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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.

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.

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.



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