March 9, 2015: Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) announces the formation of the FMA Advisory Board. Effective immediately the five-member board will help steer FMA into the future while assisting the organization in focusing on its goals and mission.
The board now is comprised of the following individuals who will serve staggered two-year terms:
Leonard (Len) Assante is Associate Professor of Communication at Volunteer State Community College near Nashville, TN. Born and raised in the New York City area, he earned his private pilot certificate at 17 in New Jersey. A graduate of Rutgers University and State University of New York at Buffalo, he has been a college professor since 1991. He is a member of AOPA, EAA and of course FMA. A life-long love of music has led him to recently take up the guitar. He is passionate about aviation and growing the pilot population.
Ian Blair Fries
Ian Blair Fries, M.D. is an orthopedic and hand surgeon, and Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner. He has medical offices and homes in Brick, New Jersey, and Vero Beach, Florida. He plays Excelsior acoustic and Roland digital piano accordions, favoring French musette and American standards. He has logged more than 6,000 hours aloft, and always carries an accordion or two in his TBM 900.
Tim Kern is the most widely-published aviation writer in this century. He is the former CEO of an airplane engine company and writes extensively about propulsion and power. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from Northwestern University, and NBAA CAM (Certified Aviation Manager) certification. He is a founding member of the Flying Musicians Association and the American Air Camping Association. He has been a builder on three airplane projects (one dataplate bears his name) and has been a private pilot for 25 years; he also holds a seaplane rating.
Lee Ross is a Commercial Pilot and aircraft owner who has been flying almost 40 years, starting in 1976 as an Army helicopter pilot. He is also a musician and bandleader who has been performing in the New York area since 1983 after touring with his band "Formation" in 1982-1983. Ross is an award-winning aerial photographer whose work is published and displayed around the world.
H. Paul Shuch
Singer/songwriter/scientist Prof. H. Paul Shuch sings about aviation, engineering, and space exploration under the stage name Dr. SETI. After 34 years in the classroom, he retired briefly in 2007, only to found his own flight school on the Piper Memorial Airport, Lock Haven PA (birthplace of the ubiquitous Cub). A guitarist of no particular distinction, he continues to write songs as mnemonics to help his students remember key concepts. "There's no greater pleasure," he says, "than listening to my flight students singing to themselves while executing a particularly graceful maneuver." [ home ]