Our Instructors

– Learn How to Fly –

Carl May

Chief Flight Instructor
Platinum CSIP

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Home Town: Glendale, AZ

Ratings Held: CFI/CFII, MEI, Platinum Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Mentor Pilot

Aircraft Specialty: Cirrus SR20/SR22/SR22TN/SR22T, (Perspective/Avidyne) Piper, Cessna, Diamond, Beechcraft, Cessna Citation 525.

Flight Experience/Training:
Over 6000 hours total flight time
UND Aerospace
Factory-trained Platinum Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot with over 2000 hours in Cirrus Aircraft

Teaching Experience:
Over 5500 hours Dual Given
Chief Flight Instructor
Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot
Technically Advanced Aircraft
Gold Seal Flight Instructor
10 Year CFI

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Aviation has always been a passion of mine and being able to help other achieve their goals in aviation is what makes my job so rewarding. Someone once said,” You will never work a day in your life if you love what you do” and that stands true for me. I enjoy creating and building relationships in aviation and providing the highest level of customer service while practicing safety and having fun.

Favorite Quote:
“The engine is the heart of the aeroplane but the pilot is the soul”
– Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh

Peyton Lindbloom

Certified Flight
Instructor

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Home Town: Denver, CO

Ratings Held: Commercial Single & Multi Engine, CFI, High Performance, Complex, High Altitude Endorsement, LR JET

Aircraft Specialty: Cessna, Piper (Single and Multi), Cirrus, Beech 1900, LearJet 35, Aviat Husky, Small Turboprops

Flight Experience/Training:
Over 1400 hours total time
Flight Safety International
International Operations
Metropolitan State University of Denver
B.S. Aeronautical Technology (Professional Flight)
Rocky Mountain Flight School (Broomfield, CO)
Scottsdale Executive Flight Training

Teaching Experience:
Over 1000 hours of dual given in all types.
Training Center Instructor
400 hours of dual given in Cirrus Aircraft.
Wide variety of experience with Garmin navigation systems.

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Seeing a student solo an airplane for the first time or pass a check-ride is the most rewarding thing for me. Being able to see a student succeed as a result of your work is extremely humbling. Like all my coworkers, we all have a passion for flying. I love sharing my passion for flying and nothing is better than seeing it come out in my students as well. Everyone has a story with how they got to where they are in their flying career and no story is the same. It’s an honor to be able to hear all the stories and help a student achieve their goals in the aviation industry.

Favorite Quote:
“You are about to embark upon the great crusade. The eyes of the world are upon you.”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Matt Baum

Certified Flight
Instructor

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Home Town: Rochester, NY

Ratings Held: CFI/CFII

Aircraft Specialty: Cessna 172, Piper PA-28

Flight Experience/Training:
B.A. in Criminal Justice, Gannon University

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
For me, the most rewarding thing is helping spread the joy of aviation. People who have been interested in airplanes their whole life rediscover that joy the first time they take the controls, when they solo, or when they pass their checkride. They go on to take friends flying, or tell their family, and more people may discover that aviation is their true passion. Being able to help people realize their dream in aviation and help spread that joy is incredibly rewarding.

Favorite Quote:
“Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description”
– Barry Goldwater

Leon Lambert

Cirrus Certified Instructor

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Ratings Held: Chief Pilot Emeritus, CFI, CFII, MEII, PLATINUM

About:
Leon has been flying Cirrus Aircraft for Over 15 years and is one of the foremost authorities on Cirrus Flight instruction. He has sat on the Annual Cirrus Platinum CSIP board and has been instrumental in forming the direction of Cirrus Flight Training.

Jim Stallings

Certified Flight
Instructor

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Home Town: Denver, CO

Ratings Held: CFI, CFII, MEI, Pvt Rotary Helicopter

Aircraft Specialty: Piper PA-28, PA-32; Cessna 172, 182, 606

Flight Experience/Training:
Over 2200 hours total flight time.
Search and Rescue Pilot with Civil Air Patrol
Teaching Experience:
Over 800 hours of Dual Given
Civil Air Patrol Instructor/Check Pilot

What is rewarding to you about being an instructor?
That satisfied look from a student when they realize that they are truly in command of the aircraft, the grins that look like they won’t stop for days when they get that new license. To get to share others’ success after all the hard work is what makes teaching worthwhile.

