founder and CEO
Xylon Saltzman founded one-G simulation in 2011 and modern pilot in 2013, inspired by a vision to create a more productive means of conducting pilot training. Saltzman founded modern pilot because he saw a need for a pilot training organization with a focus on scenario based learning, risk management, aeronautical decision making and instrument proficiency. Saltzman holds a Commercial Instrument single and multi-engine FAA pilot certificate in addition to an FAA Instrument Instructor certificate. He is rated for both land and seaplanes and currently pilots a Beechcraft Bonanza A36 for pleasure and business travel. His flight experience includes Pilot in Command of a pressurized twin in an FAA Part 135 corporate charter operation. Additionally, he has accrued thousands of hours, both instructing and flying, across much of the United States, Canada and Mexico in many types of aircraft from basic trainers to advanced turbo-props. When he’s not hard at work, he can be found spending quality time with his family, sailing or seeking perfect lines on his skis.
Aaron joined one-G simulation and modern pilot as general manager in 2014. He also oversees the marketing, social media, and events for both companies. Aaron is a highly skilled technician with a great sense of mechanical empathy and true appreciation for craft. He previously built surgical simulators, performed diagnostics for Mercedes Benz and repaired all manner of European cars from Ferarri to Audi. He’s welded and raced bicycle frames and handled facilities maintenance & scheduling for a large corporation. Aaron is currently pursuing his certificate in Project Management from U.W. He’ll use this education to streamline the processes within one-G. When he’s not sharing his cheery attitude with co-workers he loves camping with family, playing guitar, and discovering new roads on his bike.
gold seal instructor
Marc Rousseau has been with modern pilot since the creation of the company. He holds an FAA multi-engine Airline Transport Pilot certificate, a Commercial single-engine certificate, along with an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificate, with single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. A lot of his flight experience is in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, where he acquired several thousand hours of experience in mountainous terrain and harsh weather conditions. He has instructed flight students at all levels, as well as serving as a Line Pilot, Chief Pilot, and a Check Airman for FAA Part 135 cargo and passenger carrying operations. His true passion is aviation. He comes from a family of pilots, and started flight lessons while still in high school, and has been flying ever since. When he is not instructing students here at modern pilot, he can be found out flying with students, camping, or spending quality time with his family.
master certificated flight + gold seal instructor
Meg Godlewski made her first solo flight at the age of 10 in a hangar glider she built herself from a tube tent, aluminum luggage rack and Girl Scout backpack. Meg grew up in an aviation family. Her mother learned to fly as a teen and loaded bullets into P38s during WWII. Meg's father spent 35 years as an aeronautical engineer with Lockheed. Meg holds a CFI, CFII, MEI, FAA Gold Seal and is a sixtime Master Instructor. Meg spent 15 years as a reporter for General Aviation News, a national aviation publication. Meg currently writes for Aviation for Women magazine doing features and the Ask the CFI column. The combination of writing talent and aeronautical experience has put Meg in the cockpit of several aircraft including a Zeppelin, P51 Mustang, DC3, B25 and an experimental turboprop. Meg has logged more than 3,200 hours of dual instruction given and more than 1,600 hours teaching scenario based training in FAA approved flight training devices. Meg is a founding member of the Society of Aviation Flight Educators and developer of the Pilot Proficiency Project which focuses on emergency training scenarios for pilots of all skill levels.
gold seal instructor
David Cowan is a high time pilot and CFII who has been in the Seattle area since 2000. He holds USA ratings of ATP, CFII, MEI, SES and C500. He also holds a Canadian SEL&S license . He is a Gold Seal instructor and was a Master CFI for four years. Before locating to Seattle, he owned and operated an airport and FBO that provided flight training and Part 135 charter services. David enjoys passing his knowledge and experience on to motivated students , and , as a student of aviation himself, he continues learn through interaction with other aviators of all levels of experience.