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Mr. Matt Betts:
Former McAir Student & Flight Instructor

First Officer,
Horizon Air
Bombardier Q400

To whom it may concern,

As a former student and employee of McAir Aviation, I am writing with great pleasure to recommend McAir for your flight training.

McAir Aviation’s state of the art facility and perfectly maintained fleet of new aircraft promises a successful future for each student enrolled in the program.

McAir is proud to have one of the largest fleets of all new aircraft in the nation.   However, having started my flight training in 2001, I can tell you this spotless new fleet didn’t always exist – it was built over several years of dedication from McAir’s two co-owners, Gary Hulme and John Wiltfang.   In addition to transitioning the fleet from 1970s aircraft to next-generation aircraft, Gary and John have transformed the facility into a large student-centered school and the leading Cessna Pilot Center in the nation.

Having completed all my flight training – private pilot through multiengine instructor – at McAir, I can tell you with confidence there is no place I would have rather trained than with them.  Gary and John consistently offered me opportunity.  After beginning initial flight training, they hired me to work the front counter in 2002.  After earning my CFI in 2004, Gary and John allowed me to advance to instructing, and then ultimately to position of Check Airman in 2006.

Toward the end of 2006, Gary and John were instrumental in my getting hired at Horizon Air. Today, I fly the Bombardier Q400 at Horizon. McAir has always had the student in focus, and continues to do so.

These two entrepreneurs have devoted their lives to what we know today as McAir Aviation. Additionally, Justin Wigal and Luke Collison have assisted significantly in the success of McAir. While the facility and aircraft are the best you will find, I must say it is the people who have put the school in the national flight training spotlight.

Matthew Betts
First Officer, Horizon Air
Bombardier Q400

Mr. Steve Brightman:
Former McAir Flight Instructor
First Officer, Continental Airlines
Boeing 757/767 

To the aspiring pilot, student or professional:

I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank both Gary and John for providing me with the job opportunity that was the foundation for my career as a professional pilot.  I attribute my success in aviation to their undying support both during my employment at McAir and after.  They have developed a flight school that is unmatched in its combination of safety practice, fleet, instruction quality, and value.  

As a graduate of the Kent State University flight program, my first taste of flight instruction as a student pilot was under the very specific structure of FAR part 141.  I understand very well the benefits of this type of instruction, as well as some of the pitfalls that come with a school exclusive to this structure.  I cannot express how beneficial it is to gain flight experience at a flight school certified to operate under both Part 61 and Part 141, as McAir is. 

Early on at McAir I had the opportunity to witness first-hand the environment, created by Gary and John, enabling the melding of the best concepts from the two training schemes ultimately enhancing the quality of instruction and safety at the school.  Now that the Part 141 program is an option, there is no other school that offers the level of refined instruction that McAir offers.  This benefit is a result of years of fine tuning from a diverse crowd of the most professional instructors that I have ever worked with. 

As business owners, Gary and John truly understand the inherent benefit of providing their employees with the tools they need to succeed.  It shows in the school’s safety record and it certainly reflects in their pass rate.  Through my continued friendship with Gary and John, and specifically with Justin Wigal, I have been able to keep up on current events at the school.  It is very obvious that this tradition of excellence continues on and the product continues to evolve to an ever -higher level of quality.  Justin is a personal friend of mine and is also a Kent State University alumni and I can attest to his experience and skill as a flight instructor; hence his position at the flight school.  The elements of a successful flying experience, for instructors and students, are abundant and at your disposal at McAir Aviation.

I have seen many variations of pilot training through the progression of my career, including everything from the “license factories” to the university programs from which I graduated.  I find the highest levels of diversity and depth of experience come from the men and women who train in the type of “un-canned” environment offered at McAir.  Regardless of the level of flying you aspire to; from the private pilot to the professional pilot, you will not find a better qualified school to exceed your expectations.  Please feel free to contact me personally if you would like to discuss further the benefits to flying with McAir Aviation;  Gary, John or Justin all have my information and can forward any requests directly to me. 

Steve Brightman
First Officer, Continental Airlines
Boeing 757/767 

Mr. Ian Flynn:
Former McAir Aviation Student and Flight Instructor

Dear Mr. Hulme and Mr. Wiltfang,

For the better part of the last decade of my life, McAir has been an integral part of who I have become, not only professionally, but personally as well.

