April 28, 2016
William Towle, St. Cloud Regional Airport Director
Bill Towle has been employed as the St. Cloud Regional Airport Director since August 2002. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Dakota and was a Transportation Specialists in the Air National Guard from 1990-1996 in Minneapolis. He managed The Dickinson Municipal Airport and the Rusk County Airport prior to St. Cloud. Bill is a past chair of the Minnesota Council of Airports (MCOA) and he actively speaks on the topic of aviation and airports to various groups and organizations in Central MN.
Capt. Randy Mains, CRMI
A decorated veteran with over 1000 helicopter flight hours in combat, Capt. Randy Mains brings 47 years in aviation and over 13,000 hours of flight time to his international CRM Instructor certification. A CRM assessor in the two-crew cockpit for over 30 years, 13 of those years as a flight examiner with the Royal Oman Police Air Wing where he flew and examined former British military pilots who had all flown two-crew operations in the challenging IFR conditions on the North Sea. Randy was an examiner and CRM assessor in the Bell 412 level-D flight simulator in Dubai where he trained and examined helicopter Airline Transport Pilots from 20 countries for Abu Dhabi Aviation.
Randy received his CRMI ground instructor certification by attending Global Air Training in Cheshire, England, a world-class organization that has trained CRM Instructors for over 500 airlines and military around the globe and has been doing that for over 18 years.
Author of the Air Medical Resource Management chapter of the Air Medical Physician’s Association textbook, Principles and Direction of Air Medical Transport, Randy has flown commercial and ATP operations around the globe, to include Vietnam, Australia, New Guinea, Iran, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and of course the United States of America where he was a pioneer in helicopter air ambulance in January 1979 flying from Hermann Hospital in Houston.
Maj. Charles Dirks, US Army, Ret
Graduated from UND with a BBA in Aviation Administration in 1987. After college entered the US Army as Commissioned Officer. Mr. Dirks served 9 years in the army achieving the final rank of Major. Assignments included 10th MTN Division, 18th Airborne Corps (Desert Storm) and the US Army R&D Command. He served as a dual-rated aviator flying army FW and RW aircraft including UH1 and UH60 aircraft. Following the Army, Chuck worked in marketing and operations roles with Cessna including Regional Sales Manager for Caravan Division (US) and as the Flight Operations Manager for Cessna Citation worldwide Flight Demonstration.
In 2006 Chuck moved to Rockwell Collins to serve as the business and product architect for the Next Generation Avionics System and later the RCI Information Management initiative (Ascend). Upon board approval for Ascend and PL Fusion he left Rockwell to form a manufacturing and technology company and is currently the President of Innovas Technologies and Sentinel Diagnostics, two of the fastest growing companies in the Midwest. Chuck holds 8 patents. He has 4000 + flight hours and holds ATP MEL/SEL, Commercial Helicopter (instrument) & SE Sea. Type ratings CE 510(s), CE 525(s), CE 500, CE 560XL, CE680, & CE750.
Tim Deaton, Traffic Management Coordinator
In August of 2006, Tim Deaton graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Dakota with a Private Pilot License and a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautics and Air Traffic Control as well as a minor in Aviation Management. Upon graduation he was hired by AIG Aviation where he worked as an Underwriter and Claims Adjuster for 2 years while he awaited employment with the FAA. In January of 2009 Tim started his Air Traffic Control career at Scottsdale Air Traffic Control Tower in Scottsdale, Arizona. After 2 great years at Scottsdale Tower, Tim transferred to Phoenix Tower where he worked both as a Controller and as a Traffic Management Coordinator. Phoenix Tower was a great facility, but Tim sought the opportunity to gain experience in the RADAR environment. In April of 2014, Tim transferred to Phoenix TRACON where he currently works as a Traffic Management Coordinator.
Rocky Calkins, Manager of Pilot Hiring, Southwest Airlines
Rocky Calkins earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Washington State University in 1984 then subsequently achieved a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Currently, Captain Calkins is the Manager of Pilot Hiring for Southwest Airlines. His career began in the Air Force in 1985. He trained in both the T-37 and T-38 aircraft before being selected to fly the F-15C Eagle. After honing his aviation skills at Eglin AFB Florida and Holloman AFB New Mexico, Captain Calkins served three years in Japan as the Assistant Director of Operations, flying the Eagle. He was an F-15C Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot. Upon returning to the States he trained as an instructor pilot on the AT-38 at Randolph AFB, specializing in the AT-38 Chief Air Standardization and Training position representing the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals program. Following a 22 year military career Captain Calkins joined Southwest Airlines as a First Officer. He upgraded to Captain on the Boeing 737 in 2005. Since then he has served in various leadership positions including his current role as the Manger of Pilot Hiring. Rocky has been married to his wife Joni for 32 years, and has 2 grown daughters; Lauren and Kenzie.