COPA Member since 2014
Northbrook, IL 60062
N302TD - 2006 SR-22
Arthur Gunn, is a second generation pilot. His dad was in the RCAF, and later flew an Apache in which Arthur developed the flying bug. For his 15th birthday, his parents bought him 5 hours at a local flying club’s “co-pilot” course. He soloed a couple of weeks after his 16th birthday, and received his Transport Canada license the day before his 17th birthday. He flew minimally for 4 years (on his dime) until he moved to the United States, and didn’t fly for 32 years. He got back into flying in 2013, and formed an LLC that purchased a 2006 SR22 NA in the summer of 2015 on the very weekend he attended his first CPPP in Duluth. He believes he is blessed with great partners in the aircraft. Subsequent to purchasing the Cirrus, Arthur obtained his Instrument Rating in 2016 under the tutelage and guidance of Trip Taylor, and is currently considering additional certificates and ratings. Arthur has attended a CPPP every year since purchasing the Cirrus, is a former Lt. Governor of the NC Region, and is a strong believer in COPA’s educational and safety mission.
Arthur is a CPA licensed in the State of Illinois, and earned a BA in Economics, a MBA in Finance, as well as a MSc in Taxation. He also is a Certified Fraud Examiner. In his professional life, after working at the Federal Reserve Bank and Deloitte, he was a partner in a small CPA firm before starting his firm in 2003. His firm’s niche is working with not-for profits. He serves as a Peer Reviewer in the State of Illinois, serves on the Professional Standards Department Executive Committee of the CPA Alliance, the Audit and Assurance Committee of the IL CPA Society, and is a former chair of the Illinois CPA Society Not for Profit Conference. He also is the former international Treasurer of his collegiate fraternity, and serves as a VP of his local pilots’ association and is a FAAST rep.
In his personal life, Arthur and his wife Rhonda, maintain a home in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He has two children, a daughter who is a teacher and a son who is an IT professional and a private pilot. Arthur’s other passions are music (his Celtic rock band recorded 3 CDs), guitar collecting and he owns a motorcycle.
COPA Member since 2010
Altendorf, SZ, Switzerland
Heike Matthes is the first pilot in her family. She started learning to fly in 2006 in KPTK, Pontiac, Michigan, received her Private Pilot License in 2007, her Instrument Rating in 2009, her Seaplane Rating in 2011 in Minnesota, and her Commercial Pilot License (in her Cirrus including a full stall at 60 degrees bank!) in Michigan in 2012. During the ten years she lived in Michigan she gained extensive cross-country experience. She picked up her pre-owned Cirrus SR22 GTS in April 2010 in Santa Ana, CA, and flew it home to Michigan alone and a few days later continued to Portland, ME. Her Cirrus trip from Michigan to the Bahamas was an additional highlight as a pilot. She also participated in the high-altitude chamber and basic water survival training with the FAA in Oklahoma. For almost two years she is now back in Europe and enjoys flying also there. Since joining Copa in 2010 she barely missed a migration, now in Europe and the U.S.
In her professional life she has an extensive finance background as a German CPA and tax lawyer specialized and board certified in international taxation. Heike also holds a U.S. doctorate degree in international management. Her practical professional experience includes working for the Commission of the European Union in Brussels and being the head of KPMG’s German customs department. She started and successfully grew her own German CPA firm for 12 years with double-digit percentage growth each year, taught finance and business administration to MBA students at a U.S. university, and is now a partner in a Germany-based international CPA firm specialized in international taxation.
Her board experience includes being vice-president of the examination board of the German junior CPAs, a member of the taxation committee of the German Chamber of Commerce, the founder of a new regional division of the German Junior Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Global Leadership Board of Lawrence Technological University, and the chair of the international track of regional divisions of the Academy of Management in the U.S. Since 2017 she is the international director of the COPA Board of Directors.
COPA Member Since 2012
N861TS - 2004 SR22 G2
Tony Sobczak has been an aviation enthusiast since he was a small child. He wanted to learn to fly but life got in the way. It wasn’t until 2001 when the stars and planets finally aligned, and he started taking lessons. His solo cross country was scheduled for September 11, 2001 at 11:00 am. Again, flying was put on hold and it was not until May of 2002 before he got his license. Since then he has owned three airplanes, accumulated over 1000 hours (over 500 in his current Cirrus SR22) and has an instrument rating. Tony is passionate about aviation safety.
Joining COPA is 2012, Tony has held positions as North Central Regional Governor (Twice), North Central Regional Lieutenant Governor and National CDM (Critical Decision Making) Coordinator. His current positions on your Board of Directors include Director, Secretary and Regional Governor Liaison.
Tony (AKA - Nino – pronounced Knee-No) is active in Lion’s International. Past positions include Club Director and Club President. He is currently the Treasure of his Lions Club as well as the Zone Chairperson for his Lions District.
In “Real Life” Tony is an Army veteran, owns and operates the Mousehouse Cheesehaus, and lives is a small village near Madison, Wisconsin with his wife of 30 years, Vicki. Their son, Gus, is a controller at Kansas City Center and their daughter, Nicki, manages a gift shop.
COPA Member since 2006
N259SR – SR20 G2
Scott Williams began flying lessons in 1987 while attending United States Air Force ROTC at UCLA. He earned his PPL in 90 days and his instrument rating 90 days later. While on active duty, he completed his Commercial and MEL.
Scott served as a Missile Combat Crew Commander at Grand Forks, AFB North Dakota. He resigned his commission years later as a Captain in the reserves.
In 2006, Scott bought his first airplane: an SR20 G2. After almost 2,000 hours of PIC and over a dozen coast-to-coast trips, he’s still striving for better proficiency.
Professionally, Scott is an attorney practicing aviation and business law. He assists owners with aircraft purchase, sale, and co-ownership matters. Scott also represents pilots being investigated by the FAA and appears in NTSB hearings nationwide.
Scott serves on our COPA Board of Directors and is our current Vice President.
COPA Member since 2013
N609AE – 2003 - SR22 - G1
Erik Gundersen has always had a passion for aviation since he was a small child. With his grandparents living in Norway, Erik would travel there many summers via the Airlines with his face against the airport and airplane window watching the airplanes takeoff and land. He knew he would be a pilot once he was older. Erik attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University(ERAU) in Prescott, AZ for his Bachelors degree and complete flight training. He obtained all his ratings at ERAU from Solo to his Multi-Engine Commercial Instrument. Graduating in 2004, Erik then went to work for Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Delta Connection. After only a year Erik Left the airlines due to Low pay and better opportunities. After a break from flying while obtaining his MBA, growing the Family Business and starting a family, Erik started flying regularly again in 2013. After joining COPA and Renting a SR22 for 6 months, Erik Purchased his first and current Airplane, a 2003 SR22 G1 N609AE in June of 2016. In the 2 years of ownership Erik has accumulated over 350 hours on his Cirrus for both Business and pleasure. Erik is focused on spreading his passion for aviation and aviation safety.
Joining COPA is 2013, Erik has been active on the forums, especially with regards to G1 - G3 air-frame issues, upgrades and avionics. His current positions on your Board of Directors include Director, and Migration Co-Chair.
In “Real Life” Erik is a father of 2 Girls, Married to his best friend Danielle since 2009, co-owns and operates the family manufacturing business Ivar's Display in Ontario, California and Shelby, North Carolina. With his Family, Erik lives outside of Los Angeles in Chino Hills, CA and bases his plane at Chino Airport (KCNO).
Erik is currently working on obtaining his CFI so he can continue to spread his passion for aviation to the next generation of pilots.
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