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.
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.
Annie Kate Lee, CFI-I
Annie Kate Lee’s passion for aviation began in Laurens, South Carolina, where she grew up. From planes buzzing overhead, aviation stories, pilot books and magazines, everything aviation caught her attention. When announcing her desire to become a pilot while in middle school, she found her parents were not quite as enthused. They sent her to aviation camp to convince her that aviation was not the career she wanted. Contrary to their plan, Annie Kate knew immediately that flying was her passion.
To pursue her dream, she decided to study aviation in college. Annie Kate attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, where she double-majored in Professional Aviation and Aviation Management. After graduating, she joined the university’s instructing staff to teach students in private, instrument, and commercial courses. She loves sharing her enthusiasm with students and watching as they also become enthralled with leaving the earth and safely returning.
With a special interest in places less traveled, Annie Kate worked as an intern with SIL Aviation in Papua New Guinea for three months. During her stay, she gained experience in the highlands, involving flights, aircraft maintenance, and management. Now, she brings that adventure and precision, necessary for jungle flying, to the FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville.
In her free time, Annie Kate enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading Agatha Christie mysteries, concocting puns, listening to the Beach Boys, and baking cookies.
Joshua Anderson, CFI-I, MEI
Joshua’s love for aviation started when he was a child, flying Barons with his father across the Midwest. Joshua graduated from Liberty University at age 19 while also working for Samaritan’s Purse aviation department. During his time at Samaritan's Purse, Josh traveled the world and experienced aviation in a variety of global settings. He was involved in disaster relief, humanitarian flying in Kenya, an aviation internship in Liberia. Additionally, he worked as a flight attendant on a DC-3 for relief flights in the Caribbean and Florida Keys, transporting volunteers to help rebuild after hurricanes. His experiences were broadened while performing flight coordinator and loadmaster duties for international relief flights throughout the Caribbean.
During his senior year of university, Josh began training for his Private Pilot’s Certificate, and upon graduating, began to pursue flight training full time. He received his Instrument Rating, Commercial Multi/Single, CFI, CFII, and MEI all in Concord, North Carolina. He loves to be involved in aviation within his community by representing the local flight club at Air Shows and events as well as going to his high school and giving presentations about aviation. Josh is also a member of the FAA WINGS program, earning his Basic, Advanced, and Master WINGS.
In his free time, Josh loves to spend time with his family of eight, go hiking and camping in the mountains, do freelance video/photography, travel, and play soccer. Josh looks forward to sharing both his flight and life experiences with his students at The Flight School of Greenville to help them make their passions and dreams become a reality.
Dale Ellis, CFI-I, MEI, ATP
Dale Ellis spent his early years in Colorado, where he soared through the skies across mountainous terrain and beautiful lakes. Although he says his career in aviation spans more decades then he cares to count, his students are grateful for his vast experience.
Dale's career as flight instructor began in 1972. In addition to instructing, Dale was a charter pilot for Sawyer Aviation in Phoenix, AZ. A short time later, he became Chief Pilot for Air Taxi operators spanning from Colorado to Texas.
As well as charter operations, Dale also professional flew for Piedmont Airlines (formerly Henson Airlines). He flew both Shorts Brothers SD3-30s and Dehavilland Dash-8s for over 20 years. With this experience, he was able to provide new pilots with ground instruction as well as a flight instruction for both models. Later in his airline career, he was a Line-Check Airman on the Dash-8.
Dale is excited to return to the world of flight training and share his wealth of knowledge and experience he has accumulated over the years. Dale has a talent for explaining complex subjects in a simplistic manner. His passion for aviation is highlighted through his enthusiasm and patience while teaching aviation skills to new students.
Connor Rockelman, CFI-I
Connor was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His interest in flying started with his Grandpa, who liked to teach him about different kinds of birds. Sadly, Connor could never remember their correct names, but he was always interested in why they could fly and why he could not.
Connor took his first airline flight during his sophomore year in high school. While his brother was getting sick next to him, Connor realized flying was the most thrilling experience he had ever had. He also appreciated the best views in the world. However, he thought the dream of becoming a pilot was unattainable in the civilian world. It was only after completing high school, while working with an aircraft refinisher, he discovered it was within his grasp.
Connor earned his Associates in aviation at Hesston College, Kansas. While in college, he also met his wife, the love of his life. Upon graduating college, he instructed for Hesston for a short period. As Connor and his wife moved several times over the course of 3 years, he instructed at Elkhart, Indiana, and Asheville, NC. He also flew a PC12 for a 135 operator in Pennsylvania.
Through all these experiences, Connor realized instructing is his true passion. His favorite part of instructing is seeing that light bulb click when students realize something they have been struggling to learn. In his free time, he likes to wheel throw, hike, read and spend time with his better half. This summer he will start pursuing a bachelor's degree online.