Andrew Morgan

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

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.

Brandon White

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

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

CFI, CFII

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

CFI, CFII

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.

Kevin Foster

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII & MEI

Kevin grew up just outside of Chicago and as a 3rd generation pilot, his love of aviation was inevitable.  The summer after completing high school, Kevin started his flight training with his brother as his instructor and he received his Private Pilot Certificate.  

 

Kevin attended the University of Illinois and obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  Upon graduation, he began a 10-year career in Project Management with ExxonMobil.  He and his family were fortunate to spend much of that time overseas, and while he loved to travel, every time he got on a plane, Kevin knew he wanted to be the Pilot, not the passenger.  Ultimately, he pulled the trigger on a career change and enrolled in a professional pilot program where he obtained his Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, CFI, CFII and MEI.

Kevin is excited to be instructing at United Flight Systems – He vividly remembers the excitement of his first training flight 15+ years ago and he’s excited to share in those moments with new students on their journey to becoming a pilot.  

 

Kevin and his wife Vanessa have two children – James (3) and Emily (1).  When Kevin is not flying, he enjoys sports, traveling, camping, and spending time with friends and family. 

Camilla Ferrao

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Camilla was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where she lived until 2014.  Flying was not something she always dreamed of as a child but growing up she became fascinated with aviation. Her aviation career officially began in 2014, when she got a job as a flight attendant with a European based airline, in Dublin, Ireland.  Throughout her time working as a flight attendant, Camilla realized that the flight deck was where she belonged.  In 2018 she left her job and moved to San Diego, where she began training for both her FAA and EASA licenses to pursue her dream of becoming a commercial pilot.

 

In 2020, Camilla got both her FAA commercial and European ATP after which she decided to move to Houston, where she lives with her husband Caj, who she recently married.  She completed her CFI and CFII training in 2021, here at United Flight Systems.

 

Even though Camilla’s final goal is to be an airline pilot, she plans to keep instructing as she believes there is nothing more rewarding than transferring her passion to new aspiring pilots.

 

When she is not flying, Camilla is studying for her bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business.  She enjoys spending time with her loved ones and her dog, Happy, who is now fluent in both English and Italian.

Matt Baldys

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Matt was born in Arizona and has also lived in California and Texas.  He moved to Houston when beginning a career as a firefighter, of which he serves now as a chief officer.  About five years ago, he was assigned to Hobby Airport as the Airport Commander, responsible for coordinating the emergency responses for aircraft with the Aircraft Rescue Firefighters, the fire department, Air Traffic Control, and Airport Operations.  He became fascinated with aviation in his new assignment and used to climb on the roof of the airport fire station at night with a portable radio and a pair of binoculars, watching the planes in the distance and listening to the radio as they came in on Approach, switched to Tower, and then parked on the Ground frequencies.  That job assignment triggered the plan to set in motion a career change, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Matt got his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, CA, and his master’s degree from Sam Houston State University.  His passion for aviation is backed up by a strong safety perspective from working in emergency response.  He is excited to be a part of your aviation journey.

Matt and his wife Jodi have two daughters, Kiley and Aubrey.  If you don’t see him at the airport, you could find him playing soccer with them in the backyard, going for a run at Burrough’s park, or washing his car in the driveway, which he tries to keep impeccably clean.

Rainier Mascarenhas

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Rainier’s passion for aviation started when he took his first discovery flight at West Houston Airport. Mr. Hank Henry was the one flying and 7-year-old Rainier was hooked. He took a sip of aviation-Kool-Aid, and his eyes were forever turned to the sky.

 

In 2017 Rainier started his aviation journey here at United Flight Systems earning his private pilot certificate. Our flight school stood out to Rainier because the airport was towered which meant getting comfortable with ATC early and the people were kind and helpful. Gary holds a special place in his heart because he’s the one who first introduced Rainier to becoming a pilot and answered all his questions. He then went on to finish his instrument rating and commercial certificates. In 2021, Rainier worked with Jeff Gill and Ryan Gilmore here at United to finish his flight instructor certificates.

