Instructors

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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: johndennis@bellsouth.net | Phone: 770.595.9395

JESSICA SLATTERY, Flight Instructor (CFI)

Born and raised in the Lake Norman area, I have always enjoyed teaching. From competitive swim coaching, to tutoring in high school and later at Guilford Technical Community College, I am excited to be teaching something I am truly passionate about: aviation! I aspire to fly for an airline one day. However, I am loving the process of helping others discover aviation and their own capabilities within themselves. I strive to help students achieve their aviation goals through effective and enjoyable teaching.

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.

WAYNE COOK, Flight Instructor (CFI/I/MEI)

I started in aviation as a USAF Rescue helicopter pilot. After 13 years, I transferred to the United States Army National Guard and retired 15 years later as a Master Aviator. While in the USAF, I became a helicopter test pilot and continued in the National Guard. After retirement, I added on my fixed wing lessons to include ATP. I have numerous type ratings and am a CFI in ASEL, MSEL, Helicopters, and Instruments. I have safely acquired over 11,200 hours of total time, completed 11,225 landings, have over 2,400 hours of instrument time, and have international experience. During my career, I have flown 20 types of helicopters, 14 different ASEL, 6 MSEL, 9 Turboprops, and 8 types of jets. My goal is to impart my experience for those wanting to either make a career or just learn to fly for fun, SAFELY. Come join our team at Race City Flight Operations.

ARON NELMS, Flight Instructor (CFI)

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by aviation.  I went through the traditional channels of primary and formal education which led me into the import/export business and eventually in to operations and marketing for tech companies in Silicon Valley.  During this time I found myself loving the discipline, creativity, and reward of instruction and development.  There was still something missing, however… AVIATION!  I so desired to pursue a career that I have passion for and aviation is just that.  So, after almost two decades, I made the move to achieve that dream full-time.  I’m so very happy I did.  I am living proof that whether you wish to make aviation your career or have an amazingly rewarding hobby, it’s never too late.  Come fly with us.