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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

Chief Flight Instructor Emeritus
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.




ERNESTO SANCHEZ
CFI, CFII
Born and raised in SLO County, Ernesto Sanchez is married to Heidi and has two grown sons, Daniel and David. As long as he can remember, he’s always loved aviation. He would build model aircraft, go to the library to check out every book they had on airplanes, and attend the Paso Robles Airshow when the USAF Thunderbirds were featured. Joining the USAF at 17, he graduated from Tactical Aircraft Maintenance School in 1982. In 1987, Ernesto joined the California Highway Patrol and worked the road for over 26 years starting in Downtown Los Angeles. In 1997, taking to the air seemed like a nice hobby, but stopped just after soloing. Fast forward to 2015: he restarted his flight training, and with the help and encouragement of Aerocademy completed Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot License, CFI and CFI-I. His desire now is to help others achieve their aviation goals.

GOKI YAMADA
CFI, CFII
Long time SLO resident, Goki Yamada grew up relatively close to the airport. The proximity to the variety of flying aircraft sparked his interest in aviation. Graduating SLO High in the Class of 2017, he decided that an aviation career path was in his future. Late nights on the internet playing FPS and MMO games and working during the day, led to a decision to find a career he could love just as much. In addition to planning his future, Goki wisely realized that being a pilot was a key to open up his travel opportunities. Obtaining his Private, Instrument, Commercial, and CFI through Aerocademy, he enjoys being able to share his love of aviation with other pilot candidates.

KYLE HYDE
CFI, CFII
Kyle Hyde was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. He left to attend college in the "Big Sky" country of Montana. When he wasn’t scaling mountain peaks or trekking through the woods, he was submersing himself in aviation, which quickly became his new found passion and career path. During his time in Montana, Kyle earned his instrument, commercial, multi-engine, and flight instructor ratings, while being exposed to a variety of adverse weather conditions.

Kyle recognizes that aviation is a pinnacle in most people’s lives and he is honored to be a part of the pilot training experience. He yearns to instill safety and professionalism into all of his students and believes that pilots are not born...they are made! Through hard work, dedication, and determination Kyle’s students can transform themselves into outstanding aviators.
DANE LINDGREN
CFI, CFII
Dane was born and raised right here in San Luis Obispo, and has always had an affinity for aviation. However, it wasn’t until after finishing school at Cal Poly that he decided to pursue his long time plan of becoming a Private Pilot license holder. Upon receipt of his license, he decided to continue on with his ratings, which were all done under Aerocademy while working full time as a line service technician at ACI. With both his father and an older brother having found a career in aviation, his mother, a career in education, Dane decided that he would take a page from each of their books and begin the path to becoming a flight instructor. He is appreciative of the ability to be able to work with students on the Central Coast, one of the most beautiful places to learn how to fly, and looks forward to paying it forward by helping others to master the art of aviation.