Since I first walked in the doors here several years ago as a customer until this very day, as I sit here writing this as a seasoned pilot and instructor, my life has changed in numerous ways. And every step of the way, McAir has been involved in some capacity.

I know as I leave and continue on to the next chapter of my life, I'm not just a better pilot for having been involved with this school, but more importantly, a better person.
I have seen both sides of the training that goes on at McAir, both as a student who had literally never set foot inside a small airplane before, and as an instructor who has been able to help hundreds achieve the actualization of the unrivaled dream of becoming a pilot. The training is second to none, and anyone who can say that they are in some way affiliated with McAir should he proud to do so. I know I am.

This school helped me achieve everything that I could ever have asked for as a pilot and then some. It enabled me to see parts of the world that I would have never otherwise seen. It enabled me to see every one of the contiguous 48 states in just 6 short (long) days. It enabled me to see flight levels instead of altitudes. It enabled me to fly a $30 million dollar airplane with 75 people's lives in my hands down to minimums at 120 knots in a snowstorm and land on a 16,000-foot runway. The point is that McAir has enabled me to do a lot of amazing things with my life, and for that I am eternally grateful.

I will remember fondly all of the time that I have spent here, and all of the people that I have interacted with along the way. The McAir staff, from the front desk guys, to the mechanics, and to the other instructors, has been a pleasure to work with over the years, and all of that can be attributed to the environment and leadership that is provided at the top. So to both of you, thank you very much for everything that you have done for me. look forward to having McAir be a part of my life, in whatever capacity, for many years to come.

Ian Flynn

Mr. Bill Elliott:
Former McAir Aviation Student and Flight Instructor

To Whom It May Concern:

My first experience with McAir Aviation was in January 2005, as a customer.  I was interviewing flight schools in the Denver metro area for the purpose of completing my certified flight instructor training.  My criteria included evaluating the staff, aircraft, facilities, airport environment and safety policies. 

Without question McAir Aviation came out on top in all the categories.  From the minute I walked in the door I was greeted by their professional staff and given a tour of the facility.  The owners, Gary Hulme and John Wiltfang both made a special effort to meet with me and answer all of my questions.

I discovered later that this was not a unique experience.  It is how every new customer is treated at McAir.  My flight training program was presented in a very organized and easily understandable way.  The methodology McAir uses for flight training guarantees success for the committed student pilot. 

Immediately following my CFI training at McAir I was hired by a local flight school.  During the interview process the owner mentioned to me that he tries to emulate McAir’s training processes.

Fast forward to January 2007.  I was hired by McAir as a flight instructor and eventually promoted to the position of check airman.  I remained employed by McAir until May 2009 at which time I accepted a first officer position with a local airline.

As an employee at McAir I could evaluate their programs and customer service practices from the inside.  Every effort is made by the owners and staff to ensure that the Company is delivering on the training expectations of each customer.  Justin Wigal, Chief Flight Instructor makes sure that his team of CFI’s and Check Airmen are providing the finest training and following all FAA guidelines and regulations.

Finally, McAir’s training equipment is the best in the industry.  All aircraft are late models, well equipped, and maintained to exceed the manufacturer’s standards, which ensures availability to the students.  The training environment and processes combine to produce a safe and knowledgeable pilot.  In my opinion there is no finer flight training school than McAir Aviation for a goal oriented student pilot.

Kind Regards,
William L. Elliott

Mr. Scott Serani :
McAir Aviation Student 


As one of your more recent "private" graduates (Monday.), I am compelled to write you both this letter of sincere thanks. McAir is a first class operation with a first class staff. You saw both my children through multiple programs and stages and now finally, after 30 years of wanting to get here, got their old man through it as well.

To Luke & Danny (the cornerstones of the desk) - your ongoing assistance, great attitudes and sense of humor make coming in those front doors a thing to look forward to.

To Justin Wigal - way to go buddy! You taught me one of the more essential skill sets of flying- the art of breathing. (I'll look forward to meeting your dad someday.)

And most notably, to Bill Elliot. You did it Bill. You got this old man through the program despite those rather noteworthy curve balls I was being tossed. Your patience and motivation are the attributes to which this achievement can be based. Yes, you are my instructor, but you are also my friend and a friend to the entire Serani clan.

Way to go McAir! If you ever need a testimonial to your program from an entire family of pilots who came through those programs, please feel free to call on any of us.

