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Experienced Teachers as Flight Instructors

Simply being in the air and building flight time isn’t good enough. A student needs a teacher. That’s why USAeroFlight is guided by veteran teachers Mike Gonzales, Brett Zukowski, Cecil Tune and Tom Burke. These men bring a passion for both guiding the next generation of flight instructors as well as training the next generation of commercial pilots, private pilots, and missionary aviators. Years of teaching experience coupled with thousands of hours of flight time in commercial, corporate, and missionary aviation enable them to bring you to a high level of proficiency and a thorough understanding of flight. With that you can achieve your aviation goals!

Brett Zukowski, CFII, MEI, ATP, IA

Brett Zukowski, CFII, MEI, ATP, IA

Co-Owner, Chief Flight Instructor

All-around aviation expert with experience in air charter and aircraft maintenance.
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Cecil Tune, CFII, MEI, ATP

Cecil Tune, CFII, MEI, ATP

Chief Ground Instructor

Decorated fighter pilot and former pastor who has made teaching pilots his personal ministry.
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Mike Gonzales, CFII, MEI

Mike Gonzales, CFII, MEI

Co-Owner, Flight School Manager

Gifted mentor who is passionate about helping others succeed in and out of the classroom.
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Thomas A. Burke - Designated Pilot Examiner

I am thankful for a rewarding career in aviation which has spanned 50 years and included more than 20,000 hours in the air. My earlier years in aviation included charter, corporate, and flight instruction.

After accumulating enough flight experience I completed a year of Bible Training at Piedmont Bible College and another year of aviation mechanic training at Moody Aviation completing the requirements for my ultimate goal of missionary flying.

I flew some 13 years as a missionary pilot and mechanic serving with Missionary Flights International (MFI). This involved regular scheduled flights in twin-engine aircraft carrying missionaries, work teams, medical teams and cargo to support mission work in the Caribbean, including the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

One of the highlights of my missionary flying was living in the country of Haiti and setting up an aviation program utilizing single-engine airplanes. During this time, I was able to serve missionaries in remote areas of Haiti, flying in and out of small grass runways.

I have been privileged to continue being involved in missionary flight and mechanic training through the ministries of Missionary Aviation Institute and Bob Jones University. It is rewarding to see our graduates continue the work of missions in different countries around the world.

Over the last 25 years, in addition to flight instructing and missionary pilot evaluations, I have served as a Designated Pilot Examiner for the FAA.

It is a privilege to work alongside USAeroFlight as they work to continue and maintain the vision that was Bob Jones University’s for so many years through quality flight and aviation maintenance training.


Yoryi Tutiven-Rodriguez, CFII

Yoryi Tutiven-Rodriguez, CFII

Flight Instructor

A talented up-and-coming aviator who has dedicated his life to excellence as a airline pilot.
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Stephen Horner, CFI

Stephen Horner, CFI

Flight Instructor

Well-rounded instructor preparing for commission as an Air Force officer.
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Stephen Pate, CFII

Stephen Pate, CFII

Flight Instructor

Light-hearted, aspiring missionary pilot who understands that enjoying the journey is as important as reaching the destination.
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 Randy Kimlin, AGI, CFI, CFII

Randy Kimlin, AGI, CFI, CFII

Flight Instructor, Corporate Pilot

Professional pilot who spends his off hours volunteering with the local Civil Air Patrol.
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John Leupp, CFI

John Leupp, CFI

Tailwheel Specialist

Active member of the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter with a passion for sport planes and classic aircraft.
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Stephen Laird, CFI

Stephen Laird, CFI

Flight Instructor

Competent and energetic teacher with an eclectic skill that ranges from aviation to sales to software development.
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The Skies Await…

The value of the expert instruction offered by USAeroFlight is unparalleled in the Upstate of South Carolina. If you’re looking for top-tier instruction on modern aircrafts, apply today or contact us  to learn more.

You can view our full list of employees and contract flight instructors by visiting our Staff page.