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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: (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!

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!

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