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 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 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’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 3,000 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Originally from Houston, Texas, John’s love of aviation began at the young age of three after watching Top Gun and discovering his late grandfather was an A&P. From that point on, his love for aviation continued to grow. His ultimate goal is to become a 737 Captain. John is graduate of The University of Central Florida and L3 Harris Airline Academy in Sanford, Florida.
After successfully completing all check rides, John was asked to join L3 Harris as a flight instructor, After a year with L3 Harris, he wanted a new challenge and relocated to Massachusetts to join Mike Goulian Aviation as an instructor. When John isn’t flying around the northeast, he can be found cooking in the kitchen, surfing, discovering new music, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling. John’s outside of flying goals include: Visiting every state in the US, visiting every continent, and attending games in every NFL stadium, and NHL, arena.
Cameron joined the MGAV team in 2022. After graduation from Southern New Hampshire University with a BS in Aviation Operations and Management, he instructed around New Hampshire before joining the MGAV team. Cameron’s love for aviation started at the age of three attending airshows with his family. He fell in love with jets before Top Gun grabbed his attention even more. Cameron has been instructing since becoming a CFI in 2020 and is looking forward to a professional career in aviation.
Chris Porter’s obsession with flying began when his father brought him to the Rhode Island air show in 1991. The Blue Angels, Bob Hoover and Sean D Tucker became his heroes and provided all the inspiration necessary to pursue a life as a pilot. It was not until after completing his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University that he made good on his childhood ambition and became a certificated pilot.
Chris managed a Part 141 flight school in Rhode Island for a number of years before joining Mike Goulian Air Shows as the relocation pilot and marketing coordinator. He spent five years flying Michael’s Extra 330SC around the country, landing in 44 states and gaining invaluable flight experience.
Chris later pursued entrepreneurship specializing in marketing and video production in the aviation industry. While the business was successful, he missed flying too much has re-engaged with flying, teaching transition courses and the Upset Training course at MGAV.
When not instruction, Chris enjoys cycling, photography and spending time with his wife and their two little boys.
Gordon is a Massachusetts native, inspired to fly at an early age by his father and brothers. He left the area 30 years ago to join the Army. Upon retiring from 25 years of service in the Army’s Special Forces, he turned his love of flying and teaching into a professional flight instructor career. As a Master Flight Instructor, Gordon has more than 2,000 hours of flight time and 1,200 of instruction given. The only thing he enjoys more than flying is being able to share it with others, helping people reach their goals, building safe, competent, and confident pilots while having fun in the process. Passionate about safety and continuing education, Gordon is also a FAA Safety Team (FAAST) volunteer representative.
He recently moved back to the northeast and joined the MGAV team in June 2022. When he’s not instructing, he enjoys traveling New England with his wife and three young daughters.
Ben has dreamed of flying since before he learned to walk. And he still dreams of flying almost every night.
After graduating Liberty University with a B.S. in Commercial Aviation, Ben began his professional pilot career as a flight instructor, giving over 1,000 hrs of instruction for Private through CFI ratings across various aircraft types. He then moved on to flying the Embraer 145 for Envoy Air, and now flies the Phenom 300 full-time with NetJets Aviation.
On his days off, he enjoys teaching in the Cirrus as well as cycling, gardening, and fishing.
Though he grew up in Pennsylvania, and went to school in Rochester, NY, James has had a connection with New England as he was born on the New London Naval Station, Groton, CT, and as his mother and father grew up in Westford, MA and Dorchester, MA respectively. His maternal grandparents retired to Hebron, NH resulting in his typically having a winter week and summer few weeks yearly in the area.
James is coming to us after a twenty year Naval career in which he managed to have just over a mere year of total sea time though in which he has seen a few deserts. Such has given him a peculiar appreciation for green scenes and clean clear water. Hence his moving to New Hampshire. Though his brother can claim credit for getting him into it, James has enjoyed flying most his life and is glad to have the MGAV opportunity to share such with others.
James brings with him an ATP, MEI, CFII, a Glider qual, a Floatplane qual, and was the Navy’s exchange to Edwards, CA hence also is a graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School. A “One Cruise Wonder,” he brings with him a mere 210 “Traps” aka Carrier Arrested Landings though he has touched The Enterprise, The George Washington, The Truman, The Eisenhower, and The Stennis. Though not flying from them, he has some time aboard The Wasp and The French Ship Mistral. No, he does not speak French. With that, let’s try to remind him that we flare our landings here.
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, managing website updates, event planning and implementing new team coordination strategies to streamline their communication efforts.
Andrew joined MGAV in April of 2022. He is a current Private Pilot living in Boston working on instrument/commercial. He is a member of the United States Air Force pursuing a career as a proffesional pilot.
His love for flying came from the Rhode Island Airshow he attended with his dad for years on end. He hopes to one day pass on the love for aviation by flying in airshows as well as getting into corporate aviation.
Karen joined the MGAV Laconia team in August of 2021. She is a native of New Hampshire and started flying while still teaching high school science at a local private school. She’s now a full-time pilot and enjoys all of the interesting people and places that make up the aviation community. Her husband and two teenage kids enjoy her aviation adventures, while the kids are also looking forward to earning their pilot licenses.
Karen is proud to be part of the 99s, an international organization of women pilots, and she enjoys teaching at an aviation summer camp for kids each July in Laconia.
Sophie Bilodeau joined the MGAV team in November of 2021. As the daughter of an Airline Pilot, she has been traveling and flying GA aircraft from a very young age. Filled with passion, she decided to pursue Aviation as a career and started her Private Pilot training in High School. Sophie is a 2022 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Operations and Management. She is wrapping up her Commercial Pilot License and is excited to continue her training to become a Certified Flight Instructor. As for her long-term goal in the Aviation Industry, Sophie would love to fly for an International Airline one day.
Sophie was awarded the ENE Chapter 99 Cynthia Hurvitz and Jeanne Ohnemus Scholarship in March of 2022. She is also a member of the MBAA, NBAA, Women in Aviation, and Fly Girl Associations.
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.
Collin joined the Mike Goulian Aviation team in 2021 after spending the last four years maintaining and retrofitting older Cirrus’. 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.
After learning about aviation through her grandfathers, Hannah’s dream to work on aircraft began. She grew up building machines and R/C planes with her grandfather in Colorado and heard about her other grandfather’s career as a pilot. As she went to airshows and talked to more people in aviation, she decided to start flying in 2018 but found that her interests in mechanics drew her in even more throughout her education. Her family later moved to Texas and she attended LeTourneau University in Longview where she was able to earn her private pilot certificate, A&P certificate, and Bachelor of Science degree. She is excited to have joined the team and learn more about aerobatic and Cirrus aircraft.