PRESIDENT

John roper

John began building and flying radio control airplanes at the age of 11.  He received his pilot’s license at the age of 18.  While studying for his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas, he bought a Cessna 150 and started the KU flying club where he began teaching and generating interest in civil aircraft.  John then went on to earn his Air Transport Pilot license, Multi Engine Instructor, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics certificate and holds an FAA Inspection Authorization.  John also has earned an MBA from Dowling College in Aviation Administration

John has accumulated almost 4,000 hrs of flight time ranging from small aircraft to corporate jets to competition aerobatics.  John has always had a desire to push the envelope of technology in small aircraft.  While at Kansas University, he worked to develop separate surface stability augmentation systems, worked with Cessna and Honeywell during the development of display technology for the Cessna Citation X.  Most importantly, he was part of a team working under a NASA program for the development of the Advanced General Aviation Transport.  The aircraft designed by his team went on to become the basis for the NASA AGATE program which concluded studies in 2001.

John was Director of Engineering for Adaptive Propulsion Systems (APS) where he was responsible for the development of an advanced engineering department to develop next generation piston engine technology for the military.  While at APS, John completed his Six Sigma Black Belt training and implemented lean methods.  John then went on to work as a consultant and engineer for Proxy Aviation where he was involved in the design and development of UAV airframe modifications for the incorporation of sensors and weapons packages. John has been a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and sat on committees responsible for the certification and operational requirements of UAVs.

Most recently, John has been with Signature Flight Support where he was operations manager at the West Palm Beach facility which saw typical daily operations of over 100 aircraft per day.  John returned to his Kansas City Roots in 2010 as Director of Maintenance for the new Signature TechnicAir Aircraft Maintenance facilities at both Kansas City Downtown airport and New Century Air Center where he worked on turn around strategies.

VICE PRESIDENT

ron pye

The son of a pilot and a flight attendant, Ron grew up surrounded by aviation.  He began his career with Eastern Airlines, holding several positions in sales and operations.  In 1995 he helped start up two Part 121 passenger air carriers, Eastern Metro in Atlanta, GA and Puerto Rico.   After Eastern closed their doors, Ron worked with Fairchild Aerospace Corporation, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of Jet Air Craft based in Germany and San Antonio, TX, again starting up another 121 air carrier, Yute Air in Alaska.   During his tenure at Corporate Airlines, he negotiated a capacity purchase agreement with TWA that would allow the airline to continue flying as an American Connection carrier after American Airlines acquired TWA.  He returned to Alaska to be the Director of Marketing for Evergreen Airline, and then moved back to Fairchild Corporation in 2001 where he became the Vice President of Marketing. 

In 2004, Ron became Director of Marketing & Sales for Pemco World Air Services, a Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO), which was based in Dothan, Alabama, focusing on cargo conversions.  When joining Southern California Aviation (SCA) in 2006 as Vice President Sales & Marketing, he created a strategy for this 145 Repair Station by expanding the facility’s capabilities, which had been known only for the handling of transitional aircraft.  From there, Ron moved to be Vice President at Pacific Aviation Group (PAG), the sister company of SCA and a subsidiary of Pratt and Whitney.  The company stored, maintained and distributed over 50,000 parts, along with new and used engines under his marketing plan.  

Honored to be elected to the Foundation Board for ISTAT in 2012, an organization he continues to work with to this day, Ron has a unique background of having worked with air carriers, OEM, and MRO companies.   As a Senior Vice President of New Business Development with Jet Midwest since 2012, Ron continues to find new opportunities, including working with Next Gen Aero Support, manufacturer of engine stands, and the Airline History Museum.

SECRETARY

Gary Scholtz

Gary Scholtz retired after 27 years as a staff investigator and litigation legal assistant with the Vasos Law Offices. He investigated numerous cases involving transportation negligence, product liability, insurance claims, and utility power line cases. Prior to that, he was an investigator with the Kansas Department of SRS for 4 years and a commissioned police office with the City of Kansas City, Kansas for 12 years. He is a Board Certified Legal Investigator, conferred by the National Association of Legal Investigators. He was a charter member and past State Regional Director for the Kansas Association of Licensed Investigators and a member and National Regional Director for the National Association of Legal Investigators having published several articles on investigations. He was also a member of the Kansas Association for Justice and American Association for Justice Paralegal Affiliate. He is currently serving as an Officer for the Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council No. 11126, Shawnee, Kansas. 

Gary is married to his wife Cindy for the past 43 years. They reside in Shawnee, Kansas and have one son and two grandchildren who live in Mora, Sweden. 

Gary obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Administration from Ottawa University following a Paralegal Certificate from Rockhurst College, and an Associate of Arts Degree from KCK Community College. He is a Vietnam Army Veteran and a licensed fixed-wing and helicopter pilot with approximately 1,200 hours. 

Gary joined the NAHM and is active in organizing all the publications, manuals, and documents pertaining to the Connie, DC-3, Martin 404, and the L-1011.

TREASURER

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If you have a passion for the commercial airlines and a strong finance background we need your support.  

