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MEET THE CREW

The Skybound Family consists of highly dedicated flight instructors, operations staff, maintenance staff, and very caring owners. Meet our Crew!

Operations Crew

 
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EVANTHE

PAPASTATHIS

Chief Executive Officer

Evanthe is a private pilot with over 700 hours.  She is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of Skybound. It is her mission to make sure your experience at Skybound is pleasant and fun.

efp@skybnd.com | (404) 210-1442

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JONATHAN

EBBELER

Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan is a private pilot and avid business traveler, but prefers to fly himself whenever possible. Jonathan has his tail wheel, high-performance and complex endorsements.

jebbeler@skybnd.com | (678) 691-3283

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ASHLEY

EBBELER

Marketing & Communications Director

Ashley is responsible for guiding Skybound's marketing efforts and brand identity. She isn't a pilot, but her first flight lesson was in Fiona complete with loops, spins and barrel rolls. Any questions/concerns or marketing opportunities don't hesitate to reach out. 

 

aebbeler@skybnd.com | (678) 691-3283

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DANA

PARKER

Office Manager

Dana is the office manager.  She assists our clients with getting familiar with our systems, checking planes out and back in, scheduling flights, working closely with our instructors, and general daily office stuff. 

 

djparker@skybnd.com | (678) 691-3283

Maintenance Crew

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GREG

MANNING

DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE

Manning was hooked on repairing things when he was a young boy by fixing things like lawnmowers and bicycles for pocket change. He spent a decade in the motorcycle industry. He transitioned to piston aircraft 9 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Manning received his A&P license in 2013 and now holds Inspection Authorization privileges. Manning will oversee all aspects of the maintenance shop with concentrations on inspections, pre-buys, and squawk repair for a variety of piston aircraft.

skybndco@skybnd.com | (678) 691-3283

 

Instruction Crew

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. Check out our instructor rates!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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IAN

AINSWORTH

Flight Instructor

Ian grew up in Atlanta, GA and started flying at Skybound Aviation at the age of 16 years old. He has completed all of his ratings at Skybound Aviation and is now instructing with us.  Ian hopes to be flying in corporate aviation one day.

ianainsworth23@yahoo.com | (770) 826-3692

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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

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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

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MICHAEL

PARKER

Flight Instructor

Michael came 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

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JASON

LIANG

Flight Instructor

Jason earned his instructor ratings at Skybound Aviation.    He is looking forward to helping our clients earn their wings. He enjoys flying and teaching people to fly.

jliang@bluesonar.com | (404) 492-6140

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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

*Charges an additional rate separate from Skybound's Instructor Rates

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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.

j_kidd@ix.netcom.com | (404) 664-9833

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TERRY

HARPER

Flight Instructor

Terry is a 2000+ hour pilot with over 800 hours of instruction.  He learned to fly at the age of 18 and was a certificate flight instructor by 21.  While attending Arizona State University, he taught flying for 2 years at Beckett Aviation in Scottsdale, AZ.   After college he started a career in the plastics industry.  After retiring in 2019, he  renewed his CFI licenses and instructs primary, tailwheel and instrument students.

harpt58@gmail.com | (770) 713-5856

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CURTIS

MAST

Flight Instructor

Curtis is a professional independent instructor. He has done the majority of his training with Skybound and now is a CFI. Of course we hired him right away and has enjoyed teaching ever 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

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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

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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

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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.com |  (678) 386-9341

*Charges an additional rate separate from Skybound's Instructor Rates

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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

*Charges an additional rate separate from Skybound's Instructor Rates

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JAMES

ARCHER

Flight Instructor

James is a certificated Airline Transport Pilot for both single and multi-engine land aircraft.  In September 2020, he became a Master Certified Flight Instructor, a designation bestowed to only a select few Flight Instructors by the National Association of Flight Instructors.  With over 15 years as an instructor, he holds training certificates in instrument, single and multi-engine aircraft as well as an instrument and advanced ground instructor.  His specializes in instrument training, instrument proficiency checks, flight reviews, and advanced ratings and certificates.  He enjoys teaching aeronautical decision making, safety, and professionally and recreationally tracked students who desire to get to the next level as a pilot.  His professional aviation experience is extensive in cabin class aircraft, including the Beechcraft King Air 90 and 200 models. 

archerjames@comcast.net | (678) 427-2142

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Gian
Santoni

Flight Instructor

Gian is a full-time flight instructor. He took his first experience flight with us at Skybound Aviation back in 2017 before starting his flight training right away and ultimately earning his CFI ratings. Gian also has nearly 10 years of aviation industry experience as a flight crew member and looks forward to helping future pilots earn their wings.

giansantoni@gmail.com | (678) 691-3283