MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Experienced Flight Instructors
National Flight Simulator’s team of seasoned and experienced flight instructors include retired airline captains, chief pilots, certified flight instructors with instrument and multi-engine endorsements and instrument ground and advanced ground instructors
Ken Wyman, Chief Pilot
Ken, a US Navy Veteran, and NFS Chief Flight Instructor, started flying in 1996. He achieved all of his ratings, including CFI, CFII, and MEI in just 9 months. Ken is type rated in the BA 3100 and flew for Boston-Maine Airways (Pan Am Clipper connection).
In previous roles, Ken was Chief Flight Instructor for Air Direct Airways when it achieved a 141 certificate. He holds a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).
One of Ken's favorite accomplishments is teaching pilot candidates how to become flight instructors.
Glenn Michael attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a B.S. in Business in 1969. Following that, he was in the US Air Force, 6 years active duty, flying C-141 and F-4 aircraft. Glenn then went on to US Air Force Reserves for 24 years, flying C-141, F-100, and F-4 aircraft. Glenn has an extensive history with the FAA. He joined the FAA Indianapolis Center as an Air Traffic Controller, then the FAA Eastern Regional Office JFK, New York as Air Traffic Evaluator, moving on to FAA Boston Center as Air Traffic Supervisor, Operations Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Assistant Air Traffic Manager, and Air Traffic Manager. From there, Glenn went on to work at the FAA New England Regional Office as Regional Quality Assurance Manager, followed by Assistant Air Traffic Division Manager and finally Regional Executive Manager.
Additional duties include:
FAA Advanced Navigation Flight Test Pilot; Involved in the development of MLS, LORAN and GPS approach procedures
FAA Safety Representative to the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST); Managed the implementation of CAST Safety Enhancements worldwide
FAA Airline Transport Pilot; Certified Flight Instructor, Airplanes, Single and Multiengine, and Instruments
Certified Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor, Certified Flight Navigator; Gold Seal Flight Instructor since 1976
Eric is a former US Navy pilot and retired airline captain with more than 14,000 hours. He holds an ATP, Commercial MEL, and SEL Instrument ratings. His type ratings include the B7474, B767, B757, DC9 (MD-88), Lear 60 and Challenger 300.
Eric has been a command pilot in the P3C Orion and has flown the King Air and the Cessna 310 while serving on active duty in the US Navy and US Navy Reserves. He is currently managing a corporate jet and flying his Maule M7 on amphibious floats.
Cliff Magnor has been an instructor with us for several years. He started his aviation career when he worked at a small airport at age 13, pushing and fueling airplanes and mowing the grass runways. Cliff soloed at age 16, bought his first airplane (a Piper J-3 Cub) and got his Private Pilot License at 17, followed by his Commercial Rating at 18. At age 20 Cliff went into the Army and flew Civil Aviation on the weekends while stationed at the Panama Canal.
Cliff has every category flight rating plus 54 type ratings. He has been a flight dispatcher, parachute rigger, flight engineer and has in excess of 31,000 logged hours.
Larry started flying in high school and soloed on his 16th birthday in 1973. He continued in general aviation through college and throughout his career. After Air Force pilot training in 1982 he was assigned to the F-16 with tours in Germany and Japan. In 1988 he transitioned to the Vermont Air National Guard flying F-16s. In 1991 he was hired by American Airlines but maintained his service with the VtANG until 2000 when he retired from the military with over 2,500 hours in the F-16. While at AAL he was qualified as a Flight Engineer in the Boeing 727 and type rated in DC-9 (Douglas Super 80), Boeing 737, 757 and 767. He has more than 16,000 hours.
Hobart "Hobie" Tomlinson is a 56+ year veteran instructor and check airman for a wide variety of small to large aircraft. Hobie has operated as an independent flight instructor, flight school chief instructor, charter chief pilot & check airman and airline instructor as well as check airman and fleet manager.
George is a 12-year Air Force veteran. He began his career as an enlisted man, working on F-4E aircraft. He earned his BA from Embry-Riddle, and his Private Pilot certificate at night and on weekends and then was selected to attend Air Force Officer Training School (OTS).
After OTS, George attended U.S. Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (SUNT) and was selected to specialize in Electronic Warfare. After graduating and getting his Navigator wings, George was assigned to the Boeing B-52 as an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), in both nuclear and conventional roles, at various bases in the United States. As George gained experience, he upgraded to Instructor Electronic Warfare Officer and B-52 Tactics Instructor. Off-duty, George obtained his Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII Single and Multiengine airplane certificates/ratings, and trained both civilian and military aviators in general aviation aircraft.
After the Air Force, George worked in a variety of general aviation roles, from airborne traffic patrol pilot for a NC radio station, jump plane pilot, Part 135 training officer for a small startup charter operation, as well as CFII, MEI for various schools and flying clubs, both Part 91 and 141. George has been teaching most of his adult life, from military and aviation subjects to basic/advanced electronics and computing. George genuinely enjoys teaching, and finds it greatly rewarding (and fun) as his students progress and achieve their goals. George currently flies a Piper PA-46 JetProp, Cirrus SR-22 and Piper Archer as part of his full-time job as an I.T Director, and instructs at National Flight Simulator in his spare time.
Bob is Chief Flight Test Pilot for Elbit Systems of America. He currently holds over 6,900 hours of total time. He holds CFI, CFII and ATP ratings and is type-rated in the C-500.
Steve began his aviation career when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy out of High School. He was trained as an Aviation Electronics Technician, where he performed those duties for six years before being selected to attend an Officer Candidate program. He then went on to Jacksonville University, earning a degree in Physics graduating Cum Laude. Steve was then selected to attend U.S. Navy flight school. He was first trained in the Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor in Milton Florida. Upon graduating from primary training in this aircraft, he selected and was chosen to fly multi-engine maritime aircraft and was sent to Corpus Christi Texas where he finished up his flight training in the Beechcraft C-12 Huron. After being winged as a U.S. Naval Aviator, he was sent to Jacksonville Florida where he began his fleet training in the P-3C Orion aircraft. Steve was then sent to his chosen duty station, close to where he grew up, in Brunswick Maine. While in Patrol Squadron Ten, he qualified and served as a Patrol Plane Commander, flying a multitude of missions, some of which included, Anti-Submarine Warfare, Anti-Surface Warfare, overland reconnaissance, counter drug operations, and maritime interdiction. Steve left the Navy shortly after his sea service rotation and began a career in police work. He served as a patrol officer for the Manchester NH Police Department before being selected to work as a Detective within the Juvenile Division where he investigated crimes against children. After doing this for a number of years, he was selected to work within the Criminal Detective Squad. However, his love for flying never faded, and he ultimately returned to his initial calling. He has earned his Certified Flight Instructor Certificate. If you speak to Steve, you will understand that he loves what he does. He will talk about airplanes and flying every chance that he gets. He is a family man with a wife and six children, three of them now adults with careers of their own.