Please contact gscholtz@airlinehistory.org

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Kieth Plumb

Keith first soloed in a Cessna 152 in Manassas, VA at the age of 16, and earned his Private Pilot’s certificate while still in high school. He went on to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, FL., and while at ERAU, Keith was President of the Eagles Flight Team and won the National Championship in 1992.

After graduating college, he was recruited by British Aerospace to be a Technical Sales Analyst on the BAe-146 regional jet and, after several years, offered an opportunity to fly the regional jet for a new Part 121 airline in Las Vegas, NV. In 1998 he moved to Wichita, Kansas and ended up starting a regional fractional aircraft ownership program, Executive AirShare. Today, Executive AirShare operates 50 aircraft and employs over 100 pilots.

Keith is the current Chairman of the KC chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and is a member of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

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Richard Swank

A licensed Private Detective, Richard Swank runs the Tamberlane Investigation Detective Agency and has been part of investigations regionally, nationally, and internationally over the years.

Since 1977, Richard has been a multi-engine, commercial, and instrument rated pilot. In 1980 he was one of the founders of Ararat Shrines “Flying Fez Pilots” in Kansas City, MO, whose goal was to fly children to the Shriner Hospitals around the country. He served as the Flying Fez Commander in 1983, then as the Central States Fez Commander in 1985, finally being honored as the “Shrine Pilot of the Year” in 1992.

Once, enroute to Galveston, TX in a Cessna 206, with two children and their mothers, he suffered a catastrophic engine failure over the Oauchita mountains in western Arkansas. The aircraft he was flying, lost all power and Richard successfully preformed a ‘dead-stick’ landing in Mena, Arkansas.

A member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Richard has owned a Cessna 182 and had the opportunity to fly many single, and multi-engine aircraft, the largest being a DC-3.

His love for aviation continues as he shares his knowledge as a member of the AHM, where he serves as the Membership Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

Bo Corby

Captain Bo Corby, (Northwest Airlines, Ret.) began his aviation career as a graduate of Parks College of St. Louis University in 1969 with a BS in Aeronautics and Aviation Management. His early career was with the Boeing Company as an instructor in the Flight Crew Training Department, after having flown during his college years for operators contracting with the U.S. Postal Service throughout the midwest. Several subsequent years were spent in the Middle East as a flight crewmember for Iran Air, Syrian Arab, Sudan and Egypt Air.

In 1977, Captain Corby returned to the US to join Hughes Airwest, which subsequently merged into Republic Airlines and eventually Northwest Airlines, retiring in 2006 as Captain on the DC-10. During the airline years, positions achieved were Pilot Instructor, Check Airman, CRM Facilitator, ALPA Training Committee Chairman and Member of the Airline Training Review Board at NWA. Parallel to his airline career, Captain Corby founded and operated Simulator Training, Inc., a Seattle based Airline Training Provider conducting training and consulting services to the airline industry worldwide. This company operated full flight simulators and was the second FAR 142 training facility certified in the U.S.

Captain Corby holds FAA type ratings in the B-727, B-737, B-747-400, B757, B-767, B-777, DC-3, DC-9, DC-10, DA-50 Falcon, Learjet 45, Cessna 650, Beechcraft 300 and currently serves as Director of Flight Operations for Jetstream Aviation, Inc., a charter operator headquartered in Boise ID, operating out of Boeing Field, Seattle. The history of aviation has been a passion of his for many years, especially having met and worked with several aviation notables and being involved in some innovative aviation experiences throughout his career. His latest project is helping to facilitate the transport of the American Airlines B-727 to the Airline History Museum and fly as its Captain for the first flight in many years.

John Delapena

Born, raised, and still living in California, John is a graduate of St. Mary’s College.

He wanted to learn to drive, but it was at a time when you had to have your parent’s signature if you were under 18 years old. John’s parents wouldn’t consent, and since you didn’t need a parent’s permission to get a pilot’s license, he ended up flying before he could drive. It is that twist which would serve him to this day.

Having worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Southern Air Transport, he has been employed with UPS for the last 27 years.

Hillary Dunnegan

Born and raised in rural Iowa, Hillary grew up with the desire to become a commercial pilot, unfortunately due to circumstances was never able to do so. She continued to be fascinated with the aviation world while working on a degree in Biology at Iowa Wesleyan College. Upon graduation, she relocated to Hampton Roads, Virginia where she completed her Master of Public Administration with Troy University. During this time, she was active with multiple organizations within the local community such as The Hampton Family YMCA, Tidewater Dirt Riders, and multiple initiatives supporting different areas and groups at Langley AFB.

After working as a personal trainer, focusing in corrective exercise and injury prevention and rehabilitation, Hillary made a career change becoming the Executive Assistant to several high-level executives for Duvel Moortgat USA, responsible for planning and execution of events of all sizes and importance.

Her love for aviation, organization and fun, along with her education and experience with non-profit organizations, has brought her to the AHM to serve as the Event Committee Chair.

IN MEMORY