Board of Directors - 2021

Alex Brancaccio

CJAA President 

Forked River, NJ 08731

Alex became an entrepreneur at an early age by starting his own transportation company, Northeast Transportation & Warehousing LLC. Because of his business acumen and strong attention to detail, he has built and maintained an exclusive clientele, consisting of Top 10 Forbes List companies.While pursuing his entrepreneurial ventures, he also taught children and adults how to ride horses, which demonstrates his care and concern for others. He then took excitement to a new level “NHRA” Drag Racing. Loving the need for speed and excitement by going 200 miles an hour in 7 seconds wasn’t enough. He found his true love and passion in aviation. He finished top of his class at flying school and completed training for experimental aerobatics flying in record time. NJ Warbirds was created from combining his love of aviation and his ability to successfully anticipate, meet, and often exceed the needs of his clients.  It was apparent from his first air show that both the exhibitors and spectators were virtually a captive audience waiting to be reached. Alex also has been a member of the CAF Commemorative Air Force for the northeast district, AOPA, EAA, IAC,NJWARBIRDS.

Today, Alex is excited to expand his horizons as the new Vice President of the CJAA Classic Jet Aircraft Association and owns and flys a BAC Jet Provost and has been flying for over 20 years in various aircraft. 

He resides in New Jersey and has two daughters.

EMAIL:[email protected]

Victor Schilleci, IV

CJAA Vice President

Mandeville, LA 70448

Sonny Schilleci has been involved in aviation, in particular warbirds, all his life. He took after his father's passion for aviation and grew up as a young child in the local aviation community under the wings of his father who was a Flight Instructor.

Sonny completed his first solo on his 16th birthday in a North American T-28B Trojan. Soon after he would begin to fly the family T-6G Texan and numerous other aircraft to date. Sonny currently holds a Commercial Multi-Engine Instrument rating and is a FAA certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A&P) with Inspection Authorization (IA) authority. Sonny also holds an FAA Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Remote Pilot's License to operate UAS vehicles in support of Government and heavy industrial applications.
Not only does Sonny have a vast background in flying but he also has a 30 year background in running an FAA Part 145 Repair Station specializing in Avionics, Airframe Electrical and Unmanned Aerial Systems repairs located at KNEW (Lakefront Airport New Orleans). In the midst of running the Avionics shop he also graduated from Louisiana State Police Academy Class 76 and spent a very successful career as a Trooper with LSP, basically working two full time jobs, until recent retirement from LSP. Sonny was selected as LSP Trooper of the Year in 2010 and throughout his career earned numerous other awards and achievements. Sonny was promoted through the Ranks rather rapidly. He was also selected as day watch Shift Commander during Hurricane Katrina efforts and was responsible for coordinating and heading search and rescue and recovery operations in the greater New Orleans area. 
Sonny has currently owned his L-39ZO (former East German Air Force) for 11 years now and regularly attends CJAA events throughout the country. He has aspired to becoming a very active member in the organization and with his vast background has a lot to offer as a Board Member. In the past Sonny has been selected as Chairman of the Board for the National Criminal Enforcement Association (NCEA) and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Blackhawk Flight Foundation which dedicates its efforts to providing financial support for underprivileged children with aspirations to be involved in STEM education programs and aviation, and also provides support to Wounded Warriors and their families.

Charles VandenBossche

CJAA Secretary 

Niceville, FL 32578

Charlie “V+12” VandenBossche is a native of southeastern Michigan, born in Detroit and raised in Mt. Clemens, just north of Detroit.  Charlie was nominated for an Air Force scholarship upon high school graduation for engineering.  He packed his belongings and moved to Daytona Beach, Florida where he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He majored in aeronautical engineering and eventually became the cadet wing commander of his ROTC detachment.  While at Embry Riddle, Charlie fell in love with powered flight and quickly earned his private pilot’s license and the opportunity to swap his engineering scholarship for a pilot scholarship in his junior year of college.  Upon graduation, Charlie was awarded a coveted Air Force pilot training slot at Sheppard Air Force Base, TX as one of our nation’s US student pilots at the Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program.

