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Kurtis Sampson

Kurtis Sampson

Chief Instructor

CFI CFII HP, Complex, AGI, REMOTE PILOT

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972 747 9598
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972 529 7502

Weekdays and weekends.

 

Kurtis received his Private pilot certification in 2008 and his instrument certification in 2009 followed by his commercial and CFI through TFC. Kurtis is passionate about flying and being able to share his love of flying with others. He is active with the Angel Flight program and Challenge Air for Kids. He is a FAASTeam Representative and has recently joined the board for Challenge Air for Kids. Kurtis is also a Civil Air Patrol member as a pilot and check pilot.

 

Richard Klein

Richard Klein

 

CFI, CFII, MEI, CONV

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972-424-2307
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214-704-2054
C
214-704-2054

7 days a week

 

Richard earned his private in Wichita, KS in 1965 in a PA28-140, and became a CFI in 1974 at Redbird (KRBD - the FAA used to be there) in a PA28-140. There have been a few changes since then! He is the past owner of a V35B Beechcraft Bonanza and served for many years as the TFC Webmaster, Operations VP and the Chief Pilot. He has logged 17,300+ hours, 16,400+ as CFI and has graduated 200+ students in numerous ratings: Private, Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, Tailwheel, CFI, CFII. A major portion of these graduates have been in the TFC.

 

Dinu Catona

Dinu Catona

 

CFI, CFII, MEI

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972-866-3593
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619-925-1118

weekends and some weeknights 

 

Dinu is a Gold Seal CFI. He started flying for fun in 2002 after riding in the front seat of a Extra 300L at the Aerobatic Experience in Las Vegas. He earned his ratings at the Armed Forces Aeroclub in San Diego where Dinu also served on the board of directors for 2 years before moving to Texas in 2005. He attended the CFI Academy at American Flyers where he received his CFII rating. Dinu enjoys flying a lot and is looking forward to sharing his passion with others.

 

Calvin Coffee

Calvin Coffey

 

CFI, CFII, MEI, SES, CONV, ATP

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972-547-6711
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903-408-8962
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214-450-0178

working on getting medical 

 

Calvin started flying with his parents in 1965. With over 2200 hrs instructing and more than 4200 hrs flying, Calvin has has flown a wide variety of aircraft and missions, from conventional (tailwheel) to experimental aircraft, and from towing gliders to aerobatics. Calvin has owned a Beechcraft Baron and currently owns a Cessna 170. A TFC member since 1984, Calvin previously served the local EAA chapter as Vice President, and Texins Flying Club as Safety Officer and President.

 

Larry Eckhardt

Larry Eckhardt

 

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, Glider

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214-315-6360
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972-325-4456
C
214-315-6360

weekends and some weeknights

 

I started flying in 1969 (my dad was my instructor), finished the private, commercial and instrument on the GI bill while on active duty in the USAF. Obtained the CFI in 1976 (my dad was my first student – a checkout in a 172 – he was an airline pilot). I worked full time as a CFI from 1979 to 1984 at Addison, Love Field and Meacham. Completed the CFII and MEI in 1979, and the Multi ATP in 1980 and was on track for the airlines until I discovered that I really loved teaching aviation. I have always instructed part-time except for the full-time years. I taught for many years in the aviation program at Mountain View College in Dallas, teaching Private Pilot Ground and I especially enjoyed teaching Aerodynamics and Meteorology. Currently I teach the Private Pilot Ground School at Collin College. My total flight time is about 5200 hours and 4300 of that is instructing. I also got a commercial glider rating in 1999 just for fun!

 

Gerhard Deffner

Gerhard Deffner

 

CFI, CFII, CONV, SES, GLD, SE ATP Rotorcraft/ helicopter - Private

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972-814-3746
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972-814-3746
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972-814-3746

7 days a week

 

Gerhard learned to fly single engine airplanes while going to school for a year in the US. Back in Germany, he learned to fly gliders, and then started flying powered aircraft again when joining TFC in 1988, becoming a CFI in 1993. After leaving TI in 1998, he moved to McKinney and began training flight students in his Cessna 150. Over the years, many of those students were successful in making the transition to Private Pilot or better, a success rate the FAA recognized by awarding Gold Seal Credentials.

