SaltAir works in close relationship to these top-notch instructors. They are all independent instructors with their own specialties and talents. If you want to learn to fly, you have come to the right place to find the best instructors around! Contact us today to inquire about their availability!


Email: | Phone: (828) 719-0704

CFI, CFII. Single-engine Land and Sea. Technically Advanced Aircraft a specialty.
Retired College Professor and Scientist. With 25 years teaching experience, I have the skills to tailor your aviation education and training to your needs and learning style.
5000+ hours PIC flight experience, 2000+ hours flight instructor time. Active member of AOPA, EAA, NAFI, NIFA, SAFE. Owner Cirrus SR20 N508JS.

Instruction available with Bill at Hickory Regional Airport as well as Foothills Regional Airport.

Email: | Phone: (336) 596-5518

I grew up in Mozambique and Kenya (yes, on the continent of Africa, I know it’s weird). I went to high school in Kijabe Kenya at Rift Valley Academy, I went to college at UNC Chapel Hill and I went to flight school at Florida Flyers Flight Academy in St. Augustine, Florida. I love Flight Instructing because it brings me tremendous amounts of joy to share my passion with others! I’ve been married for 5 years now, no kids. I have about 650 hours total with my Commercial Single Engine License, Instrument rated, and I’ve got my CFI. I want to get my Multiengine rating soon as well as my CFII.

Email: | Phone: (514) 414-5502

Age: 35. Hometown: Snellville GA but I have lived all over the country and spent a lot of time working in other countries. I currently live in Hickory NC. 

Family: I am lucky to have an amazingly supportive wife (of 10 years) and a smart, funny, and beautiful 6 year old daughter. I also have very supportive parents that are an amazing help with our daughter. 

Ratings and Time: Currently a Commercial Multi Engine pilot and CFI. Currently working on CFII and MEI. I hope to be a corporate or private jet pilot in the future so that I can still have time to instruct. I am currently over 500 hours total flight time. Flight instruction is my full time job. 

Other: Military veteran. Bachelor’s in Outdoor Adventure Leadership from Southern Oregon University. My hobby is collecting hobbies. Most of them revolve around outdoor recreation.


I completed the majority of my flight training in Atlanta and I am currently working toward a degree in Aviation Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Being from Michigan and growing up in Atlanta, GA, I flew back and forth a lot. During one of my trips, as little me stared out the windows at the terminal in Flint, MI, I decided “I’m going to fly one of those some day.” I took a Young Eagles flight when I was about 10, and I began teaching for what would later become Centennial Aviation Academy when I was 14. My childhood dream came true on June 18, 2014 when I completed my first solo. Since then, I have racked up close to 400 flight hours traveling from Florida to Michigan to Nebraska and South Dakota. I currently hold a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating, a ground instructor certificate with an advanced rating, and a flight instructor certificate. (I also hold a flight attendant certificate, but that’s another story!) Even though it’s been a long and sometimes bumpy road, I thoroughly enjoy teaching, and I can’t wait to cheer you on to reach your own dreams!

Email: | Phone: (828) 855-6077

ATP – Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI

Eric brings 30 years of aviation experience from flight instructing, to commercial airline operations.  A record of demonstrated instructing success began in 1997, when as a full-time instructor, Eric was awarded the FAA’s Gold Seal Instructor Designation.   From there, an airline career ensued, and culminated in 9 years of 121 experience as a Captain for a Regional Air Carrier on the ATR 42/72, and EMB-145.  Eric continued instructing while at the airlines flying the line as a Designated IOE Check Airman, training new captain upgrades, and new-hire first officers.    
Eric enjoys sharing his passion for aviation education and safety with those seeking to be their best and is available by limited appointment.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a Master’s in Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is also the owner/operator of a Cessna 421, specializing in 400 Series Twin Cessna’s.  
Memberships/Affiliations: National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
Service Contributions:  Current FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative.  

Email: | Phone: (828) 461-3987

Shannon has loved airplanes and flying since she was a small child. She learned to fly in Florida and earned a pilot license in her senior year of high school. She is a Harvard alumnus, and holds multiple engineering and technology degrees, including a doctorate in Computer Science. Her doctoral thesis focused on Affective Computing and Flight Simulation. She currently lives at NC26, an airpark on Lake Norman. She owns and flies a Searey amphibious taildragger and a vintage straight tail Cessna 172, and a PW-5 Glider. She also has multiple (certified) flight simulators. Shannon is a Commercial pilot, with Instrument, Single-Engine Land, Single-Engine Sea, and Glider ratings (endorsement include glider self-launch & aerotow, taildragger, and high performance). Shannon started out teaching as a CFI Sport Airplane, but later “upgraded” to a traditional CFI Airplane and CFI Glider. She currently has about 1100 hours. Shannon plans to add a CFII in winter or 2021, and her multi-engine (land/sea/instructor) ratings in 2022. Shannon enjoys teaching part time in the early mornings/evenings during the week and on weekends. She plans to retire from her role as a Computer Scientist at the Walt Disney Company in February of 2024, and transition to a professional pilot and CFI career full-time to focus on her greatest passion: flying!

Email: | Phone: (704) 252-2900

Hi, my name is Mark. I discovered the aviation world in high school and fell in love with flying. My passion for aviation is what brought me to get my CFI from which I can use my knowledge and skills to teach others how to fly. There is no better time to get into aviation than the present.

Email: | Phone: (980) 241-5177

Hello! My name is Ethan Sain. I am a 20 year old, originally from Lincolnton, NC. I love the outdoors, fishing, and playing golf. I am also an Eagle Scout. As far as my aviation career goes, I started my flying journey when I was a highschool senior. I earned my private pilot certificate March of 2020. A few months later , I started ATP flight where I obtained my instrument rating, commercial single engine, and multi engine. I look forward to helping start, and or continue student flying careers. I’ll see you in the air!