Scott M. Serani

Randy Fuss :
McAir Aviation Student 

To Whom It May Concern: RE: McAir Aviation

Several years ago, I decided to pursue and fulfill my lifelong dream of acquiring a private pilot license. During the selection of a flight academy, I was fortunate enough to discover McAir Aviation and the wonderful people there. I researched, interviewed and compared several options available to me but McAir stood head and shoulders above the competition in many ways.

After only a few lessons, I was so impressed with McAir Aviation that I decided to enroll my son and he quickly earned his private pilot certificate as well. Also, when it was time for me to pursue an instrument rating, McAir was the obvious and logical choice. They have always accommodated my son and I beyond our expectations and are a first-class operation in every respect.

I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to express my highest personal recommendation for McAir Aviation to anyone interested in flight instruction.


Randy Fuss President & C.E.O.



Jeff Carney:
Former McAir Aviation Student 

Hi Justin,

It's been two years since I flew at McAir in the summer of 2008 and I have to say my thanks is long overdue. At that time I spent the entire month of August from 8 AM to 8 PM every day working on my instrument and multi-engine ratings at the school and had an excellent experience flying with my instructors. After returning home to Connecticut I built a lot of time toward my commercial multi-engine license at the 135 charter company I work for, earned the license last year and have been working as an SIC and maintenance apprentice (toward an A&P) ever since.

The bigger the planes get, the more I realize the importance of learning the basics of instrument and multi-engine flying, which I developed at McAir. These days I am lucky enough to fly Barons, a Cheyenne, King Airs (90/200/350), CJ2's and a CJ3 with 500 hours total time! This job also allows a low-time pilot to observe the qualities of a good captain- the best ones we have were also phenomenal instructors while the not-so-good ones were not instructors. At times I consider returning to McAir as an instructor to develop those skills despite the allure of the current fleet I fly.

Hopefully business has been good for you guys out west, or at least on the up and up. When I visit Colorado I'll be sure to stop by and say a quick hello. Finally, listening to you and the owners talk about motorcycles, and driving the roads out in Boulder convinced me to get my own bike. I'm proud to say I have a 2003 Triumph Speed Triple in the stable for two years now and hope to ride the Rockies with it!

Many Thanks,
Jeff Carney-

Mr. Grover Draughon:
Former McAir Aviation Student and Flight Instructor

groverThe professional pilot industry requires more of pilot candidates than “PTS Standards” and “FAA requirements”. Teaching safe practices, habits, making every flight fun & interesting, and taking a serious disciplined approach to every flight should be the backbone of all primary training.

That's why I believe McAir Certificated Flight Instructors are the best in the country. The superior level of instruction and drive from the McAir instructor group is evident from their numerous student success stories. Each and every instructor at McAir understands the importance of implementing professionalism, goal-setting, and well-rounded training from the beginning.

To best optimize the learning atmosphere McAir developed their own Standard Operating Procedures and curriculum. Furthermore, McAir students benefit from a modern fleet of aircraft that are equipped with the same next-generation avionics technology that they'll use in airlines and corporate flight departments later in their careers.

I am immensely appreciative of all of the hard working employees at McAir Aviation and the school owners, Gary Hulme & John Wiltfang, for helping me reach my own career goals. It was more than just flight training, but an entire experience geared for safety and success. I take the lessons and experiences I learned at McAir with me on every commercial flight I operate today.

If you're looking for an outstanding and outperforming flight training operation then please look no further than McAir Aviation.

Best Regards,
Grover L. Draughon III CRJ-200 First Officer,
Pinnacle Airlines Inc. Metro State Alum, 2005

Gary and John,

I know we met just briefly, but I wanted to send you an email and this seems like a perfect reminder for me to do so.  I received my Commercial Multi Add on in about a week with Justin Wigal. 

I must say thank you for taking such great care of me and my need for this urgent request.  I have flown in the past 2 years with 3 different flight schools and I must say that you are all head and shoulders above all of them when it comes to professionalism.  Justin was extremely knowledgeable and patient with me when teaching me the differences about your Seminole and  my last schools technique. 

I regret not having taken all of my flight training with you and when I complete my ground school for Mesa Airlines I will definitely be back for my CFI’s.  I can’t tell how fortunate I felt to be able to fly with Mc Air and Justin Wigal.  I know it is hard to keep quality staff in the aviation business and if you have the means I would try your best not to let Justin slip out of your corporation.  He is a shining star in the future of aviation and an incredible asset for anyone lucky enough to have him on their team.   Enjoy the Fly-In and maybe next year I will be able to go.