During the ENJJPT program Charlie became proficient in flying the T-37 “Tweet” and the T-38 “Talon.”  He flew with instructors from over 13 different NATO countries.  Upon graduation, and after earning his silver wings, Charlie was selected to remain as an ENJJPT T-38 instructor pilot.  After only six months of instructing students, Charlie was then handpicked to be an instructor’s instructor, one of the few T-38 Pilot Instructor Training pilots.  Amassing over 1,500 hours of flight in the “white rocket” in just over three years with students and instructors from around the world, Charlie was awarded first choice of aircraft from his selection board.  There were no fighters available on the assignment board, so he selected the fastest and most challenging aircraft he could find, the mighty B-1 “Bone.”

Charlie traveled a few miles south for B-1 training at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, where he earned recognition as outstanding graduate in his B-1 ground and flight-training course.  After that, he drove north to Wichita, Kansas, where he flew the B-1 as a new wingman and eventually led up to 85 different aircraft in multi-national training exercises in Cold Lake, Canada.

After over five years in the Washington DC area and 22 years in the military, Charlie retired and quickly earned a position on the F-35 Integration Test and Evaluation team at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River as a human systems engineer.  He was responsible for Joint Strike Fighter pilot interface on both the F-35B and F-35C.  Charlie completed his work on the F-35 and now flies Contract Close Air Support (CCAS) in three different aircraft (BAC-167 Strikemaster, IAR-823 Brazov, and L-90 Redigo) for a company called Blue Air Training. Charlie drops bombs, strafes targets and operates airborne sensors while training Joint Tactical Air Controllers. Charlie recently started flying for Sunshine Aero Industries in his free time where he flies Saberliner 40s for defense industry flight testing.  Charlie also flies with Nalls Aviation, Warrior Flight Team, CJAA, Red Star Pilots Association, and World Heritage Air Museum.  Charlie is currently flying BAC-167 Strikemasters, IAR-823 Brozovs, L-90 Redigos, L-39 “Albatross,” a YAK-52TW and Saberliner 40s.

Over his many years of flying, Charlie has amassed over 1,500 hours flying the T-38, over 1,500 flying the B-1, over 500 hours flying the F-16 and many more hours flying the DC-9, F-15, F-18, L-39, A-29, C-172, T-34, Piper Cub, BAC-167, TT-1, Saberliner and more.

Scott Gusakov

CJAA Director 

Milan, MI 48160

I am relatively new to the world of classic jets having never flown a jet prior to purchasing an L-39 in the summer of 2018. Prior
to that I was an active sport pilot in the piston world flying Pitts Specials in aerobatic competition and a Glasair III in the Reno
National Air Races as well as other national cross-country events.
Flying the L-39 has introduced me to a new world within the universe of aviation that I have fallen in love with and developed a
great passion for. Of course, I knew that flying a former military jet would be fun but never anticipated how much it would
change my life. In these last two years I have accumulated 320 hours of military jet time by participating in 14 Jet Blasts, the
Reno Air Races, Airventure Cup Race, Sun-N-Fun, Oshkosh, and numerous other events. I obtained a low-level Statement of
Aerobatic Competency and FAST formation Wing card for airshows as well as a racing license in the jet class at Reno and was
awarded Rookie of the Year in 2019. My passion for these airplanes continues to grow and I am now dedicated full-time to
rebuilding and repairing Ivchenko engines as a co-owner at AI-25TL, Inc. in order to ensure that we will be able to keep them
flying well into the future.
None of this would have happened for me were it not for the CJAA and its members. The Jet Blast events with the
camaraderie, training, and support they afford have been invaluable and the new friendships that have formed through them
greatly treasured. I would like to see these events continue to expand and evolve. The organization is a tremendous asset to
the community and its present and past leadership have provided us with the resources that will help ensure pilots will be able
to maintain the skills required to safely operate these amazing aircraft. I recognize the challenges and monumental effort this
has required in the past. There will be more challenges going forward.
As someone who has always been a better participant than a spectator, I feel that I have an obligation to actively help the
organization that I benefit from to thrive and improve. When I was flying aerobatic competition, I heard a lot of pilots
complaining about the way our local IAC contest was run. Instead of complaining I took up the challenge to improve things and
became the Contest Director. I learned a lot from that experience. Trying to make everyone happy when working with pilots,
volunteers, the FAA, vendors, sponsors, airport managers, airport neighbors, insurers, hangar owners, and mentors was
challenging but I am up to the challenge and open to learning more. My qualifications and background are unique and I
welcome the opportunity to join the CJAA board and give back to the organization that has given me so much over the last two
years. I would appreciate your vote so that I can help and contribute in a positive way.
With gratitude,
Scott “Cheese” Gusakov

