The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions Announces New Advisory Board Members

Washington, D.C., January 27, 2015: The Association of Collegiate Training Institutions (ACTI) announces that the following individuals have accepted advisory board positions.

Mr. Carl A. Albert– Mr. Albert has had a distinguished career in the aerospace industry and as an investor. From 1990 to 2000, he was the majority owner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairchild Aerospace Corporation, Fairchild Aircraft and Dornier Luftfahrt, GmbH, aircraft manufacturers. Mr. Albert also served as the Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Wings West Airlines, a regional airline which operated initially as Wings West Airlines and later as American Eagle under a franchise agreement with American Airlines, and Board Chair of Boise Inc. (NYSE), a leading manufacturer of a packaging and paper products. Mr. Albert has served on the Boards of Directors of five public companies, many privately held companies and several charitable organizations and is a licensed pilot with over 40 years of experience. A former practicing attorney, Mr. Albert received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the UCLA School of Law.

Mr. Wayne Boggs– CEO-Air Boss Consulting International. Among his various FAA positions, Mr. Boggs worked as an air traffic controller at Chicago O’Hare Terminal Radar Approach Control (C90), taught at the FAA Academy and served as the Chief of Staff for the Air Traffic Systems Requirements Directorate in Washington, D.C. Mr. Boggs is the top air boss in the country handling such annual events as Oshkosh and Fun-in-the-Sun.

Judge Robert Colby – Director of Aviation Training and Education: United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, retired Brigadier General, retired judge, eighteenth judicial district of Virginia. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Virginia. Judge Colby is directly responsible for organizing and operating summer ground schools that have trained over 15,000 students in the basics of Aviation from the 1950s up to the present time. Judge Colby has served on the board of directors of Interstate Van Lines, Aviation Midshipmen Foundation, Professional Aviation Maintenance Foundation and the Naval Sea Cadet Corps Foundation.

Mr. Charles Hicks, Jr.- currently the Dean of Pacific Coast University School of Law, Mr. Hicks has over 30 years of FAA experience. He has held a variety of positions with the FAA including managing the FAA’s Technical Procedures and Flight Standards branch in Los, Angeles, California. Mr. Hicks is a licensed fixed wing and rotorcraft pilot with thousands of hours of flight experience. He is also a deputy sheriff who flies helicopters for law enforcement agencies in California. Mr. Hicks is a practicing attorney.

Mr. Douglas R. Murphy – former FAA Regional Administrator. Mr. Murphy held upper management positions with the FAA- amounting to 44-plus years of service spanning 5 Regions, FAA Headquarters and 3 tours at the FAA Academy. This includes 21 years as a Senior Executive and the last 11 years as the Regional Administrator in Northwest Mountain and Southern Regions. Mr. Murphy is currently private consultant.

Dr. Mary Niemczyk – current President of the University Aviation Association (UAA). Dr. Niemczyk has broad based airline and aviation experience and is a recognized expert in training modalities and methodologies. She has spoken at numerous academic, FAA, UAA and ATCA sponsored events and is the author of many publications regarding aviation and education.

Mr. David Segal– Chief Executive Officer Trident Marine Enterprise, LLC, Chairman NATO Joint Capabilities Group, Unmanned Aviation Systems (JCGUAS), GHMD Program Manager Navy Member, UAV Program Office Navy, Board Member Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Mr. Robert Uptagrafft– executive director of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, and has a rich and varied professional background in aviation and project management. Bob’s current mission involves leading the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance in promoting the growth, stability, and profitability of the aerospace industry throughout the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Uptagrafft specializes in advancing the interests of the aerospace sector, influencing public policy, and serving as a highly visible figurehead in economic development throughout the Northwest region of the United States.

The Advisory Board members were selected from a panel of distinguished individuals involved in aviation and education activities. ACTI represents national institutions of higher learning involved in aviation education and training.

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