Faculty and Staff


Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4289
Fax: (269) 964-4364

Timothy Broadwater

Lead Flight Instructor

Tim started flying in 1996 at the Willow Run airport. He began working at WMU in 2000 as a dispatcher and graduated from WMU in December 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight Science. Tim became a flight instructor at WMU in January 2002 and has taught private, instrument, and commercial single and multi-engine pilots and CFI students. In October 2007 he became a Faculty Specialist and continues to work with CFI students, updating the CFI syllabus, and doing Progress and Stage checks.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4028
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Robert Bunday

Program Manager

Rob joined WMU in 1998 as a flight instructor in the International Pilot Training Center. Since his initial assignment as an instructor, he has served in a variety of capacities and now holds the position of Program manager and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. Prior to joining WMU, he flew a turboprop as Captain/Instructor Pilot under part 135 and later as a first officer for a regional airline operating under part 121. His qualifications include an ATP certificate as well as CFI/CFII/MEI instructor certificates. Additionally he has a Master's Degree and serves as a member of the FAA Safety Team.

Office: 1108 AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4029
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Thomas Grossman

Chief Flight Instructor

Tom Grossman graduated from Kent State University in 1982 with a BS degree in Aerospace Flight Technology and in 1991 with an MA degree in the field of Technology Education. Tom holds an ATP single engine and multi engine pilot certificate, instrument and multi engine flight instructor certificate, and an advanced and instrument ground instructor certificate. He served as a FAA aviation safety counselor from 1991 to 1999, and a FAA designated pilot examiner from 1993 to 1999 and was designated a Master Flight Instructor by the NAFI organization in July, 2001. Tom joined Western Michigan University's College of Aviation in January 1999. With over 20 years experience in collegiate flight education, Tom serves the University as the Chief Flight Instructor.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4197
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Stephen Hasenick

Lead Flight Instructor

Stephen Hasenick joined WMU in 1999. His experience before Western includes part 121 Airline experience as a First officer, a part 135 Captain, and a part 141 flight school Chief Flight Instructor. At Western he has served as a flight instructor in the International Pilot Training Center and an Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. He currently teaches different ground schools and test flight students. Stephen’s other responsibilities include flight training syllabus revisions and trainings guides. He serves on the Millennial Project Steering Committee, Research Committee, and Chairs the Flight Program Curriculum Committee.

Office: BCA
Phone: (269) 964-9336
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Russell Kavalhuna

Executive Director of Flight Operations

Mr. Kavalhuna is the Executive Director of Flight Operations at Western Michigan University. He is a former airline captain, a licensed attorney, and a former federal prosecutor in the Western District of Michigan. Mr. Kavalhuna graduated from Western Michigan University's College of Aviation, with a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Science. He holds a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where he later served as an Adjunct Law Professor. Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed him to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission in 2009, and Governor Rick Snyder reappointed him in 2013. He has previously served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4134
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Glen Langworthy

Lead Flight Instructor

Pat holds numerous professional association memberships, including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Alpha Eta Rho, and the National Association of Flight Instructors. He has received the college's Top Dog Flight Instructor award nine times since 2004.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-9291
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Thomas McLaughlin

Program Manager

Tom McLaughlin graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Sciences. Tom continued his education whilst employed with WMU and earned a Master of Arts degree in Career and Technical Education in 1998. He started his aviation career in the US Navy as a Crew Chief/Rescue Swimmer aboard Sikorsky H-3s. The primary flight mission included performing mountain and sea rescues. Tom has served WMU in a variety of capacities including Flight Instructor, Program Coordinator, International Flight Instructor, and his present position of Program Manager.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4831
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Dominic Nicolai

Lead Flight Instructor

Dominic Nicolai is currently a lead flight instructor in the College of Aviation Flight program. He has been instructing at Western Michigan University since 1993, the year that he graduated from Western’s Aviation Science program. Currently he has over 18 years of flying and teaching experience and a Master’s degree in Career/Technical Education from WMU (1998). Dominic’s focus is on curriculum development and supervision and mentoring of part-time flight instructors. Other job functions include conducting progress and stage checks, standardization training, evaluation flights and teaching commercial pilot ground school. During Dominic’s career, he was awarded the FAA Flight Instructor of the Year award (1996) by the Grand Rapids, MI Flight Standards District Office and more recently he was awarded Master Flight Instructor status (2008) by the National Association of Flight Instructors. Other accomplishments include qualifying for Joint Aviation Authority flight instructing and the Eagle Scout award (1987) from the Boy Scouts of America. Dominic is married, has two children and enjoys writing, golfing and inline skating.

Office: BCA
Phone: (269) 964-4581
Fax: (269) 964-9150

David Schrader

Standards and Quality Instructor

Dave Schrader graduated from Northwestern Michigan College in 1988. Dave currently serves as the Head of Standards ensuring the instructor staff maintains flight standards for the college's fleet of aircraft. Prior to Standards Dave served as the colleges assistant chief flight instructor specializing in aerobatic and seaplane training. When hired in 1998 Dave was an instructor for the recurrent flight training and continuing education program teaching aerobatics and IFR refreshers courses. Dave came to the college with airline experience starting with Drummond Island Air flying Navajos and Twin Otters, then with United Express flying Beech 1900's. Dave holds an ATP ME and a Commercial SES along with Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI and IGI certificates. Dave has been a designated Master Flight Instructor by the NAFI organization since 2001.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-6652
Fax: (269) 964-6473

Ryan Seiler

Lead Flight Instructor

Ryan earned his B.S. Degree in Aviation Technology and Operations in 1996 from WMU and is currently pursuing his MBA. He joined WMU full time in 1997 as the manager of flight operations overseeing the aircraft dispatch and scheduling office. He accepted his current position as Lead Flight Instructor in 2001 providing primary through multi-engine instruction as well as seaplane and aerobatics. Ryan holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument airplane, multi-engine land and single-engineland and sea ratings. He holds a Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificate with initial, instrument, and multiengine ratings as well as an instrument ground instructor certificate. Ryan also earned his designation as Master Flight Instructor in 2003 from the National Association of Flight Instructors. He volunteers as a judge for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association and has served as the Airboss for the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow since 2004. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Office: AFO
Phone: (269) 964-4283
Fax: (269) 964-6473

James Whittles

Lead Flight Instructor

James Whittles graduated from Indiana State University in 1977 with a BS in Business Administration and is now beginning a Master degree at WMU in Educational Technology. Jim holds a commercial single engine and multi-engine pilot certificate, Gold Seal instrument and multi-engine flight instructor certificate, and an advanced and instrument ground instructor certificate. He began flight instructing in 1992 and operated a flight school in Holland Michigan for 10 years. Jim joined the College of Aviation at WMU in January of 2001 as a lead flight instructor. He was designated a Master Flight Instructor by the NAFI organization in May of 2002 and again in June of 2004. He currently teaches the instrument ground school, does standards training on the PFD/MFD, as well as conducting stage and progress checks. Jim also helps to coach the precision flight team.

College of Aviation
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5314 USA
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