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.

Brandi Balzarini

Check Instructor –
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Maggie Brooks

CFI

After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Linguistics, Maggie was looking for a career that would challenge her. Having always loved to travel, of course aviation made perfect sense. She earned all her certificates and ratings at Galvin Flying on Boeing Field. Maggie enjoys being able to help a student understand a concept or maneuver they’ve been struggling with and watching them succeed.

Martin Buehler

CFI, CFII, MEI

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, MEI

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.

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. She earned her Private Pilot Certificate, flying only on the weekends, and in about 18 months. She earned her Instrument rating and Multi-engine, Commercial, Seaplane, and flight instructor certificates in the years that followed. 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

Ray’s first flight of any kind was an introductory flight in a C152 at the Totawa-Wayne Airport in New Jersey at the age of 14. While a bit scared, he was amazed and wanted to learn. At 16 (and without a driver’s license), he drove himself to ground school in Teterboro. He eventually earned his Private Pilot Certificate when he was 18 years old. Ray became interested in flying because his dad was a pilot prior to WWII. Being unable to pursue a career in aviation himself, Ray’s father wanted to give him the gift of being an aviator. Having now flown for over 50 years, Ray believes flight instruction is a legacy virtue. He enjoys helping new aviators achieve their goals and dreams of flight, knowing that his legacy will carry on in those students.

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

Ruben earned his Private Pilot Certificate in Auburn, WA, and later all additional certificates here at Galvin. His love for airplanes, as well as his first goose bumps and teary eyes at the sight of anything that flies, started at a young age growing up in Yuma, AZ. With multiple military bases nearby, he was able to see jets, helicopters, and hear the roaring of engines flying overhead on a regular basis. Some of his greatest memories growing up were going to the airshows and talking to the pilots. Seeing how much they loved what they did for a living, he knew this is what he wanted to do. What he loves most about instructing is the challenge. Having students from a variety of age groups and backgrounds forces him to constantly be on his toes, thinking of new methods to get the same lesson taught in different ways.

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.

James Himes

CFI

James studied at Central Washington University, where he earned his pilot ratings and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation. He recalls as a young kid, living in Eastern Washington, being fascinated by airplanes and begging his mom to “go slow” past the small airstrip on the way to work so he could admire the crop dusters landing or departing. As he grew older, he admired his uncle who flew for Horizon. The lifestyle he lived and his love for flying are what drives James today. His favorite aspect of instructing is meeting people from all walks of life. He believes that no matter how different we all may be, it’s fun to share a common goal and teach his love of aviation.

Sophie Huang

CFI, CFII, MEI

Sophie, an Australian Yachting Federation instructor, learned to fly in Melbourne, Australia earning her Private Pilot certificate while she was on a work assignment in 1994. Aviation was a great way to enjoy the outdoors and travel the expanse of Australia. Moving here from Vermont 5 years ago she was inspired by the beauty of the Northwest and jumped back into flying, earning her FAA qualifications. She loves sharing the joy of aviation and helping her students to build their skills to become better aviators.

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.  

Stephen Lesh

CFI

Stephen remembers always being interested in flying. His father, a Private Pilot himself, got Stephen hooked after taking him on a few flights. After working a desk job in finance for a few years he thought it would be a good time to switch to a more exciting career in aviation. He earned his ratings at Galvin and in Renton, WA while working and as soon as he could, jumped on the opportunity to work full time at Galvin. Stephen enjoys meeting new people, learning about their different backgrounds and why they are interested in aviation. His favorite part of instructing is seeing them realize that flying is not as daunting as they think and realize how much fun it can be.

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.

Katrina Linder

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Katrina learned to fly in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and earned an aviation degree at the University of New Haven. She initially became interested in flying because she loved to travel; once she took her first flight lesson, she was hooked. Her favorite thing about instructing is seeing the student learn something they’ve been struggling with. That light-bulb moment is very rewarding for both of them.

