Flight Instructors

Air Associates proudly boasts an experienced, educated professional staff of Flight Instructors.  With a large number of instructors, finding one to fit both your learning style and schedule is easy.

Scott Thompson
Chief Flight Instructor
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 outreach and through passionately sharing the transforming power of flight with aspiring aviators.
Email: sthompson@airassociatesinc.com

Patrick Russell CFI AAMOPatrick Russell

Director of Sales & Marketing
Patrick received his aviation training in St. Louis, MO beginning in 2007. He was introduced to aviation at the age of seven by his father, a commercial pilot and CFI. Prior to his flying career, Patrick earned a degree in Culinary Arts. He is a successful local entrepreneur. When he’s not flying, Patrick enjoys fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.

Taylor Nageli CFI

Taylor Nageli
CFI, Stage Check Instructor
Taylor received his bachelor degree in Missionary Aviation Technology from Moody Aviation.  Having grown up overseas in Brazil, he was able to see the great benefit that aviation can be to people living in remote locations.  His desire is to one day return to Brazil as a bush pilot.  His favorite free time activities include playing sports (especially soccer) and hanging out with friends.

Pat McKinney

A flight instructor for 24 years, Pat offers lessons to private, instrument, commercial and multi-engine students. He also works as a software engineering manager at the Boeing Company on the F/A-18 Super Hornet. During his time off, Pat enjoys biking and hiking with his two golden retrievers.

Spencer Vandeven


6 thoughts on “Flight Instructors

  1. Dean says:

    I have a RV6A hangared on Spirit. Do you give flight reviews in other aircraft?
    Thank you.

    1. airassoc says:

      Thank you for your inquiry Dean.

      In some instances, we are able to conduct Flight Reviews in aircraft not our own. To discuss your specific aircraft, please contact our Chief Flight Instructor Scott Thompson (636-236-6716).

  2. Rex says:

    could anyone send me some info about time, cost and pilot license please.

    1. airassoc says:

      Hi Rex-

      Thank you for your interest. Most students need about six to seven months to log the hours required for private pilot certification. A number of factors can affect your individual timeline, including the amount of time you can devote to training. Costs vary as well; the type of aircraft, fuel costs and local conditions can all impact the total. In all, you can expect to invest $7,000 to $12,000 in getting your pilot certification. Please feel free to call us (636.536.1341), a member of our Flight School is happy to answer any questions you might have.

  3. Gerald Martin says:

    Could you please send me info regarding private pilot license. Cost, time commitments, etc.

    Thank you


    1. airassoc says:

      Hi Gerald-

      Someone from our Flight School will be reaching out to you shortly with additional details regarding obtaining your Private Pilot license. Thank you for your interest in Air Associates! We look forward to talking with you soon.

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