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Chesterfield, MO 63005
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Flight Instructors

Scott Thompson
Chief Flight Instructor
CFI, CFII
Scott was captivated by the magic of flight at an early age.  He received his private pilot license on his 17th birthday and earned advanced certificates and ratings in the ensuing years.  He started flight instructing in 1998 and now instructs sport, private, instrument, commercial and flight instructor candidates.  As a long-time entrepreneur, Scott loves inspiring and empowering people through business outreaches and through passionately sharing the transforming power of flight with aspiring aviators.
Email: sthompson@airassociatesinc.com

Charlie Ford

Charlie Ford
CFI, CFII
Charlie is a third generation pilot.  He completed his training in the St. Louis area and has been instructing since 2010.  Currently pursuing a bachelor’s in aviation, Charlie instructs sport, private, instrument, commercial and initial CFI students.  In his free time, Charlie enjoys sports and flight simulation.
Email: charlieford.airassociates@gmail.com
Derek Zweigart

Derek Zweigart
CFI, CFII
Derek completed his flight training in the St. Louis area and has been flying since 2007.  He teaches private, instrument, and commercial students.  In his free time, Derek enjoys flying remote control aircraft.

 

 

Matt Mayes

Matt Mayes
CFI, CFII, MEI
Matt graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla in 2004 and has been instructing since 2005.  He has worked as an avionics engineer, has flown corporate and has experience with G1000 systems.  He teaches private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, and initial CFI students.
Chuck Williams, CFI

Chuck Williams
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and St. Louis University, Chuck has an impressive list of credentials.  In addition to his experience as an airline pilot, Chuck served in the United States Navy for nearly 33 years as a Rear Admiral.  He has been flight instructing since 1979.

Peter Gibbs

Peter Gibbs
CFI
Peter received his bachelors degree in Flight Science with a minor in Air Traffic Control from Saint Louis University in 2012.  Ask Peter where he grew up and you’ll get an interesting account of youthful adventures overseas — he lived abroad for 21 years.  When he’s not flying through the sky, Peter is often staring at the sky because he’s fascinated with weather.  Other free time favorites include watching sports and playing ultimate Frisbee.

 

Pete Urbanski

 

Rick Massimi
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Rick started flying at the age of 14 and has been flight instructing since 1989.  He has flown as a commercial airline pilot for Trans World Airlines, ATA and jetBlue.  Rick also worked as a part-time simulator instructor for Flight Safety International.
Bruno Stopka Bruno Stopka
CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI
Bruno graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) and also earned his MBA from St. Louis University.  He has been instructing since 1998 and provides private pilot through multi-engine instructor ratings.