flyADVANCED employs some of the most experienced Cirrus instructors in the industry. We feel the relationship with your instructor often defines your training experience and so we strive to hire and train CFIs that are incredibly knowledgable, professional, and personable.
CHIEF INSTRUCTOR & VISION JET PILOT
CFI, CFII, MEI, CSIP, SF50 TYPE RATING
When Dave’s not working at flyADVANCED, he’s often flying for fun and adventure in his classic 1952 Cessna 170B - likely on a mission to explore small grass fields, to find an airstrip forgotten by most, or just trying not to bounce a landing. It’s a work in progress. Some of his adventures have been grand but others have been simply wandering, anywhere or nowhere. There’s adventure to be had everywhere - if you look.
In a previous career, Dave trained and worked as a designer. He still designs things and enjoys solving problems creatively. He is an amateur radio operator, electronic tinkerer and maker. His favorite workouts at the gym are the ones he’s the worst at. He is a friend to all animals. Dave aspires to live simply in a beautiful and unforgiving place. He wants to exist in a world where people are authentic, fair and kind, and he strives to lead by example.
CIRRUS CHARTER PILOT, VISION JET PILOT & CIRRUS INSTRUCTOR
CFI, CFII, MEI, SF50 TYPE RATING
Reed has been flying Cirrus aircraft at flyADVANCED since 2011. This self-proclaimed "best pilot at Wings Field" (note: we don't disagree) has over 6,000 hours in Cirrus aircraft.
Reed lives with his beautiful wife in Bryn Mawr, PA. When he's not flying, he enjoys skiing, fly fishing, and mountain bike riding.
As our premiere Cirrus charter pilot, Reed is incredibly experienced is navigating challenging weather patterns and landing safely in even the fiercest of crosswinds. If you're interested in a grand flying adventure, Reed is your guy. He was also the first of our instructors to become type rated in the SF50 Cirrus Vision Jet. He's a pro.
ASSISTANT CHIEF PILOT, CIRRUS CHARTER PILOT & INSTRUCTOR
CFI, CFII, AGI, PLATINUM CSIP
Liz has been instructing with flyADVANCED since graduating from Purdue University in 2012. She sticks to Cirrus platforms because it's what she knows best - and it's hard to knock the comfort, technology, and safety features Cirrus has to offer. Liz believes strongly in keeping students safe by "training to excellence" rather than "training to minimums" as this prepares them much more thoroughly for real-world flying. She served for two years as Chief Instructor for flyADVANCED, but has since moved into the Assistant Chief Pilot position where she focuses primarily on charter operations.
Liz still very much enjoys getting to know all of our flight students and will continue to instruct at Wings Field. When she's not flying, you'll probably catch her reading a book, attempting a crossword, or marathoning Game of Thrones.
CIRRUS CHARTER PILOT, CIRRUS INSTRUCTOR, CESSNA INSTRUCTOR
Formerly (well, still currently...) a real estate agent, Mike has long been passionate about flying and still spends much of his spare time toying about in a Cessna 150. After quickly acquiring his CFI and CFII in 2016, he began flight instructing and - after logging a few hundred hours of Cirrus time - subsequently added IFR charter flying to his repertoire.
Mike very much enjoys flying all sorts of airplanes - everything from a technologically advanced SR22 down to a bare-bones Piper Cub - and has probably flown in more different types of airplanes than just about anyone we know.
In his spare time, Mike works closely with the kids in the Stratus Aviation Foundation - guiding local high school with hands-on experience in designing, building, and flying airplanes.
PART-TIME CIRRUS INSTRUCTOR
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Dan has lived in the Philadelphia area most of his life. He currently resides in Pottstown with his 11-year old twins (1 boy, 1 girl). He is an avid runner, having completed five marathons and countless half marathons. In real life (aka his full-time job), he works for the US Navy in Philadelphia, leading a software development team producing navigation and steering software for the aircraft carrier fleet.
Dan started working on his private pilot certificate in 1996, caught the aviation bug, and ended up with his flight instructor certificate two years later. He has always enjoyed sharing his passion for aviation through flight instruction - since his early years as a young instructor through his airline career as a check airman, and now keeping his weekends busy at Wings Field.
flyADVANCED instructor Kayla Holsinger is originally from Morrice, Michigan. While studying Human Factors Psychology in college, she earned many of her pilot ratings out of EVB in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
After completing her CFI at MMU in Morristown, New Jersey, she decided to join a flight school with a passion for quality instruction. While focusing on providing personalized instruction to every student, she will also be helping with administrative duties. Kayla has years of experience as a scheduler, flight operations supervisor, and manger at a previous flight school. She very much enjoys teaching the next generation of aviators and serves as one of our most experienced Cessna instructors.
flyADVANCED's youngest instructor - and arguably our hardest worker - is Sean Claggett. Sean is just 21 years old and currently enrolled at Liberty University online where he's more than halfway through his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Science. Sean's longtime girlfriend attends Northeastern University in Boston so on the very rare day that you don't find Sean at Wings (seriously, he's always here), there's a good chance you would find him visiting with Elyse.
Sean is very active and enjoys doing things outside that get him moving - hiking, cycling, running, swimming, you name it! He used to train in endurance sports, and he has competed in multiple triathlons. Sean enjoys the challenges of flight instructing and finds teaching to be an incredibly effective means of learning. Your pilot's incense is, after all, a license to learn!