President: Captain Tom Machum, MBA

Tom's interest in all things flying started when he was very small. Growing up right next to the Moncton Airport no doubt influenced him. Through scholarships with the Air Cadets, Tom earned glider and private pilot licenses. The late 1980s was a bonanza period in Atlantic Canada aviation and Tom moved from flight instructor to charter pilot on Navajos to the right seat of the DHC-8 in roughly three years. Later he flew the BAe-146 and then in 1998, he and his family moved to Calgary when he accepted a position as First Officer on the B737-200, upgrading to captain in 2000 and then transitioning to the 737NG in 2004.

Tom's passion for flying lies in the areas of flight instruction. While an instructor, he truly enjoyed the reward of teaching others and later continued to share this as a training pilot on the 737-200. Not forgetting his roots, he loves flying little airplanes too and owns a share in a Piper Dakota.

Always intrigued with the business world, Tom sought out higher learning and in 2005, he completed his Masters of Business Administration.

Through the education that the MBA has provided and through his past experiences serving pilots, Tom has a great balance of knowledge to draw from. In the past he has sat on the Board of Directors of one of Canada's largest flight schools and has also served with two separate pilot associations with positions ranging from scheduling representative to Vice-President. Tom is also secretary of an organization that is working to revitalize recreational and general aviation in his home town.

Tom is currently a 737NG Captain who flies throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Vice President: Steven Bechtel

Steven has flown commercially for over ten years, with experience as a flight instructor, as well as Captain on the Jetstream 31/32, First Officer on the ATR 42, and Airbus A320 series aircraft. He holds a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he specialized in Aviation management.

Treasurer: Michelle Chiasson

Michelle's first foray into the aviation industry was as a flight attendant in 2005. Very quickly, she set her sights on the flight deck and began pursuing flight training in 2006 and started work in 2007. Michelle has operated in multiple spheres from flight instruction, medevac, domestic and international charters, offshore patrols for the government and various 704 and 705 operations.

She has a diploma in public/Media Relations and has proven experience having worked for a number of marketing and communications firms with a wide range of tasks and projects, including having owned and operated her own restaurant in Halifax, NS.

Secretary: Armel Cloarec

Armel started his flight training at the age of 13 and then completed his commercial license at 18. He worked for 3 years for a flight school which allowed him to grow into the tasks of private instruction and managing a small flying club. He was also involved in a crop dusting and held the position of the chief pilot for a small 702 survey operation. He then joined a 703-704 operation north of Quebec and at the end of 2014, he was hired to fly for a 705 carrier on the 737NG.

Having experienced multiple facets of the industry, Armel recognizes the need for the pilot side of the industry to improve. As such, he finds it of special importance to get involved, especially with the 702-703 operations, to ensure a better and safer work environment.

While considering better solutions to the challenges ahead, Armel believes the best way to improve the profession for all Canadians licensed pilots is to get involved with CPPC.

He is French speaking and holds the title of Secretary for the current board. He also with works with the Ambassador Committee to help spread the word of the CPPC throughout Quebec.

Mike Zaytsoff

Currently a Q400 Captain based in Calgary, AB. He completed his Commercial and Multi-engine IFR training in Castlegar, BC in 2001. Mike spent the next 4 years in Fort McMurray, Vancouver and Prince Albert working the various ramp jobs that it takes to wait for a pilot position to become available. He finally got his first break flying in the right seat of a Piper Navajo based on the Wollaston Lake First Nations Reserve in Northern Saskatchewan.

In the years since, Mike has completed a Master's Degree in Aeronautical Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Previous aircraft operated have been the Dash 8-300, Bombardier CRJ, and the Beechcraft King Air 200 in an air ambulance configuration.

Mike's goal for the College is to help pilots at the lower experience levels avoid some of the unnecessary situations he was exposed to when he first began his career. Mike currently chairs the Ambassador Committee which is responsible for raising the overall awareness of the College of Pilots.

Alistair Beaton

Alistair's interest in aviation was sparked as a Cadet in the Air Training Corp, where he had the opportunity to do an air experience flight in an RAF DH Chipmunk and obtain his A&B Certificates in Gliding after soloing a Kirby Cadet Mk3 in 1964.