 

Hank Eilts

Hank Eilts

 

CFI, CFII, CONV

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972-517-8273
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214-642-9831

Weekdays anytime, weekends anytime.

 

Hank obtained his Private Pilot Certificate in 1991 and his Flight Instructor Certificate in 2000. Intermittently along his flying journey he has obtained his Instrument, Commercial, Glider, and Multi-engine ratings. Of course, taildraggers also. He's pretty much a geek and is interested in the science of flying and the human sciences of perception and pilot stress. If you want to talk technical, he's your kind of guy. Now retired from the defense electronics industry, he is able to fly on weekends and weekdays, anytime.

 

Bruce Orsmond

Bruce Orsmond

 

CFI/CFII/MEI G150 SIC Type Rated

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858 335 3724
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858 335 3724

Most evenings and weekends

 

Bruce had a love for airplanes as far back as he can remember. He use to build model airplanes as a child and flew Paragliders in his early 20's. In 2001 he had the opportunity to go on a discovery flight and by 2007 had obtained his CFI.He is currently a CFI/CFII/MEI and has an SIC type rating on the Gulfstream G150. Bruce's motto is "Safety First - No Exceptions" and he incorporates that into every aspect of his personal flying as well as his instruction.

 

Bob Niedwiecki

Bob Niedwiecki

 

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

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214-697-5266
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214-697-5266

 Any time days, nights and weekends

 

Bob joined TFC in 1983 with a private and instrument rating. He then went on to earn his commerical license and became a CFI in 1985. An active student as well as instructor Bob went to to get his CFII, his multi engine rating and then his MEI and ATP tickets. Bob worked as a pilot, first flying freight out of Love Field and then Mesa Air, flying twin tuboprops. Bob continues teach and be an active member of the club.

 

Dick Stevens

Richard Stephens

 

CFI, CFII, CONV

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972-342-0018
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972-342-0018

7 days a week

 

Dick’s love of flying began during WW II watching war planes fly over the farm. Dick received PPSEL 1/10/1958 in a tail-dragger, no tricycle gear trainer were available then. He earned Instrument and Commercial rating 1970, Instructor, Multiengine, and Instrument Instructor Ratings in 1971. Dick has over 3,000 hours instructor time and almost 5,000 hours total time. He has built an RV-6. Dick is an EAA Flight Advisor and is the TFC Lead Flight Instructor. He has logged time in 32 makes and models of commercially built planes and 17 different types of experimental planes.

 

Aniseh Shapiro

Aniseh Shapiro

 

CFI, CFII, MEI

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972-965-7999

7 days a week

 

Anise first found her love of flying in 1997 and hasn’t stopped training or teaching since. She completed all her training in the Dallas/Ft Worth area but has experience in most of the country. She has loved flying long trips with students as far as northern New York as well as her experience flying as a copilot in several jets throughout the US and Canada. Even when flying corporate, she never stopped instructing. Not only is it a wonderful experience sharing your passion, but that is when you learn the most and become the safest pilot yourself.

 

Kevin Carr
Kevin Carr

 

CFI, CFII

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972 998 4007

Weekdays and some weekends

 

Kevin’s first flight was at age nine in a friend’s Piper Cub and he has had a love for aviation since. After high school, Kevin enlisted in the military and became a Navy SEAL serving six years and two combat deployments. Afterwards, he pursued aviation by attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and graduating with his commercial multi-engine certificate. After moving back to Texas, he joined TFC to work toward and obtain his Flight Instructor certification. Now he works as a corporate pilot, but continues to have a strong desire to share his passion with others.

 

Instruction rate is $55.00/hour.  All instructors are assigned by TFC's Chief Flight Instructor Kurtis Sampson. Contact Kurtis to be placed with an Instructor.

LEGEND:

M  = Member / Instructor
CFI = Certificated Flight Instructor
CFII = Certificated Flight Instructor Instrument
MEI = Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
SES = Single Engine Seaplane Instructor
CONV = Conventional Gear (Taildragger) Instructor
ATP = Instructor Holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rating