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FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS WHO CARE

We have the most experienced and customer-oriented flight instructors in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and we’ve built our entire reputation on it.

FLIGHT INSTRUCTION RATES

Cirrus Standardized Flight Instructor Pilots & Training Center  Instructors are available. If the instructor has CSIP or TCI in their profile of qualifications they are Cirrus qualified

Premium Club

$

110

/HR.

Premium Retail

$

140

/HR.

Full Day Rate

$

800

  • Instruction 1-8 hours in length is billed hourly. 8-12 hours in length is billed at a full-day rate. Instruction over 12 hours is again billed at the hourly rate. All instructor incidentals (meals, hotel, transportation) are also invoiced if exceeding 12 hours.
  • Cancellation notice: Any appointment canceled less than 24 hours ahead of time will be charged a cancellation fee of two hours of instructor time and up to half of the reserved aircraft time.
  • Our flight instructors are employees and not independent contractors. Our staff undergoes thorough background checks, rigorous initial flight standardization, and recurrent safety training and are paid far above the industry average, ensuring a SAFE and FUN experience. 

We utilize a proprietary Inflight Matching Method™ to ensure that you match with the best possible instructor for your specific learning style and personality. We are the pioneers of this powerful tool and it helps our student success rate tremendously. Inflight has a 94% success

first-time checkride pass  rate and this is one of the many reasons why.  We care about your investment and we show it with our customer focused flight instructor group in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

MEET YOUR PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Quinn

After four years with my police department I made the decision to pursue a career in aviation.

While working as a police officer I earned my private pilots license. Flying never felt like a “job” for me and it still doesn’t which is just one of the many reasons why I love it. I am very excited to share my passion and knowledge with future students. Aviation and law enforcement have many similarities which has made my transition very smooth. After four years with my police department I made the decision to pursue a career in aviation. In August of 2022, I started working on obtaining the remainder of my ratings. As of April 27th, 2023 I now have my PPL, instrument rating, CSE (commercial single engine), CFI (single engine), Multiengine Commercial, MEI (Multiengine Instructor), and CFII. When I’m not flying I enjoy spending time with family, hunting, fishing, and working out. My wife and I got married in July of 2022 in Duluth, MN. We have a Bernese Mountain Dog named Gus and a German Wirehaired Pointer named Maggie. In the summer you can find the four of us on the lake or around a bonfire.

Janelle

My first time in the flight deck of an airplane was at 34,000 feet crossing the Great Lakes working as a flight attendant. I’ll never forget the wonder and awe I experienced in that moment. I am so grateful for the opportunity to stoke that fire for other aviation enthusiasts!

My love for flying emerged in 2021 when I began working for the airlines as a flight attendant. Captivated by the beauty, I knew I
needed to be on the other side of the door. I have since dedicated myself to learning and sharing the freedom of flying with other aspiring pilots.

Alongside my aviation pursuits, I’ve been a certified massage therapist since 2015 and have a deep passion for holistic wellness. I live by the perspective that every situation can sprout growth if we are open to it.

Ben

Ben is a recent graduate of Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN. While pursuing his undergraduate degree he trained at Inflight to complete his Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI, and CFII ratings.

I went into college unsure about what I wanted to do, when about halfway through my freshman year, I took a discovery flight at Inflight and quickly realized that I wanted to pursue aviation as a career. What I like about aviation is the constant challenge it provides. It always requires your best and a continued commitment to better yourself as a problem solver, leader, and learner. When I’m not flying, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am a huge Minnesota Twins fan and love going to games at Target Field. I am also an avid bowler and enjoy spending my nights at the lanes.

My goal as your CFI is to help you reach your aviation goals and to provide you with a safe, fun, and first-class experience.

I hope to fly with you soon!

Pat

Pat has a long history of aviation from his schooling to career. A now retired military flight line mechanic and instructor maintaining/teaching the avionics systems Pat has continued his love for aviation at Inflight.

