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Michigan Aeronautics Commission Appointed Members

  • Michigan Aeronautics Commissioner Peter KararanienPete KamarainenChair
    Grand Ledge

    Mr. Kamarainen, of Grand Ledge, is the owner of GrandAir Aviation, Inc., the fixed based operator for Abrams Municipal Airport in Grand Ledge.
  • Roger SaloRoger SaloVice Chair
    Chair of General Aviation Committee
    Romulus

    Mr. Salo brings 40 years of experience in business aviation operations.
  • J. David VanderVeenJ. David VanderVeenClarkston

    Mr. VanderVeen, of Clarkston, is the Director of Central Services for Oakland County.
  • Russ KavalhunaRuss KavalhunaCommissioner
    Chair of Air Service Committee
    Grand Rapids

    Mr. Kavalhuna is an attorney in Grand Rapids practicing criminal law. He graduated from Western Michigan University's College of Aviation, with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Science.
  • Rick Fiddler, CommissionerRick FiddlerCommissioner
    Grand Rapids

    Mr. Fiddler is the Director of Aviation for Amway Corp., where he has worked for nearly 30 years. Previously, he served as a patrol officer, helicopter pilot, and on the underwater recovery team for the Lansing Police Department.

Michigan Aeronautics Commission Statutory Members

  • Capt. Mike Caldwell, Michigan State Police, Commissioner, Michigan Aeronautics CommissionCapt. Mike CaldwellCommissioner
    (Representing Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue)
    Michigan Department of State Police

    Capt. Caldwell is the Commander of the Special Operations Division, which includes the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, Field Support and Aviation Section, and Communications Section.
  • Brigadier General Len Isabelle, Michigan Aeronautics CommissionBrigadier General Len IsabelleCommissioner
    (Representing Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais)
    Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

    Brigadier General Isabelle is the Commander of the Michigan Air National Guard assigned to the Michigan National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing.
  • Scott HeatherScott HeatherCommissioner
    (Representing Keith Creagh)
    Michigan Department of Natural Resources

    Mr. Heather has overseen the air operations program for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources since 1999 and has worked for that agency since 1977.
  • Laura MesterLaura J. Mester, C.P.A.Commissioner
    (Representing Kirk Steudle)
    Michigan Department of Transportation

    Laura J. Mester is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • Director of Office of Aeronautics, Mike TroutMike TroutDirector, Michigan Aeronautics Commission

    As Director of Michigan Department of Transportation's Office of Aeronautics, Mr. Trout oversees Michigan's lead agency for overall administration and direction of aviation programs, airport development, and new initiatives.