Chris Miller, CFI is a long-time aviator and vintage aircraft aficionado. He learned to fly in rural Iowa, where there were roads marking every square mile and real winds. He worked as an A&P mechanic through college and earned his Private Pilot certification and Instrument Rating. Then life “got in the way” as he pursued a successful engineering career. After a 15 year hiatus, Chris could no longer resist the “aviation bug”. First he went through the Rusty Pilot recurrency process, then he earned his Commercial and CFI certificates at ProFlite. This guy has earned the “Seal of Approval” from both Mike Morgan and Tom Trainor! Chris is a proficient and pleasant instructor in both tricycle and tailwheel airplanes (though he is not able to instruct in the Cessna 152). We strongly recommend him for rusty pilots! You will find him available on weekends.
AT PROFLITE OF ALASKA WE'RE QUITE PROUD OF OUR INSTRUCTORS. IT'S HARD TO FIND A TEAM WITH THIS DEPTH AND BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE ANYWHERE. THESE PROFESSIONALS SHARE OVER 50 YEARS OF FLIGHT TRAINING EXPERIENCE AND 40,000 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME.
Bob Widman, ATP CFII/MEI, began his flying career in 1975, came to Alaska in 1982, and has been flying in Alaska for over 30 years. He began his aviation career as a Flight Instructor at Midway Field in Chicago and then shortly afterward was able to enter an Aviation Mechanic training program. Upon adding the coveted A&P designation to his other aircraft titles, Bob moved to Alaska, where he has been happily flying ever since. Over the years this versatile gentleman has accumulated 17,000+ hours flight time (5,000 in tailwheel aircraft), with more than 7,000 of that giving instruction. His primary job has been as a pilot for MARC, where he flies both in-state and international flights, usually in a King Air, Navajo, or Cessna Caravan. When not flying or instructing, Bob can be found helping out in the hangar. There's a lot to be said for a pilot who knows his planes inside and out!
Travis Stagg CFI, has been a pilot for over 6 years. He has explored Alaska in his Cessna 172 for many hundreds of hours. Travis is a high school physics teacher, so it makes perfect sense for Travis to share his love of aviation, knowledge of physics, and teaching skills with aviation students. Travis did his CFI training here at ProFlite of Alaska, and we are proud to have him as part of our team. Initially, Travis will specialize in training students in C172’s, since he has such extensive knowledge of that plane.
Mike Morgan, ATP CFII ASMEL, is the co-founder of Proflite of Alaska, LLC. Mike has been flying for over40 years, and has been a Certified Flight Instructor for over 30 years. He has flown a wide variety of aircraft, from the Cessna 150 (the perfect trainer plane in his humble opinion) to Beechcraft 1900. He has over 17,000 hours total flying time, with 5,000 in dual instruction given and 10,000 flying commercially. Included in his commercial experience are the positions as Director of Operations and Chief Pilot at Warbelows Air Ventures, Company Instructor and Check Airman, Medevac Pilot, and Instructor in the 121 Aircraft Dispatcher program. Mike also has 12 years of experience as an Aviation Meteorologist, originally trained by the Marine Corps in the 1970's, and he has been providing aviation weather training for over 35 years.
Tom Trainor, ATP CFII ASMEL, began his flight training as a high school student. He soloed at Oxford Airport, CT when he was 17, and completed his private pilot checkride shortly after at Montpelier, VT, flying out of Berlin, NH. He has an Associates Degree in Aviation Science from the professional pilot training program at the university of New Haven. From there he continued his academic training at the Colorado School of Mines and Stanford University, which ultimately led to a career in research and education. Tom has flight experience throughout New England, Colorado, and Alaska and enjoys sharing his interest in aviation with a wide range of students, from primary to advanced.
Storm Spain, CFI & CFII, joined ProFlite in January of this year. He rapidly became very popular for both primary and instrument training. His skill level as a pilot and instructor is quite high, plus he has opened up his schedule 6 days a week!
David DeVine, CFI & CFII, started life as a math teacher. While he was working on his PhD in mathematics he discovered flying, became hooked, and changed careers. After instructing in Florida for a while, he decided to make another major change and has spent the last year flying Part 135 ops in Alaska. He now has over 800 hours of Alaska time and is in a position where he can share his love of flying with students on a part-time basis. Look for David on some evenings and weekends.
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