Meet Our Instructors

Our instructors' are independent contractors.  Some teach for the love of flying and some teach because they are building hours in order to work for a commercial operation or the airlines.  Either way, we are very excited to be able to offer our clients a well rounded option for their flight training.

Shawn Hardin - Chief Flight Instructor

Shawn has been flying for over twelve years and has been a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI-A) and Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) for ten years, where he has maintained a 98% first time student pass rate in both Part 61 and 141 programs. He is a Commercial Pilot, holding Single-Engine, Multi-Engine, and Instrument Ratings, with over 3,000 flight hours in over 50 different aircraft models. His flying experience includes working in both the private and government sectors as a Flight Instructor, Forestry Pilot, King Air 90 Charter Pilot, and Ferry Pilot for private aircraft owners.

 

Prior to becoming a flight instructor, he served eight years in the United States Marine Corps (1996-2004; Honorable Discharge) and was a full-time Firefighter/EMT for three years.

 

shardin@skybnd.com | (770) 634-6788

Joe Lanier - Flight Instructor

Joe Lanier has spent most of his adult life working in and around textiles mills in the southeast. When manufacturing moved overseas, he pursued his lifelong dream of flying. Joe became a private pilot in 2006 and began teaching in 2010.  Except for a short training stint in Greensboro, NC, Joe has been based at PDK Airport. He is a full-time instructor for private and instrument students in the Cessna and Cirrus aircraft.

n109tjl@yahoo.com | (706) 773-1504

Steve Hurst - Flight Instructor

Steve is a professional independent instrument instructor in single and multi-engine aircraft. He has helped build two experimental aircraft and is experienced in both ultra-light and tail wheel. He has been instructing for more than 40 years and his students are currently flying for major airlines as well as for their business and personal pleasure. He specializes in personalized instruction to help you meet your aviation goals.

terry_hurst@bellsouth.net |  (678) 371-2920

Ryan Berberich - Flight Instructor

Ryan came to us when his former flight school decided to close down.  Ryan hopes one day to work for the airlines.

Ryan.Berberich@yahoo.com | (770) 715-5139

Michael Parker - Flight Instructor

Michael to us as a renter and decided to be a CFI with us.  Michael is looking forward to helping our clients earn their wings and if you are up to it, get your multi-engine ticket.  

 

Michael spent 20 years in the Employee benefits and insurance industry. Graduated GA Tech in 2000. Earned his instructor ratings at ATP: CFI, CFII, MEI.  He is also a Master scuba diver and loves spending time underwater with sharks.

mparker@thriveag.com | (404) 216-1108

Louis Jourdan - Flight Instructor

Louis earned his instructor rating at ATP.    Louis is looking forward to helping our clients earn their wings. His goal is to become an airline pilot.

L.Jourdan95@gmail.com| (770) 265-2865

Glenn Bailey - Flight Instructor

Glenn is a part-time independent flight instructor.  He is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and former military instructor pilot.  In addition to teaching in our primary trainers (Cessna’s and Piper’s), Glenn is one of our CFI’s that teaches in our tail wheel airplane “Fiona”.  Glenn enjoys sharing his love of taildragger flying with others…and occasionally getting things a little upside down (if you know what we mean!).

 

glenn@quarterwinds.co | (770) 630-9222

Elliott Borenstien - Flight Instructor

Elliott is an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor and holds ATP ratings in Airplanes and Helicopters. He began instructing in 1980, holding Airplane Single and Multi-Engine, Helicopter, and Instrument Airplane and Helicopter Flight Instructor certificates. He was a multi-state FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for Helicopters for nearly a decade. He works with a wide variety of people from High School and College students and business executives, through Airline Pilots working on Private, Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-engine certificates. He is available full time at SkyBound in both Part 61 and Part 141 training programs.

dpe@faaexaminer.com | (678) 772-3038

Jeff Kidd - Flight Instructor

Jeff is a part-time flight instructor balancing flying with his computer software consulting firm. He has BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and is a Master-level Chess Player. He earned his Private Pilot ASEL in Feb 1996, and his Instrument Rating later that year. His additional ratings include Commercial Pilot SEL/MEL Instrument (1997), Flight Instructor SE/ME Instrument (1997-1998), Commercial Pilot Glider (1999), and Airline Transport Pilot MEL (2000). Jeff has over 4,000 hours total time with almost half of those hours instructing. He is checked out in all of Skybound Aviation's Cesnas and Pipers.

jkidd@ix.netcom.com | (404) 664-9833

Richard Antara - Flight Instructor

Richard came to us when his former flight school decided to close down. Richards works at Skybound Monday thru Friday.  On the weekends he flies a plane for parachute jumpers.

richantara@yahoo.fr | (404) 798-6482

Kerwin Day - Flight Instructor

Kerwin is a career professional independent instructor. He is a CFII who can instruct and provide private pilot services. His ratings include commercial pilot with instrument rating, single engine land, multi engine land, flight instructor, instrument flight instructor, and ATP. Kerwin has been flying for 40 years and about 75% of his hours are instructing.

kerwind@bellsouth.net | (770) 634-9301

Curtis Mast - Flight Instructor

Curtis is a professional independent instructor. He has done the majority of his training with Skybound and became a CFI on July 12th. Of course we hired him right away and has enjoyed teaching every since. Curtis is also a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and teaches at his DoJo in Decatur. This guys loves to teach.  

ce4mast@bellsouth.net |  (404) 731-9305

Michael O'Neal - Flight Instructor

Michael is retired; however, he still likes to fly in Fiona. Michael O’Neal has been in the aviation industry since 1976, and his ratings include commercial pilot with instrument rating, single engine land, multi engine land, flight instructor and instrument flight instructor. He has over 28,000 flight hours, of which 80% are in instruction. Michael has flown and instructed in single engine land, multi-engine land, complex, and high performance aircraft, and has been flying in the Atlanta area for over 35 years. 

michael@av8inc.com | (770) 377-2169

Randy Ferrell - Flight Instructor

Randy is a professional pilot and independent flight instructor. Randy flies corporate aircraft and for fun he loves to teach people to fly. randy has helped Skybound make pilots for over 10 years.

rferrell789@gmail.comt |  (678) 386-9341

Rodney Russell - Flight Instructor

Rodney is a part time independent flight instructor with over 32,000 hours.  He is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, retired Delta Air Lines Captain, and holds ratings in B-757; B-767; CE-500; DC-9; EA-500S, T-37, single engine land aircrafts.

rrussell@mindspring.com | (404) 931-1872

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Contact us 

(678) 691-3283

skybndco@skybnd.com

Location

Our office is located at the

Peachtree Dekalb Airport 

2000 Airport Road, Suite 125

Atlanta, GA 30341

 

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