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 ten 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 11,000 hours total time and over 8,500 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-I
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.
Mike Griffith, CFI-I
Mike Griffith was born right here in Greenville, SC. As a child, Mike had a fascination with airplanes starting with his ceiling fan resembling an airplane propeller. While attending Pendleton High School, his parents encouraged him to take a Discovery Flight with the local flight school which further sparked his aviation bug. Cyndy happened to provide the instruction for that first flight allowing him to take the controls. Mike was hooked on the concept of becoming a pilot!
While earning a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina , Mike continued taking flight lessons as time permitted. Upon graduating, he worked various engineering jobs, but the desire to reach for the airways was still burning within him. After much discussion with loved ones, Mike decided to pursue what he was truly passionate about....flying airplanes!
Since Mike enjoyed the Discovery Flight with Cyndy, he was excited to continue his training under her guidance and now instruct for the Flight School of Greenville. Therefore, he has exclusively worked with Flight School of Greenville throughout his training. Mike enjoys helping students overcome challenges within flying and realize their full potential to spread their wings. He wants every flight experience to be a pleasurable, exciting, and rewarding adventure. His structured professionalism and attention to detail will certainly prepare any student for an exciting career in aviation!
During his time away from the airport, you will most likely find Mike working out at the local gym, watching various sporting events, and spending time outdoors boating or hiking. He enjoys spending time with his fiancée Joy, who also went to USC. They enjoy cheering on their beloved Gamecocks, however he does accept Clemson students! Mike also has two Golden Retrievers that keep him busy between belly rubs and back scratches.
Ethan Collins, CFI-I
Ethan Collins grew up under the arrival path of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Although most people would have hated being under the constant drone of air traffic, he was intrigued. As a Boy Scout, Ethan earned his Aviation badge further fueling his passion for aviation. As a young teen, the spark for knowlege of aviation was lit.
Earning money at the local pizza shop, as well as other odd jobs, Ethan spent his savings on a two year mission trip to the United Kingdom. He was able to visit various airports in England which included a Spitfire restoration facility and the Farnborough Air Show. Even away from home, Ethan found time for aviation.
After his return, he found work at South Carolina Avionics Services in Orangeburg, South Carolina. His work ethic was exemplified by the commendation of an NASA engineer.
Ethan finished his private pilot certificate in 2014, Instrument certificate in 2016, Commercial certificate in 2017, and became a flight instructor in March of 2018. Gaining experience at a local flight school, he helped students quickly progress from student pilot to commercial pilot. He seemed to have a niche for the more challenging students. When other instructors were ready to give up on the student, Ethan's patience helped them succeed! Ethan declares that the role of a flight instructor is the most rewarding!
In addition to flight instructing full time, Ethan is attending an online university. His major is Computer Information Technology with a minor in photonics. One of his recent accomplishments was developing a material that can be placed on aircraft wings to reduce induced drag by 35%. This innovative material is currently pending for a patent.
He loves pizza, krav maga, latin dance, his parents, and siblings. Ethan is unmarried and without children but has two wonderful nephews he loves to spoil!