JATO Aviation leads the field with the highest standards of safety and professionalism, and provides training recognized by aircraft manufacturers, like Cirrus Aircraft, as well as most insurance companies. Our Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) have thousands of hours of dual flight instruction given in both piston and turbine aircraft with the latest glass cockpit avionics.  Our training programs are designed to work around our students’ schedules and to help them meet their personal flight training goals.


April Gafford

CFI/Mentor Pilot
Founder: JATO Aviation

Ratings Held:
ATP, CFI/CFII, MEI, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP)
Type ratings: CE-500, SIC: CE-510
Veterans Airlift Command Pilot

Aircraft Specialty:
Cirrus SR20/SR22/SR22TN/SR22T, Pilatus PC12, TBM 850, Piper Matrix/Malibu/Meridian, Cessna Corvalis (formerly Columbia) 400/350, Cessna Citation 500/510.

Flight Experience/Training:
Over 4000 hours total flight time
Spirit Aviation: Part 135 Charter Pilot: King Air 200
JATO Aviation: Part 135 Charter Pilot: Pilatus PC12 UND/Cirrus Aircraft:    
Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot
Factory-trained: Cessna - G1000 CFAI plus; Columbia - Columbia 350/400:
Flight Safety: Citation I/II/V, King Air 200/C90B, Beech Baron, Cessna 414A
SIMCOM: Piper Matrix/Meridian, TBM 850, Pilatus PC12

Teaching Experience:
Over 3000 hours dual given Chief Flight Instructor: Diamond Aviation (2000 – 2009) and JATO Aviation (2004 – present) Turbine Transitions, Mentor Pilot , Technically Advanced Aircraft, WAAS FAA wings safety seminar instructor

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Helping pilots achieve mastery of the aircraft and facilitating clients reaching their goals in aviation are incredibly rewarding to me. I also have a particular interest in Human Factors, developing best teaching practices, and promoting safety in aviation.


Carl Mauck

CFI/Mentor Pilot

Ratings Held:
ATP, CFI/CFII/MEI
Type Ratings: B-747, B-727, DC-10, DC-9, A-320, G-V, F-27, CE-510S

Aircraft Specialty:
Citation Mustang

Flight Experience/Training:
40 years as an airline pilot and captain for Northwest Airlines with extensive domestic and international flight experience in Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia.

FlightSafety: Gulfstream V, Cessna Citation Mustang

Teaching Experience:
Flight instructor in technically advanced aircraft and very light jets since 2007.

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Being able to share with others my enthusiasm for aviation.


Bob Wood

Lead Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII)

Ratings Held:
ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI

Aircraft Specialty:
C-172 Stretch, Cirrus SR20, 22. TAA (G-1000, Cirrus Perspective)

 

Flight Experience and Training:
5000+ hrs ASEL, 28 yrs, Flight Attendant-United Airlines, Cirrus Certified Training Instructor

Teaching Experience:
Initial Flight Attendant Training Instructor UAL 1992-1994, Voice Acting Instructor (1992-Present), CFI, CFII-Diamond Aviation (2006-2013), CFI, CFII-JATO Aviation (2013-Present)

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?      
“I make people’s Dreams come true”


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Mark Heidenreich

CFI/Mentor Pilot

Ratings Held:
CFI/CFII/AGI, Cirrus Training Center Instructor (TCI)

Aircraft Specialty:
Cirrus SR20/SR22TN/SR22T, Cessna, Tailwheel

Flight Experience/Training:
I've been intrigued with aviation since I was a young child, living in a house situated directly beneath the approach to LAX in the early '50s. I never gave serious consideration to a career path other than flying airplanes since then. My first lesson was in 1970, and I was instructing by 1973. In 1975 I found a solid corporate flying job I kept for the next 25 years. I began flying Cirrus aircraft in 2004. I left in 2000 to return to my native state and left corporate aviation for good in 2005.  

UND/Cirrus:    Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) – 2009

Teaching Experience:
I have been instructing again since 2009 and currently averaging 600 hours flight instruction annually.

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Because no two people will perceive and acquire new information and skill in exactly the same way, I enjoy the challenge of attempting to tailor my approach to teaching in a manner best suited to the individual student pilot. Emphasis on fundamental flying skills is a priority with me.


Tara Borton

CFI/Mentor Pilot

Ratings Held:
Commercial ASEL/ASES, AMEL, CFI/CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor (TCI)

Aircraft Specialty:
Cirrus SR20/SR22/SR22TN/SR22T, Corvalis 350/400, Cessna 172/C182 with G1000

Flight Experience/Training:
Flying since 1985 with over 5000 hours total time.

Stanford University: Studied human behavior while earning a psychology degree

Teaching Experience:
Over 5000 hours of flight instruction since 1991. I am known as a patient, thoughtful, caring flight instructor. My background in psychology and human resources has taught me to be a listener who responds to student's needs.  I have trained international students, heads of companies, teenagers, and lots of women.  I have a very successful first time pass rate.

