About

Board of Directors
Randle S. Corfman, President

Randy Corfman

Randy Corfman, PhD, MD, AME, is a scientist, physician, aviation medical examiner and pilot who incorporates his love of practicing medicine with his love of aviation. A 6,500 hour commercial rated pilot, he holds instrument, multiengine and seaplane ratings. He flies a Cessna T210 across the upper Midwest to provide onsite consultations, and a Piper Super Cub for “real flying”. Randy grew up on a Kansas farm, watching airplanes flying overhead into and out of Wichita for as long as he can remember. He serves as an aviation medical examiner, in addition to his practice as a reproductive endocrinologist. Randy hosts “Medical Matters” on Supercub.org, a forum in which a variety of medical topics are discussed, as they relate to aviation. Randy is a frequent presenter at aviation conferences and EAA chapters. He is president and founding member of the Minnesota Pilots Association and a long term member of EAA and AOPA. Randy’s wife, Julie, and their five children and five grandchildren appreciate and enjoy aviation. A good friend of Santa Claus, he loans his Super Cub to Santa annually for Santa’s Flyins! He is looking forward to getting his grandchildren into the friendly skies.
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.
Andy Brown

Andy Brown learned to fly in his Dad’s 1948 Luscombe 8A when he was fourteen. He is now restoring the same plane nearly forty years later. An entrepreneur and businessman, Andy has founded and led engineering and technology companies that have grown to be industry leaders acquired by large public companies. He has contributed on multiple boards of directors and is focused on achieving strategic objectives and outcomes.   Andy has integrated his love of flying with both business and recreation interests, using his planes at the airports across Minnesota, throughout the United States, in Canada, and abroad. In 2019, he flew his Cessna 340A across the Atlantic, recreating the WWII military “Crimson Route” through Canada, Greenland, Iceland, and Scotland. In addition to his Twin Cessna and Luscombe restoration, Andy owns a DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver on amphibious floats and skis, and an A1-C Aviat Husky on amphibious floats, skis, and tundra tires. Andy holds both FAA and Transport Canada MEI, SEL, and SES privileges, has hangars at Anoka and Cook, MN airports, as well as a seaplane outpost in Ontario. He monitors border issues for GA closely and is highly proficient with cross-border flying. Andy and his wife live in Deephaven and at Lake Vermillion, MN.
Michael Bergeson

Michael Lawrence

Michael Bergeson has always enjoyed spending time with his family and figuring out how things work. He feels that it is a good thing I likes family, as he and his wife, Jill, have 8 kids and 14 grandkids. He states “Christmas gets a little crazy!” With his desire to figure out how things work, he has been working in manufacturing making things. Manufacture of air filters, air intake systems for turbine engines, refrigerators, microwave ovens, building products, and most recently cook ware and bake ware, are examples of products of his work.

Michael’s first airplane ride in a Super Cub out of a cow pasture happened when he was about 6 years old. After that short flight, he knew I wanted to be a pilot and in high school he started flying and received his private pilot’s license just after his 17th birthday.

Although not pursuing aviation as a career, it has been an important part of his life. “Every time I push the throttle forward I get goosebumps! If I wasn’t flying full size aircraft, I was flying radio-controlled models”. Over the years he has owned a Pietenpol Aircamper, a Piper PA18-150A, a Cessna 182Q, and he currently own a beautiful 1942 Stinson V-77 Gullwing that I flies as often as he can. Michael will soon have another Super Cub, as he will soon build a Javron Super Cub. He notes that his interest in general aviation interest has always leaned to the older general aviation airplanes.

When Michael was getting his private pilot license he recalls how busy airports were, with many young people learning how to fly. He recalls that most of the ranchers out where he grew up had either a Piper Cub or an Aeronca Champ. “Today, airports are fences off and look more like a prison than a place of enjoyment. There is nothing like flying into a grass strip and having people come over and visit with you about your airplane and ask questions about how they can learn to fly.” He encourages young people to get into aviation, if not for a career, for a place of relaxation where they can “gather their thoughts and enjoy the beauty of the world around them.”

David Austin

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

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.”
Grant Wallace

Originally for the deep south Grant Wallace has made Minnesota his home and brought with him over
25 years of aircraft maintenance and operational experience.  Grant holds a flight instructor certificate,
commercial pilot’s certificate with instrument and seaplane ratings, an airframe and powerplant license,
with an inspection authorization. 
Grant’s main interests are being a mentor to younger mechanics and training pilots who are interested
in the challenges of off-airport operations. Grant is also a military veteran who served as an aircrewman
on several models of aircraft.  Grant currently works for a major aerial imagery  company and is
currently rebuilding a 1969 Piper Supercub.
In addition to the Minnesota Pilots Association, he is a member of the EAA, AOPA, and the Minnesota
Seaplane Pilots Association, where he previously served as a board member.
Steve Thibault

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 Wiskus

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.