Certified Flight Instructors

When people make the bold decision to become pilots they typically hit the Internet or talk to pilot friends to begin researching the process. While the Internet is a great source of information and your friends are sure to give you an elaborate story about their piloting adventures, the absolute best way to learn to fly is one-on-one with a certified flight instructor (CFI).

Sandills Fliers CFI's are our greatest strength, they humbly soar with eagles as you can see by their stats. They each have thousands of hours in the seat and/or thousands of hours leading and instructing people. Several of our esteemed CFI's have incredible amounts of combat hours and still to this day continue the mission.

The sky is calling! Let Sandhills Fliers help you achieve your goals.

Slim Thompson - Flight Lead

Platforms: T-37, T-1, KC-10, T-6, Caravan, Casa 235, Beech 400A, King Air 350

Hours: 11,000+, 1,100+ on NVG's

Sorties: 678 Combat

FAA Certs: ATP (SE & ME), CFII, MEII, Tail Wheel endorsed


Jack Stevens - Chief Pilot

Platforms: Cirrus, Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, Helicopter

Hours: 7,500+

FAA Certs: ATP (SE & ME), CFII, MEII, Comm Rotarcraft, FAAS Team Rep, Tail Wheel Endorsed, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot - CSIP 2014 - 2019, NAFI Master CFI - 2016 - 2020, FAASTeam Certified Instructor of the Year 2016, FAA Part 107

Flip Spencer - Chief of Safety

Platforms: 30 different

Hours: 5,500+

Sorties: 678 Combat

FAA Certs: ATP (SE & ME), CFII, MEII, Glider & Tail Wheel endorsed

AF Certs: AFI-I, NVG-I

Peter Gauthier - Chief of Standardization & Evaluation

Platforms: Airbus A320/A330, Boeing 737/757/767, Beechcraft

Hours: 22,000+

FAA Certs: ATP, CFII, MEI, Commercial land and sea, SME at American Airlines - High Altitude Upsets, Standards Coordinator, Accident Investigator, A330 DPE

Dylan Barreras

Platforms: Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, Citation

Hours: 2,100+


Gabriel DeMuth

Platforms: SingleEngine/Complex-High Performance/Multi-Engine: Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, Vulcanair

Hours: 955+

FAA Certs: Private, IFR, Commercial ASEL, AMEL, CFI/CFI,

Endorsements: High Performance/Complex

John Oliphint

Platforms: SE Turboprops, T-6, T-44, BE-90, C-208, MC-130P

Hours: 2,100+

FAA Certs: ATP, CFII, MEI, Tail Wheel endorsed, High altitude Operations

Shaun Collins

Platforms: AH-64E Apache, MH-47G Chinook

Hours: X00+

FAA Certs: Comm I-RW, ASEL, CFI