About Technical Staff
CPA has tech reps to help you with any problems that you may have. As a member you have access to these reps through the Members Tech Support form.
Tom Carr joined the CPA Tech Staff in July, 1997 and retired from CPA June 30, 2010. He was an A&P mechanic at the Oakland Pontiac Airport in Pontiac, Michigan for 22 years. Since receiving his A& P license in 1973, he's been engaged in the maintenance, modification, and repair of general aviation aircraft. He received an IA endorsement in 1976, and a private pilot's certificate in 1981. He has a vast amount of experience and knowledge of all Cessna aircraft. Tom will continue to be involved with CPA as a Consultant and Instructor. Tom also owns and maintains a Cessna 150.
Mike Busch has been a pilot for 45 years, has logged in excess of 7,000 hours, is a CFI (airplanes, instruments, multiengine), and an A&P mechanic with Inspection Authorization. He is a widely recognized aviation writer, teacher, aircraft owner advocate and entrepreneur. For more than two decades, Mike has served as a member of the technical staff of the Cessna Pilots Association (CPA), and has assisted thousands of Cessna owners to troubleshoot and fix the thorniest maintenance problems that their own local A&Ps have been unable to solve. Together with John Frank, Mike was one of the original architects of CPA's renowned model-specific systems and procedures courses, and has taught dozens of those seminars throughout the U.S. for owners of both single- and twin-engine Cessnas. His maintenance management firm (SavvyMx.com) manages the maintenance of hundreds of owner-flown piston-powered GA airplanes. Mike was honored by the FAA as "National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year" for 2008. He owns, flies and maintains a 1979 Cessna T310R.
Paul New owns and operates Tennessee Aircraft Services in Jackson, Tennessee. His company specializes in major structural repair of Cessna singles and twins or as Paul describes it repairs “from hangar rash to belly landings.” Paul soloed the day after his sixteenth birthday, completed his private pilot’s certificate when he was seventeen, and added his multi-engine rating that same year. He earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science – Avionics Technology from Southern Illinois University. He is an A&P, an IA as well. With his experience in major aircraft repairs, flight, and aircraft recovery, Paul has been retained on many occasions as a consultant to insurance companies and attorneys for aircraft accident re-creations and investigations. Paul was honored by the FAA as "National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year" for 2007.
John Jones is a graduate of the Cessna G1000/GFC700 training in 2007 and has a background in installations and overhaul. John has worked with Precession Avionics and Instrument Overhaul, both in San Diego. John started consulting for CPA in 2008 and developed a special G1000 course for a series of seminars for the government taught by CPA and John. John lives with his wife in Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA and has owned a construction firm since 1981. As a pilot since 1982, John has owned a 1974 172, 1997 172R, 2004 182T and currently owns a 2007 182T with the G1000 avionics package