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FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS WHO CARE

Our flight instructors are the most experienced and customer-oriented in the industry. Our entire reputation is built on providing exceptional training and support to our students. 

FLIGHT INSTRUCTION RATES

Cirrus Standardized Flight Instructor Pilots & Platinum 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 Club

$

850

Full Day Rate Retail

$

1,100

  • 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

Tim

When I came to Inflight for my first discovery flight, I knew right away that I wanted to be a pilot!

Tim was born and raised in Eden Prairie, MN just down the street from Flying Cloud Airport. He attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and majored in Marketing Analytics. Before switching to aviation, Tim was working a corporate job out in the San Francisco Bay Area. After his first discovery flight at Inflight, he knew right away that he wanted to be a pilot! When he’s not flying you can find Tim outside either running, biking, or hiking!

Alex

Working for Inflight Aviation has been amazing! I greatly enjoy the opportunity to train students and pass on my knowledge of aviation.

Aviation has always been my passion, driving me to master the skies and earn my pilot licenses from Private Pilot to CFII. I grew up in Chanhassen, MN, where my passion for aviation began. I pursued this passion by attending the University of North Dakota, where I graduated with a degree in Commercial Aviation. During my time at UND, I honed my pilot skills and obtained a range of licenses from Private Pilot to CFII.

Working for Inflight Aviation has been amazing! I greatly enjoy the opportunity to train students and pass on my knowledge of aviation. The services that Inflight offers allow me to work closely with aspiring pilots, helping them develop their own skills and meet their goals. I am dedicated to sharing my passion for flight and helping students achieve their flying dreams!

When I’m not flying, I enjoy being outside, playing golf, hiking, tennis, and boating. I look forward to training with you and sharing my passion of flying!

Brian

I earned my Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Commercial License, CFI, and CFII all while balancing a full-time job and a family which was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I have ever had!

When I was 10 years old, my dad’s best friend Greg flew a seaplane to my dad’s cabin and landed on the lake. He was nice enough to give me a ride in his airplane and ever since that experience I fell in love with aviation and always wanted to be a pilot!

However, I also had a strong passion to serve this country and to become a police officer which led me on a different career path. I spent several years as an enlisted airman in the Air Force National Guard and after September 11, 2001, I served several years of active duty in the USAF. I spent approximately 19 years in law enforcement and served our community in many different capacities. I also earned a master’s degree in Public Safety and Police Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

While I was a police officer, one of my supervisors who held a private pilot license took me on a flight in a single engine airplane. I was hooked after that flight and decided to begin my pilot journey completing all of my training at Inflight. I earned my Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Commercial License, CFI, and CFII all while balancing a full-time job and a family which was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I have ever had.

I really enjoy flying and sharing knowledge and experiences about aviation with others. One of the best parts about teaching and mentoring others is seeing them learn, develop, and grow to excellence. I would also add that there seems to be something special about the aviation community. Everyone I have come in contact with seems to project happiness and a positive attitude!

When I’m not flying, I enjoy fishing, boating, snowmobiling, going on trips, and spending time with family and friends. I’m a lifelong learner and am always up for a new challenge!

Erik

From day 1 of his training, Erik fell in love with flying and knew he wanted to become a commercial pilot!

Eric earned his private pilot and instrument rating while managing his own lawn care and landscaping business. From day 1 of his training, he fell in love with flying and knew he wanted to become a commercial pilot. After getting the rest of his ratings, he made a full career change jumping headfirst into aviation. He has two family members that are pilots and they inspired him throughout his journey. When he’s not flying, Erik enjoys hunting, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends.

“Aviation has brought me some amazing memories and I look forward to helping others create their own. I’m excited to share my passion for flying!”

 

 

Anna

Anna took a discovery flight in her junior year of high school and was immediately hooked. She's been sharing her passion for flying with others ever since!

When Anna was a junior in high school, she took a discovery flight and was immediately hooked. She received her Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating in high school before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she earned a business degree with a focus on supply chain and operations. After a couple of internships in supply chain at an aircraft manufacturing company, she realized she would much rather be flying than working behind a desk. Following her college graduation, she moved back to the Twin Cities to finish her training here at Inflight. When she’s not at the airport, you can find Anna at the gym, hiking, skiing, or spending time with friends and family.

Anna is excited to share her passion for flying and help others achieve their aviation goals!

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 and was hooked. After that, she knew no other job would be as awesome as flying.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!