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Paul Hamilton owns and manages Sport Aviation Center and organizes the flight and training for the Light-Sport Aircraft. Paul is honored to have these additional flight instructors working with you for Flight and Ground training.

Russ Smith – Airplane CFI, CFII, Commercial, Instrument

Russ Smith is a has been a Certified Flight Instructor for over 20 years.
He is also an instrument flight instructor and G1000 qualified.
Russ is a mission check pilot with the Nevada Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
He is a member of the FAA Flight Safety Team and serves as the Standardization/Evaluation officer for the Nevada Civil Air Patrol.

Moe Makowski – Airplane CFI

Moe has been flying in the Sierra Nevada mountain for a number of years. She enjoys working with new students, pilots who need recurrency training, commercial rating pilots, and CFI candidates alike. She participated in the 2013 Air Race Classic cross country race and is a member of the Civil Air Patrol flying Cessna 182s and 206s. She is a member of the FAAST team, 99s, Women in Aviation, EAA, and SAFE Society of Aviation and Flight Educators.

Bob Harington, Airplane and Weight-Shift Control trike CFI

Bob has extensive aviation experience as a military chopper/commercial airplane pilot. He is now retired as an Army Colonel where he commanded aviation operations in Nevada.

Bob started flying trikes long ago in the ultralight days and now has the highest ratings possible for trike – Private Pilot, CFI plus a FAA Maintenance Repairman rating for light-sport aircraft.

Bill Drake – Airplane CFI

Bill is the veteran flight instructor and was the first CFI to take the lead teaching and flying Light-Sport Aircraft. He has been a pilot for over 45 years with over 20,000 hours of flying time, of which 6000 hours was as a flight instructor. He has flown over 120 different models. He has owned and/or managed several different flight schools and is presently doing flight instruction with Sport Aviation Center.

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