Linda Street-Ely holds a commercial multi-engine license, with a tail wheel endorsement. She left her paralegal profession to become ForeFlight's Directory Manager and wears many hats with aviation organizations, such as AOPA's Airport Support Network Volunteer for the Liberty Municipal Airport (T78), EAA Chapter 12 President, and Race Director for the annual Indy Air Race. She's also raced in the annual all-women's Air Race Classic four times.
Mike Ely has been flying for 42 years. He has worked as a freight pilot and as chief pilot of an international corporation, flying all over the world. Mike holds an ATP, CFI/CFII/MEI, Seaplane, Glider, and seven jet type ratings. Currently, Mike teaches at FlightSafety International in the Hawker 800XP, Challenger 601, and the Embraer 135/145/Legacy, and is an Evaluator giving ATP authorization in the Hawker.
The Elys are avid cross-country air racers, winning the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Gold Championship in the Sport Air Racing League, racing their 1979 Grumman Cheetah, The Elyminator, "the fastest Cheetah in the known universe." Together they write a weekly column in the Liberty Gazette titled Ely Air Lines to promote aviation to the non-flying general public.
Since childhood, Yasmina Platt dreamed of becoming a pilot. She is now an active commercial pilot with instrument, multi-engine land, single engine land and single engine sea ratings as well as a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFII and CFI). Yasmina serves as the Central Southwest Regional Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), preserving pilots' freedom to fly in NM, TX, LA, OK, AR, KS, MO, NE and IA, often flying a Piper Archer on business trips. She is also an Adjunct Aviation Professor at Utah Valley University (UVU) teaching aviation logistics, private pilot flying, business aviation, and aviation management. Yasmina holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) and a M.S. in Transportation Planning and Management from Texas Southern University (TSU).
Pat Brown is the Texas Ambassador for AOPA’s new You Can Fly program. He began taking lessons at age 16, earning his Private Pilot certificate shortly after his 17th birthday. Today, 7000+ hours later, he holds a Commercial Pilot certificate for Gliders, Single-Engine Land, and Multi-Engine Land aircraft and is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor for gliders, single and multi-engine aircraft, with over 5000 hours of instruction given. He is a Check Pilot for the Piper PA46 (Matrix/Malibu) platform as well as a factory-trained Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot. In addition, he is the former Chief Tow Pilot for the Greater Houston Soaring Association with over 2400 tows. Pat contributed a sidebar on radio communications to Rod Machado’s Sport Pilot Handbook, and participated in re-writing/updating the National Association Of Flight Instructors’ CFI Guide To Light Sport and Light Sport Aircraft. He is the co-developer of AOPA’s Rusty Pilot seminar, travels the country speaking to pilot groups as a Safety Seminar Presenter for the Air Safety Institute, and conducts Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics nationwide. In 2013, Pat was named by the FAA as both the Houston District and Southwest Regional Flight Instructor Of The Year.