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NCAI was founded in 2014 to explore avenues for addressing an impending US pilot shortage and the accompanying regional labor shortage of qualified flight instructors at Northern California flight schools. How could we lower the barriers a student in Yuba City or Marysville faces to becoming employable in this labor sector?
This discussion led to the broader question of how to create, promote, and sustain career pathways in other aviation fields with growing regional demand, including aircraft maintenance, agricultural aviation, and small unmanned aircraft (drone) operations.



Board President: Dallan Reese. Airline pilot, a flight instructor, retired USAF officer.

Secretary: Chris Mahurin. Charter school director.

Treasurer: Mary Hansen. Retired Airport manager.

Director: Dave Lane. Retired airline pilot, flight instructor.

Director: Rikki Shaffer. Entrepreneur, consultant.

Director: Les Sanders. STEM teacher, flight instructor.

Organizational Support

CORE Charter Academy
TRI County ROP
Walmart/Sam’s club
Yuba Sutter Chamber of Commerce
Sutter Yuba Community Foundation



Roland Chenowith
Jerry Jaeger
Stadel Aviation
Mike Miller
Krueger Aviation
Twin Cities Aviation
Sutter Buttes Regional Aviation Association
Van’s Aircraft
Kolb family
Jeff Ebey
Sutter County Sheriff’s  Aero Squadron
Reese Family
Taylor Family
Lane Family 
Monica Foster and family
Sunrise Motors
Gutierrez Family
Kroeger Family
Samson Family 
Ward Family 
Chao Family
Lois Nicholas
MacKenson Family 
Mike Taylor 
Wes Jones