Pat is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he earned his Master of Science in Aeronautics.  He spent nearly 27 years in the military as a flight line mechanic and instructor maintaining/teaching the avionics systems onboard the P-3 and F-16 aircraft. After retiring from the military in 2013, Pat obtained his Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) and worked as a  contract Cirrus factory flight instructor. Additionally, after his retirement, Pat worked as an airline pilot with Endeavor Air for 7 years, flying the CRJ-900 regional jet.

Andy

I‘ve had a love of aviation since I was a child. After more than 20 years in customer service, sales and leadership roles, it was time for a change and the right time to follow my passion by pursuing a career in aviation.

I met a flight instructor from Inflight through a mutual friend. We started talking about the training process and his journey from another career to a career in aviation. I could not have imagined that those conversations would lead to where I am now! I booked a Discovery Flight and started training for my Private Pilot license in May of 2022. I completed the Inflight Pro Pilot Program in a little more than 400 days and became a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) in June of 2023.  I am excited to share my love of flying with others and be a part of others training in aviation.

My wife and I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outside and golfing. We have a 3 year old Boxer, Otis who is never far away from us.

Cole

Choosing a career path is a hard option for many, nothing tops the views you experience in a cockpit.

I graduated from the University of North Dakota’s four-year Aerospace program. This is where I received all of my pilot licenses, from private pilot to CFI/CFII. Following graduation, I was selected to be a flight instructor for UND aerospace students and gained a vast amount of valuable skills and experiences. After a successful career at UND, I knew it was time to head back to Minnesota to be near family and friends. Being a flight instructor at Inflight has been a truly amazing opportunity. Inflight allows students to work at their own pace, whether that is flying every day or only once a week! Outside of flying, you can find me traveling, boating, and trying new restaurants. I look forward to training with you and experiencing the enjoyment of flying!

Corinne

At the age of 12, Corinne went to an aviation camp after that, she was hooked.

Corinne was raised right here in Eden Prairie, and growing up would often be caught watching planes instead of playing soccer at flying cloud fields. At the age of 12, she went to an aviation camp and had the opportunity to fly a Piper Cub. After that, she was hooked and knew no other job would be as awesome as flying. Corinne did most of her flight training in the Big Sky state of Montana. When Corinne finished her flight training and degrees, she got excited to move home and joyfully begin training the next generation of pilots

When she’s not flying Corinne can be found spending time with her dogs Brody and Thor or her horse Ruger. She also enjoys hiking, boating, swimming, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

John

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, John is the first aviator in his family, and is excited to share his knowledge and passion with the next generation of pilots!
John grew up under the approach path at MSP airport, and loved sitting outside watching planes fly over his house. He got to travel the country with his parents at a young age, and his favorite part of the trip was always the plane ride. John had a career in HR/retail management, but decided in 2020 it was time for a change. After taking a discovery flight, he knew that he needed an office in the sky! He completed his Private, Instrument, Commercial and CFI ratings with Inflight, all while working at the front desk as a Pilot Advisor. When not flying airplanes, John enjoys bonfires, playing hockey, and grilling with his family and friends.
John is beyond excited to help his students explore new heights and achieve their goals in aviation!

Evan

Hearing stories from his uncle, Evan knew that he couldn't stay away from aviation!

I always wanted to be a pilot and grew up hearing stories from my uncle about his flying adventures in the Navy and then Trans World Airlines. He always told me flying was the best job in the world, so I decided to pursue it for myself, and it truly is the best job in the world.

Jazmin

Her first time up in an airplane was in a stunt plane, doing aerobatics!

Jazmin has a true passion for aviation. At a young age she knew this was her calling. In high school she worked at her local airport detailing airplanes. Her first time up in an airplane was in a stunt plane, doing aerobatics! After high school, Jazmin worked full-time in marketing and flying drones for a roofing and siding company. Jazmin did most of her flight training at Inflight. She is eager to be a flight instructor and a part of the team! Jazmin hopes to inspire her students and keep them remembering why they started their journey in aviation! When she’s not in the sky, you can find her teaching yoga, hosting retreats, golfing, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Noah

I flew as a passenger all over the world but never got behind the controls until my Discovery Flight at Inflight. I was hooked.

