Landon Lessmann

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Certified Flight Instructor


Ask any pilot how they began flying and you will mostly likely hear a feelgood story.  Landon Lessmann first discovered aviation while taking a discovery flight with his father who is also a pilot.  Without question, he quickly realized that flying was the best feeling in the world.  It’s often said that “if you choose a career you truly enjoy then you will never have to work a day in your life”.  It’s also said that “a mile of highway will only take you a mile, but a mile of runway will take you anywhere”. 


On a mission to “travel the world” and to “never feel like he was working”, Landon’s career path to become a Professional Pilot was decided.  Landon attended Lone Star College–University Park under the iSchool program where he earned his high school diploma, two years of college credits and his Private Pilot’s License by the age of 18 yrs.  He then enrolled in a fulltime professional pilot program where he earned his Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates.


Landon passionately believes the following:  It’s a privilege to be a Flight Instructor.  A positive environment with respect, enthusiasm and encouragement makes it more likely that the student will both perform better and learn more. Constant and Never-Ending Improvement is a good pilot’s mantra. 

Dawn Largent

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Certified Flight Instructor


Dawn Largent was born in China but raised in Houston, TX for the majority of her life. Growing up she had the privilege of traveling over the world, having visited 9 countries and almost every state in America. Despite her father being a professional pilot for 43 years, Dawn was never interested in aviation until recently. Christmas of 2018 she earned her Private Pilot certificate right here at United Flight Systems and hasn’t looked back since. A month later, she started working at the school as an office manager and quit recently to begin UFS’ very first Accelerated CFI program. Dawn has had nothing but positive experiences as a student, renter, and worker here at UFS for the past 2 years. 


Prior to starting flight training, Dawn trained in a ballet company and took classical piano lessons for 10 years. She taught piano out of her home as well as tutored chemistry and algebra in high school. She quickly learned how much of an impact the “right” teacher can have on students’ readiness to learn. 


When she’s not flying, Dawn can be found finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, hanging out with friends, and playing with her pets, Bernie & Trump.

Jacoby Hale

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Certified Flight Instructor


Jacoby grew up in Alaska and the Seattle area, where he began his first career in the culinary field working aboard a cruise ship. After gaining a lot of experience, and a wife, he left the boat and went on to become an Executive Chef in several restaurants, eventually advancing to the role of District Manager for a corporate dining company. Driving under the flight path for a busy general aviation airport every day on the way to his office, he eventually decided to make a huge career change and pursue his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. With the support of his very understanding wife Jenny, and two boys Hendrix and Bennett, they moved to the Houston area to begin flight training and a new adventure. 

Jacoby looks forward to bringing his experience of training from his prior role, along with his passion for aviation and skills to flight instruction. He enjoys fly fishing, cooking, running, sports and spending time exploring with his family in his spare time.

Chris Lane

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Certified Flight Instructor


As a child Chris enjoyed attending airshows with his father and building model airplanes.  At 14 years old, Chris soloed a glider with the help of the Civil Air Patrol, and the Soaring Club of Houston.  Several years passed and the “itch” was again scratched in the wide-open plains of the Texas panhandle.  Here, Chris earned a private pilot glider certificate followed by private pilot airplane certificate while attending college for mechanical engineering.

Chris returned to Houston to exercise his engineering degrees in the oil industry but seized every opportunity to “commit aviation” when able.  During this period, Chris added-on an instrument rating, a commercial pilot airplane certificate, and enjoyed many hours flying the AA-5B Grumman Tiger and LS-4a Glider which he co-owns.  Thanks to the recent pandemic, Chris was given the opportunity to spend more time focusing on flying and pursuing flight instructor certification.

As a career-changer, Chris understands the challenges that a young adult may be faced with when asking that fateful question: “What am I going to do with my life?”  He hopes to share his love of aviation to empower enthusiastic and motivated students crush their goals, rise to greet their dreams, and exceed their own expectations of what a great pilot can be.

When not flying (or studying aeronautical knowledge material), Chris enjoys nothing more than spending time with his wife and daughter.

Michael Nasser

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Certified Flight Instructor


Michael’s career path to aviation began in corporate America selling insurance. One day he looked up from his cubicle and realized that he had not found his calling yet. So, he decided to take a discovery flight that would eventually change his life. From that moment forward, he knew that was what he wanted to do for the rest of his career. From there he enrolled in a professional pilot program in Dallas, Texas where he completed all of his certificates including Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor + Instrument, and Multiengine Flight Instructor.


