Flight Instructors

Jan Drees    Certifications / type ratings:  Comm single/multi, CFI single/multi   Years flying:  3   Total Flight hours:  550   Dual instruction hours:  15   Checkride success rate:  NaN   Why do you like to teach and instruct?   I love the challenge and reward of communicating my love for and knowledge of flying to another enthusiast. We’re always learning as pilots, and you’ll never learn faster or more thoroughly than when instructing.

Jan Drees

Certifications / type ratings: Comm single/multi, CFI single/multi

Years flying: 3

Total Flight hours: 550

Dual instruction hours: 15

Checkride success rate: NaN

Why do you like to teach and instruct?

I love the challenge and reward of communicating my love for and knowledge of flying to another enthusiast. We’re always learning as pilots, and you’ll never learn faster or more thoroughly than when instructing.


Mike Venturino    Certifications / type ratings:  Airline Transport Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, Commercial Privileges, Single Engine Land, Types: B727, B737, B747, B757, B767, DC-3, L-300 (Civilian designation for Lockheed C-141) Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single and Multiengine Land, Instrument Airplane; Turbojet Flight Engineer   Years flying:  54   Total Flight hours:  17,000   Dual instruction hours:  Part 121: 1000; Part 91: 750   Checkride success rate:  At FBA: 100%   Why do you like to teach and instruct?  Give something back from the experience that I was fortunate to have in the aviation business and to meet interesting people and see them develop the skills to enjoy & perform the craft that I love.

Mike Venturino

Certifications / type ratings: Airline Transport Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, Commercial Privileges, Single Engine Land, Types: B727, B737, B747, B757, B767, DC-3, L-300 (Civilian designation for Lockheed C-141) Flight Instructor: Airplane, Single and Multiengine Land, Instrument Airplane; Turbojet Flight Engineer

Years flying: 54

Total Flight hours: 17,000

Dual instruction hours: Part 121: 1000; Part 91: 750

Checkride success rate: At FBA: 100%

Why do you like to teach and instruct? Give something back from the experience that I was fortunate to have in the aviation business and to meet interesting people and see them develop the skills to enjoy & perform the craft that I love.

Nacho Soto    Certifications / type ratings:  Commercial Airplane Single Engine Land, and Multiengine Land, CFI Single Engine Land   Years flying:  3   Total Flight hours:  790   Dual instruction hours:  270   Checkride success rate:  100% (1/1)   Why do you like to teach and instruct?  I enjoy teaching students with no flying experience, helping them become safe and proficient pilots.

Nacho Soto

Certifications / type ratings: Commercial Airplane Single Engine Land, and Multiengine Land, CFI Single Engine Land

Years flying: 3

Total Flight hours: 790

Dual instruction hours: 270

Checkride success rate: 100% (1/1)

Why do you like to teach and instruct? I enjoy teaching students with no flying experience, helping them become safe and proficient pilots.

 
James Shull    Certifications / type ratings:  Helicopter ATP CFI/II, Commercial Airplane, CFI/II, Adv Grnd Instructor, Inst Grnd Instructor   Years flying:  19   Total Flight hours:  3300   Dual instruction hours:  280 hours of instruction given   Checkride success rate:  unknown since I've only been intermittently teaching.   Why do you like to teach and instruct? I love to share the joy of flying.

James Shull

Certifications / type ratings: Helicopter ATP CFI/II, Commercial Airplane, CFI/II, Adv Grnd Instructor, Inst Grnd Instructor

Years flying: 19

Total Flight hours: 3300

Dual instruction hours: 280 hours of instruction given

Checkride success rate: unknown since I've only been intermittently teaching.

Why do you like to teach and instruct?I love to share the joy of flying.

Gabe Somma    Certifications / type ratings:  ATP, Multiengine, Instrument, Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI. DH4 Type Rating, CRJ 200/700/900 SIC Type rating   Years flying:  16   Total Flight hours:  ~7000   Dual instruction hours:  ~6000   Checkride success rate:  95%   Why do you like to teach and instruct?  I enjoy the process of helping someone achieve their goal to become a safe and proficient pilot.

Gabe Somma

Certifications / type ratings: ATP, Multiengine, Instrument, Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI. DH4 Type Rating, CRJ 200/700/900 SIC Type rating

Years flying: 16

Total Flight hours: ~7000

Dual instruction hours: ~6000

Checkride success rate: 95%

Why do you like to teach and instruct? I enjoy the process of helping someone achieve their goal to become a safe and proficient pilot.

Melek Kamel    Certifications / type ratings:  Commercial Pilot Airplane, Instrument Rating. Flight Instructor Airplane Single Engine Land   Years flying:  3 Years   Total Flight hours:  1600   Dual instruction hours:  1200   Checkride success rate:  95%   Why do you like to teach and instruct?  I enjoy sharing the skills required to safely fly an airplane and seeing people achieve their goals.

Melek Kamel

Certifications / type ratings: Commercial Pilot Airplane, Instrument Rating. Flight Instructor Airplane Single Engine Land

Years flying: 3 Years

Total Flight hours: 1600

Dual instruction hours: 1200

Checkride success rate: 95%

Why do you like to teach and instruct? I enjoy sharing the skills required to safely fly an airplane and seeing people achieve their goals.

 
Victor Garrido    Certifications / type ratings:  Commercial Pilot - IFR / MEL - CFI/CFII/MEI   Years flying:  2.5   Total Flight hours:  1050   Dual instruction hours:  Around 750 Dual Given   Checkride success rate:  10 passed the first attempt out of 12 total. 10/12. The other 2 passed at the second attempt.   Why do you like to teach and instruct? I like to give the knowledge that I have acquired during the past 2.5 years as a way to give back to the aviation industry and community. Since I got my Private Pilot certificate I knew that I was going to teach one day.

Victor Garrido

Certifications / type ratings: Commercial Pilot - IFR / MEL - CFI/CFII/MEI

Years flying: 2.5

Total Flight hours: 1050

Dual instruction hours: Around 750 Dual Given

Checkride success rate: 10 passed the first attempt out of 12 total. 10/12. The other 2 passed at the second attempt.

Why do you like to teach and instruct?I like to give the knowledge that I have acquired during the past 2.5 years as a way to give back to the aviation industry and community. Since I got my Private Pilot certificate I knew that I was going to teach one day.