Board of Directors

Zach McNeill

CJAA President

Fairhope, AL 36532

Zach has been an active member in the CJAA. Besides running the 2005 convention, he has served on the board, as alternate, member and VP, attended several conventions, and actively participated in or planned the jet blast fly-ins all over the US.

Zach served as the safety officer for CJAA and he designed the Safety Triangle model, authored articles for the CJAA Jet Journal and is a volunteer Safety Counselor for the local FSDO, where he gives Warbird safety programs. On many occasions he has presented safety programs at the CJAA jet blasts and conventions.

Currently donates his time to CJAA members as a formation instructor and, as a formation Check Pilot he has given flight exams to many CJAA members. He has taught several ground schools at Mojave, Houma and Amarillo jet blasts. Zach co-authored the Standard Operating Procedures for the CJAA jet formation check outs, coordinating standards with other FAST signatories. He also works with the Red Star Pilots association and is retained as a jet formation check pilot for that organization as well.

Instructor – Under the old licensing program Zach held an LOOA presently he holds EAR’s in multiple surplus military Jet trainers. This combined with his National Association of Flight Instructors Master Flight Instructor designation he has trained 18 CJAA members in the proper use and procedures of the L-29, L-39, and T-28. Every student passed their flight and oral check rides with flying colors.
Key member in the development and acceptance of flight training curriculum for the L-29, L-39, A-37 jets and for both US (SK-70) and Russian military (MI-24 and MI-2) jet helicopters and the North American T-28. 

As a Naval Instructor pilot in the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter Zach fills a void in the Warbird community by having the ability to fly and instruct in all types of surplus military aircraft. Zach is the only qualified and current Group X multi-engine turbine helicopter instructor in the U.S.
Awards Received: Master Instructor designation from NAFI and Squadron Pilot of the Year from US Navy (HSL-47)

Instruction/Examination Experience: Zach has completed several hundred flight exams as an active duty Navy standardization officer and flight examiner. Qualified as an instrument, NATOPS, FCF and Night Vision Goggle flight examiner. Active formation check pilot for CJAA.

Zach participates in aviation events, air shows and instructs in the civilian aviation community, including glider instruction (more than 100 glider flights). Zach is rated by the FAA through the ICAS organization with a low-level aerobatic waiver and has flown in single ship and formation demonstrations in jets in many air shows.


Jon Huggins

Rocklin, CA 95765

Growing up as the son of an Apollo-program and Space Shuttle contractor in Houston, Huggy was surrounded by astronauts and military pilots. Despite being a decent computer programmer as an IBM Co-op, he turned down a lucrative job offer out of college to pursue military aviation. Finally, in 2014 … and after almost 29 years in single-seat aircraft, he retired from the USAF, with 7200 military flight hours, and 4100 military sorties. As the Chief of U-2 Recruiting for a number of years, he ran the U-2 interview program, and got to experience the thrill of flying with new pilots in jet-powered taildraggers. He also assisted the Navy and Air Force Test Pilot Schools with their Qual/Eval Program, and this resulted in the opportunity to fly a plethora of other military aircraft.

An avid G.A. pilot, he has flown over 100 types of aircraft, and is FAA-rated in the T-33, L-29, F-5, and T-38. He loves instructing in high-performance jets, and maintains his CFI/MEI/CFII certificates.

He learned about CJAA in the mid-90’s, attended his first CJAA Convention in 1997, and has thoroughly enjoyed the friendships and relationships he has made as a result of his involvement with CJAA.

Until recently, Huggy was the Executive Director of the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association. His transition back to professional aviation will allow him to devote time to jet warbirds in general, and CJAA in particular.

Randy Howell

CJAA Director - Term expires Spring 2019

Discovery Bay, CA 94505

1968, on an unusually warm fall day in Florida, up taxis a virtually brand new Cessna 150. That day was the first day 13 year old Randy was given the opportunity to taste flight, little did he know it would develop into the subject of his focus for the rest of his fore coming life. Four years after that discovery flight, Randy achieved his private pilots license, by this time Randy knew that he wanted aviation to be his life’s career. On his 18th birthday, he earned his commercial pilots license and got his first job flying a Cessna 150 and an Aeronca champ chasing birds out of corn fields to make money while building hours. Over the next 9 months Randy built almost 3000 hours chasing the birds.

Fast forward to 2015, Randy has accumulated 23,000 hours of flight time. In those hours, he has over 30 years of airline flying, flown air shows for 22 years and raced in three different classes at the Reno Air Races. He holds an ATP with 24 different type ratings from MiG’s to the Boeing 747. In 1996 Randy started flying the Stoli MiG’s with two MiG 17’s at airshows which continued for a 7 year span. He then started the Patriots Jet Team, which has grown to a 6-ship L-39 precision aerobatic demonstration team now in its 13th air show season.

The accomplishment that Randy is most proud of is the Patriots Jet Team Foundation, which he founded in 2012. The Foundation educates and mentors youth in America in aviation career paths.

Thomas Proctor

CJAA Director - Term expires Spring 2019

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Tom got hooked on flying at a very early age when he got a ride in a Piper Comanche. Despite a busy career as the owner of an insurance and escrow outsourcing company he earned his private pilot certificate and instrument rating and flew a variety of aircraft for business and pleasure. He currently flies a Beechcraft King Air E-90. He has always been a warbird enthusiast and a few years ago flew an L-39. Six months later he was the proud owner of an N139PM an L-39C.

Today, Tom has been flying for over 25 years and is on the Executive Board of the World Heritage Air Museum whose mission is to rescue, restore and fly cold war era jets. He Holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate and is a CFII-MEI. He is rated in the AV L29, AV L39, DH112, DH115 and TT-1 Super Pinto.

Retired Avionics Engineer, passionate aircraft historian and restorer

                                                                 Board Members                                                  


Name Position Email
Bob Arnold Treasurer
Mark Peterson Officer
Randy Howell
Shane Phillips
Steve Kirik
Bill Culberson Alternate
Charlie VandenBossche Alternate
Alex Brancaccio Business - Marketing
Steve Picatti Gov. Liaison
Karen Griggs CJAA Office