All of our highly qualified instructors are FAA certified and dedicated to the teaching and training of new and experienced pilots of all levels.
Bob holds CFI, CFII and MEI ratings and has accumulated more than 4800 hours instructing primary, instrument and commercial SEL and MEL students as well as CFI and ATP candidates. He enjoys all levels of flight instruction from primary to instrument, accelerated training and refresher training with already certified pilots.
As a pilot Bob enjoys the flexibility of general aviation air travel, which allows him to easily and quickly get to his “other job” as a race driver in Grand Am and SCCA Competition. Bob has had more than 25 track record Finishes and 2 National Driver’s Championships!
Bob enjoys recreational flying, especially floatplanes and tailwheel aircraft. In addition to flying, he loves to ski, kayak and other outdoor activites.
Ed Bookwalter currently has his CFI rating.
John Domaingue currently has his CFI, CFII, MEI, and ATP ratings.
Mike started flying in Germany in 1986. After moving to the US he continued getting more advanced pilot ratings while working as an A&P/IA.
Besides being a fixed wing CFI, he also holds a commercial Seaplane and lighter than air pilot ratings. You might just find him working on one of his airplanes, teaching someone to land, or floating above your head in a balloon.
Chris LeBlanc currently has his CFI rating.
Muneeb Mahmood, also known as Moon, is our youngest flight instructor here at Northampton Airport. Moon started flying at the age of 13, back when he was only in Middle School. His passion for flying since his early age continues today. He holds a multi-engine rating, commercial pilot’s license, and a flight instructor rating. “Many people are blown away with the fact that such a young person can become a flight instructor. I believe what makes up for that is my energy and determination to make students become the safest, most proficient pilots to the best of my ability,” says Moon. “I strive to make sure that I teach everyone in a circumspective and fun environment. Students will learn best when they enjoy what they learn.”
Moon graduated from Westfield State University in the spring 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. In his free time you might see him walking around with a GoPro (action camera), or any kind of camera. He creates all kinds of flying videos and they can be watched on his YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/AviatorAmerican. If you wish to get a video made of you flying an airplane make sure to see him, he would be delighted to do so.
Joe’s love for flying began at age 6 when he went for his first flight with his grandfather. Fast forward a few years to 2007 when he got his private license.
Joe went on to buy an airplane and continue his training, obtaining an instrument rating, then a Commercial Multi and CFI in Northampton. He also was lucky enough to be sent to Flight Safety to get a SIC type rating in the Learjet 31A which he flew as co-pilot. From 2007-2011, Joe managed the FBO at Barnes in Westfield.
Happy to be passing on his love for aviation, he is thrilled to be instructing at the very airport where his Grandfather landed to meet Joe when he was born.
John has been working as an instructor at Northampton Aeronautics since 2005, and prior to that served as a flight instructor at Turners Falls for eight years. He has his ATP certificate, CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings. He also specializes in Tail-wheels.
John's favorite part of flying is that he enjoys helping people achieve their goals and getting them to the next level. John is the proud owner of a 172 and a Piper Cub.
Dave’s intro to flying was at 19 years old, as a last minute passenger on a scenic flight with his grandfather. From that first takeoff he was hooked and came back the next day to start his lessons.
Once he earned his license Dave enjoyed taking his grandfather for flights and seeing the excitement in his eyes when he would let him fly. Today, as a part-time instructor, he loves handing over the controls to students on those first flights and seeing that same sense of joy and wonder.
After practicing as a pharmacist for 15 years Dave started a sports medicine product manufacturing and marketing company. That company now does business around the world. General aviation has been an indispensable tool allowing him the freedom to travel and visit customers on a schedule that works for him, not for the airlines.
He also plays drums and guitar but says he’s not as good as TJ ;).
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