Instructors

At Race City Flight Operations, we have full and part time flight instructors, highly experienced and well versed in the regulations and safety needed to ensure there is no question your training will be unparalleled in quality and satisfaction. Our instructors work as a team, so you may have one instructor for a portion of your flying and may finish with another instructor, or you may get to fly with another instructor for just a few flights at various “stage” checks.

 

At our Charlotte area locations:

CORINA KUEBLER, Flight Instructor (CFI)

My passion for aviation started before I was born when my mom was a flight attendant. As a young girl she would take me to the Miami airport to sit and watch the planes take off and land above us. However my own career in aviation didn’t begin until after I graduated from Florida State University and became a Delta Air Lines flight attendant based in NYC. I loved meeting new people and traveling the world but I always caught myself dreaming of being in the flight deck. After a few years as a flight attendant, I met my now husband on a Seattle layover and after a year of a cross country relationship I decided to take a leap and transfer to Seattle. While flying in Seattle, I met some amazing Delta pilots who encouraged me to do a discovery flight. I was hooked and completed my private pilot license, instrument rating, and commercial single engine in Seattle which gave me amazing actual instrument experience. My husband and I decided to move back to Charlotte after a few years in the pnw to be closer to family after the pandemic. Once we were settled, I started CFI training at KEQY then took a little detour to get my commercial multi engine rating down in Orlando so that I could apply to Delta’s Propel Pilot Career Path Program. Once back home in Charlotte, I finished up my CFI and found out I was accepted into the Delta Propel Program!

When I’m not flying I’m hanging out at home with my five dogs Deebo, Penelope, Marlowe, Hamish, and Mike (husband).

LUCAS BANCROFT, Flight Instructor (CFI)

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles ??? My first love for flying was on my 10th birthday, My oldest brother gifted me a discovery flight in an old World War ll trainer and I was hooked!!. Over the years I did the Young Eagles flights to intensify my passion in aviation. When I turned 18 I went to Florida at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University received my private pilots license. At the time in 2007 Airlines weren’t make much. As all do I needed a job and so I picked up job working for the Railroad. I was a Freight Conductor, Engineer (drove trains), and a Train dispatcher. (Train ATC). Over that 16 year period I accomplished the rest of my ratings to CFI. Did I mention Automobiles?, I’m a big car and motorcycle buff as I have rebuilt muscle cars and bikes as hobbies. I’m a dedicated Father of two and Safety is my lifestyle.

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SHANNON MOON, Flight Instructor (CFI)

I have loved aviation since I was a small child. I learned to fly in high school, and spent many years flying airplanes, seaplanes, and gliders as a private pilot while working as an engineer.  I earned a doctorate in Computer Science while researching flight simulation and affective computing (a form of computing that processes and adapts to human emotion). Several years ago I realized I wanted to share my love of flight through instruction, and pursued a CFI Sport certificate, specializing in Searey (light sport seaplane) transition training. I enjoyed teaching so much that  I  “upgraded” all of my ratings to Commercial certificates, and earned CGI Instrument/Advanced and traditional  CFI Airplane/Glider ratings. After several years of instructing part time during the evenings and weekends, I decided to take early retirement from my 15 year tenure with the Walt Disney Company as a Principal Engineer and Computer Scientist to focus on flying. I am living the dream at my nearby home at the Long Island Airpark (NC26), with my vintage straight tail Cessna and my experimental Light Sport Searey.

CLINT WATKINS, Flight Instructor (CFI/I)

It all started with Top Gun for me, yes cliché, but as a young boy that and flying in smaller aircraft with my dad set me up for the passion I have today.  I am from Southern CA and moved to the Charlotte area in the summer of 2021.  I graduated from California Aeronautical University with High Honors with a degree in Aviation Science.  Having children has helped me gain a better understanding of the value of patience.  I love instructing other pilots but my ultimate goal is to be at the airlines.  I am excited to meet you and look forward to accomplishing your goal to become a pilot.

ANDERSON DOWLING, Flight Instructor (CFI/I)

Like many others, my career in aviation has stemmed from a childhood passion. As I approached my 30th birthday, I knew it was either now or never and decided to follow this lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. I started flight training in October 2019, and 9 months later I was a Certified Flight Instructor. I then instructed out of Orlando Executive Airport for over a year and then moved my family to Charlotte, where we hope to make our permanent home.

As an instructor, besides safety, my highest priority is the students’ investment in their training. I bring value to each lesson through experience, patience, and adaptability to various learning styles. I love sharing my knowledge of aviation with others and take great pride in the success of my students.
Prior to my life as a pilot, I was the Director of Development for a real estate investment group in New Orleans, where I lived with my wife Sabrina and daughter Penelope. I hold degrees from both Tulane University and LSU. In 2021 our son Pierce was born, and he counts the days until his 17th birthday when he can get his private pilot’s certificate.

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 fixed wing certifications. 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.

BRETT MILLER, Flight Instructor (CFI/I)

Unlike most aviation actually came to me on a whim. Fall 2019 I was hearing about a pilot shortage and big money job in aviation. Knowing I had a cousin in aviation I figured I might as well give it a shot. So I booked a discovery flight at a fast track part 61 program and the rest is history. What started out as an impulse decision has turned into a full blown lifestyle. I would say it’s a passion of mine that I never knew I had. I’ve been full speed ahead ever since. Ultimately I want to fly for a major career commercial or cargo I’m not sure but for now I’m loving the ride of teaching and sharing my love of aviation with students and other pilots alike.

 

At our Martinsville location:

BRANDON SHIVLEY, Flight Instructor (CFI/I)

My interest in aviation started when I was about 12.  I developed an interest in remote control airplanes and started to build one.  That led to an interest in becoming an A&P mechanic.  In 1988, I attended a private pilot ground school with the intention of learning more about aircraft.  Barbara Baron was teaching the ground school and she managed to convince me to take a flight with her even though I had a fear of heights. Eventually, I overcame my fear of heights and fell in love with flight. I worked at the airport for flight time and earned my private pilots license in 1990.  While attending Comair Aviation Academy, I earned my instrument, commercial and multi-engine ratings.  My CFI rating was earned in 1994 in Corvallis Oregon.  In addition to instructing, I have flown Aerial survey, fire spotting and corporate missions.  I love to teach primary students,  giving them a solid foundation to build their aviation experience on.