Instructors

When you take delivery of a  Columbia, you will receive several days of transition training from Columbia specific flight instructors. The curriculum is precise, designed specifically for the Lancair/Columbia/ Corvallis airplanes, and will make you comfortable and competent with your new airplane and its capabilities.  Insurance companies like that, and so do we. Below are a list of local instructors we use and are familiar with. However, we can of course assist in location of Lancair/Columbia/ Corvallis qualified instructors in your area. Another great resource is the CAART (Cessna Advanced Recurrent Training Program) where you will find qualified instructors across the country as well as recurrent training events.

http://caart.aero/


Instructors
Paul Forehand

919 740 7499
paul@jnxflight.com

Paul Forehand

Paul received his private pilots license in 1975.  He has been instructing since 1977 and has accumulated over 7,900 hours of flight time in over 50 different aircraft. He is a former flight school owner. He has specialized in professionally flying and managing high-performance aircraft, including Columbia 350/400 aircraft. Paul is a factory trained Columbia instructor with more than 2,900 hours in Columbia’s with many initial and recurrent students under his belt.

Paul has been an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor, and has worked with the Aeronautical Engineering Department at North Carolina State University to develop a program that took the student out of the class room and put them into the left seat for a real hands-on experience.

Paul resides in the Raleigh, NC area. When not flying, he can be found on his motorcycle looking for the roads less traveled, or playing his bass guitar in a couple of bands in the Raleigh area. And then there is his grandson, who is rabid about aviation.

Stephen W. Merritt

919-280-5510
www.Merritt.aero

Stephen W. Merritt

Stephen W. Merritt

Biographical Information

 Stephen W. Merritt is a pilot of 42 years and flight instructor for airplanes , instruments and gliders.  He is a graduate of UNC in Chapel Hill and a veteran of sea duty in the United States Navy.  He has earned certificates in Management Development from UNC Chapel Hill and has attended numerous aviation industry schools.  He is a CFAI+ and a Columbia Factory Trained Instructor.  He has over 4500 hours of dual instruction given.

Along with two others he founded Bahamas Habitat; a US based non-profit organization created to support the efforts of Bahamas Methodist Habitat.  Bahamas Methodist Habitat is a Bahamian mission based on the island of Eleuthera dedicated to sub-standard housing repair and disaster relief. www.bahamashabitat.org.

He is married with two adult children and resides in Cary, North Carolina.