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Flight Instructors

Name Position  Certifications  Profile 

Seth Howell

Chief Pilot, 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 1,700 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!

Gene Hudson

Senior Flight Instructor II, Assistant Chief 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.

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

Manuel Salas

Advanced Flight Instructor CFI, MEI Manuel began flying in 1996 when he took an Introductory Flight Lesson at Trade Winds Aviation. He has since graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Aviation with a concentration on Flight Operations. Manuel has over 650 hours of total flight time and his goal is to develop safe and proficient pilots.

Matt Bragen

Flight Instructor CFI Matt discovered the joy of aviation at a local airport while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was hooked from his first flight and is eager to share this feeling and experience with new pilots. Since his first flight in a Cessna 172 Matt has gone on to fly taildraggers, gliders, multi-engine aircraft and more; he loves that there is always something new and challenging to find as a pilot.