JD Marymee

CFI, CFII, MEI

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 busing tables in restaurants. He received all his training in Carlsbad, CA, 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 

When Tim was 15 years old, his dad took him flying and to his first airshow at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. It was there he saw the Blue Angels perform, along with an F-15 demo. He was hooked and immediately started taking lessons at Chuckanut Aviation at Skagit Regional Airport. With the early start, he was able to solo at 16 and earn his license at age 17. When asked what he likes best about instructing, he claims, “Each time I fly I still feel like that 15-year-old flying for the first time.  I am truly amazed by the wonders of flight and sharing that with a student is the icing on the cake!”

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. 

Matthew Mulder

CFI

Matthew grew up in the final approach path of Eglin Air Force base in Florida. He loved watching all the different aircraft flying close overhead and can’t remember a time he wasn’t thinking about flying. A neighbor, who was an Air Traffic Controller at the base, gave Matthew a ride in his Cessna 172 when he was 8 or 9. Matthew was enthralled with seeing the world from above. He learned to fly at Santa Monica Airport in 2000, which seemed like a good year to finally chase a dream. Matthew loves all the different folks meets, their personal stories and motivations that lead them to wanting to learn to fly. Every one of them is unique so flight instruction is never dull. The grin of a new solo student is priceless.

Carol Anne Ogden

CFI

Carol Anne grew up in Atlanta, where many of her friends’ parents were pilots for Delta or Eastern Airlines, and many went on to become pilots themselves. Having been around aviation her entire life, she never thought about taking lessons until, on a whim, took a seaplane discovery flight here in Seattle. It was on that day she fell head-over-heels in love with flying. Carol Anne earned her private pilot certificate at Paine Field in Everett, then earned her advanced ratings here at Galvin. Her favorite part of instructing is getting creative about explaining complex concepts to students, and seeing the light in their eyes when they understand.

 

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, CFII

Ben wanted to be an astronaut as a kid. When he was 10, he started playing Flight Sim on his father’s laptop, and really started trying to learn to fly around 15. It wasn’t until college, when he found someone trying to start a flying club, that he took an intro flight. As the only student to join the club, Ben trained and completed his first solo at Northampton Airport (where both Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart spent time flying) in Massachusetts. Ben loves seeing students correlate concepts for that “ah-ha!” moment. He says that in that instant, you can see a simple measure of enjoyment which triumphs over the effort they put in to get there.

Jonathan RosenJonathan Rosen

CFI, CFII, ATP

Jonathan learned to fly at Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, Florida, receiving all his ratings in eight months. His interest in flying began when he was a young child and took his first flight from New York to Florida. His favorite part of teaching is having the opportunity to meet many different people from so many backgrounds. Today he splits his time between being a First Officer at Horizon Air and flight instruction.

 

Britta Shangraw

CFI, CFII, MEI

Inspired by her father starting his flight training, Britta took up the habit. However, after taking a few lessons while in college in Oregon, she put flying on the back burner for several years. Upon moving back to Seattle, Britta went on to earn her ratings, about 10 years after her first lessons! She enjoys the challenges and rewarding experiences of flying. Her favorite aspect of being a flight instructor is the never-ending opportunities to learn.

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, CFII

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.

Chen Hsi Wen

CFI

Chen Hsi was indoctrinated in aviation before she decided to become a pilot. Working as an airline flight attendant, she was able to work alongside pilots and gain insights into their jobs. Naturally, she became very interested in flying and decided to start her flight training journey. Chen Hsi earned all her certificates and ratings here at Galvin. The most enjoyable part of her job is meeting and instructing students from all backgrounds.

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.

Seiya Yamaguchi

CFI, CFII

Seiya moved to Seattle from Japan to attend Green River College. After taking some essential studies there, he transferred to the University of North Dakota. At UND he not only earned his pilot certificates, but also double majored with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, graduating with a perfect GPA. If that wasn’t enough, he also learned to fly aerobatics at UND in a Super Decathlon and competed in several Aerobatic competitions. Seiya was inspired to pursue an aviation career by his grandfather, who worked in an airplane factory during WWII. He enjoys passing on his knowledge and skills to his students.