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DFC Certified Flight Instructors

Instruction Rates

$75/hr: Ground Instruction, primary flight instruction, and club checkouts and flight reviews conducted in fixed-gear, non-complex single engine aircraft.
$85/hr: Instrument and commercial instruction, aircraft checkouts and flight reviews in complex single engine aircraft.
$95/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.

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.



Matt Trager

Growing up just outside of New York City, Matt always had a passion for aviation. After two other careers, one in IT, and the other in Search and Rescue, he was eventually able to make flying his full time venture. Matt works full time for a charter company and holds an ATP certificate with type ratings in the Learjet 45, Falcon 2000 and the Hondajet. He is also a part time CFII for the club. With a love for aviation, Matt enjoys being up in the air in any capacity and helping to spread the love of aviation to others. When he is not flying, he loves being in the outdoors, climbing, biking and hiking.

Caimon Salway
Travis Sizemore
Fernando Molina
Tim Miller