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Zdravko Podolski tailwheel sport private pilot flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School Zdravko Podolski, Master CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI, Gold Seal instructor, Aerobatics, Owner of AeroDynamic Aviation

Zdravko's first flight was in a DC 3 airliner when he was two weeks old. More recently, he is now a flight instructor with over 7000 flight hours, more than 5500 of them as an instructor. Zdravko received his initial taildragger and acrobatics training from Amelia Reid herself. He enjoys the back seat of a Citabria as much as a front seat in a Bonanza. Whether you like straight and level, or loops and rolls, Zdravko will be happy to fly with you. Read more about Zdravko on

At Salinas John Anzini , CFI, CFII

John flies a corporate twin turboprop for a living, but enjoys sharing his passion for aviation with everyone.

Available by appointment, give us a call and we will try to match you up.

Patrick Cabral CFI Patrick Cabral , CFI, CFII

Patrick is back after completing his training with the US Marines and is now a fully fledged member of the Marine Reserve. Patrick has been fascinated with flying for as long as he can remember. He has been a longstanding pilot and instructor at Amelia Reid Aviation, having got the flight training for all his licenses and ratings here, and now he has rejoined us as a CFI. Personally trained by Zdravko for his Commercial and Instrument tickets and checked out in the back seat of a Citabria by Len, we are delighted to have him back on board.
Dick Chang tailwheel sport private pilot flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School Dick Chang , Senior Instructor, CFI, CFII

Having retired from the world of high tech, Dick has been successfully teaching pilots for their Private, Commercial and CFI certificates, and their Instrument Ratings for quite a few years. Dick also volunteers with the FAA Safety Program. Call us or email us and we'll get you flying with Dick.
David Chmelir flight instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation flight training school San Jose California

David Chmelir , CFI, AGI, IGI

David's true passion is flying. After a demanding work week as an engineer for Apple Computer, he finds solace and relaxation in the air or even just at the airport. You can find him wandering around the airport or teaching whenever he can. Specializing in new aircraft checkouts, mountain flying or complex transitions, David will get you where you need to be. With a goal of landing at every airport in the state of California, he has landed at many airports, from small to large and everything in between. Give David a call and you'll be on your way to trying something new!


At Salinas: Claudia Contreras, CFI, CFII

Claudia has a passion for flying she transmits to all her students. She is also an active member of the Monterey Bay 99's.

She is as happy giving an introductory flight to a new student as she is woirking through the more intricate details of slow flight and stalls.

Grainne Gilvarry tailwheel sport private pilot flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School

Grainne Gilvarry, CFI, Aerobatics

All the way from Ireland, and now living in Boulder Creek, Grainne has been a CFI for over 6 years and has more than 1000 hours of instructing under her belt. Personally trained in the finer points of tailwheel airplanes by Len Von Clemm, we are delighted to have her on our instructor staff. When not flight training, or flying her own Super Decathlon, Grainne is a nurse specializing in care of preemie babies.

Jim Grant tailwheel sport private pilot acrobatic flight training Jim Grant, CFI, Aerobatics, Chief Pilot

Jim Grant took his initial flight training and received his private pilot license in 1987. After a career in Engineering, Marketing and Business, Jim got his CFI in 2004 in a desperate attempt to keep ahead of his two young boys. Since then he has spent many hours in the "other" seat, helping people achieve their dreams. Jim particularly loves taildraggers and aerobatics.
Dave Gray tailwheel sport private pilot acrobatic flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School Dave Gray, Senior Instructor, CFI, Aerobatics

Dave Gray has been an instructor so long none of us can remember when he started or how many hours he has. Let us just say that he has plenty, in many different airplanes. He is just as happy giving flight training to a new student how to fly as he is teaching advanced aerobatics. Dave's philosophy is that flying should above all be fun for both the student and the instructor.
Mark Guerrero certified flight instructor tailwheel aerobatics and instrument instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation flight training school San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Mark Guerrero , Senior Instructor, CFI, CFII , Aerobatics

Mark has a gift for teaching and flying and earning the trust and respect of his students, young and old. Mark has many an hour in a variety of taildraggers, including Piper Cubs, Aeronca Champs, as well as Citabrias. Mark is also a proficient Bonanza pilot, flies recreational acrobatics for fun and is enjoying teaching.
Daniel Most Sport Pilot CFI at AeroDynamic Aviation Flight Training School San Jose California Daniel Most , Sport Pilot CFI - Airplane

Daniel has a passion for flying that shows in his fun style. His skills belie his age. Whether it is an antique Taylorcraft or the latest Evektor Sportstar LSA, Dan is your man to help you get your Sport Pilot license. So don't wait, call AeroDynamic Aviation and schedule your flight training today.

At Salinas - Mike Popovitch , CFI, CFII, CFI-H

Mike loves anything that flies, whether fixed wing or rotary wing. When not working at his day job, he loves helping aspiring pilots reach their flying goals.

Let Mike introduce you to the amazing workd of flight.


Larry Reed, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, BS in Professional Aeronautics, Embry Riddle

Larry is our popular Sport and Private Pilot Ground School instructor. Larry had his first airplane ride at six and has loved airplanes and flying since. He began flying lessons in 1964 at the Navy Memphis Flying Club, soloed in 1966 at RHV and became a CFI in 1977, also at RHV. He admits to having his taildragger skills improved by Len von Clemm who also taught him aerobatics in 1978. He taught in tail-draggers and tri-cycle geared airplanes at Amelia Reid Aviation and other flight schools since 1977.

Coby Sena CFI at AeroDynamic Aviation flight training school San Jose California

Coby Sena , CFI

Coby is a highly experienced pilot, and owner of her own Cessna 182. Coby also leads the Reid Hillview Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and is a check pilot with them. She loves teaching and checking out new airplane types. Her enthusiasm is infectious, so come out and catch the bug.

Dave Stoik Tailwheel Aerobatic flight instructor Salinas

At Salinas - Dave Stoik , CFI, Tailwheel, Acro

Dave's enthusiasm for taildraggers is matched only by his enjoyment of teaching people to fly. When not teaching or riding his Harley, Dave flys a King Air hauling skydivers. Come and experience the fun of flying with Dave

Carol Tevebaugh CFI at AeroDynamic Aviation flight training school San Jose California

At Salinas - Carol Tevebaugh , CFI, CFII

Carol loves teaching people to fly when she is not working hard as Airport Manager at Marina Airport. She is also an active member of the Monterey Bay 99's

Call us and let us try to match your schedules

Godfrey Watson tailwheel sport pilot flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School Godfrey Watson, CFI, CFII

In Godfrey's own words: "My passion is teaching others how to fly. I love sharing my flying experience with others, and the enjoyment it brings me. I am very happy that I decided to fly. Flying continues to bring joy, adventure, convenience, growth, and opportunity into my life." Godfrey has a Commercial Pilot license for single and multi engine land and sea planes, and is also a glider pilot.

Prices and rates are subject to change without notice. All training and rentals are subject to the terms and conditions in the Renters' Agreement. Minimum 24 hrs cancellation notice required or you may be charged for the missed rental and instructor time.

Come and fly with us in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area of California. Our flight school facilities are located at Reid Hillview airport in San Jose (KRHV), at the south end of San Francisco Bay, and Salinas Municipal Airport in Salinas, a few miles east of Monterey. We offer ground and flight training for sport pilot, private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, CFI (certified flight instructor), tailwheel, acrobatics, and multi engine certificates and ratings.