A tailwheel endorsed Private Pilot, Chris is currently working towards his Instrument Rating. Ultimately 'Tex' has his sights set on military aviation. He is based out of Willis Gliderport (FA44) flying a 1964 Cessna 150d with a "Texas" tailwheel conversion...quite an aircraft! After attending the Millennial Wings monthly fly-out to Venice Beach, FL (VNC), Chris decided to come on board with our crew. He currently works as an apprentice mechanic at Mohawk Technologies, but in the fall will be trading his day job in favor of full time studies and and Air Force ROTC.
Chris 'Tex' Simescu: Secretary
The Board of Directors
Travis Sherman: Cruise Director
3rd generation pilot, entrepreneur and adrenaline junkie.
Travis grew up on an airport due to the family business, Sherman Aircraft Sales, and his fathers passion for aviation and spent most of his childhood in the front seat of a Stearman or back seat of a Super T-6. A graduate of UCF he knows he will be involved in aviation for the rest of his life and dreams of being an airshow performer and owner of a flying museum. His grandfather and father have both flown well over 250 different types of airplane and Travis is striving to beat their numbers.
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Timothy Fonseca, President and founder
Tim is a 22-year-old commercial multi-engine rated pilot and Florida Atlantic University student that sees the harsh reality that the “pilot scene” is declining. Tim’s fascination of flight began at a very young age, flying RC airplanes and always getting excited around airports. He aspires to fly commercial with the majors and become a well-known aerobatic pilot.
“Our goal is to provide opportunities and venues for young pilots to engage with other aviation enthusiast of similar ages”. -Tim.
Chad Barber, Treasurer
Chad is a first generation aviation entrepreneur and commercial pilot out of Palm Beach, FL. From starting to fly in his grandfather’s Cherokee at age 19 in Wisconsin, to earning his wings out of Tallahassee, FL while attending Florida State University, he has seen all aspects of the industry. He currently owns a Piper Cherokee, Pitts Special, and actively rents from various flight schools in South Florida. He prefers flying conventional aircraft, but understands that piloting modern aircraft is an essential skill with emerging technology. Chad uses aircraft for many purposes including aerial production, aerosports, aerial application, touring, advertising, and transportation. In March of 2015, during the time Millennial Wings emerged, Chad created his own company, Barber Aviation.
Through training, aerobatics, and his business, he is expanding his flight skills and industry knowledge. He has a desire to contract privately and perform worldwide through sponsorship opportunities. He is always looking for ways to reinvent the aviation industry while helping Millennial Wings lead a new generation of pilots.
Alejandro Rodriguez, Vice President
Alejandro is currently a student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Alex was at the first ever meeting with Tim and a few others that all got together to discuss the possibilities of creating a flying club for young adults. Alejandro is currently working on his Multi-Commercial as well as serving as VP of the Millennial Wings for the second year.
Michelle Christensen, Recruitment Chair
Michelle is a 22 year old Private Pilot with an instrument rating currently at work on her Commercial Certificate. She decided to become a pilot in November 2014 after taking a discovery flight in a Piper Arrow. Since graduating from the University of South Florida in May 2016, Michelle is becoming more invested in the aviation community and pursuing a career flying everything she can.