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Desert Flying Club CFIs

Gary Kauffman


Rate: $75/hr

Fav Airplane: C-172 & Piper Archer

About: Gary holds ATP, MEI, and CFII certificates. M.S. Aeronautical Science Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. FAA Gold Seal Instructor with over 3000 hrs. instruction given, all skill levels, private pilot thru ATP. Civil Air Patrol Instructor and Mission Pilot. Retired U.S.N.

Brenden Whittacre


Rate: $65/hr

Fav Airplane: Cessna 150K Aerobat

About: Brenden has always had a passion for aviation since a young age. He graduated college with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Professional Aviation, and is furthering his knowledge working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He graduated from ATP Flight School with his CFI and MEI. He has hundreds of hours of dual given and is looking forward to sharing his passion for aviation with DFC students!

Lauren Scott


Rate: $65/hr

Fav Airplane: Piper Cub

About: Lauren is a 2nd generation pilot, following after her late airline pilot dad and his sister, who was a pioneer American woman pilot in the 1920s and 30s, eventually losing her life in a mechanical accident as a ferry pilot in WWII. Lauren soloed in a Piper J-3 Cub at 17 years old and later graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Aviation Technology-Professional Pilot degree, with a CFI and B727 flight engineer rating. She had the amazing opportunity to represent Purdue in the Air Race Classic women’s transcontinental air race 2 years in a row. She took a break from flying to focus on raising 3 children with her husband, Kevin, who is also a private pilot. Lauren is excited to get back into flying, and to share the gift of aviation with her students, including her teenage daughter. She is also an active member of Women in Aviation.