Manager- CHAD COX
Chad is straight out of the 70's, always rocking a fro and a mellow vibe. He's the renaissance man that keeps the machine running at Summit. This guy will do whatever it takes to not only make your day better but to make sure you are on the way to being your best you.
He can fly anything and for that matter he can do just about anything. Ask him about some of his hobbies and past careers then sit back and grab the popcorn!
Chief - Jamie Beckett
Jamie hails from the frozen northern reaches of Canada but don't let that fool you, he's warm and fuzzy on the inside. It has been said that he should have his own soundtrack when he walks across the tarmac. His most memorable flight was his first solo and he keeps flying because he loves having an office with the best view in town.
He has thousands of hours of experience as a professional pilot and instructor and leads our 141 program (FAA flight school certification). Each student pilot will get to spend time with Jamie during at least one of the 3 stage checks prior to their "checkride" with an FAA designated pilot examiner. He prides himself in ensuring each student pilot is prepared to the best of their ability.
Kyle 'haggis' Campbell- ASSISTANT Chief Flight Instructor
Kyle is originally from Madisonville, TX and comes to us via training in Maryland, Rhode Island, California and Florida. He also has a B.S. from the US Naval Academy, M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a M.A. from the Naval War College. We're not just looks here at Summit Aviation!
Kyle's two most memorable flight experiences include a flight with the Blue Angels and an awesome low level flight in an EA18G over the Cascade Mountains...500' AGL at 400 KIAS! Kids DO NOT try this at home! Look for him at our Springdale location where he keeps things running like a well oiled machine.
Lucas Nunley - CFI, CFII, and Tailwheel Instructor
Lucas, originally from Nashville, comes to us via Henderson State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation. He holds numerous ratings and is our back-country specialist and main tailwheel instructor. Don't let his laid back demeanor fool you, he's a consummate professional with a long waiting list of students eager to fly with him. If learning tailwheel flying is your goal you better get your name on Lucas' list now!
Flying the back-country is what Lucas loves the most and it shows with his love of teaching the basics of stick and rudder flying. His most memorable recent flight was flying a carbon cub to Aspen. Blue sky for miles, sea of green below, and snow capped peaks-can't beat that!
WAYNE BARNES- CFI, CFII, ATP, MEI Instructor
Wayne comes to us from Augusta, Georgia with a wealth of experience and knowledge acquired over a 42 year span of professional flying experience. He is rated in just about everything (including helicopters) and happy to impart his wisdom to the rest of us mere mortals.
He loves to travel and one of his most memorable flight experiences is flying over the Forbidden City and Great Wall in Beijing!
Ever humble, according to Wayne he will always be a student and looks forward to learning new things everyday. We're incredibly lucky to have him at Summit.
Hunter Pugleasa - CFI and Instrument Instructor
Hunter is our home grown hero who recently earned a Bachelor Degree in Business from Spartan University in Tulsa. He experienced his first general aviation flight when he was 11 years old with the EAA Young Eagles and has been addicted since.
His most memorable flights are a company excursion that involved landing on grass strips across our gorgeous back country and a recent flight to witness the solar eclipse!
Hunter is also chomping at the bit to get into the airline business but we're hoping if and when he goes he'll at least write home!
Chance Weldon- CFI, CFiI, MEI Instructor
Who knew that Rodeo Scholarships were a thing? Chance knew! He went to college on a rodeo scholarship and has an AAS degree specializing in air traffic control as well as a BA in Psychology. He is from Cannon Falls, MN and comes to us via training in Texas and Florida.
Hopefully he'll be with us a while longer but he does have his eye on an airline job which, according to him, will help get him closer to his goal of traveling the world, eating good food, and staying in 5 star hotels. Send a postcard will ya!
Sam 'Doc' fleming - Cfi, CFII, Instructor
Sam comes to us from the Lone Star State, Houston to be exact. He's another go-getter in our gang of overachievers with numerous degrees, the most recent being a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management. His most memorable flight was the day of his CFI checkride because according to him 'it took a lot of work'.
He is working towards his dream job of flying the C-130 into hurricanes for the National Weather Channel. We always wondered what sort of lunatic would do that. Now we know and we're not at all surprised. Good luck Sam!
Chip Gibbons - CFI, CFII, MEI, and Tailwheel instructor
Dane Gillespie- Certified Flight Instructor
Paul Maxey- CFI, CFII, ATP, MEI Instructor
Michael Sharon - Certified flight instructor
Patrick Barrett - CFI, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel Instructor