Meet The Instructors

Cyndy Hollman, Designated Pilot Examiner and owner of FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville  

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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.

Annie Kate Saunders, 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.

Nick Tousey, CFI-I

Nick Tousey, born in Greenbrae, CA moved to the east coast at the age of two.  He grew up with two brothers on a  farm in Westminster SC.  Along with the daily chores, Nick spent his free time riding horses,  swimming and water skiing on Lake Hartwell.   In his youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America.  His love for flying began when he earned his Aviation Merit Badge in his neighbor's Piper Cherokee.   Keeping aviation in the back of his mind, he continued to earn an income through sod farming.  Along with farming, he earned his Associates Degree from the Isothermal Community College in Spindale NC.  He furthered studied Business at the University of Alabama.  At the farm, a restructuring of the company allowed Nick to seek new adventures in his life.  His spark for aviation was reignited after his Mother purchased a discovery flight for him.  HIs path was clear to see after that flight.

Nick spent the following three years studying and flying.  After tackling his Private, Instrument and Commercial, he earned his Certified Flight Instructor in the summer of 2019.  Nick is excited to share his love for aviation with all of his students.  He is knowledgeable, patient and full of energy.

When Nick is not at the airport, you may find him on the Ice Hockey rink.  His favorite team is the Carolina Hurricanes.  He also enjoys all water sports to include skiing, surfing, wakeboarding and fishing.

His favorite quote:  "The world belongs to the energetic"  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Riley West, CFI-I, MEI

Riley West was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. While attending Rockford Lutheran High School, he found his love for aviation. Turns out, there was a United Captain living right down the street who offered to take Riley up in his personal Cessna 172. Needless to say, Riley was hooked. With his new passion, Riley found himself working odd jobs in exchange for flight time.

A year later, after his family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, Riley was able to attend ATP flight school in Lawrenceville, Georgia. In just under 1 year, Riley went from 0 time to Single-Engine and Multi-Engine instructor. He also earned his FAA Basic, Advanced, and Master wings during that time.

In addition to providing excellent flight training with the Flight School of Greenville, Riley is working on his Bachelor’s in Aviation Science. He is excited to share his experiences while training the next generation of future pilots. Along with his fun and energetic teaching style, he places emphasis on proficiency and safety.

When riley is not flying, he enjoys spending time with his family and the great outdoors. His other favorite past times involve snowboarding, water sports and staying fit at the gym.

 

Michael Chang, Chief Flight Instructor

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.

Michael graduated from Easley High School, with academic honors. After his acceptance into Clemson University to study Health Science, he quickly realized that his true passion lay elsewhere. After much thought, he decided to go in a new direction and pursue aviation; something that had always thrilled him. Upon researching, he found the FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville - his first flight lesson was calling.

All of Michael’s flight training has been with the FLIGHT SCHOOL of Greenville, where he truly feels at home. He was quickly able to earn his Certified Flight Instructor while completing his Bachelor's in Mathematics. His favorite part of teaching is helping student pilots learn entirely new concepts and watching them apply those concepts to real-world operations. He loves all the major subjects that make up the field of aviation, and nothing satisfies him more than helping others meet their dreams of becoming a pilot.

When Michael isn't flying, you’ll find him spending time with his family and friends, hiking in local state parks, or practicing classical piano music.

Benjamin "BJ" Green, CFI

Originally from the coast of North Carolina, BJ moved to Raleigh, North Carolina at the age of 8. Growing up in Raleigh, he found an interest in aviation through family and friends who happen to be pilots, instructors, and check airmen. With this interest in tow, he perused his goal of becoming a pilot at a young age, soloing on his 16th birthday.

After soloing, BJ moved to the mountains of North Carolina to attend Western Carolina University. While at WCU, he received a Bachelor's in Construction Management with a minor in Business Administration. It was also at WCU that BJ met his wife, Annie.

Upon graduation, Asheville became home, starting a career in LTL Trucking as a supervisor. Several years later, BJ joined a large plumbing company, becoming a project manager and estimator. Ten years after college and 16 years after his solo flight, he finally finished his Private Pilot Certificate in the fall of 2019.

After several conversations, and encouraging words from family, friends, wife and daughter, BJ left the plumbing world in January 2020 to complete his flight training at the Flight School of Greenville. Throughout his time at FSOG, he earned his Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, and is currently working on his Flight Instructor Instrument on the path to obtain his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

Life experiences, including a challenging work history and a growing family, has added to BJ's patience and ability to communicate well with his students. He looks forward to sharing his instructing talents with his students!!

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.