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Mike Goulian Appointed to the IMC Club’s Board of Directors
On Monday March 11th, 2013 the IMC Club appointed an air show superstar and former United States Unlimited Aerobatic Champion, Mike Goulian, to its Board of Directors.
Michael Goulian, co-author of a series of books titled Basic and Advanced Aerobatics published by McGraw Hill, which became the industry standard for aerobatic flight training manuals is also a very experienced and devoted instrument pilot with over 7500 hours and over 500 of actual IMC.
Board meetings take place at Norwood Airport (Norwood, MA) quarterly and are held at the IMC Club International corporate offices.
Born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, Goulian is an American aviator, who has competed in aerobatic competition, flown air show displays, and has also raced in the Red Bull Air Race World Series. He was born into an aviation family, which founded Executive Flyers Aviation, one of the largest flying schools in the Northeastern United States in 1964. Michael's father Myron Goulian (also known as "Mike") was an FAA examiner. Michael learned to fly before he could even drive a car and soloed a Cessna 150 on his 16th birthday.
He began his aerobatic training in 1985 during his pilot study. He then established an aerobatic school within Executive Flyers Aviation. He worked his way toward the top ranks of air show display flying and competition aerobatics and became US National Champion in the Advanced Category at the age of 22. In 1995, he became the US National Champion in the Unlimited Category. He was a member of the US Aerobatic Team in 1994, 1996 and 1998.
“Many people might be surprised to know that I'm just as comfortable flying in the front of a Lear Jet or a King Air as I am performing at air shows in my Extra 330SC.
In the world of professional corporate flying and air shows, the safety culture is passed on through a mentor or a senior pilot who passes on their knowledge to a less experienced associate. The IMC Clubs rely on this atmosphere of constant learning which is a system that I truly believe makes for a safer and more well rounded pilot. It's an honor to join this organization as I feel it can make a significant impact on safety for pilots who want to utilize their aircraft on more than just beautiful VFR days" – said Mr. Goulian
Mike is one of only seven people to have been awarded all three of the air show industries most prestigious awards: the Art Scholl Memorial (2006) Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship (2009), and the ICAS Sword of Excellence (2012). He is also a Lifetime Member of the IMC Club.
“I would like to welcome Mike as one of our newest Directors and extend my sincere appreciation for accepting our invitation to provide his knowledge and experience to further improve our outreach to the general aviation pilots for a purpose of improved proficiency and exchange of experience in instrument flying. Mike’s participation will allow us to gain yet another prospective from a very experienced aviator for the benefit of our members and safety of General Aviation” – said Radek Wyrzykowski, President of the IMC Club International, Inc.
Too often pilots finish their training and then become distracted and disengaged from the flying community. The result is a dangerous lack of proficiency and or the loss of support to the flying community as a whole. IMC Club, through its nationwide chapters, provides organized “hangar flying” focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. Believing that safety and proficiency are developed through education and experience their monthly meetings use real world scenarios to engage members and allow them to share and build their experience. It’s the only organization of its kind.
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