Genesis Flight Academy prides itself on having some of the best and most experienced instructors in the area.
Matt has been a flight instructor for the past 5 years and flying for over 9. In 2009 he graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aviation Flight Technology.
Matt has logged 2700 flight hours of which 2000 are instruction given. He also has experience as a corporate pilot flying throughout the United States and Canada in both a Cessna 414 and a Piaggio P180 Avantii. Matt enjoys passing the knowledge and experience that he has gained on to his students and seeing them succeed.
Reid Rolon, CFII, has been flying since 2007. Originally from Houston, he began his journey as a pilot in Tuscan, Arizona and came back to Texas to finish his training at Genesis Flight Academy. He is a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), and has as great a passion for teaching as he does for flying. His passion for teaching stems from his strong desire to build relationships with people who are excited to learn the art of flight.
When Reid is not flying, he is a Pilates instructor at a local Pilates studio. He also enjoys playing golf and ice hockey.
Jonathan has been flying for over 10 years. He received his bachelors degree in Aviation Management and an associates degree in General Aviation Flight Technology in 2014 from Indiana State University.
Jonathan not only has a passion for flying but a desire to teach and mold students into safe proficient pilots. When not flying he enjoys playing guitar and singing in past time as well as enjoying outdoor activities like camping and kayaking.
Kellen began showing interest in aviation at the age of 6 when he went with his family to an airshow at the Eugene Airport (KEUG) and was hooked after seeing the Blue Angels fly. In high school he took an aeronautics class for his Junior and Senior year and had the opportunity to fly in an EAA award winning Vans RV-6 with his aeronautics instructor. This flight only fueled his passion for flight. In 2012 he began flying and earned an Associates Degree in Flight Technology from Lane Community College. While in college he worked as an intern at the KEUG tower and Cascade TRACON where he saw first hand the inner workings of ATC.
Kellen has an incredible passion for teaching and has enjoyed every minute of flight instructing. Some of his hobbies outside of aviation include trap shooting, long distance shooting and handgun shooting. He is a avid fisherman and hunter. When at home in Oregon, he restored wooden drift boats, one of which will be in the Wooden Boat Festival on the McKenzie River.
Gary comes to us after a 20 year career in the U.S. Air force along with 15 years in the corporate world. Gary has been flying since 2002 and wants to share his experience with our aspiring aviators. In addition to being a CFI, Gary is also a member of our local Civil Air Patrol squadron where he serves as a Mission Pilot providing search and rescue, disaster relief and homeland security support.
As a CAP Instructor Pilot, he teaches youth aerospace education and provides the building blocks for their future goals in aviation. So whether learning to fly as a teenager or if you are older and your teenage dream was learning to fly, Gary has the experience to work with your learning style to help mold you into a successful safe pilot.
Don earned his pilot wings thru the USAF in 1972 at Vance AFB, Oklahoma after receiving his commission thru the University of Tulsa AFROTC program and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
Having flown the T-41, T-37, T-38, O-2, and the C-130 Hercules to fulfill his 6 year commitment to the Air Force he began his surgical instrument business in the upper Midwest and transferred to the South Dakota Air National Guard where he completed his MBA from the University of South Dakota in 1980. He accepted the assignment to fly their C-131 Convair for the Governor of South Dakota for another 8 years before transferring to the Air Force Reserves at Bergstrom AFB and retired in 1995 with 20 yrs of service.
He retired from his surgical instrument business in 2008 and continues his passion for flight instructing on a part-time basis. He has approximately 4900 flying hours of which approx 2000 hrs are flight instruction with 42 years of instructing in several types of aircraft.
Kevin is a CFI, CFII and former Navy F-14 Naval Flight Officer and RIO flight instructor.
Kevin has a MBA from Webster University, and is a graduate from the Army Command and General Staff College, with Advance studies in strategic planning, operations, and logistics. The Naval Postgraduate School, with an In-depth study in Aviation Safety. Kevin’s undergraduate degree is from the University of San Diego, BA, in Anthropology.
He is a retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander. He served on the USS Waddell (DDG-24) as a Surface Warfare Officer. And then flew in the F-14 Tomcat as a Radar Intercept Officer, Deploying to Southwest Asia five time between 1982-1994. Participating in a number of operations, but most notable, operations Ernest Will and Southern Watch. Logging over 2,000 hours flight time and 384 carrier landing.
Kevin’s other interests include golf, SCUBA diving, muscle cars, and he enjoys flying as a private pilot.