CFI Instructor Biographies

Bill Gunn

Bill is the director for Systems and Training for the Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division. Bill is an ATP, CFII, MEI, and ACR authority. He has approximately 7,000 flying hours in a wide variety of military and civil business, corporate, and general aviation areas. Bill flew RF 4C aircraft in South East Asia, air shows in Great Britain, and represented the Air Safety Foundation in test CFI clinics in Australia. Bill is an aircraft owner and flies for work and pleasure.

Catherine Fish

Catherine Fish has been an active flight instructor since 1974 and is a current mountain pilot. Her background includes diverse experiences including glider tow pilot, USDA contract pilot, airplane camping and commuter airline captain. Formerly an Av Tech instructor at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, she is currently a ground instructor for P-3 Orion Air Tanker Pilots.  She has been an AOPA Air Safety instructor since 1983. She is an active member of the Aviation Speakers Bureau, and is co-author of the book Speaking of Flying.

Catherine Fish

Gerry Fairbairn

Gerry holds a Ph.D. in business and is a professor at Daniel Webster College. He is an ATP, a flight instructor with airplane, glider, and instrument ratings; a ground instructor with advanced and instrument ratings, and holds a mechanics certificate with A&P ratings. He has accumulated over 6,500 flight hours with much of it in flight instruction.

Gerry Fairbairn

Pat Shaub

Pat is an experienced ATP, CFI-I, and an active FAA Safety Counselor with many years of experience flying and teaching pilots. Pat’s classes are interesting and fast paced, salted liberally with examples taken from his extensive real-world flying experience in the civil and military world, including his career flying as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.

Pat Shaub

Tom Emanuel

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and is Associate Director and a pilot examiner at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation. He has been a CFI for over 45 years and is rated in gliders and seaplanes, as well as SE & ME airplanes. He has been designated by the FAA as a National Accident Prevention Counselor.

Tom Emanuel

Wayne Phillips

Wayne Phillips is an ATP with B-737 and Falcon 20 type ratings. Wayne is a DA-20 Examiner, has owned and operated a 135 company, a banner towing business, and a hot air balloon tour enterprise in the Rockies. He manages the Airline Training Orientation Program (ATOP), a two-day B-737 introductory course for aspiring airline pilots conducted at the Continental Airlines Pilot Training Center (www.b737.com). He’s the careers writer for Flight Training Magazine. Wayne earned “CFI of the Year-1999” in the FAA NW Region.

Wayne Phillips

 Kurt Reesman

Kurt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Aeronautical Science and considers himself a student for life. His consulting business specializes in aviation education and course design, in addition to educational speaking engagements. Kurt’s website, www.klrparadigm.com, features his unique perspective on aviation subject matter, as well as information focused on current aviation events. For over eight years, he served as an Associate Professor and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor in Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics where he brought life, and practicality to aviation academic content. He is a retired USAF Instructor/Evaluator Pilot and has flown the T-37, T-38, RF-4C and F-15E/S. Kurt holds CFI, CFII and MEI certificates and has flown over 4000 hours; approximately half of his flight time has been as a flight instructor. Kurt has been with the Air Safety Institute since December 2008. His hobbies include golf, traveling and enjoying good food.

kurt reesman

Andrew Miller

Andy flies all over the country in his beautiful 1973 Cessna Skylane to help pilots and CFIs sharpen their skills. A member of the National Speakers Association Wisconsin chapter, Andy has extensive experience speaking in the technology world, and in 2004 he joined the AOPA Air Safety Foundation first as a Safety Seminar presenter, and now as a FIRC instructor. A commercial pilot, he holds CFI-A, CFI-I, IGI, and AGI certificates. He regularly flies Young Eagle and Angel Flight missions, is an AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer, and serves as a FAASTeam Lead Representative in the Great Lakes Region.

andrew miller