As a flight instructor, Michael believes that it is his responsibility for his students to learn as much as possible, to have fun, and most of all to fly safely.


Michael was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is a first-generation pilot. Michael’s goals and aspirations are to fly as many different aircraft as possible while continuing to educate himself about the wonderful art of flying.

Andrew Morgan

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Certified Flight Instructor


Andrew grew up in the Houston area playing sports and attended Klein Oak high school, graduating in 2016. Andrew was offered a scholarship to play baseball at Blinn College in Brenham. Two years later he was offered another scholarship to play baseball at the University of The Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He began studying pre-law but discovered his passion for flying after getting his private pilot certificate in 2019 while still in college.


Andrew decided to pursue being an airline pilot like his father, who is a pilot with United, upon completing his private. After graduating manga cum laude from UIW in 2020, Andrew didn't look back and continued on to get his instrument rating, commercial certificate, and became a certified flight instructor with United Flight Systems in 2021. When Andrew isn't flying, he enjoys golfing, fishing, hunting, and watching sports. He is dedicated to passing on his love of flying to his students by providing a safe, insightful, and most of all, enjoyable experience.

Zac Green

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Certified Flight Instructor & Check Instructor


Zac Green was born in Los Angeles, California, and lived in that area until 2000, when his family packed up and moved halfway across the United States, to settle in Lufkin, TX.  He would graduate high school there and received a scholarship to attend college at the University of Arkansas.  In 2013, he and his family took a trip to the Grand Canyon to celebrate their grandparent’s anniversary. This was Zac’s first real commercial flight from Houston to Phoenix.  He immediately knew when the wheels left the ground that this is what he wanted to do with his life.  When they landed back in Houston, He told his parents that this would become his life’s pursuit, and with his parents help, he began flight training in 2014 at Drake Field just south of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


It took some time and effort until Zac received his private license, but in 2018 he received all of his additional ratings up to and including a MEI.  Zac aspires to work for the airlines, but certainly has a passion for teaching and general aviation.


In his spare time, Zac enjoys spending time with family and loved ones.  You might find him swimming laps in the pool or exploring around different cities. He also plays quite a bit of classical piano, as he trained from the age of 8 with a college in East Texas until he moved for college.

Ryan Gilmore

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Certified Flight Instructor


Ryan’s passion for aviation began early in his life after attending a local airshow in Houston, TX with his family. After this experience, his childhood consisted of acquiring any and all things that flew. Throughout his teens, he enjoyed building and flying giant-scale radio-controlled aircraft. After high school, Ryan graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied economics and began a career in consulting. Upon working his way up to Manager Ryan decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a pilot. He enrolled in a professional pilot program where he earned his Instrument, Commercial, Multi-engine, CFI, CFII, and MEI certifications.


Ryan believes that everyone should chase their aviation dreams and he is happy to share his passion for aviation with others. In his spare time, Ryan still enjoys model aviation.

Brandon White

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Certified Flight Instructor


Brandon’s passion for aviation began at a young age and was driven by his dad, a retired Air Force pilot, who now is working for the airlines. While attending Texas A&M University he served the community as a paramedic and also began his venture into aviation during his final year. If you have ever heard an Aggie joke, then you know it usually insults their intelligence. The punchline to Brandon’s story is that he did graduate from Texas A&M but spent 4 years studying for the wrong career path. Luckily, once he discovered how much he enjoyed flying - his future “took off”.


Brandon started flying with United Flight Systems in 2019 to begin working on his instrument rating and has worked with the team and flown the UFS fleet ever since.  While Brandon has taken on the task to change careers, he looks forward to helping the next round of aviators doing their training to have fun or become professional pilots!


In his free time, Brandon enjoys golfing, fishing, watching college football, and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Zach Atherton

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Certified Flight Instructor


From a very young age, Zach has had a love for aviation. It started on a trip with family friends, when he was 11, to Lake Travis where he had the opportunity to ride in Cessna 195, from then on he knew that he wanted to be a pilot. After a few more years of dreaming of becoming a pilot, he started training at United Flight Systems in 2016.


Zach is a local Houstonian, growing up in the Spring area and playing football at Klein High School. Deciding to pursue aviation, Zach attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. Graduating with a B.S. in Aeronautics and a minor in Business in 2020. Zach has moved back to Houston to continue his flight training.


