Flight Instructors

Meet Our Flight Instruction Team

At Galvin Flying we are fortunate to attract a long list of highly qualified flight instructors, including NAFI Master and FAA Gold Seal Instructors. Our professional team includes passionate aviators, current and former airline pilots, military aviators, and technical experts within the aviation industry. Each instructor offers experience in a wide range of aircraft and avionics systems, ensuring you’re receiving the best training available.

Nicole Cain

Chief Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI

Nicole grew up near Campbell Airstrip in Anchorage, Alaska, and always imagined herself flying in the airplanes she’d watch overhead. Like many, she finally found herself in an airplane at Galvin several years after earning a degree and working in unrelated fields. Nicole earned all her certificates at Galvin and was adamant when she earned her Instructor certificate that she would one day take over as Chief. Her favorite part of teaching is sharing her love of flying with her students and seeing her students become better aviators.

Eric LynnEric Lynn

Director of Operations –
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Eric learned to fly in Auburn, Washington, achieving his ratings through MEI in two years. Before moving into flight school operations, he flew as a Horizon Air pilot. Eric’s interest in aviation started when he was 5 years old. He distinctly remembers a flight attendant inviting him into the flight deck of a PSA DC-9 on a flight to Disneyland. After a few minutes he knew he wanted this view in his future job. He loves sharing his passion and even after 15 years of flight instructing, he still gets a thrill seeing a student solo.

Bob McBroom

Check Instructor –
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

As an Army Veteran, Bob moved around quite a bit, but earned certificates wherever he was based. He completed his private pilot in Okinawa, Japan; Instrument, AMEL, and CPL in Auburn, WA; and his CFI, CFII, and MEI in Honolulu, HI. Flying was always a dream of his, since growing up and seeing them fly overhead in the skies of NW Ohio.  Studying the Wright Brothers during history class in Ohio, which is the Birthplace of Aviation, really sparked the interest. His favorite part of instructing is the look on a student’s face when he gets out of the plane for their first solo and, of course, the super large grin when they come back to the ramp!

Bruce Williams

Check Instructor –
CFI, CFII

Bruce grew up in an Air Force family and believes flying is in his DNA. He learned to fly in Spokane, Washington, while he was still in high school. Bruce loves seeing all the pieces of this sometimes complicated undertaking suddenly click with his students.

Carl SanmanCarl Sanman

Check Instructor –
CFI, CFII

Carl learned to fly in Reno, Nevada, and Pomono Beach, Florida. Always fascinated with airplanes, he was hooked after his first intro flight. His favorite part of instructing is the moment students make their first unassisted landing, a big step toward the coveted first solo.

 

Brandi Balzarini

CFI, CFII

Born and raised in Seattle, Brandi grew up in awe of the Blue Angels. She took her first flight in her grandfather’s small plane, and later earned most of her certificates, in Auburn, WA. Her flight instruction career started while living in Billings, MT. Her favorite part of instructing is watching her students step out of the airplane after their first solo – each reaction unique to the student.

Jesse Brady

CFI

Jesse earned his Private Pilot Certificate at Harvey Field in Snohomish, WA. He went on to earn his degree, along with Instrument rating and single and multi-engine commercial certificates, from Central Washington University. Jesse had discovered his passion for aviation while living in Wichita where he would attend airshows. He loves sharing his passion for aviation with students and helping them realize the same goals he had when he started his journey.

Martin Buehler

CFI

Martin learned to fly at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor, Washington. While he started out liking airplanes, but not particularly interested in flying them, Martin credits a pilot friend for talking him into taking lessons. Now he regrets not starting earlier. Martin loves sharing aviation, and particularly enjoys introduction flights to help spark passion in others. 

Francisco CamposFrancisco Campos

CFI, CFII

Francisco’s fate was sealed when he took a trip on Kenmore Air to Victoria, B.C. Soon after, he left his very secure job to pursue his passion for aviation, something that had lived in him since childhood. He strongly believes doing what you love makes you a better person in every aspect of your life.

Clay ChaseClay Chase

CFI

Clay learned to fly at Northwest Aviation College, using his Army National Guard G.I. funding. Employed full time in the tech industry, he flight instructs as a second job to stay involved in aviation. He loves the ability to get above it all, especially traffic, and get away quickly on weekends.

Chris Clayton

CFI

From a young age, Chris dreamed of being “Maverick” from Top Gun. Instead of joining the Navy, Chris joined the Army where he served 18 years, including 3 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His service provided him the opportunity to finally realize his dream of becoming a pilot using his Veteran benefits. He earned his pilot certificates and ratings through the Green River College program, flying here at Galvin. His favorite part of instructing is helping others achieve their dreams of flight, and meeting new people in the process.

