Flight Path Headquarters
FLIGHT PATH Board of Directors
Flight Path President and Board Member
A lifelong Holland resident and owner of Accutech CNC, a precision metalworking machine shop, Jeff became interested in flying many years ago. His yellow 1968 Piper Arrow graces many of our photos and is one of the aircraft students climb into during the Flight Night program. Besides his love of flying Jeff is also an accomplished deep sea diver and motorcycle road racer. Jeff was a longer term member of Ottawa Aviation. Now as the president of Flight Path he is guiding us towards a future of introducing many young people to the excitement of aviation in all of its forms.
Flight Path Treasurer and Board Member
Bruce is the son of a WWII Navy veteran. He had hoped to be a Naval Aviator but his eyesight required glasses which kept him from being a combat pilot. While living in Washington, DC, Bruce acted on his dream and finally achieved his goal in the 1990’s by earning his private pilot license and instrument rating. He and his family recently moved to West Michigan from the Chicago suburbs. Bruce is a member of a local flying club where he flies a Cessna 172, a 182 and a Cirrus SR20. Bruce recently took on the Treasurer responsibility for Flight Path and also volunteers. He enjoys helping to inspire the dreams of young people through the Flight Night program.
Flight Path Secretary and Board Member
Bob is a retired Holland resident and is the Secretary of Flight Path. He spent his career working for some of the top manufacturing companies in the area. Being a pilot was always an objective and finally achieved at age 49. His involvement with Flight Path began at the Park Township Airport where he volunteered to help mow the grass. That led to becoming part of the organization now known as Flight Path. He helps manage the organization’s website and facebook page, and is also one of the Flight Night simulator “instructors”. He is a lifetime member of the EAA and spent three years working with a Missouri company to build a custom Part 103 ultralight aircraft. Bob also enjoys auto racing and sailing.
Flight Path Board Member
As the only non-pilot on the board, Wendy became involved with Flight Path in a much different way. It was her two sons that brought the passion into her life, and she was quick to learn about their aviation interests. In 2017 her sons’ Boy Scout Troop was asked to assist at a Fly-In at the now closed Park Township Airport. That day cemented a rapidly growing love of aviation. Friendships were formed with the skydivers, hangar tenants, and airport management. Fast forward two years and her oldest son’s Eagle Scout project was completing the brickwork around the T-33 jet memorial at the airport. He was also tag-along flying with the local pilots as often as he could, helping to forward his own dream of becoming a pilot. He then became the “guinea pig student” for what has become the Flight Nights program, and was instrumental in the setup of the Flight Nights simulators. Those early days at the airport and participation with Flight Nights had increased his inspiration to fly.
Wendy saw first-hand the benefit of having young people interact with aviation enthusiasts and pilots who would mentor and encourage the students to explore aviation and see where it may lead them. Wendy’s involvement grew along with her sons’. Her desire was to help the airport grow, connect it more to the community, and provide opportunities for other young people with similar dreams. She was invited to join the Flight Path board and was also enlisted to be the Park Twp Airport operations manager. Wendy continues to be the main conduit to our local schools and young people. She organizes the Flight Night groups and networks with parents and organizations around the area.
Finishing the story – her son earned his private pilot’s license at age 17 and is now attending Purdue University studying aerospace engineering. His is also a Midshipman in the Navy ROTC with the goal of becoming a Naval Aviator. Wendy has no doubt that he gained the confidence to take this path thanks to his involvement with the local aviation community and Flight Path. The opportunities in the field of aviation are numerous and attainable for everyone, and her involvement with Flight Path will help open doors, and foster connections to help make those dreams come true.
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Paul resides in Zeeland where he has a farm and also works full time as a master plumbing specialist for Genzink in Holland. He learned to fly many years ago and was a member of the Holland Flying Club which kept a Cessna 172 at the Park Township Airport. He was a member of Ottawa Aviation. Paul is also our Flight Path pancake breakfast master chef and brings a lot of energy to our group. He is very active with his church and always finds time to help with Flight Path events.
Flight Path Board Member
Eddy grew up in Battle Creek fascinated with airplanes. He joined the Civil Air Patrol at 15. He wore glasses at the time and could not pursue his dream of flying for the Military. He started flying lessons at 16, paying for it by working on the flight line and other jobs at the local airport. He earned his Private Pilot license at 17,and had his Instrument rating before graduating from high school. He then added Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor and Multi-Engine Ratings. Eddy graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Flight Technology and also added an Aircraft & Powerplant mechanic rating. He has worked as a Flight Instructor, Aircraft Mechanic, Charter Pilot, Airline First officer and Corporate Pilot, now retired. Eddy volunteers for FLIGHT NIGHTS and offers this advice to our young students: “Think big and follow your dreams, especially if it includes flying! Anything is possible with a strong desire and dedication to your dream.”
Former Board members: Jim Munslow on the left end and Fred Egge on the right end. Thank you for your contribution to Flight Path.
Special thanks to Jean Flower for donating her CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT mural to Flight Path