Board of Directors
Randle S. Corfman, President
Randy Corfman incorporates his love of aviation with his medical practice, flying to many locations in the Upper Midwest
to provide consultations and medical care, including MN, ND, SD, WI, MI, MT and Alaska. While his practice is primarily
involved with helping couples with reproductive problems conceive, he also serves as an Aviation Medical Examiner
(AME) in Minnesota. His special interest and training in wilderness and survival medicine, as well as aviation medicine
and approaches to keep pilots healthy and flying, places him as a frequent speaker at a variety of aviation conferences
and venues. Dr. Corfman hails from a farm in Kansas, near Wichita, where he watched airplanes flying overhead for
as long as he can remember. His home base is KANE in the Twin Cities, from whence he flies a Cessna T210 for his
medical practice and a super cub for “real flying”. Dr. Corfman is a member of Supercub.org, where he hosts a forum
called “Medical Matters”, dealing with common medical problems facing aviators. He is a 4500 hour multi-engine commercial,
instrument rated pilot, with single engine land seaplane and land ratings.
Paul Jackson, Vice President
Paul Jackson has a diverse aviation background. He is a 26-year employee and Captain with Southwest Airlines. To date, he has accumulated over 22,000 hours of flight time. He has a passion for aviation that extends beyond his career. He has flown everything from pre-World War II aircraft to modern jets. He was the co-host of “The Flightline” aviation TV show that aired on the Discovery Network, Fox Sports North and local television. The show is seen worldwide thru Amazon Prime and iTunes. Paul has served as a lobbyist in Washington DC and is a member of AOPA, EAA, Warbirds of America, North American Trainers Association, Seaplane Pilots Association, Recreational Aviation Foundation in addition to his membership in the Minnesota Pilots Association. He operates a seaplane base in McGregor, MN and keeps a full-time residence with his wife Kristi in the Minneapolis area.
Jim Peterson, Treasurer
Jim Peterson, owner of Aware Financial, flies throughout the Upper Midwest to meet his clients. He provides business continuation and estate planning advice and modeling. He is an attorney and inactive CPA who specializes in both income and estate taxation. Jim has a deep technical, but practical, background in dealing with family and closely held businesses, particularly the family dynamics and estate planning implications surrounding a successful ownership transition. His planning recommendations are implemented through his clients’ local accountants and attorneys. Jim started flying hang gliders and ultralights switching to certified airplanes to get his private pilot certificate in 1977. He is an instrument rated private pilot flying his Cirrus SR22 out of KANE.
Michael Lawrence, Secretary
Michael Lawrence lives in Lino Lakes, MN and currently works as the Operations Manager for Premier Jet Center’s FBO at KFCM airport. He previously managed Key Air’s FBO at KANE from 2008-2017, until it was sold to another operator. He graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Business Administration and earned his private pilot certificate. He owns a Piper Cherokee, hangars it at KANE, and is studying for his instrument written test. He has served on the board of directors for the Anoka County Aviation Association, the Minnesota Business Aviation Association, the Minnesota Aviation Trades Association, and the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce.
Dave Austin’s passion for aviation started over 30 years ago when he was graduating from high school and his father asked to do something together that they would never forget. They drove out to a small airport in southern Illinois near where Dave grew up and embarked upon getting their pilot licenses together. The experience was life changing and since that time Dave’s aviation activities have included holding Commercial Pilot and Certified Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Instructor Certificates. He earned degrees from Southwestern Illinois University in Pilot Training as well as Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University. Dave and his family have owned and operated many aircraft over the years, but his favorites have included the Mooney Porsche, Shrike Twin Commander and his current Mooney Bravo. His aircraft have aided to build his career as an insurance agent, investment registered representative and securities principal servicing clients primarily in a 10-state area.
Dave and his son RJ are founding members of the Northern Flights Squadron of the Mooney Caravan and participate in their formation mass-arrival to Oshkosh Airventure. Dave, his wife Stephanie and R.J. enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors and can be regularly found at the Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE) preparing for their next adventure.
Patrick Halligan was born and raised in north Minneapolis. He started his flying lessons at Anoka Airport with Jerry Wolfgram Jr. whose dad owned the flight school, soloing as a high school senior and then receiving his private pilot license.