Bridget CooleyBridget Cooley

CFI

Bridget learned to fly at Galvin, flying only on the weekends, and earning her ratings in about 18 months. Her desire to embrace aviation stems back to the day she met an astronaut in the fourth grade. She’s been tied to the sky ever since. Her very favorite part of instructing today is seeing her students make a vital connection that makes things come together for them.

Tyler CordsTyler Cords

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Tyler began learning to fly in 2001 at Auburn Flight Service and transitioned to Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Arizona. He always wanted to fly and finds taking students into the clouds for the first time one of his favorite parts of instructing.

David CowanDavid Cowan

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

David learned to fly in Fort William, Ontario, and holds both Canadian and FAA licenses. His desire to fly was developed early, listening to bush flying tales in Northern Ontario as a youth. When it comes to teaching, he loves not only observing how different students learn differently, but also the ability to learn from each student in return.

 

Evan Dawson

CFI

Evan learned to fly all over the place. Starting at Central Washington University, he later moved on to BFI (Wings aloft) and ERAU in Prescott, AZ, and finally earned his instructor certificate here at Galvin. He had an interest in aviation since as far back as he can remember. Watching Seafair and visiting the Air Force Academy as a kid got him thinking about a career in aviation. His favorite part of instructing is when a student lands the plane for the first time with no help on the controls. 

Raymond DiPouli

CFI, CFII, MEI

 

Robin Lee FergusonRobin Lee Ferguson

Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor

A private pilot herself, Robin learned to fly in Long Beach, California, and Renton, Washington. When it comes to what inspired her, she claims to have been inflicted with a congenital case of the flying bug. She truly enjoys ground instructing, sharing her passion for aviation and helping people learn and succeed at their dreams.

Ruben Gomez

CFI

Michael GrahamMichael Graham

CFI, CFII, MEI

Michael learned to fly at Utah Valley University, earning a degree in Aviation Science. While flying had always been a dream, it wasn’t until he was in college that he decided to make it a career. Michael’s favorite part of flight instructing is watching students land the first time as well as take their first solo flights.

 

Rachel GreeneRachel Greene

CFI, CFII

A Seattle native and graduate of the University of North Dakota, Rachel knew she was going to be a pilot when she was five years old and watched the Blue Angles during SeaFair. She took a discovery flight with Galvin when she was in eighth grade and her fate was sealed. She’s excited to return to Galvin to help the next wave of future aviators achieve their dreams.

Adam HesterAdam Hester

CFI, CFII, ATP

Currently a First Officer Trainee at Compass Airlines, Adam learned to fly at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington. He fell in love with aviation as a young boy, traveling with his dad who worked at an office job at Alaska Airlines. For Adam, the best part of teaching is seeing his students achieve their goals – first unassisted landing, first solo and passing checkrides.

 

Souhaiel HmidaSouhaiel Hmida

Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor 

Sophie Huang

CFI, CFII, MEI

 

Michael JewsburyMichael Jewsbury

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Michael learned to fly at Action Flying Service in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He loves sharing his passion to fly with his students. 

Kory KeymerKory Keymer

CFI, CFII, MEI

Kory learned to fly in the U.S. Navy, piloting F-18 fighter jets for 6 years. He jokes that flying was a better option than being stuck on a ship or in a metal tube under the surface, but in truth he’d always been drawn to aviation. To him, flying is stress relief. He loves seeing the lightbulb switch on in his students and witnessing the day they get their ratings. 

 

Ramon LayaRamon Laya

CFI, CFII, MEI

Ramon learned to fly here at Galvin. He was drawn to aviation by a fascination in the technological achievement of flight. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of aviation pioneers and help make aviation fun, efficient and safe. Ramon’s favorite part of instructing is seeing his students’ smiles when they achieve a goal. 

 

Jim LiljeJim Lilje

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Jim began flight training in the U.S. Navy in 1968, but insists he’s not quite done yet. Type rated in the Boeing 737, 757, 767 and 777 as well as the LearJet, he believes there is always more to learn. He’s been interested in aviation his whole life; one of the earliest conversations he remembers having with his father was whether airplanes could land on clouds or not. He feels being able to pass along his vast experiences from Naval to civil aviation to his students is one of the best benefits of being an instructor. 

JD Marymee

CFI

JD took his first flight at 9 years old and received his first certificate three months after his 17th birthday, paying for every hour by washing dishes and bussing tables in restaurants. He received all his training in Carlsbad, Calif., and over the years has added helicopter, single engine sea and UAS to his commercial certificate. JD loves sharing the experience of flight and watching his students’ confidence grow as they gain their pilot skills. 

 

Jack McGoldrickJack McGoldrick

CFI, CFII

Jack learned to fly here at Boeing Field after a coworker took him for a flight in his Bonanza from Auburn to Hoquim. He realized aviation was the best way to travel and he wanted in on the action. He deeply enjoys instructing students working on their commercial and instrument ratings.

