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!
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.
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.
Kevin is one of our career-change educators. He started flying in 1988 and in 2001 began teaching. When he is not working at his full-time job for a large aviation company he brings his joy of teaching and flying to the IA team. Kevin comes with a bonus: He can also help you fly radio control models which is his other aviation passion!
Jack has spent so much time in the cockpit in his 40+ year career, that he’s actually a little uncomfortable on the ground, except when he’s fishing. He has clocked thousands and thousands of hours as a Navy pilot, instructor, and as a Continental Airlines captain for 29 years. We think he’s one of the best catches we’ve ever made – and so do his students!
Craig is a lifelong aviation educator whose experience includes corporate and turbine aircraft. He is a Gold Seal Instructor, past NAFI Master Instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. He works full time as a Captain for a Fortune 500 company flying domestically and internationally. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University and an MBA from Colorado State University. He is a recognized expert in technologically advanced aircraft and has assisted many pilots in achieving their flying goals and aspirations.
Masten has been an Instructor since the early 1990s. He brings to the classroom significant turbine and charter experience garnered from his time with one of the leading jet charter operations in the Rocky Mountain region. His teaching skills and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of aviation are widely respected throughout the Centennial Airport community, as well as by the fortunate IA students he mentors.
Graduating from Embry Riddle in 2006, Ken currently stands as a three-time Master Flight Instructor, was awarded the 2013 Flight Instructor of the Year for the State of Arizona by the FAA, and was acting Head Coach for the University’s National Champion Flight Team before joining IA. His passion for teaching stems from his strong desire to build relationships with folks who are excited to learn the art of flight. His heart extends first to his family where he loves the time spent with his wife and three young children. He also plays bass guitar regularly for Red Rocks Church.