CalPilots Board of Directors


Corl Leach, President.
Pumping gas, washing airplanes, and mowing grass at small midwestern airports established my early roots in aviation. Through the decades that experience expanded through many airborne adventures: instructing, charter, military (USN and USAF), airline, and recreational flying. I believe General Aviation enthusiasts must be engaged if local airports and GA are to survive and thrive. In 2007 I energized the founding of the Lincoln Regional Aviation Association chapter of CalPIlots. My logbook reveals 18,000 flight hours, Airline Transport Pilot, CFI-AIME (Gold Seal), Adv Ground Instructor. FAA Safety Team Representative. I'm employed as a Boeing 737 Captain but a C-172 is my preferred aerial steed.


Charlene Fulton, Secretary

I received my private pilot’s license in 1992 and am still an active pilot. Since 1994, I have been a member, secretary, vice-president and am currently President on my sixth term of the Modesto Airport Pilots Association; served from 2002 to 2003 as Vice-President for Region III, of CalPilots and from 2008 to present time serving as Director At Large for Region III of CalPilots. Other organizations: I have been a member of AOPA since 2003 and am currently the Airport Rep for the Modesto Airport. I reside in Modesto with my husband Robert (Rob). Together, we have five adult children, two grandchildren, a family dog and cat

Walt: Astra Jet

Walt Wells, Treasurer.
I flew in the Air Force for six years starting in 1963, flying the T-37, T-33, C-124 and C-141. I received training in the F-100 to become a fighter-qualified‚ Forward Air Controller in Vietnam flying the O-1 and the O-2. I left the Air Force to work for Arthur Andersen and Co. as an auditor and received my Certified Public Accountant certificate. I returned to flying in 1975 and became a flight instructor at Orange County and then a charter pilot in Denver, Chicago and San Carlos. I was hired by Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) in 1986 and flew the MD-80 and Boeing 737, 757 and 767 out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, retiring in 2001. I flew a business jet (Astra) for the next seven years. My wife, Linda, and I moved up the coast to The Sea Ranch, where we have a home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I have been CalPilots Treasurer since 1990.


Jay White, President Emeritus
I was first introduced to aviation as an aircraft mechanic in the service. I learned to fly after returning to civilian life, and obtained private pilot, commercial, instrument and multi-engine certification under the GI Bill. My first flying job was with a small contracting carrier flying as co-pilot on DC-4s for the military. After a year I was hired by United Airlines as a DC-3 co-pilot. During the next 33 years I flew 9 different types of aircraft. Upon reaching the mandatory age of 60 I retired as a B-747 captain. While flying for United I obtained a law degree and was admitted to the California Bar. I served several years as president of California Pilots Association.

Paula Jessup, VP Region 1.


Joe Borzelleri, VP Region 2.


Carol Ford, VP Region 3.
Since I had my first ride in a small plane when I was 12 years old, I have been hooked on flying. So years later, I took lessons at Phoenix Field in Fair Oaks, California and earned my Private Pilot Certificate. Phoenix Field is now a housing development. Later I move to Fremont and flew out of the small Airport along the bay which is now closed. When I moved to Redwood Shores, under the pattern of San Carlos Airport, I was determined that would not happen to other airports, if I could help it. I was awarded Airport Defender of the Year by the CalPilots in 1997. Now I am VP of Region 3; a Director of the CalPilots/ACA PAC; (AOPA) representative for San Carlos Airport; President of the San Carlos Airport Pilots Association; Past Chapter Chairperson, International Organization of Licensed Women Pilots. I also founded Ford Aviation Consultants dedicated to ensuring airports receive funding they deserve.