Meet The Instructors
Cyndy Hollman, Chief Flight Instructor and owner of FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville
Cyndy Hollman was born on a farm in the country side of New York. She has nine brothers and sisters. She never dreamed of becoming a pilot like some might think but, when one opportunity lead to another, Cyndy jumped at the chance. While majoring in Biology at the College of Charleston and working at a local restaurant, a customer asked her if she wanted to go for a flight. That first flight in a C152 changed her life forever. Upon completion of college, Cyndy worked as a paramedic and continued to work on all of her certificates and ratings. Once she obtained her Certified Flight Instructor, she had the opportunity to teach at the Charleston AFB Aeroclub. After teaching students to fly for over 1,200 hours, she accepted a job flying checks with Ram Air Freight. The job was short lived as she was soon offered a job flying King Airs for private owners back in Charleston, SC.
After building several hundred hours in BE 90s, 200s and 300s, Cyndy was able to obtain her ATP and apply for the regional airlines. She was immediately offered a First Officer position on the Dornier 328J with Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA). Three years later, ACA became Independence Air, a major carrier. Seventeen months later, the company fell into bankruptcy. Once Cyndy was furloughed, she thought about all of the aviation opportunities that had been offered to her. She knew after all of those experiences, her passion was in teaching others the gift of flight.
For the past seven years, Cyndy has followed her heart and helped hundreds of students, old and young, reach their goals from Private Pilot up to Airline Transport Pilot. Accumulating over 8,500 hours total time and over 6,000 dual given, Cyndy is excited everyday to teach what she has learned to others. Her students boast about her patience and her ability to simplify even the most difficult subjects. She believes in teaching a student more than just learning to fly; she believes in teaching a student to become a Pilot who is comfortable flying almost anywhere. If you ask Cyndy if she ever grows tired of teaching, you will see her light up as she describes a new student's reaction to their first solo experience or the first time they fly through a cloud. Cyndy plans to continue instructing professionally as long as there are students wanting to learn the amazing gift of becoming a pilot.
Sam Grice, CFI-I
Sam Grice was born in Snellville, Georgia outside Atlanta, and has fallen in love with Greenville since moving here in 2012. From a young age Sam developed a passion for aviation. He loved watching the Delta jets at the Atlanta Hartsfield airport and spent hours on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator. While attending The University of Georgia, Sam took an intro flight and decided to pursue his passion for aviation.
Sam obtained his Private Pilot at the Athens-Ben Epps airport, and then moved to Greenville, SC for a finance job in the telecom industry. He continued his training at the Greenville Downtown airport, and now holds his Single and Multi-engine Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument certificates.
Sam has a professional and personal approach to his teaching. He thoroughly enjoys sharing his passion with others, and works hard to make sure you have fun while learning. Sam enjoys the challenge of helping students achieve their goals and overcome obstacles. His intelligence and patience make him a great instructor, and he understands that risk management and good judgment play a vital role in helping students become safe competent pilots.
In his free time Sam enjoys sharing his passion with his wife Sarah, a flight instructor and airline pilot. They have a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Zulu who loves to fly along with them. He also enjoys playing golf, biking, hiking, skiing, grilling, and boating on Lake Keowee.
Michael Curry, CFI
Michael Curry is a graduate of Laurens High School and Anderson University where he got his Business Management degree. After being invited by total chance to go skydiving with a friend, he knew immediately upon touching the ground once again that he had left his heart thousands of feet in the air and he would never be complete unless he was in the sky where he belonged. Thinking that becoming a pilot was impossible he told his skydiving instructor that even though it might sound crazy he was determined to learn how to fly that thing, pointing to the airplane he had just jumped out of.
Three years later after doing all of his training exclusively with Flight School of Greenville he is now a Certified Flight Instructor and living out his dream of flying. His real passion is watching the light blubs flicker on as his students learn how airplanes fly and when they overcome all of the exciting challenges that aviation has to offer. When a student finally grasps a difficult concept he enjoys knowing that he is spreading the incredible gift of flight and building competent and safe pilots.
