Team

Michael Goulian
CSIP / Owner / SF50 Pilot

Mike Goulian, a professional pilot with almost 9,000 hours of flying, has been a flight school owner & operator for more than 30 years. His family started a flight school outside of Boston in 1964 and operated it until its sale in 2017.

Mike Goulian Aviation (MGAV) is Michael’s new business focused on the Cirrus Aircraft. He is excited to create this business based on his vision of general aviation excellence.

Mike and his wife Karin have also operated their own air show and air racing business for decades. As an industry leader known for excellence in everything he does, Michael looks forward to sharing his passion for aviation excellence with MGAV’s customers.

Karin Goulian
Owner

Karin and husband, Michael, started Mike Goulian Aviation (MGAV) because they are passionate about aviation and particularly, the Cirrus Brand.

Their goal is to create a special home for Cirrus pilots and aircraft owners who wish to learn to fly and/or have their aircraft managed by a company that is focused on exceeding the highest standards in the industry.

Karin, a pilot herself with a keen passion for flying and business, is the backbone behind MGAV.

Sean Brodeur
Assistant Chief Flight Instructor / CSIP Instructor / SF50 Pilot

Sean Brodeur is a passionate Flight Instructor. He is a rare find as one of only a few professional flying educators in the United States.

Sean’s 14,000 hours in the air and 12,000 hours of flight instructing make him a highly valued and sought after CSIP. Sean has over 2,000 hours in Cirrus aircraft alone.

Sean’s calm and unassuming approach to flying with his customers allows his clients to fly relaxed, knowing there is a professional next to them to guide their way while learning to fly.

Prassuna Budlong
Prassuna Budlong
CSIP Instructor / SF50 Pilot

Prassuna’s life long goal has always been to teach. She began flight training at the age of 17, and soon realized aviation was a second calling. Prassuna continued training and earned her Commercial Multi-engine certificate nine months later. Today she is a CFII and has over 1,000 hours of flight time.

As a flight instructor, Prassuna combines her passion for education and aviation. Her dedication and pursuit for excellence ensures customers get the most out of their Cirrus experience. Prassuna is also a proud proponent of women in the aviation industry.

As of March 2021 Prassuna is now also a type rated SF50 Vision Jet pilot, joining Michael and Sean as jet pilots on our team.

Greg Walton
CSIP Instructor

Greg Walton comes from an aviation family. His father was a naval flight officer on the P3 Orion and this led to Greg always being fascinated by airplanes. He would watch them fly every day and decided that he wanted to be a pilot when he grew up.

Prior to starting his career as a professional pilot he attended college where he played Division 1 soccer for the University of Vermont and earned a degree in Earth and Climate Science. After attending college he moved to Arizona to do flight training and then began teaching others to fly there shortly after. From there, he took a job as a pilot for Cirrus Aircraft at their factory in Duluth, MN.

Greg has a passion for helping clients become safer and more competent pilots by helping them to understand exactly why things happen while they are flying. Greg believes that having a deeper level of understanding is critical for any pilot so that they can exercise their best pilot-in-command decision making.

Marc DeRose
CSIP Instructor

Marc has had a lifelong passion for aviation and instructing. Prior to becoming a professional pilot and flight instructor, Marc coached several Division 1 NCAA College Rowing programs around the country including the University of Massachusetts and Columbia University. After almost 20 years of coaching, Marc traded the rowing shell for an airplane and has not looked back. Before joining the team at Mike Goulian Aviation, Marc was a flight instructor at Cirrus Aircraft in Knoxville.

Shelby Lillie
Shelby Lillie
CSIP Instructor / SF50 Pilot

Shelby comes from a flying family, so the flying bug caught her early in life. She has a passion for aviation and teaching. Shelby learned to fly in New England. She then made her way to the University of North Dakota to finish all of her advanced ratings and receive a Bachelor of Science. After graduating from UND she was the Lead Flight Instructor and CFII / MEI. She managed a team of 20+ flight instructors and worked closely with their students as a stage check pilot. She has over 1200 hours of flying time and valuable experience in glass panel aircraft.