 

In his spare time, Rainier can be found building/fixing computers, and thoroughly enjoying coaching a collegiate e-sports team in a game called Overwatch.

Tarah Hughes

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Tarah Hughes was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania but was raised in Kingwood, Texas where she graduated from Kingwood High School in 2011. After high school Tarah spent time working for Emirates and Turkish Airlines, this is when she developed her love for aviation. Soon after, Tarah enlisted in the United States Army where she served in an aviation unit for 5 years. While working in flight operations and logistics Tarah began pursuing her private pilot’s license while still serving in Savannah Georgia. Tarah moved back home to Kingwood where she continued to get her instrument rating, commercial certificate, and become a Certified Flight Instructor.

 

Being a part of each of her students’ individual journeys to becoming pilots is what drew Tarah to flight instructing. Tarah’s goal is to one day become an airline pilot but is excited for the opportunity to share her knowledge of and passion for aviation with her students along the way.

 

When she’s not teaching or flying, Tarah enjoys spending time with her family, including her pets Yoda and Ash, traveling, working out, and training for races.

Matthew Morgan

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI

Matthew was born and raised in the Houston area. As a 4th generation pilot his passion for aviation has always been a major part of his life. Matthew attended Klein Oak High School and then St. Pius X where he played football and was offered a scholarship to play college football at the University of Central Arkansas. While playing at the University of Central Arkansas he began his studies towards a business degree but found his passion for aviation and moved back to Houston, Texas to start his flight training. 

 

Matthew began his flight training in the summer of 2019 and completed his private pilot. After his private pilot, he continued his flight training and a college degree at Liberty University being the first Liberty student at United Flight Systems. He earned his instrument rating and commercial rating graduating in 3 years with a bachelor’s degree in aviation science graduating as magna cum laude. 

 

When Matthew isn’t flying, he enjoys being with friends and family, fishing, hunting, and anything sports-related. Matthew has a dream of being an airline pilot, but for now, his passion is teaching students in general aviation and providing instruction that is safe and enjoyable. 

Zac Borden

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Certified Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Zac grew up in Indiana but has also lived in Massachusetts, California, and even Australia for a couple of years. He moved to Houston in 2013 to start a career as a mechanical engineer in oil and gas. Zac began started training as a student with United Flight Systems in 2020 just for fun, something he’d always wanted to try, but soon realized that flying was something he wanted to do for the long haul. He left his 10-year career to finish up his ratings and become a full-time flight instructor.

 

Zac has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Olin College of Engineering, and a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has a passion for teaching that began in graduate school and is excited to help you realize your aviation goals, whatever they are.

 

When not instructing, Zac enjoys rock climbing (both inside and outside), cooking, and spending time with friends.

DAVID WRIGHT

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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.

GIO HANDAL

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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. 

ALICE CALZETTA

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ASSISTANT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

CFI / CFII / MEI / ATP

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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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 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 Gulfstream G-IV SP as well as a King Air 350i for a medical corporation.

 

He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Claudia and three beautiful daughters when not flying.

PAUL ALFARO

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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.

JASON COOLEY

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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. 

TODD SHACKOULS

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ASSISTANT CHIEF INSTRUCTOR

CFI / CFII / MEI / ATP

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.

GARY WAYNE

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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.

BRANDI BRAWNER

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BUSINESS MANAGER

Brandi Brawner was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended the University of Michigan on a softball scholarship and returned home shortly after graduation to begin her career. An entrepreneur at heart, Brandi has spent time in multiple industries and enjoys the challenge of learning and growing a business. Although she has loved traveling and watching planes take off and land since childhood, her role at United Flight Systems has created a newfound passion for aviation. 

 

Brandi and her husband Terry have three young boys— Ford, Beckett and Holden. She loves sports, being outdoors, and spending time with all of her family. 

BOBBY DOSS

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PRESIDENT & OWNER

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.