Michael Curry grew up in Gray Court, SC where his dad owned a hardware store. As a child he enjoyed disassembling and reassembling anything he could get his hands on in order to figure out how it worked. This branched into many passions and hobbies such as electronics, woodwork and art. Eventually he would grow bored with every endeavor until he discovered the exciting and challenging world of aviation where know matter how much you learn there is always more ways to improve and become a better pilot.
Curt McGahhey, CFI-I
Curt McGahhey was born in Vineland, NJ. As a young child his father took him to watch A-10 Warthogs and F-4 Phantoms practice gunnery and bombing at Warren Grove Gunnery Range in the pygmy pine forests of southern New Jersey; from then on he wanted to fly in the military. In 1992 Curt Joined the U.S. Army and became a Combat medic in an aviation unit. After the Army he stayed in the reserves and attended SUNY Oswego, majoring in Biology. During his Junior year he met a Marine Officer Recruiter who offered him a shot at flight school. That summer he attended Officer Candidate School, and upon graduation from college the following year accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps.
In December 1998 2nd Lt. McGahhey reported to fight school in Pensacola FL. His first flight was in a Beechcraft T-34C Turbo-Mentor. He remembers the first time he left the ground in a small turbo-prop airplane, it was pure adrenaline. During his service in the U.S. Marines, Curt flew Helicopters, Multi-Engine Turbo-Props, and Tilt-Rotor aircraft; and accumulated more than 2300 flight hours and 500 simulator hours.
After his military retirement in 2013, Curt worked in manufacturing for four years for large national companies. Eventually, he began to miss flying more and more. In spring 2017 in order to satisfy his urge to return to flying, he signed up for a flight with Flight School of Greenville to get back into the flying scene. Sam Grice took him up and during that flight Curt realized how much he really wanted to be back in the cockpit. After meeting Cyndy, Michael and Sam he saw that their professionalism, dedication and commitment had no comparison, and when Cyndy brought up the possibility of joining the team he jumped at the opportunity.
Curt says flying should be fun all the time, especially when first learning to fly. His favorite experiences as an instructor are seeing his students grasp a difficult concept or flawlessly perform a new or advanced maneuver in the aircraft while having a smile on their face. He believes in working within a student's comfort level while training them to expand their “operating box” so they can continually grow into a SAFE and PROFICIENT AVIATOR who is confident and secure in their flying abilities. Curt lives in Simpsonville with his wife, four children, two dogs and whatever animals his boys caught in the woods that day. His hobbies include playing sports and fishing with his children, flying, hiking, home improvement and brewing beer. He looks forward to flying with you in order to help you reach all your aviation goals!
Mitul Tilva, CFI-I
Mitch was born and brought up in Rajkot India where he studied academics, athletics and etiquette at Rajkumar College. He later continued his education at Bangalore University. With his fascination of large machinery and CNC programming, he received a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and finished first class in 1999.. The final year at college, he, along with 3 other students designed a Water Jet Cutting Machine.
Upon completion of school, Mitch worked as a design and process engineer at Inova Cast Pvt. ltd. creating casting using lost wax process. Because of his desire to learn and study more, working as an engineer lasted only a short while. He began to learn programming, web developing, and business on the side. One day while searching on the internet, he came across a demo of Microsoft Flight Simulator. He quickly became fascinated with airplanes and learning to fly. He remembers looking up in the sky and feeling like the airplanes were calling him by saying “come fly me”. Mitch said he just could not take his eyes off of them.
Mitch landed in the USA, 8,500 miles away from home, in July of 2002. Flying was something he still wanted to do but finance was an issue. Therefore, he started 3 successful businesses. While his parents came to visit a few years ago, he told his dad that he wanted to become pilot. His Dad said "go for it!" The next day he went to the Greenville Downtown Airport to begin his flight training. He quickly advanced from Private Pilot through Certified Flight Instructor- Instrument. While Mitch was building time toward his Commercial Certificate, he had the opportunity to fly with his instructor in a C172 across the USA. (to read about his trip, click on the Blackboard Tab)
Mitch is excited to teach what he has learned to all students. He is thorough, punctual and professional. The students appreciate his patience, knowledge, and friendly attitude. Mitch has a great talent for understanding students and helping them achieve their goals.