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Jen Hastie flight instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation flight training school San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California

At Monterey and San Jose - Jennifer Delp-Mallet , Chief Instructor, CFI, CFII, Tailwheel, Aerobatics, Co-Owner of AeroDynamic Aviation
Jen's experience at the airlines, corporate and GA flying gives her an unfair advantage when teaching folks to fly. She has experience in all sort of planes from small trainers to King Air and jets, including the Citation and CRJ. She has flight time and teaching experience in most small aircraft, including Pipers, Cessnas, Bonanzas, & Barons. Additionally, her tailwheel time includes Great Lakes, Super Cub, Citabria, Decathlon and upset recovery/aerobatic course in an Extra 300L. Jen has an Associate degree in Aviation Technology. Come fly with Jen, she will make an excellent pilot of you.

 
Jason Brown flight instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation San Jose

At San Jose - Jason Brown , CFI, Tailwheel

Jason says: "My grandfather had me flying in the right seat of a Bonanza since before I could see over the panel. On my 16th birthday I got my student pilot certificate and on my 17th birthday I became a certified pilot. I really enjoy sharing my passion for aviation with others and helping them reach their aviation goals. I love to get up in the air, whether its for a long cross country flight or a short hop to grab a $100 burger."

 
Dick Chang tailwheel sport private pilot flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School At San Jose - 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.
 
Claudia Contreras AeroDynamic Aviation Salinas FLight School Flight Instructor

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, and a member of the FAA Safety team.

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

 
 

At San Jose- Eric Curtis,


 
Adam Franks Flight Instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation Monterey

At Monterey - Adam Franks, MEI(I), ATP
Originally from the San Diego area, Adam spent the past 10 years stationed all over the US and flying around the world with the Air Force. He has over 3000 hours, more than 450 of which as an instructor specializing in IFR and air-to-air refuleing operations. Type ratings in the Boeing 707, BE400 (Beechjet), and BE300 (King Air).

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

At San Jose - Grainne Gilvarry, CFI, Tailwheel, Aerobatics

All the way from Ireland, and now living in Boulder Creek, Grainne has been a CFI for over 8 years and has more than 2000 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 At San Jose - Jim Grant, Senior Instructor, CFI, Tailwheel, Aerobatics

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 At San Jose - Dave Gray, Senior Instructor, CFI, Tailwheel, 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 At San Jose - Mark Guerrero , Senior Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel, 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.
 
Blake Hannigan tailwheel sport private pilot flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School Blake Hannigan , CFI, CFII, Aerobatics

By private appointment only. Blake instructs private through CFI. He started flying with us in 1986. He received his private, instrument, commerical and CFI with Amelia Reid herself. He was the last student to receive his CFI rating from Amelia. She told him that when he was able to teach in all of her aircraft she would sign him off for the check ride. This involved more than 20 airplanes of various types and makes. He pilots all of the aircraft at Amelias in addition to his own. He has an interest in a Cessna 170B, a J3 Cub, a Yak 52 and a KR21 1929 Bi plane.

 
Lynzie Hudson flight instrucor

At San Jose - Lynzie Hudson , CFI, Tailwheel

On maternity leave

Lynzie joins us with experience of flight instructing in Australia. She has flown all sorts of airplanes from Piper Cubs upwards, and particularly enjoys taildraggers.

 
Artem Kulik flight instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation flying school Monterey California

At Monterey: Artem Kulik , CFI, A&P

Artem is not only a flight instructor but also a licensed A&P mechanic. You can always be sure that any airplane he teaches in has been carefully checked and well maintained

 
Tom Morley tailwheel instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation San Jose

At San Jose - Tom Morley , CFI, Tailwheel

Tom comes to us from the fields, where he flies Thrushes, Weatherlys, and Ag Cats to spray crops. In 2000 Tom decided to pursue his interest in flying and earned his private pilot license. Since then he has earned his Commercial, Instrument and CFI tickets and built several thousand hours of cropdusting experience. He is also licensed to fly in Brazil. His loves flying on grass runways and into Frazier Lake. His favorite airplane is the Bonanza.

 
 

At San Jose- David Pease,


 
Kendall Pearson Instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation San Jose

At San Jose - Kendall Pearson, CFI, Tailwheel

Kendall caught the flying bug after winning a plane ride in a fourth grade essay contest. He earned his pilot's license in 1987 and soon thereafter took his first tailwheel flight with Amelia Reid herself. He has made a career in the fire service, but flying has never been far from his mind. He recently turned up the heat and earned his Flight Instructor certificate. Always cool under pressure, Kendall enjoys escaping the stresses of emergency response to share the freedom and privilege of a view from above. When asked what was his favorite thing about flying, Kendall said, "The look on someone’s face when they realize that they have left the ground and are flying for the first time is the best thing in the world".

 
Zdravko Podolski tailwheel sport private pilot flight training San Jose San Francisco Bay Area California Flight School At San Jose - Zdravko Podolski, Master CFI, MEI, CFII, Gold Seal instructor, Aerobatics, Co-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 8000 flight hours, more than 6500 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.
 
Mike Popovitch flight instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation flight training school Salinas San Francisco Bay Area California

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

Mike loves anything that flies, whether fixed wing or rotary wing. A former helicopter pilot with the US Army with over 7500 hours both in Europe and the U.S., his wealth of experience serves him well when teaching aspiring pilots how to slip the surly bonds of earth and reach their flying goals.

Let Mike introduce you to the amazing world of flight.

 
 

At Monterey: Jamie Redding, CFI

Jamie flies business jets when not in the right seat of a Cessna 172. Come and learn how to fly from a real-life corporate pilot.

 

At San Jose - Larry Reed, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, BS in Professional Aeronautics, Embry Riddle - Ground Instruction

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

At San Jose - 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.

 
Sergey Sinyachkin CFII at AeroDynamic Aviation flight training school San Jose California

At San Jose - Sergey Sinyachkin , CFI(Airplane Land and Sea, Gliders, Helicopters, Baloons, Gyroplanes), CFII(Airplanes, Helicopters), MEI, Aerobatics

Sergey loves all forms of flying and has earned CFI and Commercial Pilot ratings for virtually anything that flies. He still especially enjoys teaching in a taildragger, whether straight and level or acrobatics.

 
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

 
Melissa Strand Instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation Monterey

At Monterey - Melissa Strand, CFI, Tailwheel

Melissa is an experienced instructor, including tailwheel and aerobatics. She also owns two airplanes of her own a Bonanza and a Decathlon

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

At Salinas and Monterey - 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

 
Ron Vlastelica flight instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation

At San Jose- Ron Vlastelica, ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel

Ron has been around the world, having flown everything from bush flying in Africa, airlines, corporate, and general aviation. He began flying out of Reid-Hillview at the age of 7 and hasn't stopped since. He's rated to teach everything from Private to ATP (especially loves instrument) in most any aircraft, from Cessna to Twin Comanche to Gulfstream, including chief pilot positions and director or training. We are lucky to have such an experienced pilot who still enjoys teaching and flying small planes.

 
Casey Walker Instructor at AeroDynamic Aviation flight school Monterey San Francisco Bay Area California

At Salinas and Monterey - Casey Walker, CFI, Tailwheel

Casey flies anything with wings. He has time in all sorts of airplanes from a Piper Cub to a P51 Mustang. His passion is sharing with others his love of flying. Call us and let us set you up for a flight.

 

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.