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Instructor Pilots

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Greg Morris - Chief PilotGreg Morris Advanced Aerobatics Instructor

Greg has been flying for the past eighteen years and has taught in warbirds and aerobatic aircraft for the past thirteen. He is an instructor in the T-6 as part of the Qualitative Evaluation program at USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, and provides T-6 / SNJ Qual Eval sorties to US Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River.

Greg has competed in aerobatic contests up to the advanced level, has held low level aerobatic waivers in the L-39 and T-6, and is a FAST rated formation pilot.

Among many other types, Greg has flown the FM-2 Wildcat, P-51 Mustang, Extra 300, Su-29, Pitts S-2B and S-2C, Lazer Z-200, Cap-10B, Cap-21, Great Lakes, T-34, T-6, T-28, BT-13, PT-17 Stearman, Ju-52, and is rated in the L-29 Delfin, L-39 'Albatros', CM-170 Fouga Magister, and TBM Avenger.

A graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.S. in aerospace engineering with over 4,200 hours of flight time, he was designated a Master CFI-Aerobatic by the National Association of Flight Instructors and the IAC in September 2005. He is currently studying for his M.S. in Flight Test Engineering at National Test Pilot School, with graduation expected in 2016.

Greg has been published in the International Aerobatic Club's Sport Aerobatics magazine and Warbirds of America's Warbirds magazine writing about maneuver technique, how to get started flying warbirds and safety and risk management.

He is a regular presenter at Oshkosh.




Vess Velikov - Assistant Chief PilotVess Velikov Aerobatics Instructor

Vess hails from San Jose, California, where he has taught primary students, tailwheel transitions, and basic aerobatics in the Champ/Citabria/Decathlon family. He also has extensive experience inmany vintage taildraggrers including the WACO ASO-9, Stearman, Kreider-Reisner/Fairchild KR-21 and KR-34 biplanes,Taylorcraft L-2, clipped-wing Taylorcraft BC-12, and is rated in the TBM Avenger.

His other professional experience includes towing gliders in the Piper Pawnee, flying rides on tour in the T-6, experimental flight test, and aerial application training.

He holds a B.S. degree in Aviation from San Jose State University.



Dan Walton - Instructor Pilot

Dan has been flying for the past fifteen years in general aviation, the airlines and corporate aviation. In addition to being an active competition pilot with experience in the Citabria, Decathlon and Zlin 242, Dan built and test flew his own aircraft, a Sonex. A graduate of Embry-Riddle University with a degree in Aviation Sciences, he has over 6,000 hours of flight time and holds instrument and multi-engine instructor ratings in addition to type ratings in the Citation 500 series, Gulfstream 100, 200, 400, and IAI Astra.


Fred Bower - Instructor PilotFred Bower Instructor Pilot

A pilot for over twenty years, Fred started his aviation career in the United States Air Force.

In the military Fred flew the T-37, T-38, KC-135, KC-10, U-2 and A-10. A 737 Captain for a major airline, he has competed up to the unlimited level in aerobatic competition and has owned and flown an Extra 230, Edge 540, Pitts S-1T and T-28.

Fred has over 9,000 hours of flight time and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Tech.




Ed Finnegan - Instructor PilotEd Finnegan L-39 Flight Training Instructor

Ed holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with over 12,800 hours of flight time. A former U.S. Army aviator, he flew helicopters as well as fixed-wing aircraft while on active duty. The majority of his military flight time was in the OV/RV-1 Mohawk, flying reconnaissance missions along the sensitive borders of the Republic of Korea and West Germany. Ed left active duty in 1990 to fly for American Airlines. He holds commercial Instrument privileges for rotorcraft helicopter, and type ratings for the Boeing 777, Boeing 757/767, Fokker F100, and the McDonnell Douglas MD-80. He also holds Authorized Experimental Aircraft
endorsements for the OV/RV-1 Mohawk, L-39 and the T-28. Ed serves the FAA as an FAA Designated Experimental Aircraft Examiner in the G-OV1, AV-L39 and the NA-T28. He resides in Cary, IL, with his wife and four very spoiled rescue cats.



Vlado Lenoch - Instructor PilotVlado Lenoch L-39 Instructor Pilot

Vlado Lenoch began flying in 1970 at age 17 and is one of the most experienced warbird pilots in the US. With over 9500 hours of flight time, including 3200 hours in the P-51, Vlado holds authorization in the A-37, L-39, T-33, P-40, P-47, P-51, F6F, F4U
and T-28 aircraft. He is a FAST Formation Check Pilot and an ICAS and Warbirds of American Aerobatic Competency Evaluator,
along with being a member of the USAF Heritage Flight program since its founding in 1997, flying the P-51 in formation at air shows with the F-16, F-15, F-22, F-4, and A-10. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in aeronautical engineering,
with a BS from Purdue and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Vlado was employed by Boeing as a 747 instructor and also flew the 727 and DC-9 for major airlines.



Prospero "Paco" Uybarreta - Instructor PilotPaco Uybarreta Instructor Pilot

Paco has been flying for the past 18 years, almost all of which as a United States Air Force (USAF) operational, instructor
and experimental test pilot and is currently an Engineering Test Pilot for a major aircraft manufacturer.

