A native of the San Joaquin Valley and a private pilot since 1974, Mr. Oldham has had a passion for aviation since early childhood. A graduate of California State University, Fresno, Mr. Oldham has spent most of his professional life working to improve air quality in the region through deployment of clean energy and clean vehicle technology.
When the opportunity to develop a plan to deploy production electric aircraft for the first time in the United States in a practical way to support lower cost flight training operations, Mr. Oldham seized the chance, developed the plan, and helped organize an amazing team of people from local government, business, and education to make the plan a reality, and wrote the successful grant proposal that secured the funding for the project.
The Sustainable Aviation Project is not just the vision of one person; it is a vision of a region designed to change the way outsiders view the San Joaquin Valley and open doors for veterans and youth from the area to enter into an aviation career. The project also will begin the process of getting the public familiar and comfortable with electric propulsion in aircraft as a step toward the advanced electric powered aerial sky taxi vehicles of the future and larger commercial electrically powered aircraft.
Mr. Oldham lives in Fresno, CA, with his wife Donna and two adult children. He is co-owner of a 2007 Aeroprakt A-22 light sport aircraft and is working on getting his Sport Pilot CFI rating to be able to assist with flight training in the Pipistrel Alpha Electro aircraft when they are operational sometime in late 2017.