Speakers Bureau

Lt Gen Thomas Waskow, USAF (Ret)

Tom received his commission upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1970, and he served as a forward air controller and instructor pilot early in his military career. During the Vietnam War, he was assigned as a forward air controller at Ban Me Thout and Tan San Nhut, Vietnam, where he flew 282 combat missions over South Vietnam and Cambodia. Selected to fly the F-15 Eagle early in its operational deployment, he has flown all models and variants of the air-to-air F-15. He has held command at all levels; fighter squadron, wing, and numbered air force. Prior to assuming his current position, he was Director of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces. On September 11, 2001, he was designated the Area Air Defense Commander for the Hawaii Air Defense Region and was responsible for the air sovereignty of the state of Hawaii.

He is a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours, including 904 combat hours and more than 2,200 hours in the F-15 Eagle. In addition to intense combat experience in Vietnam, Lt Gen Waskow contributed extensively to contingency operations “Deny Flight” and “Silver Wake” in the Balkans, Noble Eagle in Hawaii in 2001, and Unified Assistance in Japan in 2005. His final military assignments were commander of the 5th Air Force and US Forces Japan from which he retired in in the spring of 2005.

Mark Spang

Mark, an employee of USAero Tech A&P School took his first airplane ride at age six and worked with his father pre-flighting military aircraft in his teens. Later, he served in the US Air Force as a Crew Chief and a Mechanic Instructor.

Michael Gonzales

Subjects: Topics in the field of Aircraft Maintenance (from experimental to commercial) and Flight Training

Michele Rash

Subjects: Weather, iPad technology

Michele learned to fly in Tampa, FL.  Upon earning her Private Pilot Certificate at age 20, she got her first plane and used it to travel and slowly obtain additional certificates and ratings including her Flight Instructor Certificates.  In 2007, she moved to South Carolina to pursue her passion; teaching people to fly.  She started her own flight school in the Upstate and was the Director until she sold the school in 2014.  She remains very active in the General Aviation community as a volunteer at Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00), serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council and is a Lead Representative for the FAASTeam.

Wally Moran, DPE

Subjects: Takeoffs and Landings or any VFR/IFR topic

Wallace Moran started his aviation career as a general aviation flight instructor; he later worked in the airline industry as a pilot and training instructor. He was an FAA check airman on many airline aircraft including the Boeing 747 and 767. He also spent many years in airline management as training supervisor, chief pilot and VP of Safety and Engineering. He has always been active in the general aviation area as an airplane owner and flight instructor and has given over 4000 hours of flight instruction in general aviation airplanes and gliders.

He is currently working as a FAA Designate Pilot Examiner, independent flight instructor and FAA FAST team member. He is a long time member of NAFI and has been a NAFI Master CFI since 2001.

Wallace lives in Summerville SC.