Thursday, April 18
Dwight Geisler; B757, B767 Captain, Delta Airlines
Dwight Geisler is a 1981 graduate of UND with a degree in Aviation Administration. From 1981 to 1985 he began flying as a freight pilot, then got hired with Horizon Airlines. Mr. Geisler joined Republic Airlines in 1985 and is now a Captain at Delta Air Lines on the 757/767 flying Domestic and International routes. Aircraft flown include SA 227, CV580, DC-9 (Check Airman, APD) B727, B757, and B767.
He resides in Bloomington, MN with wife Lori and his son Brad is a junior at UND majoring in Commercial Aviation.
Larry Taborsky; Director, ND Aeronautics Commission
Larry earned his Navy wings after college, where he served three deployments as a P-3C pilot in Japan, the Philippines, and Diego Garcia. Later he flew T-34C’s as a Navy flight instructor in Florida, and finished his active duty in Okinawa, Japan.
He became Aeronautics Director in May, 2009, and continues to fly the state’s aircraft. He holds an Airline Transport Rating, and is a multi-engine instrument instructor with approximately 10,000 flight hours.
Larry graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology, and has a Masters degree in Management from Troy State University.
Amy Haefner; Air Traffic Coordinator, Denver International Airport
Amy (Cote) Haefner is a 1996 UND graduate with a B.S. in Aeronautical Science - Air Traffic Control. Her employment with the Federal Aviation Administration began in 1997 at a VFR tower in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She later worked radar in Lansing, MI. In 2004, she moved to Detroit Metro Tower, a busy hub averaging 1,600 operations per day. Amy is currently working as a Traffic Management Coordinator (TMC) at Denver tower. Her main function is to help balance traffic throughout the NAS and set up programs to mitigate the impact of weather and congestion.
Sheri Hudson; Pilot Recruiting and First Officer Program, Ameriflight
I’ve worked as a pilot for Ameriflight for many years before making the jump to recruiting. There is nothing more exciting to me than being able to offer an opportunity to the brightest and most talented pilots in the country to join our team! At Ameriflight, pilots become even better than they already are; they gain wisdom and hone their skills and they still HAVE FUN doing it! Single-pilot, IFR, Turbine PIC; it doesn’t get any better than that!
Roger Cohen; President, Regional Airline Association
Serving as RAA president since December, 2006, Roger Cohen brings to the regional airline industry more than three decades experience as both an association leader and trusted advocate who has personally represented organizations and businesses in Congress, numerous Federal agencies, 35 state capitols and dozens of city halls across the nation.
He is a past vice president, regional affairs, for the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) responsible for the organization’s state and local government relations, airport affairs and its network of regional representatives and nationwide corps of Airport Support Network volunteers. Cohen began his aviation career at TWA conducting government relations, corporate communications and public affairs, and spent more than fifteen years with the Air Transport Association (now Airlines For America A4A), where he served as managing director/staff vice president, state and local government affairs.
In addition to his aviation-related background, Cohen has managed government affairs programs in the financial services and credit risk industry, was president of Pro Advocates Inc., a Southern California-based public affairs consulting firm and served as communications director for a Democratic mayoral candidate in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
Roger Cohen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where he was a McCormick Scholar recipient in urban affairs studies at the Medill School of Journalism. He and his wife Janet have two sons and live in Vienna, Virginia.
Peter Bale; Chairman, Assoc. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Today Pete consults to the wider Unmanned Industry and has taken the challenge at the next steps of his career. He sees helping smaller organizations find the path through the various distractions of taking the product to market as a responsibility to the Unmanned industry. At Insitu, Pete was instrumental in the company’s international sales growth in the Asia pacific region. Whilst at Insitu, with his continued success in Domestic UAS pursuits, Pete helped maintain Insitu brand leadership in the UAS community. Previously, Pete was the Senior Director of Business Development for AAI Corporation, leading a number of successful Aerosonde platform sales campaigns. He was also Program Manager for Aerosonde North America at the NASA Wallops Island Facility.