Tim McLaughlinTim McLaughlin

CFI, CFII, MEI 

Seth MulhausenSeth Mulhausen

CFI

After receiving his private license at Port Townsend Aero Museum, Seth left for Rocky Mountain College in Montana to complete an aeronautical science degree and the remainder of his ratings. He knows he’s always wanted to be a pilot, but can’t put his finger on the exact moment – whether it was going to the Museum of Flight as a kid, seeing his grandfather fly, or all the times he looked up at airplanes flying by. He loves sharing the passion of flight and seeing students make connections that make them better pilots. 

Mike OswaldMichael Oswald

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Michael originally began flying in Walla Walla in a PA-11 in 1956. Today, at 32,000 hours, he is still learning and loves to share this passion with his students. His interest in taking to the skies stems from an itch for travel and adventure while growing up in rural Walla Walla, despite his parents’ belief that pilots were “helmet and goggle wearing vagabonds and penniless womanizing drifters.” 

Tim Padelford

CFI, CFII, ATP

Ben PaulBen Paul

CFI 

Jonathan RosenJonathan Rosen

CFI, CFII, ATP 

Jason SimsJason Sims

CFI

Jason was enthralled with airplanes from an early age. Not only did he love to watch them, but he was curious about the science and engineering of flight. He was hooked on flying after a discovery flight and hasn’t looked back. He received most of his flight training in Seattle and his instructor training in Florida. His favorite part of instructing is watching students achieve an “a-ha” moment when everything clicks on a topic or maneuver. 

Chris SmithChris Smith

CFI, CFII, ATP

Chris learned to fly in Boise, Idaho. Growing up in an Air Force family with a pilot father, he was quickly hooked with the desire to follow in his footsteps. He feels offering the gift of wings touches people’s lives in ways others only dream about, and this makes flight instructing an exceptionally rewarding career.

Gokay TaskinGokay Taskin

CFI

The son of a flight attendant, Gokay’s childhood was filled with airplanes. His love developed into a career as an aircraft engineer. He began learning to fly in 2005, and after a break, received his ratings in the last few years. His favorite part of flight instructing is his students’ enthusiasm. Their excitement makes for a fun work environment and he loves helping them achieve their dreams. 

Warren TichenerWarren Tichenor

CFI, CFII, MEI

Flying since he was a kid, Warren learned to fly all over the U.S., from Idaho, Wyoming and California to Texas and Maine. He credits his sense of adventure for instilling a desire to pursue aviation. He truly enjoys instructing, preferring to view his teaching as a way to help shape and grow his neighbors in the sky. 

Johnson ViJohnson Vi

CFI

Johnson learned to fly at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, achieving his professional pilot ratings and a Bachelor of Science degree. It all started for him during an introductory flight on his 21st birthday. The aviation bug bit and the pilot shortage gave him all the reason he needed to invest in a future in flight. He feels as an instructor he learns more than he ever did as a student.

Harvey WaldronHarvey Waldron III

CFI, CFII

Harvey learned to fly in Pullman, Washington, and has since built flight experience in 37 different general aviation aircraft models during his career. His inspiration for taking flight was his WWII Navy pilot father who taught him to fly after he retired. Harvey loves watching his students discover the joy of flight and gain confidence. 

James WeberJames Weber

CFI, ATP

A former bomb technician in the U.S. Air Force (where he was responsible for disarming live explosives), James earned his ratings at Ohio State University before coming to Galvin. He was inspired to pursue aviation through family connections. Today he splits his time between being a First Officer Trainee at Horizon Air and flight instruction. 

Wayne WernerWayne Werner

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

A Gold Seal flight instructor, Wayne is a life-long aviator. He grew up at his family’s FBO in Wyoming, earning his private license at the age of 17. He’s since owned his own FBO in Idaho and has worked in aircraft sales. Wayne’s favorite part about being a flight instructor is working with and sharing aviation with people of all ages. 

Bob WiddekindBob Widdekind

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Bob learned to fly in Renton, Washington, building his land and sea airplane ratings. The aviation bug bit Bob early. He remembers looking at an airplane when he was about 4 years old and the dream took root. Bob loves sharing the amazing experience of flight with his students, helping them fall in love with aviation. 

Paul Zahner

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

With his father, a pilot for Pan American, as his first flight instructor Paul learned to fly while still in high school in the San Francisco Bay area. While in college, he went on to earn his Private, Instrument, Commercial and Instructor certificates and ratings. After amassing hours instructing in the Bay Area, he was hired by the Flying Tigers in 1978 – the only one of his family’s twelve kids to take up his father’s profession. After nearly forty years flying large aircraft, Paul feels “back home” snuggled into the Cessnas here. He particularly enjoys helping students correlate the reasons why maneuvers are practiced in training.