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Flight Instructors

Name Position  Certifications  Profile 

Donald MacLennan

Advanced Flight Instructor CFI Don has been flying since 1993 and received his Instrument, Commercial, Multi engine and CFI ratings at Trade Winds Aviation. He also has an A&P certificate and occasionally helps out with maintenance. A flying enthusiast with 1800 hours of personal flying, he has made two Atlantic crossings and takes great pleasure in teaching new students how to fly. He has over 1000 hours in a Turbo Mooney and over 300 hours in a Cessna 421. Since retiring from the semiconductor industry, flying has become Don's passion and he would be very happy to share his experiences with you.

Rocky Kabotsky

Advanced Flight Instructor CFI

Gene Hudson

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Senior Flight Instructor II CFI, CFII, MEI Gene is an Assistant Chief Flight Instructor with over 16,000 hours of flight time. He is an FAASTeam representative, and has delivered over 1000 public presentations in the FAA Safety Program. He has lectured on aviation safety, human factors and precision/workload reduction flying techniques at national venues, including AOPA and the EAA (Oshkosh). He has experience in over 100 aircraft types, including singles, twins, piston, turbine, round gauge and glass cockpit aircraft. He has published articles in Plane and Pilot magazines, and the USAF magazine Safety. Gene has developed unique processes for teaching flight skills to a higher level of precision while reducing workload.

Seth Howell

Chief Flight Instructor, Senior Flight Instructor II CFI, CFII Seth is the Chief Flight Instructor and received his training out of the Reid-Hillview airport. As a CFI/CFII he has given over 4,000 hours of instruction in a variety of aircraft ranging from light sports to the C400. He is committed to providing a fun and safe learning environment. Whether you want to take your first introductory flight, expand to instrument training, or work toward the completion of your commercial certificate, Seth is excited to help you succeed!

Erik Cutshaw

Flight Instructor CFI, CFII, MEI Erik is a certified flight instructor for single engine, multi engine and instrument airplanes--so whatever your goals may be, he can help you get there. He has a background in the automotive field but decided to change careers and chase his passion for flying and he couldnt be happier with his decision. His goal is to become an airline captain but he says "being able to teach people how to fly is personally rewarding in itself."

Daniel Bradshaw

Flight Instructor CFI, CFII, MEI

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Flight Instructor CFI

Hosea Kamau

Flight Instructor CFI, MEI Hosea is a CFI/MEI here at Tradewinds Aviation. He got his passion at the age of 6. After completing his education at Utah Valley University, where he got a lot of mountain flying experience, he returned to his home in Hayward California and began looking for a job as a flight instructor in the bay area. Hosea says he enjoys flight instructing because of the pleasure he gets seeing someone progress from not knowing anything about the world of aviation to becoming a licensed pilot. Hosea likes to make flight training fun and enjoyable without hindering safety :)

Bob Arasmith

Senior Flight Instructor CFI, CFII

Terry Blumenthal

Senior Flight Instructor II CFI, CFII, MEI

Miguel (Mickey) Arias

Senior Flight Instructor ll CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP Mickey is a part time instructor at Tradewinds Aviation when he’s not flying jets around the world. With nearly 11,000 hours flight time, several type ratings in jets, and a diverse instructional aviation background, Mickey still has the passion to teach and share the skies with those pursuing the dream of flying. He is an FAA Gold Seal Instructor and his commitment to quality instruction ensures a fun and efficient flying experience. If becoming an airline pilot is your goal, his experience and industry knowledge will be an asset to you well past initial certification. Bilingual English/Spanish