Gordon Morrow

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI

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.

Corey Clark

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI

Corey, born and raised in Houston, developed a love for flying after his first flight in 2017 here at United Flight Systems and hasn’t looked back since. He has had the privilege of flying general aviation all over the country while completing all flight training in Houston.

 

Prior to pursuing a career in aviation, he coached high intensity athletes ranging from ages 3 years old and up. His 8+ years of teaching experience combined with a passion for aviation aided his transition into flight instructing with dreams of becoming an airline pilot. 

 

He spends his free time with his family and enjoying outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, traveling and playing/watching sports.

Travis Long

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI

Travis Long started off with a background in Oil & Gas and technical drafting. After a series of convenient events, such as a downturn in work and a short flight at UFS with a family friend, he found his eyes opened to a whole new career. Since then Travis traded his office chair for an aircraft seat, and hasn’t looked back. Now a CFI, he looks forward to helping others awaken a passion for flight while encouraging safe and positive experiences. His long term goals are to fly for an airline and travel the world.

 

Outside of instruction Travis often spends time watching baseball and road tripping with friends.  

Kyle Rorick

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI

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.

Landon Lessmann

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI

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. 

Jacoby Hale

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

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.

Dawn Largent

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

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.

Kent Bolton

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Kent began flying in 2015, after graduating high school and hasn’t looked back. He was given the choice of going to a big college or to stay local and begin flight training while attending college. He picked the better choice and continued on to achieve his private pilot certificate and associates degree in business in 2017.

 

Kent began working as a ramper here at UFS in 2015 while working on his ratings. He eventually transferred over to Bush Intercontinental airport to work for an FBO on the corporate side of aviation. While hanging out with the big jets, he got to work with many famous travelers including JJ Watt, Phil Mickelson, the Vice President of the United States, and many more. In the meantime, he obtained his Instrument, Commercial, and Multi-Engine rating. After given the opportunity to enroll in first-ever UFS accelerated CFI course, Kent packed his stuff up from IAH and took the chance to become a CFI. Weeks later, he got his certificate and is now more ready than ever to teach the next set of pilots.

 

On his off time, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, and hanging out with his 4 dogs. Kent’s goal is to become an airline pilot and has recently obtained a conditional job offer with Express Jet Airlines, which he very much looks forward to.

Tyla Hollis

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI

Tyla S. Hollis is a Certified Flight Instructor, (CFI). She is focused on helping her students to efficiently obtain the highest quality flight training, emphasizing personal integrity, knowledge sharing, and a commitment to meeting all industry standards and objectives. Tyla's passion for adventure as a young girl always had her eyes to the sky. While in high school as an engineer pathway student, much of her focus was on aerospace design. During her senior year, a visit to Daytona Beach would change the way she thought about aviation and thus, heightened her desire to be on the front lines of educating and inspiring the next generation of pilots. 

Tyla was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, home to one of the busiest airports in the world. She is a decorated graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science. While at Riddle, her experience as a flight student and Dispatcher, provided an incredible range of real-time experience.  Enlightened by the beauty of aviation, Tyla had the pleasure of interning with FedEx Express (Flight Department), in Memphis, TN. There, Tyla was able to expand her passion with the best technology and equipment using state of the art instrumentation. This unique hands-on experience makes Tyla a highly desirable professional. Tyla aspires to continue learning and sharing her knowledge with her students.  Since moving to Houston, she has expanded her network of women aviators. Tyla enjoys spending time with her husband Joe and their dog Kaicho. 

John Cordero

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI

John Cordero was born and raised in Puerto Rico. His father introduced him to the world of aviation at an early age, taking him to the international airport in San Juan and stare at airplanes taking off and land, and he fell in love really quickly with airplanes. He studied two years in college but realized aviation was his true passion. He moved to Houston to dedicate himself to this career.

 

He continues to pursue this career all the while sharing his passion with others. His goal is to provide a safe environment and a positive, fun experience on each flight. He strives for students to have as good of time flying as he does.

 

Outside of aviation, John enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games, and going to the gym. He looks forward to flying for an airline and traveling as much as he can.

Matt Nichols

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI

Matt was born into a large family in upstate New York and raised on a dairy farm, where he learned the value of hard work from an early age.  Despite not having any connection to aviation at all, he developed a love of airplanes and aviation at an early age.  Following his graduation from college, he earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps.  He deployed multiple times, including a combat deployment to Iraq.  During his tenure in the Marine Corps, he also spent time as an instructor, overseeing portions of the training for nearly 40,000 recruits during their time at “boot camp” at Parris Island, South Carolina. 

 

In 2006, he moved with his wife Tiffany to her hometown of Tomball, Texas.  He went to work in the healthcare industry, and later the oil and gas industry.  With the downturn in the oil and gas industry several years ago, Matt took the opportunity to reevaluate his career path and decided that the time was right to pursue his aviation goals.  He went back to school and obtained an additional B.S. degree in Aeronautics from Liberty University, while at the same time earning his pilot certificates (including his private pilot’s license right here at UFS).

 

Matt and his wife have four children with ages ranging from thirteen to five years old.  He and his family are active in their local church and he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, shooting, reloading, gardening, and of course flying. He’s thrilled to now be back at UFS to help train the next generation of aviators.

Jack Harvey

Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

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.

DAVID WRIGHT

CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

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.

JEFF GILL

ASSISTANT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

CFI / CFII / MEI / ATP

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 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 has worked as a Pt. 121 Airline Pilot flying the British Aerospace Jetstream, and Pt. 135 Training Captain and Check Airman in the twin-engine, turbo-prop Cheyenne II.

 

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 manages a Law Firm here in the Houston Area. He enjoys spending time with his wife Claudia and three teenage girls when he’s not instructing.

GIO HANDAL

ASSISTANT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

CFI / CFII

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. 

JASON COOLEY

ASSISTANT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

CFI / CFII / MEI / ATP

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. 

PAUL ALFARO

ASSISTANT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

CFI / CFII / MEI / ATP

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.

GARY WAYNE

SENIOR OPERATIONS MANAGER

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 DOSS

OWNER & MANAGING MEMBER

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 over the past six months 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.

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 is working his day job as a technology seller for Dell Technologies.  After aviation, his second hobby is golf.  Bobby has been married to his wife Tammie for 23 years and they have two children Emily (18) who is going to University of Texas studying business and Blake (14) who is a student at Klein Cain High School.  

MATT SHAUNTY

OWNER & MANAGING MEMBER

What started as a birthday gift, has become something so much more. Matt’s wife Jen wanted to give him flying lessons for his birthday since he had commented how fun he thought it would be. With the help of Matt’s golfing buddy and UFS student, Bobby Doss, Jen surprised Matt with a bag full of pilot supplies and gift certificate to begin at United Flight Systems. So, in September, 2017 Matt took his first private pilot lesson and was hooked immediately. 

 

Just a few months and a dozen or so lessons later, Matt met Bobby for coffee to talk about possibly partnering on a single trainer aircraft that they could use for their training, while leasing it back to United Flight Systems. That cup of coffee lead to a conversation with UFS owner Bob Watts about his vision for the future of the school and, ultimately in Matt and Bobby’s acquisition of United Flight.

 

Matt’s background is in business administration with Texas A&M’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology, The Texas Council on Economic Education and his own company, Simplified Communications Group. He also worked for AT&T in telecommunications sales.

 

Matt enjoys spending time with Jen and their sons, Jordan (20), Jackson (16) and Gavin (13) and can be found at the lake, on the golf course or tennis court, or in the kitchen with Jen.

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