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 Our Certified Flight Instructors


Julio Suarez

Chief Flight Instructor

On his discovery flight, Julio was hooked on flying. He is the first aviator in his family, earning his flight certificates in Eden Prairie and loves to share his love for aviation with others. Tailwheel endorsed, Julio continues to expand his skills and his education by being a member of the FAA WINGS program and working towards advanced ratings/certificates. Outside of aviation, Julio enjoys traveling with his family, live music, movies, and hanging out with his dogs.


Patrick Zenk

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Patrick retired from the Army in 2021 after 28-years of active service with the goal of sharing his passion for flight. As a former Army Ranger and UH-60 MEDEVAC helicopter pilot with more than 1750 hours, including over 600 hours flying in combat, Patrick brings with him a wealth of experience flying throughout the world in a variety of terrain and harsh environments. He is proficient in G1000 avionics, and actively volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol. Outside of flying, he enjoys volleyball, hunting, fishing, skiing, primitive camping and bushcraft.

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Scott Jestice


Scott retired from the Air Force flying T-37, T-38, and F15C aircraft.  Scott currently works for a Major airline flying the 757/767. He also flies for a government contracting agency for the Air Force flying the L-159 as an Aggressor Pilot. Scott has flown more than 20 different aircraft and over 9000 hours of flight time.  Scott has been an instructor for over 25 years. 

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Dave Ingalls

 Dave has been a Corporate Pilot for 4 years, Holds a type rating in a CE-650, CE-550, Former Instructor on the CRJ-900 for Endeavor Airlines. Experience in King Air and Other Turbine Powered Aircraft. CFI for over 6 years with over 450 hours Dual given. Owner of Both Single Engine and Multi-Engine Aircraft. Left Non-Flying career to pursue his aviation passion Full-Time back in 2010.

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Adrian Sommers


Adrian was born and raised in Minnesota. Formally a real estate agent, Adrian first started flying in 2019 and has developed a passion for all things aviation. He is the first person in his family to venture into the world of flying and has aspirations of becoming an airline pilot. Adrian is dedicated to sharing his enthusiasm for flying with his students and wants to continue to earn additional certificates and ratings. Outside of flying, Adrian enjoys travel, chess and relaxation. 

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Jake Teske

David Lambrecht

Annabelle Bailey

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Jim Kaufman


Jim brings a broad range of aviation experience, earning his Private Pilot License while attending the University of Minnesota.  Serving 10 years as an Air Traffic Control Officer / Airfield Operations Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Jim was a fully rated Tower Controller and Radar Approach Controller at two major west coast Marine Corps airfield installations while also assigned as the Marine Corps Liaison Officer working with the FAA on air traffic and airspace issues.  Along with earning his CFI certificate, he holds a Commercial Glider Pilot rating, a tailwheel endorsement, and is working toward additional instructor ratings.  Jim also volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol.  When not flying, he enjoys all outdoor sports and activities, traveling to see rock concerts, and playing music especially banjo and guitar.

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