South Carolina Flight Instructors


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Bud Coward – Aiken, Barnwell

Phone: 803-645-4806 Email: cubpilot47@gmail.com Credentials: ATP, CFI Years as a flight instructor: 40 Cities that you instruct in: Barnwell/Aiken

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Carla Mueller – Pelion

Carla Mueller – Pelion

I have been flying for the past 15 years, I have worked for the FAA as a Light Sport Aviation Safety Inspector, I have flown for the NCDENR as a Forestry Pilot in a C185, I flew the Grand Canyon as a tour pilot in Piper navajo’s, I flew for a Start up airline in Jetstream 3100s, and I flew for USA Jet Freight airways in a Falcon 20 Jet. Most recently, I flew for Bankair in their Mitsubishi MU2b aircraft out of Teterboro,NJ. Then they lost the contract about the same time when my mom had a severe stroke, so I became a FT caregiver for her. Now she is better, and I’m trying to go back to FT flying again. I am flight instructing in my own Cessna 150 aircraft out of Pelion Airport, SC 6J0, trying to grow that airport. Come on out and see me.

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Carroll Joye – Orangeburg

Phone: (803) 682-5177 Email: joyeavia@bellsouth.net Credentials: ATP asmel, ases; CFI-I asmel ases Years as a flight instructor: 42 Cities that you instruct in: Orangeburg

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Cecil Tune, Jr. – Greenville, SC

Phone: 864-907-8248 Email: cectune@gmail.com Credentials: CFI, CFII, CFIMEI Years as a flight instructor: 38 Cities that you instruct in: Greenville, SC (KGMU)

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Chris Minton- Lancaster

Chris Minton- Lancaster

Name: Chris Minton Phone: 803-718-2628 Email: flybuddy553@hotmail.com Credentials: CFI-CFII-MEI Years as Flight Instructor: 26 Cities that you instruct in: UZA-DCM-LKR Biography: 26 Years as a flight instructor in the northern counties of SC. Primary training thru multi add ons and instruments and IPC’s . All done in your Airplane. A/P and IA ratings as a mechanic helps make me help train pilots using experience of the whole Airplane. Have been Airport Manager and FBO manager at various Airports in the upstate....

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Dan Tindall

Dan Tindall

Email dan.tindall@sumteraviation.com Years as a Flight Instructor 10 Credentials CFI-A Cites/Airports where you offer instruction Sumter (KSMS) 100-200 word Bio I am a Flight Instructor Single Engine Land, Corporate Pilot, and Air Traffic...

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Daniel Ahern – Beaufort

Daniel Ahern – Beaufort

Recently reactivated (after retiring from engineering) CFI instructing with Anderson Aviation at KARW.
Over 1200 hours of instruction and over 3000 hours total time.

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Emerson Smith – Columbia/Hamilton Owens (CUB), Columbia Metro (CAE)

Emerson Smith – Columbia/Hamilton Owens (CUB), Columbia Metro (CAE)

Emerson Smith Phone: (803)256-8694 Email: emsmith@metromark.net Years as a Flight Instructor: 20 Credentials: Commercial Pilot, FAA certificated flight instrutor, instrument (CFII) Cities/Airports where you offer instruction: Columbia/Hamilton Owens (CUB), Columbia Metro (CAE) Bio:  Aurel Emerson Smith, Jr., CFII is available for flight reviews, VFR refresher training, and instrument proficiency endorsements at SC airports. He began flying in 1985, with training at Owens Field for a private pilot’s license as well as a commercial pilot. He was trained as a flight instructor at American Flyers in Dallas, Texas. He joined the US Air Force auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and became a mission pilot, instructor and check pilot for Cessna 182 and 172 Garmin 1000 Nav III aircraft for the South Carolina Wing, of which he is a past Wing Commander. He is currently a CAP pilot and government affairs advisor. Emerson was born in Chicago, lived in Dallas and graduated with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, a MA from Texas Christian University, and a PhD in sociology from Emory University. He is president of Metromark Market Research and a clinical research assistant professor of internal medicine at the School of Medicine, University of South Carolina. He was appointed an airport commissioner for Richland County’s Jim Hamilton-LB Owen Airport in 2016. Several times a year, he is a lecturer on aviation and maritime history on international passenger...

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Everett McMillian – Columbia & Charleston

Everett McMillian – Columbia & Charleston

Phone:  803-255-9545 Email:  everett_mcmillian@alumni.citadel.edu Credentials:  ATO, CFI-I, AGI, IGI Years as a flight instructor: 13 Cities that you instruct in: Columbia & Charleston Currently an attorney at law (General Litigator and Aviation Law) and former Airline pilot for a major...

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Frank Humbles

Frank Humbles

Frank Humbles has 36 years of experience as a flight instructor. His credentials are: CFI, instrument, commercial SEL. Retired Anesthesiology, 59 years young, earned private pilots license in 1977. Grew up in aviation, father flew 30 missions against the Germans in B-17, then 33 year TWA career. Mother was TWA hostess. Two brothers are airline pilots. I own a 1976 Rockwell 112TC based at KLRO and aircraft is available for HP/Complex checkouts. Also do commercial rating instruction, as well as Flight reviews....

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