Matt Shidler: Chief Flight Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, CSIP
Matt has been a flight instructor for the past 8 years and flying for over 12. In 2009 he graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aviation Flight Technology.
Matt has logged 5000 flight hours of which over 3500 are instruction given. Matt is a CSIP (Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot) and is qualified in both Perspective and Avidyne avionics. He also has experience as a corporate pilot flying throughout the United States and Canada in several different aircraft including the Pilatus PC-12, Cessna 441, and Piaggio P180 Avantii. Matt enjoys passing the knowledge and experience that he has gained on to his students and seeing them succeed.
Jonathan Boes: CFI, CFII, MEI, Assistant Chief Pilot
Jonathan has been flying for over 10 years. He received his bachelors degree in Aviation Management and an associates degree in General Aviation Flight Technology in 2014 from Indiana State University.
Jonathan not only has a passion for flying but a desire to teach and mold students into safe proficient pilots. When not flying he enjoys playing guitar and singing in past time as well as enjoying outdoor activities like camping and kayaking.
Kellen Martin: CFI, CFII, MEI
Kellen began showing interest in aviation at the age of 6 when he went with his family to an airshow at the Eugene Airport (KEUG) and was hooked after seeing the Blue Angels fly. In high school he took an aeronautics class for his Junior and Senior year and had the opportunity to fly in an EAA award winning Vans RV-6 with his aeronautics instructor. This flight only fueled his passion for flight. In 2012 he began flying and earned an Associates Degree in Flight Technology from Lane Community College. While in college he worked as an intern at the KEUG tower and Cascade TRACON where he saw first hand the inner workings of ATC.
Kellen has an incredible passion for teaching and has enjoyed every minute of flight instructing. Some of his hobbies outside of aviation include trap shooting, long distance shooting and handgun shooting. He is a avid fisherman and hunter. When at home in Oregon, he restored wooden drift boats, one of which will be in the Wooden Boat Festival on the McKenzie River.
Tim Tutor: ATP, CFI, CFII, IGI
Following an eighteen-year hiatus, during which time he earned a graduate degree and taught in a private school and a university, Tim has returned to aviation. Tim’s previous flying experience includes work in flight instruction, a commuter airline, corporate aviation, several air ambulance services, and air freight operations. Tim’s extra-flying interests include textual criticism of ancient manuscripts, semi-annual camping trips with the men in his family, reading, shooting, good conversation, the U. S. Constitution and the U. S. S. Constitution and tinkering with his Astro van.
Reed Scudder: CFI, CFII
Reed began his interest in flying at an early age and by the time he graduated high school he decided to pursue a career in aviation. He has been flying for over 5 years and in 2017, he graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Administration and Operations.
Reed enjoys sharing flying experiences and knowledge with his students to make them more proficient pilots. When not flying he enjoys watching sports, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.
Brandon Kekona: CFI, CFII, MEI
Brandon Kekona moved from the Big Island of Hawaii to pursue his dreams in aviation and to fulfill his goal to have a flight career back in Hawaii.
Brandon has been instructing for just over a year and his main focus is to help students on their aviation path to become safe, knowledgeable pilots and to realize their own goals and dreams.
When pulled away from flying, Brandon spends his time with his fiancé, friends, and his dog exploring what the city of Austin has to offer.
Brian Browning: CFI
My passion for teaching and aviation was passed down from my parents. After a 30 year career in software sales, I figured it was time to go do what I love the most; flying and teaching. My passion is helping those who dream of becoming a pilot to attain the confidence and skills to realize their dream. A great day for me is watching a student have that epiphany where they realize that becoming a pilot is within their grasp. My other passions, that take a second seat to aviation of course, are soccer, guitar, and quotable B-movies.