Arnie Andresen

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.


Cindy Carter

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.


John Gaitskill

John began flying in 1975 in Lexington, Kentucky, earning his Private Pilot certificate in April of 1976 and his Commercial certificate with Instrument and Multi-instrument ratings in 1977. He became a CFI in 1979 after moving to the Chicago area. John then added Instrument Instructor and Multi-engine ratings to his CFI. John has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. In 1984, he bought a share in a 1968 Skyhawk, which is all his now and is based at the Hendersonville airport. John has landed his Skyhawk in each of the lower 48 states and the Bahamas. John has also rented aircraft in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Greece, France, England, Spain, Russia, and Hong Kong and has flown to Grand Cayman.  He has been actively instructing since earning his CFI, in Frankfort, Kankakee, and Lansing, Illinois. John operated a sole-proprietor flight school and rental business with a Cessna 150 in Lansing, IL from 1986 to 1991. He has over 6800 hours, about half of which is in his Skyhawk. John is available for instruction for Private and Commercial certificates, add-on ratings, BFRs and ICCs, as well as customized cross-country packages. John is also Lead Representative for the FAASTeam Program for Western North Carolina, helping to organize Wings Program safety meetings. Contact John at (828) 606-7142 or


Patrick Reynolds

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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