Shane Phillips

CJAA Director 

Gadsden, AL 35904

 

Received A&P license from Alabama Aviaition & Technical College in 1997.
Worked at ST Mobile Aerospace on DC-10 to MD-10 passenger to freighter conversion for Fedex.
Worked at International Jets as mechanic.
Went into the USAF after sept 11, 2001 as an F-15E crew chief. (4 years)
Worked at International Jets as director of maintenance.
Started my own business FMC-Fighter Maintenance Contracting) in 2013 performing maintenance and military contract support on L-39’s.

Bill Culberson

CJAA Director

Mobile, AL 36604

Born the son of an Air Force fighter pilot Bill has been in love with Military Aviation as long as he can remember. After a brief stint in the United States Air Force He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering. He put that to good use in the commercial aviation field where he worked for 24 years. The last 17 of those years he worked as a FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER); Approving designs and testing for FAA supplemental type certificates (STCs).  He retired from commercial aviation in 2016 to pursue his love of restoring and operating classic military airplanes. He is type rated in the L-29, MiG-15, MiG-17, T-33 and the B-17.

Michael Terfehr

CJAA Director

Traverse City, MI 49685

Michael Terfehr first flew solo on his 16th birthday, where he grew up in Southern California, and shortly after received his private pilot's license shortly after his 17th birthday. Currently, Michael has over 11,000 flight hours and has flown over 75 different models of aircraft. Michael also competed in competition aerobatics flying the Pitts S2B, Extra 300, and the Russian Sukhoi 29 and 31. Michael holds a FAST formation Leader Card from the CJAA, as well as a Statement of Aerobatic Competency in the MiG 15, MiG 17, T-33, and L-39 Albatross. 

Mike is the President and CEO of 45 North Aviation based in Traverse City, MI, offering aircraft management, charter, maintenance, avionics sale and installation, and utility aviation work. Michael is also the Director of Operations, company flight instructor, and FAA check pilot for 45 North Flight, an FAA Part 135 Air Carrier. He currently flies the Lear 60XR, Citation Encore 560, King Air 200, TBM900, and AS350 Eurocopter. He is the holder of a CFII for both airplanes and helicopters.

Michael is a passionate member of the CJAA and desires nothing more than to promote and protect our privilege to own and operate our jets. Michael has extensive experience working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain compliance with his company's many operations certificates and authorizations.

"It would be an honor and a privilege to serve on the CJAA Board of Directors. I am passionate about our organization and our jets. I would believe I can be an asset to the Classic Jet organization to help keep it moving forward, protecting our rights, removing red tape, promoting growth and safety within our organization.”    

Thomas Proctor

CJAA  Fast Admin

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, Mig 15-17.

Tom is also a Fast rated Lead Pilot

EMAIL: [email protected]

Zach McNeill

CJAA FAA liaison

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.

EMAIL: [email protected]

Steve Picatti

CJAA NTSB Liaison

Boise, ID 83714

Elena McNeill

CJAA Admin

Fairhope, AL