Outside of flying, Zach loves to travel (especially snowboarding trips), spending time with friends and family, playing sports and working out. As a first generation pilot, Zach has found many mentors in the pilot community that he still looks up to today. He hopes to one day even be their copilot in the airlines. Zach is excited to continue his career in aviation through sharing his passion for flying with his students.

Austin Lane

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Certified Flight Instructor


Austin was born in raised in Conroe, Texas. At first, he dreamed of being an air traffic controller, it didn’t take long after his first discovery flight for those plans to change. Austin Received his private pilot certificate shortly after high school but felt the need to do more, he then enlisted in the United States Army as an Aviation Operations Specialist. Austin got to live in South Korea for two years with his wife Brianna, and two dogs Zero and Navi.


While living overseas Austin got to travel to many places like the Philippines, and Japan. While all that was awesome, he still missed flying, so after his active-duty service he went back to flight school and finished all his required certificates to become a certified flight instructor.

In Austin’s free time you can find him fishing, ridding his longboard, enjoying family time, or playing sports like cornhole and softball.

Jen Gouailhardou

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Certified Ground Instructor

Advanced & Instrument Ground Instructor

Jennifer “Jen” Gouailhardou was born in Southern California where she lived with her family until after graduation from the University of La Verne in 2007. Following graduation she moved to Galway, Ireland and worked as a fitness/swim instructor.  She returned to California in 2011 and began a career path as an analyst/project manager and started putting her Business Administration degree to use. In the summer of 2019 Jen was offered a role with a company based in Houston and she jumped at the chance to try something new.


Although fascinated with airplanes and helicopters from an early age, it wasn’t until 2017 that Jen had any experience in general aviation. Shortly after her first flight with a friend in a 172 she began to see becoming a private pilot as an attainable goal for herself. In 2019 Jen took a leap of faith in herself and started the journey to become a private pilot. In May of 2020 she achieved this goal and has since set her sights on a full time career in aviation.


In her spare time, Jen enjoys being outside, cooking, the gym and traveling to see friends and family.  Her hobbies include fishing, shooting, camping, cycling and more although aviation is outshining all of them at the moment. Still, you might see her hiking a local trail, riding her bike, or maybe even rollerblading.

Jack Harvey

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Certified Flight Instructor


Jack was bitten by the aviation bug and hasn’t recovered.  He was born and raised in Houston, graduating with a B.S. in Economics from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in Criminology from the University of Houston.  While serving in the U. S. Navy and as a lieutenant in a large metropolitan police department, Jack has pursued his flying passion as a hobby.  Jack also served as a field training officer (training rookie police officers) and enjoys teaching and mentoring others.  Jack currently owns a Cessna 182 and enjoys swapping stories with others on the joys and tribulations of aircraft ownership and providing transition training.  Under the mentorship of UFS senior instructors, he has earned his flight instructor certificates over the past year and looks forward to sharing his love of flying with students.


When Jack is not flying, he enjoys spending time with his wife Pam and his young sons, Abe and Charlie.  Pam and Jack met while training for the 2005 Houston Marathon, and still enjoy running together.  Eventually Jack hopes to transition to a career with the airlines, exploring the world.


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David grew up in Houston.  He began his passion for flying as a child, often riding his bicycle to Andrau Airpark (unfortunately, Andrau is now a golf course) to watch airplanes.  After earning his Private Pilot Certificate at 17 years old, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ) granted David a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies/Computer Science.

David has been related to United Flight Systems since 1990.  He is the school’s Chief Flight instructor, serving that position since 1996 (with some breaks).  He was in corporate aviation as a director of flight operations for a Part 91 Flight Department for 26 years.

When he is not teaching, he out flying for Southwest Airlines as a First Officer.  He is type rated in Cessna 500 Citation, Cessna 510 Mustang, Cessna 525, Cessna 560XLS, and Boeing 737.

His wife, Yolanda, and children, Diego and Maya keep him occupied when he is not out turning Avgas or Jet-A into noise.


