Instructors

The Mooney Safety Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of Mooney pilots - all of which share a deep commitment and passion for Mooney aircraft and aviation safety. These instructors, and other regional instructors who meet our stringent criteria, typically conduct the Pilot Proficiency Programs. 

Additionally, while our primary mission is to provide instruction through the Pilot Proficiency Programs, many of our instructors also provide initial Mooney instruction in order to satisfy insurance requirements.  So, if you're buying your first Mooney, contact the Mooney Safety Foundation who will match you with an instructor based upon your geography and requirements. 

 
Name / Positions Credentials Home State: Territory

Mark Johson

President - Instructor

ATP, CFII, SEL/MEL.  Mark is a corporate pilot in the Houston TX area flying a Citation 501 and a King Air 350.  He also has flown F-16s and F-117s in the Air Force and currently is a T-38 Flight Instructor at Sheppard AFB as a Reservist in the USAFR. He lives on a grass strip airpark in Cypress TX and owns an '81 M20J.  Mark grew up around flying and has accumulated 7000+ hours, 2500 military and 1500 hours of it in Mooney aircraft.

TX:

Southwest States

 

Tom Bush

Vice President - Instructor

ATP, CFII, SEL/MEL, A&P Mechanic.  Tom is a retired US Navy Pilot and veteran of 25+ years active duty service flying F-14’s and F/A-18’s.  An active GA pilot and CFI since 1986, he is also a longtime owner of a highly modified 1965 M20E in addition to a few other airplanes.  Tom lives with his wife and two children - all of whom fly - at the Dry Creek Airport in Cypress, TX (TS07).  He is currently employed as a pilot for United Airlines on the Airbus A320.

TX:

Southwest States

Parvez Dara

Secretary, Instructor

ATP, MCFI SEL/MEL with an advanced ground Instructor rating - Parvez is a medical oncologist, was named the Eastern Region CFI of the year in 2007.  Parvez conducts medical safety programs for the FAA's Wings Programs and is a FAASTeam Rep for the Philadelphia FSDO. He is a former Senior Aviation Medical Examiner in the State of NJ.  Parvez has owned a Mooney M20J and a Mooney M20M (Bravo).

NJ:

Mid-Atlantic States

Ralph Semb

Treasurer, Instructor

CFII SEL/MEL - Ralph owns and manages several businesses in the Erving, MA area.   He is an avid instructor for both VFR and instrument flying.

MA

Northeast States

Jack Napoli

Director, Instructor

CFII, Advanced Ground Instruction - Jack is retired from Institutional Pharmacy Management, Institutional Review
Board Research Management, and a Private Pharmacy Consultant Practice. He has been flying since 1965 (before he owned a car) and has over 6,000 hours of total flying time including 3,000+ hours in Mooneys. He currently owns a M20K-231.

Long Island, NY:

 

Northeast States

Ted Corsones

Director, Instructor

ATP, MCFI.  Ted is an attorney and has 8,000 flight hours.He holds the following certificates and privileges: ATP (airplane single & multiengine land and sea) with commercial privileges (glider and lighter-than-air free balloon).  Flight Instructor (airplane single and multiengine; instrument airplane; and glider) He owns a 1999 Mooney Eagle.
 
VT:

Northeast States

Jerry Johnson

Director, Instructor

CFII SEL/MEL - Jerry retired from IBM and Lockheed-Martin where he held positions in industrial education and management.  His last assignment was in Air Traffic Mgmt in the FAA's Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center.  Jerry has experience as an AOPA instructor and in all Mooney models from M10, M18 and M20 A thru TN.  Jerry is a FAASTeam Rep for the Ft. Worth FSDO.  He owns a Mooney M20C, M20J, and an Aeronca 7AC.  He has been an instructor for over 25 years with over 9800 hours and over 5000 hours in Mooneys.  While Jerry is also rated in gliders, he presently flies a Citation Jet (CE-550) for a corporation in Denton, TX.

TX:

Southwest States

 

Bud Johnson

Emeritee Director, Instructor

CFII - Bud is the president of a strategic marketing consulting organization and was formerly a Director of a regional flight school in Connecticut. Bud specializes in teaching in the M20K and has logged more than 1,500 hours in that aircraft.

CT:

Northeast States

Chuck Ebbecke

Emeritee Director, Instructor

MCFI SEL/MEL and A/P - Chuck's early career was as an educator and school administrator.  He has also worked as a systems instructor for Boeing Aircraft and flew aerial surveys for the NJ Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and the Dept of Agriculture.  He is a FAASTeam Rep for the Philadelphia FSDO. Chuck owns a Mooney M20J and has logged over 6000 hours in GA aircraft.

FL:

Southern States

John Pallante

Emeritee Director, Instructor

CFII - John has worked in the field of air traffic control since 1966 at towers and tracons throughout the east coast and now consults globally on ATC operations.  John is a CFII with a Gold Seal and Advanced Ground Instructors rating. He is an active FAASTeam Rep for the Philadelphia FSDO and owns a Mooney M20J. NJ:

Mid-Atlantic States

 

Wayne Fischer

Emeritee Director, Instructor