God Bless,
Rod P.

Dear John, Gary, and staff at McAir Aviation,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the privilege of beginning my flight training here at McAir. From day one, I have been amazed at the professional, friendly, and educational atmosphere at McAir. I called and left a message one evening back in May to inquire about the school, and by 8:30 the next morning I had a very polite and friendly call from Luke inviting me on a tour. On my tour that afternoon, I not only was introduced to you two, but also had the privilege of meeting Justin Wigal. I love how every time I walk in the hand shakes start going around, and I think that is an amazing atmosphere to cultivate and one that many businesses seem to have forgotten. I give McAir Aviation my highest recommendation for anyone wishing to pursue the pleasure of learning to fly.

I have always received the highest level of customer service from the dispatch staff, and since the second day of my training they (and everyone else I have been introduced to) have greeted me by name.

Training with Ian Flynn has been an amazing experience. He is a very patient, knowledgeable, and thoughtful mentor with a great sense of humor, which made learning to fly all the more fun. He is very good at giving constructive criticism and always quick to praise when warranted. Ian also impresses precision in following guidelines, safety procedures, and good decision making. I have been flying six days a week with him for over a month, and I have enjoyed every flight and learned so much each time out.

I also have had the opportunity to fly with Justin, Ron, and Keith and benefited so much from those experiences as well. Justin took me up for some humbling IMC time (as well as my stage one ground check which I learned a great deal from), Ron and I had a great flight in rather bumpy conditions (I got to practice in a nice crosswind), and I learned so much from Keith’s experience on my stage one check.

I am sad to be leaving; flying has become my passion which I plan to continue throughout life thanks to all of your encouragement and guidance in getting my confidence back up. I want to thank you all again for running such a smooth and pleasant operation that I counted down the hours until my next flight. I wish you all the best and hope that we can keep in touch.


Chris Sams

McAir dispels the myth that flying is too hard, expensive, and risky. After my first discovery flight, I realized the exhilaration and adventure of flying far outweighs the effort required to learn to fly. My McAir flight training was personalized to my schedule, learning aptitude, and piloting interests. The staff at McAir are consummate professionals and deeply passionate about aviation and sharing the excitement of flying with others. You sense it the minute you walk through the door. As with any higher education pursuit, I have found learning to fly a sound investment. McAir offers the newest fleet of aircraft in the region. They pride themselves in having one of the best safety records in the business. So, flying at McAir is fun, affordable, and safer than traveling on roads.

- Dan Brophy, Ball Aerospace

Hello John and Gary,
Last summer I trained at your facility for my Private Pilot Certificate. I must thoroughly compliment you on your business, your staff, you aircraft and your attention to detail. For solely personal reasons I looked into furthering my flight training with other schools in other areas of the country. After a great deal of research and traveling I ended up in Arizona and go on with one of the "National" "Accelerated" programs. Having known then what I know now I would never have left McAir!
My training with Jeremy Dickinson, CFI, was a tremendous experience, not only educational, challenging and motivating, but most of all SAFE! He did an outstanding job!
I hope to fly with you again soon and continue with the quality training experience you provide there at McAir.
Keep doin' what you're doin' cause you're flying well above all the rest!


- Matty C.

Gary and John,
I just wanted to pass on to you that McAir Aviation is a first class operation and I can see why you're ranked #1 in the nation as a Cessna Pilot Training Center. You two gentlemen and your competent staff are top notch all the way. My instructor, Berkeley Guy, is the absolute best. His skills as an instructor are awesome...and he is VERY patient...thank you and keep up the good work.

- Rick S.

I recently experienced a Discovery Flight with your facility. When I called to schedule my flight, Grover invited me to come and take a tour of your facilities before my flight. I took him up on the offer and visited the day before my flight. My first impression was how clean and professional your facility is. He was very knowledgeable about the company and was very willing to show me things and answer my questions. He even let me take a look at your new flight simulator and look at an actual aircraft. I could not believe the degree of safety that everyone practices. I work as a flight operations supervisor for ATA Airlines at DIA and security is paramount. The next day when I arrived for my flight, Dave, did an excellent job answering all my questions and made my discovery flight unforgettable. Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to fly. After visiting your facility, I am going to make that dream a reality. I am currently in the process of (trying) to work out financing with the options that I was presented with by Grover. I can't wait to be a student of McAir Aviation.