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Giovanni (or Gio for short) was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He caught the aviation bug at the age of 7 when a Southwest Airlines captain let him explore the cockpit of a Boeing 737 during a layover. It was there that he decided he wanted a career in Aviation. Using money he saved from working at a local grocery store, he took a discovery flight at the age of 16 at United Flight Systems where he eventually earned his CFI and CFII. Giovanni then moved to College Station, Texas and attended Texas A&M University where he majored in Economics. After spending multiple years instructing in between classes at the Texas A&M flying club, he gained an interest in air traffic control and was eventually hired by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Enroute Air Traffic Controller. After graduating from the FAA academy in Oklahoma City, he was placed at Houston Center giving him the opportunity to come back to United Flight Systems and instruct where he first learned to fly. When Giovanni is not instructing or issuing vectors, he spends his time running, hanging out with his yellow lab Duke, cooking, or binging a new show on Netflix. 


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One flight can change your life. Alice went on a Cessna flight with a friend’s dad in high school and got the aviation bug. She began flying in college at the University of Illinois. Once becoming a flight instructor, she realized she loved teaching almost as much as flying. Alice flight instructed at the university until she finished a master’s degree in Human Resource Education, to learn about developing training curriculum. Alice flew the Embraer 145 for ExpressJet Airlines and then the A320 for American Airlines before getting her dream job flying and instructing on the Boeing 737 at United Airlines.


Alice’s most exciting adventure began in March 2020 when her daughter, Isabella, was born. Alice is looking forward to taking an occasional break from diapers and helping the next generation of pilots pursue their dreams. 

Jeffrey Gill

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Jeff holds an ATP, CFI/II/MEI and first earned his Flight Instructor Certificate in 1995. Since then he has instructed in everything from experimental ultralights to twin-engine turbo props, and has helped numerous pilots go from first flight to Airline Pilot. He is fully bilingual (English/Spanish), and even flew for a while in Spain after obtaining his Spanish Private Pilot License.


Having competed in multiple aerobatic competitions up and down the west coast, he enjoys using his real-world experience to help his students learn the practical application of what they’re studying.


Aside from instructing, Jeff was the pilot for the team doctor of the Oakland Raiders, flew a King Air 350i for Wheels Up and a British Aerospace Jetstream under Part 121. He spent the Pandemic Year flying a King Air throughout SouthEast Asia after ferrying the airplane from Arizona to Laos with stops in Alaska, Russia, Japan, Macau, and Korea!


Jeff holds a BS in Aviation Operations and Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and MBA from Texas A&M – Commerce, and currently flies a Boeing 737 for iAero Airways, a Supplemental Part 121 carrier. He enjoys spending time with his wife Claudia and three beautiful daughters when not flying.


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Paul Alfaro grew up in Southern California. He found his passion for flying at a young age when his dad would take him all over the world using his travel benefits from Continental Airlines. At 17 years old, he began flying and later teaching at a local flight school. Paul later became a Training Captain with Ameriflight flying the PA31, PA32 and the EMB120. After flying a CRJ with Comair he was hired at his dream job, Continental Airlines, now United.  He has been most recently a B737 Captain but has also flown all over the world as a First Officer in the B757, B767 and the B747. 


Paul attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where he earned a BS in Aviation Management. Teaching has been a passion of his for many years. He looks forward to helping the next generation of aviators any way he can. When not flying Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons. They love traveling, skiing, karate and just hanging out.


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Jason Cooley was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  He has had a lifelong fascination with aviation and took his first flying lesson here at David Wayne Hooks Airport in 2001.  After graduating from Kingwood High School, Jason attended the University of St. Thomas and Midland College, earning degrees in Finance and Aeronautics.  In addition to Houston, he has lived and worked in Albuquerque, NM, Newark, NJ, New York, NY, and the Washington D.C. area.  


Jason has flown for several Part 135 and Part 121 carriers, flying both cargo and passengers.  During his time at these companies, he has held the positions of First Officer, Captain, Ground Instructor, Simulator Instructor, Check Airman, and Aircrew Program Designee.  Jason has been fortunate enough to fly multiple types of piston, turboprop, and jet aircraft, both domestically and internationally.  He currently flies for United Airlines and holds B767, B757, B737, and DHC-8 type ratings.  


When he is not working, Jason enjoys music, movies, mountain biking, and volunteering with the Commemorative Air Force and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.  He once saw a MiG-28 do a 4G negative dive. 


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Todd was born and raised in Kingwood, Texas.  His passion for aviation started at the age of five after learning about airplanes from his uncle, an Air Force pilot. He began the pursuit of his aviation dreams while attending Kingwood High School, as a member of the Civil Air Patrol and as an Aviation Explorer Scout with Boy Scouts of America.


