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About HFA

A team of experienced, professional instructors

High Flight Aviation offers accelerated flight training for a variety of certificates, ratings and aircraft. Why accelerated training? We find that the best way to ensure knowledge retention and a successful pass rate is to have a consistent and dedicated schedule. Less information is “lost” in the memory trying to shuffle daily life and scheduling/re-scheduling airplanes.
Our courses are setup in such a way that throughout the entire time with us, you are constantly learning and practicing what you learn

All of our instructors are vetted by our Chief Instructor. We take pride in hiring only the best instructors. Our instructors are knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and just super-awesome.

We operate out of KMYF (Montgomery Field, San Diego CA), KSEE (Gillespie Field, San Diego CA), and KCOE (Pappy Boyington Field, Coeur d’Alene ID).

Meet our awesome instructors

Shane Terpstra

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Chief Instructor – ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, sUAS

Shane Terpstra founded the company in 2010, having had a career in Information Technology, having founded his own IT company in 1999. Shane started flying at the age of 16 and has pursued multiple facets of aviation. Shane is an ATP-rated pilot, a FAA FAASTeam Lead Representative, Accident Investigator and, former airline Captain. Shane was involved in Search and Rescue for over 20 years with the Civil Air Patrol as an Incident Commander, Command Pilot, and Director of Emergency Services for the state of California. Shane is currently the Director of Safety and Chief Pilot for the largest flight club in the United States.
Over the past 10 years, Shane’s first time pass rate remains above 80%, mostly thanks to the amazing students with many ratings above 90%.

Shane is a Airline Transport Pilot in both Single and Multi-Engine aircraft, Certificated Flight Instructor (Single & Multi-Engine Land and Single-Engine Sea) with Instrument Privileges, an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor and a NAFI Master Instructor, a designation held by less than 1,000 instructors worldwide.

Patrick Ciri

Instructor – CFI

Patrick Ciri was introduced to flying at a young age through paragliding and although the love for aviation was clearly there, he never imagined he could build a career through flying. After years spent in Marketing, Patrick took a leap of faith and left his desk job to pursue a career in aviation. A year and half later he is now a newly minted CFI ready to share his passion for flying as he builds his hours to one day join the airlines.

Jacob Wick

Instructor – CFI, CFII

I’m Jake, a professional flight instructor in San Diego. I’ve been flying out of Montgomery Field and the greater San Diego area since 2015. I have a career goal of reaching a mainline airline, one day soon. When I’m not flying, you’ll likely find me soaking in a view up in the mountains, underneath the shade of some pine trees. The best part of flight training is the journey, and I feel very fortunate that my job is to share and expand that journey with all of my students here at HFA. 

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