JOHN DENNIS, Chief Flight Instructor (CFI/I/MEI)

I have been a flight instructor since I was 21 years old, just over 40 years ago.  I have my Airline Transport Pilot certificate – Single and Multi-engine ratings; Commercial ratings in Single-engine Seaplanes and Gliders; Flight Instructor certificates – Single, Multi, Instrument and Glider; Ground Instructor certificates – Advance and Instrument, Air Traffic Controller certificates at TCL, CSG, LGC, AUO, LAL, MQI, PIM, AHN and ATL.  My total flight time is just over 7000 hours with over 3000 hours as a Flight Instructor.

I worked my way through college as a Flight Instructor from 1975-1978 at Auburn University.  I served as one of the Assistant Chief Flight Instructors.  This is where I received most of my advanced ratings.  I have had many part-time pilot/ flight instructor jobs including working as a glider instructor/ tow pilot, power-line patrol, forestry patrol, and air taxi. My wife (also a pilot) and I own a Piper Arrow IV that we keep in our hangar at our home on Lake Norman Airpark.

Email: | Phone: 770.595.9395

CONNOR BARNES, Flight Instructor (CFI)

I’m currently attending the University of North Dakota for degrees in Commercial Aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. I did my private pilot training at Race City and got all of my other ratings from the University. I have one more year left at college and then plan on heading to the airlines to work for PSA Airlines (AmericanEagle). This is a great time to get into the aviation community and I hope you choose Race City.

Email: | Phone: 704.775.6453



BILL HATFIELD, Flight Instructor (CFI/I/MEI, A&P)

ATP (single & Multi), SES, CFI (Single, Multi, Instrument), AGI, IGI, and A&P with an Inspection Authorization.
I started flying after graduating from college in 1969 and received my Private Pilot Certificate in 1971 and CFI in 1981.  After retiring from GE  after 31 years, I went back to school and earned an Airframe and Power Plant Certificate.  Now I enjoy teaching people to fly and maintaining aircraft for Race City Flight Operations.



DAVID EDWARDS, Flight Instructor (CFI/I)

I’m currently in the American Airlines Cadet Academy. My end goal is to be an airline captain but I love everything about flight instruction. The aviation industry is desperate for pilots at the moment so if you’re interested come down. I can’t wait to see you.



BRIAN PENCE, Flight Instructor (CFI/MEI)

I started learning to fly when I was 15 years old and I’ve been a flight instructor for the last 12 years. I enjoy teaching more than anything else and I’m very excited and proud to be part of the team here at Race City Flight Operations. I look forward to working with all newcomers and prospective students so come and check us out!