Todd earned his instrument multi-engine pilot certificates while in high school. Todd’s formal education and flight instructor credentials were earned cum laude at the University of North Dakota. Upon completion of his degree, he joined United Flight Systems in June 1998 and has been a UFS advocate ever since.


When not instructing, Todd is a Captain on the A-320 for United Airlines.  While at United, Todd has served as a subject-matter-expert on multiple projects and has flown every airplane in United’s fleet.  He is type-rated in the Boeing 737, 747-4, 757, 767, 777, 787, Airbus 320, A-330, A-340, and G-550 plus multiple others. Todd also served as a Captain and Line Check Airman During his time at Continental Express airlines.


Todd has two beautiful little girls, Ashleigh and Charlotte, who occupy his time on the ground.  His lovely and doting better half, Ellen, runs the household when he is off flying.

Gordon Morrow

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Check Instructor & Assistant Chief


Gordon Morrow was born and raised in Houston, TX. From a young age Gordon was inspired by the sight of airplanes and movies like top gun but never realistically considered becoming a pilot. After graduating high school, he decided to try the scientific field like his father, and at 18 enrolled at Sam Houston State University to study Physics while minoring in math. He would obtain his B.S. in three years while holding a 3.9 GPA in his major. However, Gordon wished to apply his skills towards something more hands on. Before graduating, he was offered a position at Texas A&M as a Research Assistant under the tutelage of Dr. Eric Petersen. As a masters student he majored in Mechanical Engineering and studied topics such as heat transfer, numerical methods and material science.


But all that changed after an introductory flight at United Flight Systems that reignited Gordon’s passion for flying. In June 2017 Gordon began training towards his private pilot license, and most recently finished acquiring his CFI license. One day Gordon wants to fly for an airline and has no plans of looking back. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and sports, as well as spending time with family.

Kyle Rorick

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Certified Flight Instructor & Assistant Chief


Kyle was born in Portland, OR and raised both there and Houston, TX. He knew he wanted to be a pilot when he found out at a very young age that his uncle flew for both the US Air Force and Delta Airlines. Upon graduating from high school, Kyle started flight training with no experience and earned his private pilot license in October 2012 here at United Flight Systems. As a private pilot, Kyle loved to take family and friends up and share his excitement of flying. Kyle decided to start University in the Spring of 2013 at Texas A&M University. He graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and started a career as a Field Engineer with a prominent Industrial Engineering and Construction Company. While there, he traveled across the East Coast and was able to visit with his pilot uncle where Kyle got to hear all the great stories of flying from him. This sparked a newfound passion for flying. In November 2018, Kyle continued his flight training where he earned his Instrument, Commercial, and Instructor ratings here in Houston, TX. Outside of flying Kyle enjoys spending time with family and friends.


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Gary drank the “Aviation Kool-Aid” in the late 1960’s and became “addicted” to flying.  He obtained his CFI-A, CFI-I, CFI-ME in Atlanta and Houston during the 1970’s to pursue a career as a professional pilot.  After several positions with corporate flight departments, he took a hiatus from aviation in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s to pursue a career in information technology.

Gary returned to his aviation career in 2007 and became an instructor with United Flight Systems for several months before taking a position as an air charter pilot with a local Houston firm.  He rejoined UFS in 2014 as operations manager.  In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, hiking and photography.




Bobby has always been interested in aviation, but for one reason or another didn't take a lesson until he was in his 40's.  Bobby took his first lesson on May 3, 2015, at United Flight Systems and has been learning ever since!  Growing up in the area he has always seen planes flying overhead.  

While pursuing his commercial license he considered buying a plane to lease back to United Flight Systems.  That conversation about a leaseback turned into a full acquisition with his partner and fellow UFS student, Matt Shaunty in May 2018.  Bobby acquired Matt's portion of the business in September 2020.

Bobby has thoroughly enjoyed learning the business and working long hours in the evenings and weekends to start making improvements to the school and the fleet.  When Bobby isn't at the flight school he can often be found on the golf course watching his son or playing with his son or friends. Bobby has been married to his wife Tammie for 25 years and they have two children Emily (20) who is going to University of Texas studying business and Blake (16) who is a student at Klein Cain High School.