Steve Tustin — Secretary (Long Beach, CA)
Steven caught the aviation bug early in life when frequently traveling between his birthplace of Athens, Greece to visit relatives and Southern California where he grew up. It was the heyday of commercial aviation when TWA and Pan-Am 707s brought the world closer and sparked his dreams of becoming an airline pilot.
After earning his degree at the University of Redlands, Steven held various jobs in construction and aircraft manufacturing, but knew he wanted to fly, so one day after work he went on a demonstration flight and was hooked. A few months later he soloed at Corona Municipal airport near Riverside, California and set off on an adventure that would eventually lead to becoming a captain at a major airline. While flying was his dream job, being a gay airline pilot could sometimes be isolating.
Joining NGPA opened up a whole new world of supportive LGBTQ friends in aviation and now he looks forward to helping aspiring aviators live out their potential through the NGPA Education Fund. Steven and his husband, Christian Juel, live in Long Beach, California with their two horrible cats.