Favorite Quote:
“Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from knowing the joy of flight.”
– Lane Wallace

Michael Wolfus

Certified Flight
Instructor

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Home Town: Boca Raton, Florida

Ratings Held: Instrument, Commercial ASEL/AMEL, CFI

Aircraft Specialty: Cessna Skyhawk, Piper Seminole

Flight Experience/Training:
Arizona State University, B.S. Aeronautical Management Technology (Professional Flight)
ATP Flight School
Scottsdale Executive Flight Training

Teaching Experience:
Certified Flight Instructor, Extensive training in aircraft operations

What is rewarding to you about being an instructor?
The most rewarding part of being a CFI is that moment when the student finally achieves their goals. After all the hard work that students put in they are able to see how everything comes together for success. I remember starting my flight training process from hour zero and thinking this is going to be a lot of time and effort. It definitely was, but it was also extremely satisfying to see my progression. Luckily I had some of the best instructors to learn from.

All I want to do is be the best flight instructor I can be and make my students feel comfortable and confident. At the beginning of each lesson I will always remind my students what we are going to learn, have fun, but most importantly be safe.

Favorite Quote:
“Do the right thing. It will gratify some and astonish the rest.”
– Mark Twain

Taylor Bishop

Certified Flight Instructor

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Home Town: Newport Beach, CA

Ratings Held: Commercial Single Engine, Instrument, CFI

Aircraft Specialty: Cessna Skyhawk, Piper Arrow, Piper Cherokee

Flight Experience/Training:
B.S. Biology – Northern Arizona University
ATP Flight School
Classic Air Aviation
Scottsdale Executive Flight Training

Teaching Experience:
CFI/CFII since 2008
Technologically Advanced Aircraft
Complex Aircraft
High Performance Aircraft

What is rewarding to you about being an instructor?
With every job I have had in the past, there has always been a teaching aspect. It was never planned that way, I was just drawn to those positions. I enjoy helping others find the information they are looking for and bettering themselves. Witnessing the look of accomplishment and satisfaction on their faces gives me a sense of pride. We all have different learning styles and I love the challenge of adjusting to help others comprehend all aspects of the aviation world. There are so many options and possibilities out there with aviation and I look forward what it brings for not only me but for my students as well.

Favorite Quote:
“My scars tell a story… They are reminders of when life tried to break me, but failed.”
– Steve Maraboli

Zack Russack

Certified Flight
Instructor

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Hometown: Anthem, AZ

Ratings Held: CFI/CFII, MEI

Aircraft Specialty:
Piper, Cessna

Flight Training:
Over 1000 hours total flight time
ASU Aviation

Teaching Experience:
Over 600 hours dual given, Over 1 year flight instruction, Part 61, Part 141

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
I’ve always enjoyed teaching others new skills. From instructing Watercraft Engineers in the US Army to becoming a flight instructor I enjoy watching my students grow. Being able to meet someone with a passion for flying and bring their skills to their desired level and more is one of my greatest achievements. The “ah ha” understanding moments and a proud smile from a smooth landing will never get old.

Favorite Quote:
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

Robert Cawby

Certified Flight
Instructor

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Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Ratings Held: CFI

Aircraft Specialty: Cessna 172, Cessna 152, Piper PA-28

Flight Experience/Training:
Pavco Flight Center-Tacoma, WA
Rainier Flight Service-Renton, WA
Scottsdale Executive Flight Training-Scottsdale, AZ

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Helping spread aviation’s power to achieve a moment in a person’s life that they will be able to cherish and draw inspiration from, whether that be their first takeoff or shaking the rust off after a long break.

Favorite Quote:
“Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying.”
– Neil Armstrong

Jarren Nesbitt

Certified Flight
Instructor

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Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Ratings Held: Commercial Single & Multi Engine, Instrument, CFI

Flight Training:
Airline Transport Professionals – Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Executive Flight Training

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
The best part is facilitating the adventure of flight for your students. Watching students become enthralled by the excitement that comes when they leave the ground. There’s immense satisfaction found in accomplishing challenging tasks. While becoming a pilot may be a challenge, it’s one well worth pursuing. There’s simply nothing like it. I’m honored to be a part of each student’s journey, and grateful to work with other people passionate about aviation.

Favorite Quote:
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
– John Wayne

Scottsdale Executive Flight Training LLC

Cessna Flight
Training System