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Flight Instructors

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Genesis Flight Academy prides itself on having some of the best and most experienced instructors in the area.

Matt Shidler

Matt Shidler: Chief Pilot | CFI, CFII, MEI


Matt has been a flight instructor for the past 7 years and flying for over 12. In 2009 he graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aviation Flight Technology.

Matt has logged 5000 flight hours of which 3500 are instruction given. He also has experience as a corporate pilot flying throughout the United States and Canada in several different aircraft including the Pilatus PC-12 and the Piaggio P180 Avantii. Matt enjoys passing the knowledge and experience that he has gained on to his students and seeing them succeed.

Jonathan Boes

Jonathan Boes: CFI, CFII


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 Martin

Kellen Martin: CFI, CFII, MEI

Georgetown - Austin

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.

Tim Tutor: ATP, CFI, CFII, IGI


Following an eighteen-year hiatus, during which time he earned a graduate degree and taught in a private school and a university, Tim has returned to aviation. Tim’s previous flying experience includes work in flight instruction, a commuter airline, corporate aviation, several air ambulance services, and air freight operations. Tim’s extra-flying interests include textual criticism of ancient manuscripts, semi-annual camping trips with the men in his family, reading, shooting, good conversation, the U. S. Constitution and the U. S. S. Constitution and tinkering with his Astro van.

Brandon Russell: CFI


Brandon showed a love of flying all his life and began flying at the age of 14. While going to school he continued his passion and ended up receiving a 4 year degree in Aerospace Administration and Operations with a minor in the Professional Pilot program at Oklahoma State University. Following the tradition in his family, Brandon is a 4th generation pilot and also plans to serve in the Air National Guard. He also thinks it would be an awesome experience to race in the Reno Air Race.

Brandon has enjoyed teaching students how to fly and seeing the moment when everything "clicks" and starts to make sense. Outside of aviation he likes to spend time outside, shooting guns, and when the season is right he likes to go to Colorado for snowboarding.

Matthew Pickett: CFI


Matthew grew up in Leander, TX and moved to Lakeland, Florida where he started flying in 2014. There he earned his A.S degree in Professional Pilot Science from Polk State College and completed his CFI Certificate. Following graduation he moved back to Texas to continue training safe and professional pilots at Genesis.

Matthew is dedicated to safety and providing the highest quality of instruction. When not flying, he loves to play tennis, travel, and be outdoors. Brandon

Kendrick Whisenhunt: CFI, CFII


Kendrick began flying when he was 16. In 2017, he graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND), where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree. While attending UND, he completed an internship with United Airlines. Prior to moving to North Dakota, Kendrick attended Amarillo College, where he received an Associate of Applied Science in Aerospace Manufacturing.

When Kendrick is not flying, he enjoys many other activities. Usually he can be found traveling, on the lake jet skiing, or at a music festival. Prior to graduating, Kendrick was involved in organizations like the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and others.

Don Garrison

Don Garrison: CFI

Part Time Georgetown

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 Sanders

Kevin Sanders: CFI, CFII

Part Time Georgetown

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.

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