Meet The Instructors
CFI, CFII, MEI
Alex grew up in Glen Allen, Virginia and first moved to the Harrisonburg area in 2010 to attend James Madison University. Upon graduating in 2014 with a degree in history he decided to attend flight school. After completing flight school in 2015 he came back to Harrisonburg to be a flight instructor at Blue Ridge Aviation and has been here ever since. When Alex isn’t flying he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats, Maddie and Millie, and two dogs, Teddy and Callie.
I am a Shenandoah Valley native, from nearby Mount Crawford, VA. I have enjoyed living in the Valley for most of my life. I graduated from Liberty University in 2021 with a degree in Aeronautics. While working towards my degree, I completed my private pilot, instrument, and commercial multi-engine training through Liberty’s aviation program. In 2020, I returned home and began my training with Blue Ridge Aviation to earn my flight instructor certificate. I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with flight students while also becoming a better pilot myself. In my free time I enjoy hiking, skiing, and motorsports.
I grew up in Long Island, NY and moved my family to Virginia back in 2006. As a teenager, I was privileged to begin basic flight training through the public school system and achieved my solo flight before I was old enough to get my Driver's License. I've been flying with Blue Ridge Aviation since 2019, earning my Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial and CFI ratings here. I bring over 20 years of corporate training experience to the role of CFI and I'm living proof that you are never too old or too young to start flight training. When my head isn't in the clouds, I'm spending time with my wife and 7 children.
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, Gold Seal Instructor
In 2006, Cindy rode her bicycle 3,700 miles across the USA in 42 days starting in San Francisco and arriving at the Pentagon. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband, Tony, and was also awarded the National Physical Education Teacher title in 2012. Cindy brings the same dedication to her flight instruction, with over 3,000 hours total time, and over 2,400 hours of instructing. She loves using her teaching experience to help students become the safest pilots in the industry.
CFI, CFII, Gold Seal Instructor
Coming from an aviation family - with pilots in the Navy and private sector - Daniel’s interest in aviation took flight long before he earned his driver’s license. He has been flying with Blue
Ridge Aviation since 2010, where he started as a private pilot student. During his flight training, he received his Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Management from James Madison University. Since his time at JMU, Daniel has avidly pursued his career in aviation earning his ratings and instructing private, instrument, and commercial students. In the future, Daniel ultimately plans to move into the airlines, and is very interested in becoming a bush pilot to have the opportunity to fly to remote places around the country.
Colton started training with Blue Ridge Aviation and completed all of his ratings within 14 months before joining our team as a CFI. Prior to his flight training he was a medic for 6 years with the 116th infantry, Virginia National Guard. In addition to flying, he enjoys spending time on the lake and with family.
As a very young child I had always been intrigued by the magic of flight. At the age of 10 years old I went to a fly-in at the Winchester Regional Airport and took my first plane ride. That flight helped me realize I wanted to become a pilot. I started my flight training at 15 years old, soloed at 16 and earned my private pilot's license at 18 years old. At 30 years old I continued my flight training with Blue Ridge Aviation, and within 16 months earned my instrument rating, commercial pilot's license, and flight instructor certificate. I served 9 years in the VA Air National Guard and I’m also a police officer. I have plans to continue to become a better pilot and eventually go to the airlines.