Arnie’s first flying job was in a Beach 99 for a commuter out of Kalamazoo, MI between ORD and DTW while a student at Western Michigan University in the Professional Pilot program. He then spent 13 years with the Piper Aircraft Corporation (when it was profitable) in various positions including Director of Flight Operations and flew just about everything Piper built. Arnie also flew the C-208 Caravan for one of the FedEx feeder carriers–that meant every night no matter the weather! Arnie was a USAF contractor, serving as Chief Academic Instructor for the 52nd Flying Training Squadron, USAF at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq and providing Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) for the Iraqi Air Force. Arnie’s certificates include ATP, CFII and MEI. He is also a Check Pilot and Check Pilot Examiner for the USAF/AUX (CAP). Arnie has provided transition training from steam gage aircraft to the G1000 for dozens of pilots. Arnie specializes in scenario-based instruction/evaluation in TAA and integrates some USAF procedures into training. If you desire to upgrade your skills or are interested in a challenging training experience, contact Arnie at (828) 577-7240.
Born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, Cindy caught the flying bug from her dad, a B-17 crew member in WWII. She earned her Private Pilot certificate in March, 1985. She then worked her way through the other certificates and ratings, all the while enjoying the challenge of flying in the Rocky Mountains. In 1991, Cindy was awarded one of the prestigious Amelia Earhart Scholarships from The 99s to obtain her Flight Instructor certificate. In 1998, she married her best friend and the love of her life, Bob Carter, an Air Traffic Controller at the Asheville airport. Once in Western North Carolina, she started flight instructing for a living and became an active member of the Western North Carolina Pilots Association, serving as its president for five years and now as Program Chair. Since 2009, Cindy has also been working for the Air Safety Institute as a safety seminar presenter. She is a past member of the Pikes Peak 99s and the International 99s. The 99s is an international organization of female pilots founded in 1929 by 99 licensed female pilots for the mutual support and advancement of aviation. Contact Cindy at (828) 699-0125.
Patrick learned to fly in the mountains of western North Carolina and was hooked from the first flight lesson in 2006. His passion propelled him through the instrument, commercial single and multi-engine ratings. He was a scholarship recipient from the Western North Carolina Pilots Association which aided him in earning his CFI. Patrick is an avid member of the WNCPA and the Asheville EAA chapter. He is also a member and CFI of Mountain Flyers flying club. Patrick has a special affinity for Vans RV aircraft and is currently tackling the construction of a RV-9A. Patrick is eager to assist you in your aviation goals. He can be reached by phone or text at (828) 489-8367.
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