Pat attended the University of North Dakota (UND) and graduated in 1976 with a B.S. B.A. and a major in aviation, graduating with his commercial and instrument ratings. He took his CFI training at IFT, located at the St. Paul Downtown Airport and worked as a flight instructor at the Beech Center at Flying Cloud and then went to work for Waldo Anderson at the University of Minnesota Flight School at Anoka Airport.
While teaching flying lessons at Anoka he was picked by the MN Air National Guard to attend pilot training. He spent a year at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas and flew the T-37 and T-38. After graduation he returned to MN and flew the C-130 for the MN Air Guard, serving as a co-pilot and aircraft commander.
While flying for the Air Guard Pat was hired by Republic Airlines in 1980. Serving as a flight engineer, Convair 580 co-pilot and captain, DC-9 co-pilot and Northwest captain of an Airbus before retiring from with Delta Airlines, after going through the mergers with NWA and Delta.
For the past twenty years Pat has been involved with EAA Chapter 25 at the Airlake Airport. He was chapter president for 3 years back in the early 2000’s, helping turn the chapter into a well-financed organization. He remains on the chapter’s Board of Directors. He serves as banquet “chairman for life” and the scholarship committee leader having started 3 scholarships. Pat is one of three owners of a Pietenpol that is being built as a chapter project. Pat is serving his second, 3 year term on the MN Aviation Hall of Fame BOD, also serving as scholarship committee chairman.
Pat owned a hangar at the Airlake Airport, has owned a Cessna 172, 182 and was part owner of a Hawk XP on floats. Pat has been a memberof the Prescott Flying Club where he flew a Cirrus. At the current time flies a 1978 BE-55 Baron.
Pat feels he would make a great board member because of his experience and passion for general aviation. His military and airline experience is invaluable. He has flown airplanes from J-3 Cubs to four engine machines, and he says he “loves them all!” He feels that his vast experience in aviation helps him key in on what Minnesota pilots want, and he loves aviation. He feels the best testimony comes from his wife…”she says I love airplanes more than her. It’s not true, but it is close.”
Gregg Strathy inherited his love of aviation from his father who, as a kid in the 1930’s, painted an arrow on the roof
of his home, directing pilots to the Minneapolis airport. Logging his first flight in the family Citabria at age fifteen
with his Dad as CFI, Gregg learned aerobatics as a teenager. Now with ratings including ATP, CFII, SES and sailplane,
Gregg is committed to the growth of aviation in all aspects. His family involvement in aviation includes his instrument
rated wife, Jan, and ATP rated son Bryan who flies with Sun Country Airlines.
Steve Thibault began flying at the age of 15. He attended the University of North Dakota, which is where he first began his flight instructing career. After graduating from UND, with aviation and business degrees, Steve returned to the Twin Cities and began instructing at the Anoka County Airport. Since then, Steve has made the training of pilots his profession. During his 37 years of flying and his 32 years of flight instructing, Steve has accumulated over 18,000 hours of flight time, provided more than 17,000 hours of flight instruction in airplanes and 2,000 hours of instruction in flight simulators, has given an unknown number of hours of ground instruction, and has flown over 100 different types of airplanes. Steve is the owner of FlightProficiency, a flight training company and co-owner of Sim Flite Minnesota, a simulator company located at the Anoka County Airport. In 2015, the FAA named Steve the “CFI of the Year” for the Great Lakes Region.
Mike’s passion for aviation started when he was very young. Mike’s Dad took him to his first air show at their hometown in Iowa at the age of 10. That show made an everlasting impression so deep that at 14, Mike rode his bike to the airport for two weeks straight and bugged the owner for a job washing airplanes and cleaning hangars just to be around airplanes. He traded his work of washing airplanes for flying lessons and received his Pilot’s License on his 17th birthday. Forty years later, Mike has accumulated more than 25,000 flight hours and has qualified in more than 40 aircraft. He keeps a very busy schedule as a full time air show pilot flying the Lucas Oil stunt plane April through November. Mike was a 2002 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, and a member of the 2004 U.S. Aerobatic Team. His excitement for aviation and willingness to share his experience with people around the country is nothing short of contagious in his attempt to help encourage kids of all ages, to not only dream, but to live their dreams and never give up! Mike owns and operates West Metro Aviation at the Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE). He is serving his second term on our board of directors.