Chief Instructor, CFI, CFII
Jay started his aviation career by hanging out at airports in high school, obtaining his private license the first year in college. After graduating from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Jay spent 6 years in the Navy flying in F4’s off the USS Saratoga. An aviation career from that point did not happen until after a 35 year stint owning a landscaping business. Retirement looming, teaching and flying became focus. He received his instructor training at The Flying School, and the rest is history.
Ronda Davenport is the voice on the phone when you call The Flying School, ready to help answer you questions and schedule your flights. She has been in the aviation industry for over 15 years and loves being around "all these flying people". Although not a pilot herself, she loves to watch new pilots gain their wings and listening to all of thier stories.
Gold Seal Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel Instructor
Don grew up in agriculture and comes from a family of Colorado homesteaders. He started flight training in 1998 at the Fort Collins Airport (3V5). Don earned numerous ratings including his instructor’s certificate in 2002. He began his career with The Flying School in 2006 accumulating over 4200 hours total flight time and over 3700 hours instructing.
Don spends his free time with his wife and son and farming with his family.
Austin was born and raised in Chicago Illinois. He is living his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. Austin conducted most of his flight training at Southern Illinois University -Carbondale and obtained his CFI through The Flying School's course in September 2018. He's very excited to be a a part of the team! When Austin's not flying he enjoys hiking, skiing, sailing, and motocross.
John did his CFI training here at The Flying School, and is now a proud member of the team! John is a Colorado native who earned his private license back in 1977. He also has his Instrument, Commercial, Multi and Remote Aircraft Licenses. When he is not instructing, John enjoys flying his personal Cessna 172 and doing anything else aviation related.
CFI, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel Instructor
Mike grew up in CO and learned to ﬂy here. He has been a pilot for over 45 years, beginning his professional aviation career as a ﬂight instructor in general aviation for nine years, seven of those at a two year college aviation program in KS. Mike also served as a DPE for seven years. In 2017 Mike returned to instruction and particularly enjoys teaching in the Citabria. When he is not ﬂying, Mike enjoys spending time with Bonnie (his friend and wife), cooking, reading, hiking, and camping.
In 1987, Dave changed careers and began flight training. After finishing flight training, enjoying two years as a Flight Instructor, a 20-year run with the airlines, and 7 years trading stocks, he’s back doing something he really enjoys – teaching people how to fly. He particularly enjoys teaching primary and instrument students. When not flying airplanes, Dave and his wife, Cindy, run a horse ranch near Lyons, Colorado. Dave has been known to escape to one of the Colorado ski areas from time to time in the winter.
Don is a Colorado native and was born and raised in Pueblo. He obtained his PVT certificate after graduate school in 1973 and began pleasure flying while working as a Synthetic Organic Chemist in San Jose, CA. After returning to CO in 1976, he obtained his CFI and CFII and has logged more than 10,000 hours total time and provided 6300 hours of dual instruction.
Since 1996, he has provided mountain flying instruction as well worked with the FAA as an Aviation Safety Counselor and FAAST member.
danny and kelly freeland
Danny and Kelly took over The Flying School in August of 2016 as a way to help their three sons pursue their dreams of becoming professional pilots. Danny has been a professional pilot since 1996 and is currently a first officer with American Airlines. Kelly graduated from CSU in 1997 and oversees the day to day operations of the school. Both Kelly and Danny were raised in Boulder but now live in Windsor with their children: Chandler, Zach and Jake.