Christian Franqui
Cirrus Training Instructor

Christian is the first pilot in his family’s history. He comes from a deeply rooted love for adventure and he holds aviation at the peak of his passions.

He grew up in Florida where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Though he had wanted to be a pilot ever since he was five years old, that dream wasn’t fully realized until he decided to change careers. He comes from tech and is a former digital designer. After six years in the industry, he began to teach this discipline at a private university in Florida for another seven years.

Now a commercial single/multi-engine pilot and CFII, Christian continues to devote himself to his students. He began to teach others to fly in the Northern Virginia and DC Metro area and as a former check instructor, his focus is on safety and ensuring his students are enjoying the view.

Lex Crosett
Cirrus Training Instructor

Lex has been flight instructing since the age of 18 and enjoys working with pilots at every learning stage. Lex has more than 4,100 hours of flight time and 1,300 hours of instruction given as a FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor. He holds Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor certificates in both airplanes and helicopters. In addition to flight instructing to pay for his college education, Lex flew for air ambulance, freight, and charter organizations, and for a commuter airline in New England. Lex has been active as an Angel Flight command pilot. As a Cirrus owner, Lex enjoys helping others learn about and take advantage of the Cirrus Life.

Ryan Jordan
Cirrus Training Instructor

When Ryan was 5, his parents took him on a surprise vacation to Disney World. He was told they were simply taking a quick ride in an airplane, then coming right back home. Much to their surprise, a young Ryan would have been just fine with that short airplane ride and has had a love for all things aviation ever since. Ryan grew up in the wooded highlands of northern New Jersey and is the first aviator in his family.

Ryan went to Purdue University and is a 2021 graduate of their Professional Flight program, where he trained in Cirrus and Piper aircraft. While at Purdue, he worked on the Operational Control Committee, where he helped manage aircraft and assisted faculty, students, and instructors ensure that flight training was completed in a timely and safe manner. Prior to instructing, Ryan brings 5 years of swim coaching experience with him, ranging from Level 1 to Level 5 swimmers. Ryan has been a pilot on numerous Pilots N Paws charity flights as well and focuses his instruction on safe and effective resource management and decision making.

Mike Thomas
Cirrus Training Instructor

Fascinated by the wonder of flight from a very early age, Mike’s love of airplanes and flying endures. After spending over a decade in the IP legal field in various Boston firms, a few brief moments behind the controls of an old Piper Aztec during a trip to the Caribbean cemented his aspirations of becoming a professional pilot.

Years later, Mike’s continued passion to learn, train and experience flight in all its forms has found him behind the controls of a Supermarine Spitfire in England, practicing aerobatics in a Super Decathlon, and peering from the bombardier’s seat of a B-17 Flying Fortress. Flight Instruction has given Mike the opportunity to pass along that love and enthusiasm for aviation to his students.

Collin Kociela
Cirrus Training Instructor

Collin took his first flight in a Cessna 172 in 2017 out of a small airport in his home state of California. After landing, he told everyone, “That was the coolest thing I have ever done, and I want to do it again.” A short time later, he became an FAA certified commercial pilot and flight instructor, someone who gets to share experiences like these with others.

Collin is a graduate from the University of North Dakota where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Aviation with a specialization in safety. After graduation, Collin served as a CFII, company check pilot, and supervisor of flight for UND. As a supervisor of flight, he was able to oversee the University’s entire fleet of 100+ airplanes and make decisions as to the operations of the fleet throughout the day. As a CFII and company check pilot, he gained a lot of valuable experiences providing instruction to a variety of students with different backgrounds. Back in 2017, Collin had every intention of being an airline pilot but has since found a new passion for teaching and providing amazing experiences for people who are new to aviation and want to learn all about it.

