Flying Panthers
Flight School & Flying Club

Our Instructors

Recommended instructor rates (payable directly to your instructor): $30/hr primary, $30/hr advanced

Phil Cypret

Phil Cypret. FPFS’s Chief Flight Instructor - CFII, MEI, Seaplane, Rotorwing, A&P. Ground School Instructor Private and Instrument. Over 5,000 hours single-engine.

Available for:

  • Private Pilot Training
  • Instrument Flight Training
  • Commercial Flight Training
  • Biannual Flight Review
  • Discovery Flights

Steve Devine

Hi there, my name is Steve. I grew up Flying in the Sacramento area and all up and down the California coasts to the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. I was born and raised a military brat, and I’m a guard member myself. I have been flying since I could walk, and I am A Beechcraft Bonanza Lover! I was raised in a Beechcraft V35 Bonanza family. I’m an A&P Mechanic and not only fly’em, but I fix’em too—lover of aviation and military history. I’m a fun, easygoing person and a great guy to work with when it comes to Learning to touch the sky. I never give up on students, and I know everyone can achieve their aviation dreams with hard work and dedication.

Available for:

  • Private Pilot training
  • Ground school training
  • Commercial pilot training
  • High Performance endorsement
  • Complex endorsement
  • Tail wheel endorsements
  • Discovery flights
  • Bi-Annual Flight Reviews
  • Many other Aviation needs

Tenley Ong

Hi! I'm Tenley and I'm a CFI!

If I'm not flying, I'm probably restoring my RV-6, cycling, writing, skiing, or on an adventure somewhere. There have been so many people who have helped guide me, and I want to do the same for others. Let me know how I can help with your flight training, or if you have any questions regarding scholarships, next steps, or just stuff about life in general.

Available for:

  • Discovery Flights
  • Private
  • Commercial
  • Tailwheel
  • Mock Check Rides
  • Flight Reviews

David Stalker

Hello! I have always had a passion for aviation, and I enjoy it so much I decided to make a career out of it. Flight training was such an amazing part of my life and I love spreading that feeling to others. I am eager to help you achieve your aviation goals.

Available for:

  • Private
  • Commercial
  • Flight Reviews
  • Discovery Flights

Chris Klevesahl

Former FAA Control Tower / Radar Approach Control Air Traffic Controller. I’ve moved over to the cockpit side of flying to share my experiences and knowledge in aviation.

Ratings Held:

  • Commercial
  • Instrument
  • Multi engine
  • CFI

Available for:

  • Discover Flights
  • Pre-Solo
  • Private
  • Commercial
  • Instrument

Uday Gangavath

Uday Gangavath is a certified flight instructor with instrument rating. He shares a deep compassion in enabling someone’s dream of flying, born in a land of diverse culture, India, pursued his dream of flying in the United States made him well versed in flying with fellow pilots from all over the world understanding a much broader cultural aspect of Aviation. His relentless love for aviation keeps him on his toes to attend and deal with the hurdles faced by his students.

Available for:

  • Private Pilot Training
  • Instrument Flight Training
  • Commercial Flight Training
  • Biannual Flight Review
  • Discovery Flights
  • Mock Check Rides

Tom Jones

I’ve been fascinated with all things aerospace since an early age. I’m a retired navy pilot and lead the Aerospace Museum as my main job. I’m happy to share many years of flying knowledge and help you toward your flying goals.

CFII, MEII, CFII-Helicopter, Comm ASEL, ATP MEL, ATP Helicopter, Multiple type ratings. Over 4,300 hours – multiple aircraft categories.

Available for:

  • Instrument Flight Training
  • AMEL / MEII
  • Helicopter Flight Training
  • Flight Reviews
  • Discovery Flights

Rick Hinds

I’ve always been fascinated with aviation, and Ive always had a passion for teaching others. Being a CFII has allowed me to do both. I would love to get you started on your aviation journey or, for current pilots, further your training and experience.

Available for:

  • Private
  • Instrument
  • Commercial
  • Flight review/IPC
  • And any other aviation related needs!

Adriel Palaia

Adriel is a CFI/CFII who is a passionate flight instructor that really cares and enjoys helping students achieve their aviation goals. He is also a part time flight attendant for UNITED airlines. Adriel is ready to take on new and experienced students to further their training.

Available for:

  • CFI/CFII/AGI
  • PRIVATE
  • INSTRUMENT
  • COMERCIAL
  • BIANNUAL FLIGHT REVIEW
  • DISCOVERY FLIGHTS

Robert Long

I love to fly and instruct. I have my CFI, CFII and MEI certificates. I am available for Private Pilot Training; Are you still on the fence...come and fly with me on an introductory flight and decide for yourself.

Available for:

  • Instrument Flight Training
  • Commercial Flight Training
  • Multi Engine Training
  • Flight Reviews
  • Instrument Proficiency Checks.