - Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy

Admiral Gary RougheadAdmiral Roughead is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Among his six operational commands, Admiral Roughead was the first officer to command both classes of Aegis ships, having commanded USS Barry (DDG 52) and USS Port Royal (CG 73).

As a flag officer, he commanded Cruiser Destroyer Group 2, the George Washington Battle Group; and U.S. 2nd Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic and Naval Forces North Fleet East.

Ashore, he served as Commandant, United States Naval Academy, the Department of the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs, and as Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.

Admiral Roughead is one of only two officers to have commanded the fleets in the Pacific and Atlantic, commanding the U.S. Pacific Fleet and Joint Task Force 519, as well as U.S. Fleet Forces Command, where he was responsible for ensuring Navy forces were trained, ready, equipped and prepared to operate around the world, where and when needed.

Admiral Roughead’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.

Admiral Roughead became the 29th Chief of Naval Operations September 29, 2007. He and his wife, Ellen, have an adult daughter, Elizabeth.

 
Maria Sastre - Chief Operating Officer, Signature Flight Support

Maria SastreMaria A. Sastre has been the Chief Operating Officer, Global Operations of Signature Flight Support Corporation since May 2010. At Signature, Sastre is responsible for the daily operations of Signature's worldwide network of fixed base operations (FBOs) and maintenance centers.

She served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit organization Take Stock in Children. She served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing -Asia Pacific and Latin...America of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. from January 1, 2005 to September 2008. She served as the Vice President of Hotel Operations - Royal Caribbean International of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., from January 2007 to September 2008. Sastre served as President of Maria Sastre & Associates since September 2008. She served as Vice President, International, Latin America and Asia Sales and Marketing for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises from January 2005 to December 2007 and Vice President, Total Guest Satisfaction Services and Vice President, Fleet Operations, Hotel for Royal Caribbean International from April 2000 to December 2004.

She has also worked with Continental Airlines and Eastern Airlines and their sales subsidiary, Continental-Eastern Sales, Inc. as vice president, sales administration and chief financial officer. Sastre served at UAL Corporation, a holding company of United Airlines Inc., from 1992 to 1999 where she held various positions, including Vice President of Worldwide Customer Satisfaction from 1999 to 2000, Vice President of Latin America and Caribbean from 1995 to 1999, and Director of International Sales and Marketing, Asia, Europe and Latin America from 1994 to 1995 of United Air Lines, Inc. Her responsibilities during her tenure at United Airlines also included strategy development, airport operations, international call centers and financial management.

Sastre serves as Chair-elect of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she is involved with direct tourism marketing efforts. She has been a Director of Darden Restaurants Inc. since 1998. She has been a Director of Laidlaw International Inc., AMR Inc. (formerly, American Medical Response Inc.) and EmCare Holdings Inc. since June 23, 2003. She has been a Director of Publix Super Markets Inc. since 2005. She also serves on the Florida International University's School of Hospitality Management's executive advisory board, as a trustee for the United Way of Miami-Dade and as a board member of Publix Supermarkets. She served as Director of Gaylord Entertainment Co.( formerly known as New Gaylord Entertainment Co.) from February 2008 to February 25, 2008. Sastre serves as First Vice Chairman of Executive Committee of Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 
Mark Van Tine - President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeppesen

Mark Van TineMark Van Tine began his career in 1981 with Lockheed DataPlan, a leading flight planning and weather services company located in Los Gatos, California which, in 1989, was acquired by Jeppesen. He served as the managing director of DataPlan from 1991 until 1995, before relocating to Denver, Colorado to oversee Jeppesen's worldwide flight information development, printing and distribution operations, and IT organizations.

He has since spent his career working in a variety of different organizations within Jeppesen, including flight operations, customer service, navigation, and information technology. Mr. Van Tine was the company's Chief Information Officer from 1998 to 2002. He was appointed to his present position in January of 2003. As Jeppesen is a subsidiary of the Boeing Company, he also currently is Vice President, Commercial Aviation Services for Boeing.

Mr. Van Tine received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Aviation from San Jose State University in 1980 and attended the Harvard School of Business Program for Management Development in 1998. He holds a Private Pilot certificate and is an active general aviation pilot. He is married and has three children.

 

NextGen FAA Panel

Teri Bristol - V.P. Tech Ops Service, ATO

Teri BristolAs the Air Traffic Organization's Vice President for Technical Operations, Bristol is responsible for the delivery of maintenance service to the customer. Technical Operations consists of over 10,000 employees, who ensure that more than 45,000 pieces of equipment and systems operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at over 6,000 facilities comprising the US Air Traffic Control (ATC) System. Bristol is also responsible for providing communication and navigation services to support the ATO's line service units. In addition, Bristol works closely with FAA regional administrators and support organizations in other FAA lines of business to achieve agency corporate goals and objectives.

Previously, Bristol was Vice President of the Office of Service Center, responsible for integration of service centers and meeting the needs of the area offices. Before this appointment, Bristol served as Director of Terminal Program Operations where she was responsible for the delivery of surveillance, weather, automation and facility programs, and operational support for all Terminal automation systems in the National Airspace System.

Bristol has served the FAA as Director for Terminal Operations in the Western Service Area, Deputy Lead for Traffic Flow and Enterprise Management at the FAA's Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, VA, and as the manager for Terminal Transition and Implementation, a function of a newly created performance-business unit where she helped successfully deploy the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System. As Program Manager of the Terminal Automation ARTS IIIE program, she successfully deployed Automated Radar Terminal System in the U.S. and Israel.

Bristol began her federal career in 1992 when she was recruited from the University of Maryland into the Department of Transportation's Acquisition Management Training Program where she worked for the FAA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Highway Administration.

 
Catherine M. Lang - Acting Associate Administrator for Airports

Kate LangCatherine (Kate) M. Lang became the Acting Associate Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Airports on January 20, 2009. Prior to that, Ms Lang served as the Deputy Associate Administrator since August 2003 after serving as the Director of FAA's Office of Airport Planning and Programming for almost four years and the Deputy Director for two years.

The mission of the Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. The office has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety and inspections, and standards for airport design, construction and operation (including international harmonization of airport standards). Each year, the office awards $3.5 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totalling $2 billion. The office also is responsible for national airport planning, as well as environmental and social requirements. The office establishes policies related to airport rates and charges, compliance with grant assurances and airport privatization.

Prior to joining the Airports organization, Lang served for three years as Chief of Staff to FAA Deputy Administrator Linda Daschle. Her first position in the agency, which she joined in 1992, was as Assistant Manager for the Policy and Systems Analysis Division of the Office of Aviation Policy and Plans.

Before coming to the agency, Lang worked for the city of Chicago as Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Aviation. Lang received a B.A. from Briar Cliff College and a M.P.S. from Loyola University of Chicago. She serves on the TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and is FAA's Liaison to the Aero Club of Washington.