After working as a BMW mechanic for 5 years, I knew I wanted a career change. I grew up in an aviation family but never considered it as a career. I flew as a passenger all over the world but never got behind the controls until my Discovery Flight at Inflight. I was hooked. I knew right away aviation was for me and I pursued it 100%. I started my training at Inflight and have completed all my certificates with them and their incredible instructors. It is an honor and a privilege to share my passion and skills with the next generation of pilots as a CFI. When I am not living at the Flying Cloud airport, you will find me on a snowboard, hiking, or camping.

Parker

I participated in a camp at Duluth International Airport, diving into the fascinating world of aviation.

I spent my childhood in Cloquet, Minnesota. In the summer leading up to my senior year, I participated in a camp at Duluth International Airport, diving into the fascinating world of aviation. This immersive experience ignited my passion for flying, prompting me to pursue a degree in aviation at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota. I obtained my Private license and Instrument rating before transitioning to Minnesota State University, Mankato. There, I completed the remaining ratings and successfully earned my degree in professional flight.

Outside of the cockpit, I find joy in watching football, golfing, hiking, fishing, and indulging in video games when the weather doesn’t permit outdoor activities. I am eagerly looking forward to helping the next generation of pilots with their aviation journey!

Jeeten

He wasn’t even 6 years old when he first saw a Boeing 777 up close.

Jeeten grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal. He wasn’t even 6 years old when he first saw a Boeing
777 up close. That was the night Jeeten started dreaming of becoming a pilot and carrying
passengers around the world. He continued researching and exploring aviation. He would spend hours with his binoculars
plane spotting. In 2004, he started using Microsoft Flight Simulator to understand more about
airplanes. Jeeten would invite his friends over and show them how to fly planes on the
simulator. As Jeeten searched for ways to pursue a career as a pilot, he decided to move to the U.S. to
continue his education. He had long enjoyed computers as a hobby, so he obtained a
Bachelor’s in IT and Mathematics. Jeeten worked full time in IT after graduating to start saving
for flight training. Jeeten knew after his discovery flight at Inflight, with the fantastic CFI that would become his
primary instructor, that this is where he wanted to start his journey.
Since completing his CFI and CFII, Jeeten is excited to start training and motivating new
aviators. In his free time, he loves watching Formula 1 and soccer with his wife and cat, Muffin.
Jeeten also enjoys working out and hiking around the various parks around the Twin Cities.

Jon

As soon as the plane lifted off for my first discovery flight, I knew I found what I was looking for.

I grew up in Madison, WI then moved to the Twin Cities when I started at the University of St. Thomas. I graduated with a business degree and plans on entering a career in the supply chain industry. After an internship in the business world, I quickly realized I wanted a career that is more hands-on and that is when I started looking into aviation more seriously. As soon as the plane lifted off for my first discovery flight, I knew I found what I was looking for. I started my training at Inflight where I earned all my certificates. Growing up I have always enjoyed sharing my passions with others through coaching my former alpine ski racing team and more recently coaching a learn to row course on the Mississippi River. Now I feel so fortunate to be able to share my enjoyment of aviation with the next generation of aviators as a CFI. When I am not at the airport I enjoy getting outside, golfing, skiing, biking, running, and rowing.

Alexandra

Experience in the aviation industry has taken Alexandra to greater heights than she imagined, propelling her from the cabin to the cockpit. 

Born and raised in Dallas/Fort Worth, Alexandra grew up watching planes fly into Texas’ busiest airport and dreamt of flight herself. Before embarking on her journey to the aviation industry, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of North Texas. She had always loved the idea of flight but never thought it possible for her, until she joined American Airlines as a Flight Attendant. There, a pilot spoke to her about the value of a piloting career at Chicago O’ Hare before a flight. It was from that moment on that she strove to make her dream of piloting a reality. She applied for and got accepted into the American Airlines Cadet Academy program, earning all her certificates and ratings through their program, learning a lot, and making memories along the way.