Collin has a strong passion for showing clients our incredible fleet of Cirrus’s so that each and everyone of them develops the proper skills and decision making to operate a Cirrus safely and efficiently so that we may all enjoy the Cirrus Life together!

Levi Fischer, Crew Chief & A&P Technician
A&P Technician

Levi joined the Goulian team in 2017 as our Crew Chief for our airshow team (www.mikegoulian.com) that travels the US throughout the year. The Crew Chief position is a very special position on our team as Michael has to have complete trust in the crew chief and in turn, his plane, to be able to fly high extreme aerobatics with confidence. Adding Levi to the Mike Goulian Aviation team shortly after was a natural fit for him and we have not looked back. Hailing from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he was the factory assembly specialist at Sonex Aircraft. He has taken the Cirrus factory training and takes great care of our entire Cirrus fleet.

James Sarhanis
A&P Mechanic

James joined the Mike Goulian Aviation team in 2020 as a licensed A&P technician. After building a successful career in real estate, James decided to shift gears and follow a lifelong interest in mechanics and technology. He is very proud to join such a well respected team working on industry leading aircraft, both at the forefront of technology and innovation.

Collin Moriarty
A&P Mechanic

Collin joined the Mike Goulian Aviation team in 2021 after spending the last four years maintaining and retrofitting older Cirrus’s. He began in aviation at the age of 15 by taking flight lessons at Plymouth airport. He earned his license at 18 and decided to conjoin his love of flying and maintenance. He graduated from the first class at Cape Cod Community College. He got his Inspection Authorization (IA) in the fall of 2020 and looks forward to being part of the distinguished Mike Goulian Aviation team.

Tyler Adams
Marketing Coordinator

Tyler Adams joined the team in 2019. Tyler will be at Mike Goulian Aviation spearheading our goal to increase the frequency and emotional impact of our social media content. What we do and why we do it is very powerful to many of our customers and fans. We will exemplify that notion through our content.

Danika Bedrick
Executive Assistant and Marketing/Event Planning Associate

Danika joined the Mike Goulian Aviation team in 2021. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a dual major in communication and journalism, she decided she wanted to pursue marketing but never thought she’d land a career in aviation. Danika assists with administration duties and marketing projects such as our monthly newsletters, social media channels and website maintenance.

Cassie Tatro
Senior Customer Service Representative

Cassie Tatro joined the MGAV team in October of 2019. Her love for flight started when her and her family would attend local airshows. Although not pilots, her parents recognized her interest in aviation at a young age and encouraged her to follow that passion.

As of now, Cassie is an instrument rated commercial multi engine pilot (training completed Part 61). She is building flight time through ferry opportunities, working on the CFI certificate while attending college full time to graduate with her bachelors spring of 2022.

Carolyn Coviello
Customer Service Representative

Carolyn joined the Mike Goulian Aviation team in 2021 as a customer service representative (CSR). Carolyn is projected to be completing her degree from SNHU in Aviation Operations and Management in spring of 2022. While working at MGAV, she has also obtained her Private Pilots License this past June. Carolyn has a passion for assisting pilots and passengers with their flight needs.

Benjamin Acker
Flight Training Advisor

Ben joined the MGAV team at the beginning of 2022. Prior to working at Mike Goulian Aviation, he was the Flight Support Team Lead at Magellan Jets. In this role, he assisted in leading a group of six Flight Support Trip Managers who coordinated private jet charter trips. Since 2016 when Ben joined Magellan, the Flight Support team has successfully coordinated the transportation of 50,000 passengers to their ultimate destination.

Prior to working at Magellan, Ben graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2015 with a degree in Aviation Management. After graduating from BSU, Ben returned to his home state of Maine and worked as a scenic tour and aerial photography pilot in Bar Harbor. He flew for two seasons before moving to Massachusetts.

Ben is passionate about aviation and is excited to work with MGAV clients to introduce them to the incredible world of flying!