Pete’s strong background in business, management and marketing, together with his 13 year career in the Royal Australian Navy (Air Arm), both in a technical and Aircrew operational roles, have led to his present position.
From 2000 to 2002 Mr. Bale was the CEO of one of the first UAS companies started in Australia. The business was based on a model of commercial services that are only now emerging as real opportunities. Mr Bale was instrumental in negotiating venture capital from both small and large investors for company projects.
Following this market Pete joined Aerosonde Pty Ltd. He was tasked to take over the role of Program Manager at the NASA Facility at Wallops Island and General Manager of Aerosonde North America, where he later grew and developed the role of Business Development Manager for the company internationally. Pete has led and been responsible for UAS operations at Wallops Island, Guam, Barrow, Alaska; Costa Rica, Canada and prides himself in leading two historical hurricane penetration campaigns. His first project at Aerosonde was to use the aircraft for Precision Agriculture and the sugar industry in Northern Queensland Australia.
David Kintzele; Aircraft Operations Safety Manager, FedEx Express
I Joined the U.S Navy in 1973; assigned to VF-33 in aircraft maintenance. I deployed aboard the USS Independence working flight deck operations in the North Atlantic, Artic Ocean and Mediterranean. After active duty I continued in the Navy reserve with VP-60 as aircrew and aircraft maintenance on the P-3 Orion, anti-submarine and patrol aircraft.
I have 32 years with FedEx Express starting in station operations in 1981. I moved to flight operations in 1986 working for Supplemental Air Operations/Feeder Aircraft as a Flight Administrator. In 2001, I was assigned as a Flight Operations Specialist with oversight of training and feeder flight operations. In 2005, I assisted in creating a dedicated safety program for Feeder Aircraft Operations in conjunction with nine operating companies in the U.S, Latin America, Canada and Europe. In 2010 I became Manager of Safety for Feeder Aircraft Operations.
I hold a commercial, CFI with instrument and multi-engine ratings. I am a graduate of the Aviation Safety and Security program from the University of Southern California.
Capt. Thomas Lange; Senior Pilot, Flight Operations Safety, Boeing Company
Tom has over 15,000 flying hours spanning a 39 year aviation career, flying for a major airline for 18 years, concurrently with completing a 20-year US Air Force Reserve career. He flew the KC-135 & A-37; was a PIT instructor in the T-37; and an Air Refueling flight examiner in the C-5, while also having a few hours in helicopters. Tom is type-rated in the 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and 787. Tom flew the MD-88, was a flight engineer on the 727, and has flown the Cessna Caravan and gliders. His Boeing career started in Flight Crew Training as an instructor pilot, followed by joining Flight Technical and Safety, as an accident investigator. Specialties are in PBN/RNP procedures (FAA designee), SMS, flight training, CRM, stall recovery training and Upset Recovery Training, Approach and Landing Accident Reduction initiatives, accident investigation, UAVs, runway safety, and flight test safety.
In Tom’s current position, he has Flight Operations Safety leadership responsibilities for all of Boeing’s Test and Evaluation sites throughout the USA and the world, supporting pilots and flight crew members accomplishing flight tests. He currently participates in Production, Engineering and Military Flight tests.
Tom is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, USC Aviation Safety Program, and the US Air Force Accident Investigation course, ICAO’s Safety Management System (SMS) Training Course, and has attended ALPA’s Accident Investigation training. He has been the Boeing flight operations technical advisor to the NTSB on numerous major accidents. He was a member of the Flight Safety Foundation’s Runway Safety Initiative team, and has previously been a presenter for the Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR Toolkit) initiative. Tom was also one of Boeing’s representatives to the Industry Working Group on Stall/Stick Pusher. He is often called upon to present at various symposiums and seminars throughout the world. He currently plays outfield, pitcher and catcher for a 55+ baseball team.