- Sincerely, Kevin L.

...just a thanks to Jeremy Dickinson, CFI, who answered all of the questions I had as a parent who is trying to balance the best approach between a college education and flight school for my 16yr old..he clearly is passionate about aviation and answered all of my questions without any indication of feeling rushed..thanks Jeremy,

- Dave H.

I want to achieve my private pilots license. I came in for my first flight and got hooked up with Eddie Gillan. He was great. I look forward to my whole flight school with him being my instructor. I have flown in my relatives aircraft at the wheel; but now want this pleasure for my wife and myself.

- Thanks Jack L.

Last Sunday I had a discovery flight with Berkeley Guy, and just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with his professionalism and patience as I ham-fisted my way around the aircraft. Thank you, and I will be speaking with you soon about starting the program.

Gary, John and everyone at McAir Aviation,

I've been looking for the proper adjectives to use to let you know how I feel about McAir. There just are not enough words to though. You guys are wonderful, top notch, friendly people doing an incredible job.

After being away for a year I walked into dispatch and it was like I never left. Dustin and Matt knew me straight away by name and took the time to make sure I was squared away to rent a plane over my Christmas vacation back home. It was very special being able to take my Son and Nephew on their first flight in a brand new Cessna and at the same time show them how nice other people in aviation can be. This wouldn't have been possible with out McAir!

About the only thing I can think of that I don't like about McAir is that you guys are not here in Portland. I may only be able to get to Denver once or twice a year but I'm keeping my club membership open just in case.

Take care and I'll be in next time I'm home.

- Paul D.

"I would like to congratulate you guys for a very professional operation. I obtained my ASEL at another airport, and I can tell you all that flying with McAir is almost like flying with the airlines in comparison. I work with other pilots at Boulder County, and I always stick out my chest with pride when I tell them who I fly with. The service you guys give to both we pilots, and the fleet, makes it truly a professional operation."

- Bruce K.

I decided to start my flight training a couple of years ago. At that time I looked into all the flight schools at BJC, 2V2, 1V5 and 48V. After walking into McAir I stopped looking and started flying. I've been flying with McAir for over a year now and even though I'll price the competition I've stayed at McAir. They have consistently set the standard that everyone else is measured by - in safety, professionalism, presentation, and quality of service. And no where have I been able to find a fleet this well kept or this large.

- James P.

I have really enjoyed the training I am getting with my instructor and the courtesy and help I am getting with your staff. I am quite impressed with the sense of confidence and the attention to detail and professionalism that my instructor brings to my training experience. She balances pushing me into new material with allowing me to refine previous skills, and is as free with kudos as she is with corrections. I am sure I am not the only student of hers or your group that shares this enthusiasm. I also hope to be part of the McAir community through several more levels of certification.

- Thanks, Terry S.

I have been flying with Sareana for several weeks now and having a great time. There is a lot to learn, but she doesn't teach me more than I can absorb during a session, and is very patient with me. The CD-ROM's are great help in preparation and also in remembering and reviewing the concepts. Am looking forward to a continued association with McAir and crew.

- Dale M.

Gary and John,
This letter is to congratulate and thank you for assembling such a fine group of aviation professionals. My training experience was nothing less than superb. The On Line booking made securing Aircraft and Instructor enjoyable. Now as a Private pilot I still receive the same fine service. My association with Mc Air is very rewarding and I plan to continue this relationship into the future.
Good Luck, & Thanks again.

- Dino P. (PIC)

McAir is a class act!!. Never before have I seen so many 2002 and newer 172's to learn in. Be sure to look at N51815 (2002 172R) and N5345G (2003 172S). These two planes fly great!!

- Jason S.

Having previously flown at another flight school at Jeffco and an FBO at Boulder (1V5), I came to McAir with a private license and instrument rating. I have since earned my commercial single-engine license and CFI certificate. The instructors at McAir are employees of McAir and take pride in their jobs. The maintenance, billing, and record-keeping at McAir are excellent. Once or twice I have had billing issues and they are always resolved immediately, in-person at the counter without a wait or fuss. Very professional and safe!

- Matthew B.

Great place. Started my private training in June. Very friendly, very informative and flexible. Highly recommended.

- Patric T.

Very clean flight school and the staff, instructors and airplanes are top of the line.

- Brandon N.

A wonderful place to learn how to fly, friendly staff, great aircraft, great prices~!

- Dustin D.



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