California Airways has a staff of dedicated professionals who have a profound passion for flight.
Owner, Chief Flight Instructor (Part 61)
Keith has over 8,000 hours of flight time and holds the FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate. He is also a Certified Flight Instructor (Instrument, Multi-Engine, and Single-Engine). He’s flown for Ameriflight, Air Ambulance, and American Eagle Airlines. He acquired and relaunched California Airways in 2004, and currently serves as Chief Flight Instructor for all Part 61 training courses.
Co-Owner, Office Manager
Susie is the office manager at California Airways. She coordinates parties, special events, does all of the marketing for California Airways and enjoys her position at the company very much. Susie brings to the team a lot of marketing experience from her former careers and has helped grow the business and developed new programs such as the Children's Birthday Parties, Aerocamp and Special Events.
Mahmoud is California Airways' webmaster and is responsible for keeping its website and publications up to date. He also flies as a safety pilot and is presently working toward his CPL, CFII and MEII. He is an Attorney for a well known law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He flew his first airplane at the age of 10 years old and has been flying ever since. He has a passion for both the law and aviation, and puts his skills to use helping California Airways in any way that he can.
ATP,CFI,CFII & MEI
Damanpreet is one of the youngest flight instructors at Cal Air. He started to learn how to fly when he was in high school. Since he walked through the front doors of our school his dream was always to be an airline pilot. Now he is a pilot at Skywest Airlines. He also shares a passion to teach and has been a phenomenal flight instructor. He loves to travel and sees Hawaii as his future home. Captain Chalal can be reached at 510-708-0006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Pilot, CFI-A, CFI-IA, Remote Pilot
Damien is an FAA certified flight instructor for Private, Instrument and Commercial students. He has been a member of California Airways family for three years. He gets great enjoyment out of teaching students with no knowledge of aviation to see them pass their checkride with flying colors becoming experts in their field. Damien contracts as a corporate pilot flying King Air's and Citation Jets. In addition Damien is a remote pilot consultant for many companies and individuals providing advice, training and operations for Unmanned Aircraft. He has 4 years of Unmanned Aircraft experience operating under some of the first FAA 333 Exemptions and Part 107 Waivers. You can contact Damien at (408) 307 2305 and visit his website at http://mienware.com
Commercial Pilot, CFI-IA
Keith likes long walks on the beach eating chocolate. Been flying for 6 years and an instructor for 1.5 years. Takes flying to a fun level while maintaining safety as his number one priority. Currently employed as an airline pilot in the Bay Area.
CFI-A, CFI-IA, AGI, IGI, FAASTeam Representative
Jonathan is living his dream! A lifetime resident of California and most particularly the San Francisco Bay Area, he is enjoying his passion for flying and his calling as a teacher and instructor at California Airways. He is a Commercial Pilot as well as a Certified Flight Instructor and Ground Instructor for single engine aircraft, including instrument flight. He also serves as a volunteer safety representative for the FAA's FAASTeam. In addition to flying, Jonathan is active as a minister and an associate pastor at a local church. Both he and his wife enjoy traveling and exploring the out of doors. Jonathan is passionate about the future of the aviation industry and encourages everyone who shows interest to follow their dream to learn how to fly and to take it to the level of their greatest desire. Jonathan makes learning how to fly fun, but is very professional in his approach. He is available day or night, Monday through Saturday. Cell: 510-914-8581. Email: email@example.com.
Commercial Pilot, CFI-A, CFI-IA, MEI
Briano has logged 2,300 plus hours, and is FAA rated Commercial Pilot, and is a Certified Flight Instructor (Single and Multi-Engine, Instrument). In his spare time, Briano enjoys long walks on the beach, and puppies. Cell: (510) 813-1754
Commercial Pilot,Certified Flight Instructor - CFI, CFII, Aircraft Mechanic-A&P
Ben has been an instructor with California Airways for several years and has proved to the aviation community that he has an excellent reputation with the FAA. He is an experienced instructor with a total time of over 3000 flight hours and 2500 hours of instruction given. His teaching experience includes all aircrafts in the Cal Air fleet which includes the Garmin 430, Garmin 650, G1000 and autopilot systems. He has accumulated his flight experience as a traffic watch pilot, flight instructor, and leisure flying. In addition, he is a licensed aircraft technician specializing in avionics and has worked in the field since 2000. He is available as a CFI and CFII 7 days a week and can be reached at 510-693-0865 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gold Seal Senior CFIA, CFII, MEI
My great grandfather immigrated to the USA from Italy to build airplanes. His son, my grandfather, was an aeronautical engineer/ designer who spent most of his career at Fairchild Republic Aviation in Farmingdale, NY. My grandfather soloed after 30 minutes in a Taylor Cub in 1937 out of Roosevelt Field, NY. All and all, I am the 7th in my family in aviation in some capacity. The first time I manipulated the controls of an airplane I was 5 years old sitting on my grandfather’s lap in a Cessna out of Farmingdale, Republic Airport.
I started taking flying lessons in 1996 through Nassau County BOCES at the Farmingdale Republic Airport. In 2003 I acquired my B.S. Degree in Aeronautical Science, Professional Pilot from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. In 2003 I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and acquired my CFI in 2004. I have since obtained over 3,000 hours instruction Dual Given. In 2008 I moved to Moscow Russia to fly a Hawker Business Jet. Since then I have flown Challenger and Gulfstream Business Jets and obtained over 1,600 international jet experience in over 40 countries.