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"I did my private pilot's license and instrument training with Gary. I am very impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication provided throughout the training. Gary is very devoted to his work and did everything possible to perfectly prepare me for my checkrides. Also, the planes are in excellent condition and always clean. The flight school facility speaks for itself, spacious and bright... One thing is for sure, I won't fly anywhere else again."

- Vitus Holzner, Munich, Germany and California

 

Our Instructors

 

Over 30 years of aviation experience

 

 

Our dedicated full-time flight instructors will guide you through our flight program.

We will provide you with that sense of accomplishment and completion.

 

 

GARY SPARKS

CFI, CFII, MEI

As a native of San Luis Obispo, Gary has a long history of flying in the San Luis Obispo area. He began his love of aviation at the ripe age of 15. Before he could drive a car, Gary would ride his bicycle to San Luis Obispo airport to take flying lessons.

 

As a flight instructor, Gary’s commitment to working a student through the process of becoming a pilot and fulfill their dream, is evidenced by the fact that he presented twenty-four student pilots to the FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in 2006. That’s more than any other flight instructor in San Luis Obispo County.


SCOTT ALLIS
CFI, CFII
Growing up in SLO near the airport, Scott has always been fascinated with flight. While attending Cuesta College, he began to explore the idea of pursuing a career in aviation. He is now a graduate of the University of North Dakota's highly regarded Aerospace program with a degree in Commercial Aviation. Happy to be back in San Luis Obispo, Scott is eager to train students and pilots to the highest level of safety, professionalism and proficiency.

DYLAN KRASSENSKY
CFI, CFII
Dylan grew up in San Luis Obispo County, and began flight training in 2000. He earned his private and commercial ratings here at SBP, and finished flight training as an Instructor in Kentucky. He has considerable experience teaching in glass-panel cockpits, with the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 line specifically. He has taught at various locations in California, Kentucky, and Texas. Out of the cockpit, Dylan’s is an Air Traffic Controller, and has worked at various facilities in Texas and California.

PAUL KENDRICK
CFI, CFII
Paul started flying radio controlled model helicopters with his dad when he was 12. Many of our local RC pilots were real pilots, and that sparked his desire to learn to fly. Flight lessons began at age 14, soloing at 16, and earned his PPL at 17. All of Paul's primary interests and hobbies involve aviation: As an aircraft homebuilder and avid participant in EAA, he still flies RC, and although not a participant, is a big fan of Air Racing and competition aerobatics. As for his day job, he is a business manager for a defense contractor. Paul lives in SLO with his wife and (future pilot) son.

SCOTT SETTLE
CFI
Growing up in San Luis Obispo, Scott learned early on about the joy and excitement of aviation. A second generation pilot, Scott spent many memorable days at the field with his father, flying up and down the state in their Cessna 172. Scott is passionate about sharing his love of aviation with his students. As an instructor, Scott brings his background as a collegiate level professor and a desire to make each lesson a positive and meaningful learning experience for his students. Being a pilot opens up the freedom to travel. To this day one of his most memorable flying adventures was island hopping in the Bahamas in a Cessna 172. A truly unforgettable experience!

MIKE POGVARA
CFI
Currently deployed in the US Air Force
Mike had his first intro flight in 1998 at the age of 17 and has loved every hour of flying ever since. Although only able to devote part time schedule availability, flying is his full time passion. He has had the unique opportunity of flying Cessna 172s in Japan, and enjoys sharing his love of flying with new and experienced pilots alike.