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Flight Instructors

Name Position  Certifications  Profile 

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!

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.

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

Matt Bragen

Advanced 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.

Codie O'Connell

Flight Instructor CFI, MEI Codie started flying when he took his first demo with Trade Winds in 2004. His grandfather was a pilot and his mom is a flight attendant for United so he grew up in an aviation family. He received his bachelor's degree in Financial Management at Sonoma State University. He is eager to teach people how to become proficient and safe pilots!

Ross Mather

Flight Instructor CFI, MEI

Tyler Willhide

Flight Instructor CFI, MEI