Meet The Instructors
Michael Chang, Chief Flight Instructor and Owner of FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville
Michael Chang was born in Greenville, South Carolina. Ever since he can remember, he has always had a fascination with aviation. From his first travels with his family, he knew there was something special about taking flight.
When he was in high school, Michael’s parents paid for an airplane ride benefitting a charity event. The second the engine started, he knew he wanted to learn to fly.
It wasn’t Michael’s initial plan to become a pilot for a living. After graduating high school, he attended Clemson University with the goal of becoming a medical doctor. A few months later, he changed to a math major; he had no idea what he wanted to do. After speaking with his parents at length about his future, they agreed to sign him up for flight lessons at the FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville. Little did they know that Michael had found his calling the moment he took his first lesson.
Thanks to enormous support from his entire family, Michael obtained all his pilot certifications to become a flight instructor while finishing his degree at Clemson. In under two years, he went from learning to teaching at his flight school alma mater. As he continued building hours, he knew the airlines were just around the corner. He started to ask himself if he really wanted to leave his school behind.
One day, as Michael was searching for other aviation jobs, his boss and mentor Cyndy Hollman pulled him aside. She asked if he would consider continuing her school legacy. It only took a few minutes for Michael to make up his mind: Owning and running the flight school was meant for him, and him alone. He took her up on the offer the very next day and acquired the business the same year.
Ever since Michael took over the flight school, he feels his dreams have come true. He gets to stay close to family and friends, make a living in his home state, and share the gift of flight with those who want to make their dreams a reality. Michael tells everyone who walks in the door that they should pursue every interest they have, especially flying—when passionate enough, that interest can take them anywhere in life.
Cyndy Hollman, Designated Pilot Examiner and Founder of FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville
Cyndy Hollman was born on a farm in the countryside of New York. She has nine brothers and sisters. She never dreamed of becoming a pilot like some might think but, when one opportunity led 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 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), a Delta regional carrier. She later flew the ERJ145 for Commutair Airlines, a United regional carrier, where she upgraded to Captain. After gaining experience as a Captain, Cyndy was hired at Allegiant Air and flew the A319 and A320.
Cyndy was given the honor of becoming a Designated Pilot Examiner in 2017. She enjoys the important role of administering checkrides throughout the southeastern USA. Considering all the aviation opportunities that had been offered to Cyndy. She continues to find her passion in teaching and giving checkrides.
For the past 15 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 12,000 hours total time and over 8,500 dual given, Cyndy is excited every day 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.
Jack Nelson, CFI
Jack Nelson was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, near the Donaldson Airport. While attending Greenville Tech Charter High School, he enjoyed being a member of the baseball and golf teams.
Jack, growing up near an airport, was drawn to airplanes at an early age. His interest in aviation began to peak from the constant buzzing of airplanes overhead. His love was elevated in the 5th grade with his first trip to Space Camp’s Aviation Challenge at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. To further his aviation excitement, he received a discovery flight for his birthday as a young teenager. This reassured his decision to become a pilot.
After high school, Jack continued his love for aviation and earned a BS in Aviation Management from Averett University in Danville, VA. While attending Averett, he earned his Private Certificate through Commercial Single and Multi-engine Certificate. Furthering his piloting skills, Jack enjoyed receiving his tailwheel endorsement. To advance his career, Jack earned his Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). Since Jack earned his CFI with Flight School of Greenville, he is proficient with their successful program and excited to be one of their top-quality instructors.
In his free time, Jack enjoys playing golf, fresh/saltwater fishing, hunting, sports, and computer gaming.
Eli Stoudemayer, CFI-I, MEI
Eli Stoudemayer was born in Greenville, South Carolina and spent most of his childhood here. He grew up in a big family with five older brothers and two younger sisters. When he was five years old his family decided to be missionaries in Costa Rica for a year and then Honduras for a year and a half. During his two and a half years on the mission field Eli remembers the many airline flights from Atlanta to Tegucigalpa and back. This is where his interest in aviation took flight.
Growing up, one of his favorite pastimes was playing any sport from Tennis, to Spikeball, Ultimate Frisbee, Pickleball, Cross-country, Soccer, and just about any other competitive activity. When his Senior year rolled around at GMC High School, he decided to get his Private Pilot Certificate in a 1946 Cessna-140 at a grass strip that was 1700 feet long. From the very first time he sat in the cockpit, he knew this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Before Eli even finished his Private Certificate, he knew he wanted to teach others and share his love for aviation. He continued his training at ATP flight school where he earned his Single-Engine and Multi-Engine instructor. Eli is now able to share his passion for flying with others.
In his free time, Eli loves to be outside, playing sports, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.
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.