Bud’s broad aviation career includes the USAF where he took the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (AKA: Top Gun), 31 yrs in the Air National Guard flying F-16’s, 28 yrs with Delta Airlines where he was a Captain, G.M. of Flight Operations, Chief Pilot, and then Director of Flight Safety. He was inducted into the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame, is on the Board of Trustees for the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, OH, and currently flies one of a handful of B-17’s still in operation when he’s not teaching people how to fly a Cirrus!
Colin was bitten by the aviation bug at the age of 13 when his parents gifted him a discovery flight in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a Cessna 172. That was the moment he realized he wanted to become a pilot. In the summer of 2011, Colin traveled to Independence Aviation to escape the Arizona heat and start his aviation career. Only four weeks later he passed his check ride and achieved his childhood dream. After several years as an IA customer, Colin is now one of IA’s instructors, and his favorite part about teaching is witnessing his students fleetingly fall in love with aviation from the first flight. Colin is also an accomplished photographer and videographer.
My love affair with flying began in 1980 when I got my glider ticket and has never ended. I enjoy flying anything from a glider without an electrical system to a glass-cockpit Cirrus. Something of a nerd, when I am not flying I enjoy my job as a full professor in the Aviation and Aerospace Science Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Aleks graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Aeronautical Sciences in 2001, where he instructed in piston singles and twins for seven years. After working for Atlantic Coast Airlines in operations and JetBlue in safety roles, he co-founded Boldmethod with his business partner, Colin Cutler, in 2006. Together, they’ve developed training systems for aircraft manufacturers and the US military, and operate the largest training focused general aviation digital media network.
Bob’s first flight experience occurred at 10 years of age when riding in a DC-3 in Eastern Colorado. Since then he has always been amazed at the miracle of flight. With decades and thousands of hours of flying experience, Bob is ATP rated in fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. His background includes military, charter, corporate, air ambulance and flight instruction as well as sales. He retired from the Wyoming Army National Guard in 2005 as a CWO4 and Master Aviator. Bob is also a NAAA certified appraiser helping clients value their aircraft. He enjoys sharing his love of aviation with IA clients.
When Ethan isn’t running his strategy consulting firm he loves “paying it forward” and sharing his diverse aviation experience. He has spent the last 20 years growing the aviation community, with activities such as a pond crossing to Europe in a Turbo Commander, serving as the youngest field Representative of EAA’s Young Eagles program in 1992, and advising Barrington Irving, the youngest person to fly solo around the world. He specializes in introducing business leaders to the Cirrus.
Since his first ride on a commercial jet, Aaron always knew he wanted to fly. He attended the University of North Dakota where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics. He currently works as a mechanic on the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Buckley Air Force Base and is a full time airline pilot based at Denver Int’l Airport. Aaron loves to fly and is very passionate about sharing his love for aviation with others.
Taylor’s love for flying developed at an early age with his father. Though life took him in a different direction, he completed his first pilot training in 2006. He found a knack for teaching so became an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor. He enjoys teaching pilots about technology in the cockpit and using simulation. In addition he helps lead some of our special pilot proficiency programs.
Mike graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Meteorology. He has been involved in aviation weather since joining Jeppesen in 1983. In addition to being an operational forecaster, a scientific programmer, managing the operational weather office and a product manager, Mike is a self professed weather geek. He has conducted IA’s weather seminar series since 2008. He enjoys experiencing weather in the great outdoors of Colorado while cycling, hiking, skiing as well as chasing tornadoes when conditions permit.
Jason began flying at age 14 by cleaning out another pilot’s hangar on Saturday mornings, then flying with him in the afternoons in Mesa, AZ. He went on to Arizona State University and earned all of his certificates and ratings. He has flown corporate (in a C320) and for three different airlines, and he has flown as an Instructor since 1995. He is currently an Airbus A320 crew member for a major airline in addition to instructing for IA. Jason’s love for instructing is not limited to aviation, as he is also a firearms instructor.