Alexandra brings the excellence of the airlines to her instruction at Inflight, working on building the confidence of her students, and striving to help her students experience the same freedom and fun that flying has shown her.

Cameron

After spinning his wheels for several years trying different things and pondering what he would do with his life, Cameron decided to sate his childhood desires of “working in transportation” (driving cool stuff) by becoming a pilot.

 

 

 

Fascinated by all types of vehicles while growing up, airplanes and helicopters were always undoubtedly the coolest. Cameron earned his wings in the Northland, and after working for a few months as an instructor in Duluth, he decided it was time to move back home to the Twin Cities. He is thrilled to be joining a new family of flyers here at Inflight and looks forward to working with an exciting and diverse group of pilots and learners. When he’s not flying, Cameron can be found cycling on roads, dirt, and snow around the metro, playing music and spending time with friends and family.

Chris

Growing up I was fortunate to travel quite a bit and got to experience the passenger side of aviation.

Growing up I was fortunate to travel quite a bit and got to experience the passenger side of aviation. My uncle was a pilot for US Airways when I was little and I was always curious about his job because I thought it was so cool. When I was little I got the chance to sit in the cockpit of an A320 and loved getting to see the “behind the scenes” of the airport. I didn’t pay much attention to aviation aside from vacations until a few years ago. I got the chance to take a Discovery flight and was hooked from that moment on. I worked in the live production industry for many years before that and decided to change careers after my Discovery flight. I was able to take some time away from work to focus on my pilot training and have never looked back. The next 2 years seemed to fly by as I passed rating after rating and dug more into learning more than I expected to learn. I got to meet some great friends along the way and hope to meet more people. I have this newfound passion I had no idea about until I started and I hope to bring people along so they can also discover what they are capable of!

Christian

Christian’s interest in aviation began after a tour of a Boeing 767 at 6 years old. From then on flying has been his passion.
Christian’s interest in aviation began after a tour of a Boeing 767 at 6 years old. From then on flying has been his passion. He started his aviation career at the young age of 16 and became a CFI at 19. Christian also holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation from Liberty University. He received his Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot License, and CFII at Flying Cloud bringing him years of experience in the area. Outside of aviation, Christian also enjoys photography and playing the saxophone. In his spare time or on solo cross-country flights, he will often bring his camera.

Dan

Dan has been a leader and integral part of Inflight. He brings a long career in aviation

that started back teaching Instrument students at IFT at the MSP INTL Airport. He also served as a factory demonstration pilot for Bellanca Aircraft for many years. With over 12,000 hours of flight time, Dan has more than 5 decades as an Aviator. He has a vast amount of knowledge to share! Dan is available part-time to do simulator work for IFR students, flight reviews, aircraft owner recurrent training, and technical ground lessons. He also holds the prestigious Master Pilot award from the FAA and is a lifelong flight instructor.

Justin

As an Army Veteran and retired police officer, I guess I was looking for a new adventure once I hit 40.

As an Army Veteran and retired police officer, I guess I was looking for a new adventure once I hit 40. When I was a kid I knew I wanted to be a cop or a pilot – now I get to be both! One discovery flight is all it took, after that I was hooked. One year later and I had completed my Private Pilot’s License, Instrument Rating, both my Single and Multi-engine Commercial Pilot’s licenses, CFI, CFII, and MEI! Now I’m fortunate enough to share that newfound love and respect for flying with my students. When I’m not in the air, I can usually be found at home with my wife Talia, son Maverick (a “subtle” nod to my future career, I suppose), and dog Prince. We love to travel so I’m excited to pilot future family adventures around the world. I still play hockey, go to concerts, and watch as much sports as I can in the little free time I have left. A busy life is a full life, and I consider myself lucky. I look forward to what the future holds, but I know as long as it’s with my family and/or in an airplane, all will be alright!