He performs developmental and certification flight test planning and execution for experimental and prototype jet aircraft.

In the Air Force Paco served as an E-3 Instructor Pilot, deploying twice to support Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He then
served was a T-37 Instructor Pilot, and served as the Exchange Pilot to the Indian Air Force flying HJT-16 Kiran jet
trainers from Hyderabad, India.

A 2009 graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School where he flew the T-38, F-16 and C-12, he performed aerial refueling
qualification testing with the USAF Joint Strike Fighter and the NATO Eurofighter.

Paco has 4,000 hours in 30 different aircraft. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University in 1998, a
M.A.S. in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2007, and a M.S. in Flight Test Engineering from Air University/USAF Test Pilot School in 2009.




Matt Stein - Instructor PilotMatt Stein Instructor Pilot

Matt Stein is an active-duty US Air Force flight surgeon. He has worked with various squadrons including an F15/F16
squadron and a tactical medicine squadron.

As a pilot and physician, is trained Aerospace Medicine, combat casualty care, and advanced trauma life support among other disciplines.

Inspired by his father, a career USAF pilot, he has been flying since the age of 15. Matt holds a commercial helicopters and
fixed-wing aircraft and is a fixed-wing instructor teaching aerobatics and tailwheel.

He has an M.D. from Rush Medical College in Chicago and a B.S. in Chemistry with a Professional Pilot certificate from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign




Stephen Fiegel - Instructor PilotStephen Fiegel Aerobatics Training

Stephen began flying gliders near his hometown in Pennsylvania when he was 16 years old. Shortly after receiving his
glider certificate at age 17, he moved into powered aircraft, helicopters and has since become a Certified Flight Instructor.

He caught the warbird and aerobatic bug at a young age and has been flying aerobatics for the past five years. Stephen
attend Daniel Webster College, where he earned a B.S. degree in Aviation Management. Following college, he began his
professional flying career by towing banners on the east coast. Stephen has flown more than 30 types of aircraft
including the: Grob 103, Decathlon, Great Lakes, J-3 Cub, DA-40, R-22 and T-6.




Al "Big Al" Armstrong - Instructor PilotAl Armstrong Demonstration Pilot

Big Al started his flying career 20 years ago. After earning his Navy "Wings of Gold" he was assigned to fly the A-6E
Intruder and completed two overseas deployments with the Sunday Punchers of VA-75. He is a Distinguished Graduate
of the United States Naval Test Pilot School.

In 1999, he was one of the original cadre of flight instructors at VFA-122, the
newly created F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron. While there he developed that Navy's first Super
Hornet Flight Demonstration and led the team through flying their first season of airshows across the country in 2001
and 2002.

He later joined the Black Aces of VFA-41 as a Department Head and was the Black Aces' Operations Officer
while deployed to the Persian Gulf during combat operations onboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in support of coalition
ground forces as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.Al Armstrong Demonstration Pilot

He has flown over 45 different aircraft types, to include 25+ different military aircraft, completed over 60 combat missions,
and has amassed 4700+ hours of flight time as well as 724 arrested landings. He earned an MBA (graduating with
Honors) from the Wharton School of Business in 2005 and assumed command of his Naval Reserve F/A-18 squadron,
augmenting the Gladiators of VFA-106, in the Summer of 2009.




Kevin "Sinbad" Sinibaldi - Instructor Pilot

Sinbad began his flying career in 1985. After earning his Navy "wings of gold" he was assigned to fly the A-6E Intruder and completed two overseas deployments with the Fighting Tigers of VA-65. He then served three years as the carrier qualification instructor at the A6 Fleet Replacement Squadron and augmented as an instructor at the Navy's Landing Signal Officer School. After leaving active duty in 1994, Kevin opened a skydiving school with two Navy colleagues. The Chesapeake, Virginia business operated as a civilian drop zone while also providing contract instruction and airlift to the Navy's Special Warfare commands. Now an airline pilot for over 13 years, he has flown over 34 different aircraft types, and has over 13000 hours of flight time. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Kinesiology, and served for nearly five years as the manager and mental skills coach to the USA Rugby Men's National Team.


Mark "Mutha" Hubbard - Instructor PilotMark Hubbard Aerobatics Demonstration Pilot

Mutha started his flying career at NAS Pensacola, "The Cradle of Naval Aviation" in 1984.

After earning his wings he was assigned to pilot the venerable A-6E Intruder and completed 3 deployments with the Knight Riders of VA-52 from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson.

He transitioned to the FA-18 Hornet in 1990, instructed in type with VMFAT-101 and deployed with the Black Knights of
VMFA-314 in 1993 off of the USS Abraham Lincoln.

In 1998, after the completion of his Department Head tour in VFA-115 he was selected to lead the introduction of
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and standup of VFA-122 Fleet Replacement Squadron.

He assumed command of VFA-151 in 2002 and led the Vigilantes into combat from the deck of the USS Constellation duringMark Hubbard Flight Training IL
the opening strikes of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mutha has amassed over 3000 hours in all type model series Hornets, a career total of over 5,400 hoursof flight time in over
25 aircraft types, completed over 65 combat missions, and over 700 arrested landings.

He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in National Security and Strategic Studies, and has served in the US Navy for
25 years.