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Getting to know my students.  I take a personal interest in every student's flying goals and strive to help them achieve them.


Joe Romson

CFI/Mentor Pilot

Ratings Held:
Commercial ASEL, CFI/CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor (TCI)

Aircraft Specialty:
Cirrus, Cessna, Light Sport, experimental Van’s RV (including aircraft construction)

Flight Experience and Training:
Private pilot since 1986, flying in San Francisco Bay area and Seattle. Additional training in gliders, aerobatic aircraft (C-150 aerobat, Citabria) and aircraft accident investigation.

Teaching Experience:
Biomedical educator for more than 30 years, (PhD in 1982, MD in 1986). Published author and lecturer, with areas of interest in Human Factors/Human Performance, Aviation Safety, Aero medical factors and Simulator based training.

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Both the opportunity to share a very special activity with people (becoming a pilot or advancing their goals as a pilot) and seeking news ways to educate and develop better, safer pilots.


Daniel Heraldez

CFI/Mentor Pilot

Ratings Held: 
Commercial ASEL/AMEL, CFI/CFII/MEI, Cirrus Training Center Instructor (TCI)

Aircraft Specialty: 
Cirrus SR20/SR22/SR22TN (Avidyne and Perspective), C172-G1000

Flight Experience/Training:
Approximately 2100 hours total time

UND/Cirrus: Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot
NASA Ames Research: Contractor working on projects related to pilot performance and automation.

Teaching Experience: 
Experience teaching in PA28, C172SP, C172-G1000, C182-G1000, DA-20, DA-40, SR20, SR22, SR22TN

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI? 
Guiding a person with no aviation experience into becoming a safe, responsible, and competent pilot. There is great joy and exhilaration when your student successfully completes their first solo flight or safely returns from their first cross-country flight. It's also quite satisfying knowing that what I do helps promote and advance general aviation.


Keith Johns

CFI

Ratings Held:
Commercial ASEL, CFI

Aircraft Specialty:
C172SP Nav III, C182, PA28RT

Flight Experience and Training:
1300+ hours PIC. 800+ Dual given. Flying in the Bay Area since 2000.

Teaching Experience:
I began flight instruction in 2009 at the San Carlos Airport. I also have 20 years teaching music theory and applied brass instruction to teens, tweens, and adults.

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Helping aspiring pilots achieve their goals as I continue to learn the best methods to achieve that success. And let’s also not forget, it’s the best corner office ever.

 “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'”. Dan Rather


Ramon Rick

CFI/Mentor Pilot

Ratings Held:
CFI/CFII/MEI, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP)

Aircraft Specialty:
Cirrus SR20/SR22/SR22TN/SR22T

Flight Experience and Training:
Cirrus Aircraft Factory Trained Instructor, Multiengine Instructor, Helicopter Pilot, Stanford PhD in Applied Physics, Stanford MBA in Business Administration

Teaching Experience:
Flight Instructor since 2007. Cirrus Instructor since 2014.

When not teaching aviation, I am a budding entrepreneur and investor in the technology space.

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
I fly extensively for business and pleasure. Through teaching, I wish to serve as a long term mentor to prospective and fellow pilots.


 

Greg West

Cirrus Platinum CSIP

Ratings Held:
ATP, CFII, MEI, Embraer E190/170 regional jet

Aircraft Specialty:
Cirrus SR22T, SR22TN, SR22, SR20, Avidyne and Perspective

Flight Experience and Training:
3500 Cirrus hours, Charter Pilot using a Cirrus, Corporate Pilot for various Bay Area companies, owns an SR22 Avidyne based at SJC

Teaching Experience:
2000+ hours teaching in all varieties of Cirrus aircraft

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
It is enjoyable to watch clients reach milestones and realize their dreams.


Scott Young

CFI, CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor

Ratings:
Commercial ASEL, CFI/CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor; Flight Surgeon - US Navy

Aircraft Specialty:
Technically Advanced Aircraft, Cirrus SR20/SR22/SR22T/SR22TN, C172 G-1000

Flight Experience and Training:
Seven years old and sitting in the backseat of a Cessna with a former World War-2 fighter pilot at the controls.  I was hooked and dreamt of flying from that day forward. Working odd jobs paid for a private pilots license. Since then I joined the US Navy, flying and practicing aerospace medicine as a Flight Surgeon.  There I learned safety, systems and team work as a core flying ethic.

My experience ranges from tailwheel flying in a Cessna C-140 to training student naval aviators in a TA-4J Skyhawk. In addition I’ve served on a number of safety and aerospace training teams with efforts ranging from mishap investigation to curriculum design.

Teaching Experience:
Wide ranging experiences that spans targeted training environment (jet aviation) to instructing private pilot students in technically advanced (GA) aircraft.  I’ve taught not only the ground and flying component but also safety systems/practices, human factors and survival skills. 

What is rewarding to you about being a CFI?
Very simply helping someone achieve the dream of flight.