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DFC Certified Flight Instructors:

Instruction Rates

$65/hr: Ground Instruction, primary flight instruction, and club checkouts and flight reviews conducted in fixed-gear, non-complex single engine aircraft.
$75/hr: Instrument and commercial instruction, aircraft checkouts and flight reviews in complex single engine aircraft.
$85/hr: Multi-engine, CFI/CFII instruction, aircraft checkouts and flight reviews in complex multi engine aircraft.

Gary Kauffman
Chief Pilot ATP, CFII, MEI

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.

Lauren Scott

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.

Jacob Lemmons

Fav Airplane: Cessna 182 & DA-42

About: Jake began flying at age 17 in a Cessna 152. His career in the air was solidified the day his PPL instructor demonstrated spins. That same day he began the transfer from Missouri State University to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach where he graduated with a B.S Aeronautical Science followed by two and a half years as a flight instructor for ERAU’s Daytona campus. He holds CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates with over 1900 hours flight instruction.

Mychal Will

Fav Airplane: Steerman PT-17

About: Mychal is from Whittier, California and officially joined DFC in 2019. He graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.S. in Finance and Supply Chain/Operations Management. He earned a commission at AFROTC Detachment 040, Loyola Marymount University in 2011 and went on to complete Air Force Pilot Training in 2013. Mychal has approximately 1,200 flight hours in various aircraft such as the C-172, C-182, C-206, DA-20 and 40, T-1 T-6, T-38, AC-130U, CE-500, 65CA, 7AC, PA24, PA28, PA-44, and MU-7-235. He is a Certificated Flight Instructor, Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot, and is both Tail-wheel and Sea-plane rated.

Matthew Eckert

Fav Airplane: Boeing 757-200 or P-51D Mustang

About: Matthew is from San Jose, CA and began flying at 17 years old in a Piper Warrior. He attended the University of North Dakota shortly thereafter and has been flying ever since. Most recently joining DFC as a CFI, he loves to fly and has over 7500 hours in many different aircraft large and small. He holds an ATP, CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates including experience flying gliders and tailwheel aircraft. With over 900 hours of dual given, Matthew enjoys teaching and is an active AOPA member.

Mason Wanigasekera

Fav Airplane: C208, Carbon Cub

About: I'm currently 20 years old trying to make a career in aviation flying planes as much as possible. I hold my CFI CFII AGI and am still in training to gain more knowledge and experience in aviation. I am currently attending Utah Valley University to get my BS in professional pilot degree. When I am not at the airport I enjoy spending my time in water and motorsports. 

Josh Harkness

Fav airplane: B-25 Mitchell

About: Josh is from Salt Lake City UT. He started his aviation journey in 2012 when he went to Broward College’s ATC CTI program in Fort Lauderdale FL, where he received an associates in Air Traffic Control. He started flying in 2015 and has never looked back. He also attended UVU and graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Aviation Science. He has been a CFI at DFC for over a year.
When he’s not flying in an airplane (which is rare), he enjoys spending time with family, camping, boating, and being outside.

Jennifer Jaster

Fav Airplane: DA 40

About: My aviation journey began in 2018 shortly after obtaining my BBA in Marketing from UTSA. I wanted to work on the business side of aviation, but I truly wanted to become a pilot. So, I joined an Airline Cadet Program and went from PPL to CFII. During my training, I enrolled as a full-time student to obtain a BS in Aviation Science from Texas A&M. I will be graduating in Spring 2021 and hope to never stop learning. In my free time, I love to attend music festivals, exercise and be outdoors.    


Adam Harrington

Fav Airplane: DHC-2 Beaver

About: Adam began flying with Desert Flying Club in 2016, completing his Private, Instrument and Commercial Certificate with DFC.  He also holds Commercial Multi Engine and Glider ratings.  Adam enjoys teaching and earned his B.S. in Science Education with an emphasis in physics at Kent State University.  In addition to flying, he is a Search-and-Rescue volunteer with LVMPD and enjoys outdoor sports and exploring the desert and mountains around Las Vegas.



Richard Chatwin
Fav Airplane: Diamond DA42 and B2 Stealth Bomber
About: Rich has lived in Henderson, Nevada since elementary school.  He's always loved aviation and was the weird kid at school who would stop and stare up into the sky to watch any kind of plane flying past no matter what he was doing at the time.  Rich has been a member of Desert Flying Club since 2019 and has a law and MBA degree from UNLV.  When he's not flying he loves spending time with his family.

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