Kayla

Kayla is someone who doesn't sit still for long! Growing up in Eden Prairie, Kayla has walked many paths to finally find her love of aviation.
With backgrounds from coaching the Eden Prairie Speech Team to nationals, working for the Duluth Train Museum, managing a fitness studio, and running her own business – Kayla enjoys learning as much as possible. When she felt restless at the start of 2020 and mentioned to her husband that she had looked into flight training, she was greeted with support and quickly purchased a ground school and discovery flight. She jumped in with both feet to her training, got a position as a Pilot Advisor at Inflight to learn and grow with the company, and fell in love with Inflight and general aviation as a whole.
In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and godson, nerding out with her husband on new video games or memes, and traveling as much as possible – especially dedicated road trips to find unique breweries and restaurants

Matt

An aerospace engineer turned commercial pilot; Matt brings a unique perspective to the cockpit in his continued mission to share his passion for aviation and flight safety.

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Matt’s fondness for aviation was fostered at a young age due to regular family trips to the Duluth Airshow, where he enjoyed seeing old warbirds take to the skies. Seeking to make the airways safer, he graduated from Iowa State University and began his tenure at Collins Aerospace, where he developed and tested aircraft sensors using state-of-the-art transonic and icing wind tunnels.

Looking to put theory into practice and take to the skies like the warbirds that marked his childhood, Matt scheduled a discovery flight with Inflight and immediately fell in love with the aspect of being directly behind the controls. While his office views have since changed, his original mission hasn’t and he’s excited to help others fulfill their personal aviation goals.

Outside of aviation, Matt enjoys spending time up at his cabin, reading, and honing his creative writing skills.

Max

An internationally recognized expert in aviation safety, Max decided to switch to a career behind the controls at Inflight.
Max grew up in Milwaukee and has had a passion for aviation for as long as he can remember. As a child he traveled the world, and unlike most people, saw long flights across oceans in economy class as one of the highlights of a trip. His love for exploring airports and identifying every plane he sees has continued into adulthood, much to the bemusement of his wife, although he beams with pride every time the younger of his two daughters stops what she is doing to point at a passing airplane.
Max graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international history and went to work as an open source intelligence analyst at a travel risk management company after internships in the Library of Congress and US Senate. After discovering that his new company had an aviation safety team, he maneuvered himself into that team and eventually became the company’s lead aviation safety analyst. In that position Max monitored aviation safety developments around the world, helped clients understand key aviation safety issues and make safe choices when traveling by air, wrote newsletters, and spoke about aviation safety at major conferences around the US and Europe.
After years of writing about aviation safety, Max finally decided to get behind the controls himself and pursue a career as a pilot. He put his analytical skills to work evaluating flight schools in the Twin Cities, chose Inflight as the best option, and hasn’t looked back. After earning all of his ratings at Inflight, Max has set to work passing along his passion for aviation and everything he has learned to the next generation of Inflight students.

Oscar

Oscar grew up in Mexico City and caught the aviation bug when he was 8 years old.

While on a flight to Cozumel, Mexico, Oscar was invited to visit the cockpit of a Boeing 727 and ever since then, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. After receiving his Bachelors in Tourism and Economics, he moved to Cancun, Mexico where he worked in the hospitality industry.  Even though he was successful in his career, Oscar always knew aviation was what he wanted to do. He would spend hours on his flight simulator and learning about aviation on his own. He started training with Inflight while still working full-time, being a husband, and father. He’s excited to be able to help others fulfill their dreams of learning how to fly, no matter where they are in life. Outside of work, he loves spending time with my family, fishing, skiing and flying remote-controlled airplanes & helicopters.

Thomas

From bush planes in Alaska, jetliners over the oceans, or a short flight to Redwing for milkshakes, any time in an airplane is a good time.

After finishing my degree at the University of Oregon, I moved to Minnesota and have spent the last 11 years working in healthcare. During the early portion of 2020, when my international travel plans came to a halt, I found a new way to fill my spare time — I transitioned from a traveling passenger to the pilot at command, exploring the midwest. I completed all my ratings, from Private Pilot to Certified Flight Instructor, with Inflight. Outside work, I enjoy cycling, camping, or looking at a map for my next adventure. I love talking about traveling or food and look forward to flying with you!