During a work assignment in the Bahamas, Alistair completed his FAA Private Certificate in 1971 and accumulated approximately 1200 hours flying around the Islands and southeast Florida.

In 1972 Alistair was transferred to Jamaica where he gained experience in flying into the many challenging bush airstrips that existed in Jamaica at that time. During an extended vacation to the USA, Alistair completed his Commercial Pilot training at Fort Worth, Texas, in 1973.

While working for the oil industry in the Middle East that allowed generous amounts of time off for rest and relaxation, Alistair completed Flying Instructor Courses with both Rogers Aviation and CSE Oxford Air Training in the UK. His first junior flying instructor job was in 1977 in Dubai, UAE. Alistair progressed through the Company to become a line pilot in the Company's commercial aviation division and was seconded to Gulf Air in Oman and for about one year, to Bandar Abbas in Iran, to fly for the Imperial Iranian Navy.

Returning to the UK in 1980, Alistair started a flying school for a local aviation company in Glasgow. At that time, he was also appointed as a CAA / AOPA Flight Examiner.

Alistair arrived with his wife Diane in British Columbia, Canada, in 1982 and has since worked as a Chief Flight Instructor and Chief Pilot for a number of small Commercial Air Service both in the northwest of British Columbia and for the last 18 years, in the Vancouver area.

David Shi

David is currently a flight instructor and ground school coordinator at a large Maritime based flight college. In 2015, he graduated from a University B.Sc Aviation program offered in conjunction with a New Brunswick-based flight college and was also the 2015 Webster Memorial Trophy Winner.

He is self-motivated to be part of growing Canadian aviation, enhancing the standards of the profession, and improving flight training instruction and standards in particular.

Dan Fuchs

A Toronto-based 777 First Officer at Canada's largest airline.

Jonathan Steinfeld

Jonathan is a Captain on the 737NG based in Toronto. He has been a member of the College of Pilots since 2012. His roles have included Ambassador as well as chairing the Mentorship Committee. Jonathan learned to fly in 1992 and in addition to his pilot qualifications, he holds a bachelor's degree in Education.

Jonathan has held numerous roles in various companies and organizations including company aviation safety officer, chief flight instructor, operations manager and chief pilot. An active volunteer, Jonathan has donated his time and expertise with CASARA, the Manitoba Aviation Council, and his local community centre.

Jim Spentzas

Jim knew from a very young age that he wanted to be in, or around, airplanes. Growing up in Canada and Europe, Jim first successfully completed an Oil Engineering degree followed by an Aircraft Maintenance license before setting his sights on obtaining his pilot qualifications. After returning to British Columbia in 1996, Jim quickly completed his Canadian Pilot licenses. He joined a Canadian cargo start-up as a Second Officer on the Boeing 727.

One opportunity led to another and Jim stayed in the business flying on the Boeing 727, with different companies for several years. During this time, he also became involved in the training of newly hired pilots, which sparked his interest in mentoring the younger generation of pilots. In 2011, Jim left the night cargo business in favour of a Canadian Charter operation flying the Boeing 737NG, where he is presently Captain.

Fred Ambs

He started flying gliders in 1970, he then obtained his pilot's licence in 1974. First flying in the bush on both wheels and floats, he graduated to light twins, followed by medium and heavy multi-engine airplanes (DC-3, DC-4, Convair 580)?Fred started 705 flying in 1987 and flew for several Canadian charter carriers as well as contract work for large airlines in the middle and far East.

Later, he leveraged his expertise to help start up a scheduled international airline in the Caribbean from the ground up. He is a type rated on A-319/320, A-340, B-747, B-757/767, CV-58, DC-3, DC-4 and is also a check Airman on B-757/767.

Mark Chapman

As a rotary-wing member of the board, Mark intends to do his best to represent that portion of the industry and attempt to raise awareness and recruit the rotary wing component to participate. Canada in particular has a large rotary wing cadre, who by and large currently see the CPPC as a fixed-wing bastion. This is something we need to change. The CPPC is an important (and currently missing) component of a formal profession. A key aspect of a profession is that it is self regulating/governing, in particular regarding the qualifications and suitability of an individual to hold the qualifications of the profession.

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