Executive Flight Training

Raleigh Executive Jetport (KTTA), Sanford, NC





Here at Executive Flight Training and Services we embrace the world of general aviation for one reason, we love to fly. Not only do we enjoy flying, but we enjoy spreading that joy of the greatest feeling of freedom to as many people as possible. Our flight instructors and contract pilots are some of the most experienced pilots in all of General Aviation with tens of thousands of hours between them. Our ferry pilots have transported aircraft all over the world, while our instructors have been at it for years. Couple that with our administrative staff whose goal is to promote general aviation to everyone we can get in a room with and our team rounds out as one of the most dedicated you’ll find anywhere.


David serves as the President of the board of directors for EFTS. David is a Gold Seal instrument, single (land and sea) and multi-engine flight instructor who has been flying since 1998. He is an FAA FAASTeam Representative, a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight and a Young Eagle pilot volunteer for EAA Chapter 1114 in Apex. In 2010 he was selected as the EAA Outstanding Chapter Coordinator for Young Eagles. He holds instrument and advanced ground instructor certifications and has taught aviation ground school at Wake Tech Community College. His previous company, Wildon Software, provided initial support for the Operation Fly NC program. David, an NC native, lives in Cary. (See Gleim CFI Directory)

Carson has served as our Chief Pilot since 2017 and is a CFI, CFII, MEI with more than 5,500 hours of experience. Carson began flying in 1995 and was hired with a regional airline flying the Beech 1900 at the age of 22. He left the airline industry as a Captain on the CRJ 200/700 in 2007, but his passion for flying remains. He continues to train new students, develop & mentor our CFI’s and share his love of aviation. Carson is also a Wealth Advisor with Pinnacle Financial Partners in Raleigh, NC.

Gene is a dedicated flight instructor (CFI, AGI) and also a member of our administrative staff as the Secretary of the board of Directors. Gene has over 35 years of flight experience and more than 4,500 hours with a history of membership in military flying clubs all over the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and even Guam.

David grew up in the UK and started flying in the late 1980’s with the Royal Air Force Cadets. He earned a RAF Flying Scholarship in 1992 and flew Bulldogs, Chipmunks and Piper Warriors but ultimately chose an engineering career. Following 20 years at Silicon Valley semiconductor companies and the past 5 years designing Human Machine Interfaces for Caterpillar here in North Carolina, he returned to flying. 3 years ago he joined EFTS as a student again and has since earned FAA Private, Instrument, Complex, Commercial and Certificated Flight Instructor pilot privileges. As EFTS operations manager he organizes scheduled maintenance of the fleet. He’s the owner of a 1969 Piper Arrow 200.

Mark started his career in aviation in 2012 while in high school achieving his private certificate and instrument rating, and his commercial certificate while attending Auburn University. After college, he decided to continue his education by achieving his CFII, AGI and IGI ratings. He has now also completed his Airline Tranport Pilot training. He has flight experience in Cessna, Piper, Diamond, Mooney aircraft, including a type rating in the Eclipse EA-500 jet. Mark hopes he can share his passion with others through instruction. He works as a civil engineer with DRMP and instructs part time.

Eric started flying in early 1979, earning his Private, Instrument and Commercial ratings before joining the US Air Force. He has 3000 hours flying as an Evaluator/Instructor/Radar Navigator/Navigator in B-52s and other USAF aircraft. He left the AF to pursue a career with Fidelity Investments and continuing his love of flying. He left Fidelity Investments about 12 yrs ago, to continue his second love of travel. Eric has been working two contracts for the past 11 years, taking him to Glacier National Park and McMurdo station, Antarctica. With over 800 civilian flight hours, and his passion for aviation, he has recently earned his CFI and looks forward to sharing the art of aviation with others.

Chris began his aviation journey when his Father gave him the controls of a C172 at age 5. In 2006 he earned his PPL shortly after college in Vermont. After taking a long break to work in the corporate world, he decided flying was his true passion and it was time to get back in the saddle. Chris then earned his Instrument, Commercial, Multi-engine, CFI, CFII and MEI ratings. He instructs full-time and has experience flying Piper, Cirrus, Cessna, and Diamond aircrafts. Chris is a 3rd generation pilot in his family as his Father and Grandfather were both Airforce pilots. Chris now resides in Apex, NC.

Mark received his first flying lessons as a 38th birthday gift from his wife who was tired of hearing about wanting to fly ever since watching Sky King as a kid. Jan thought this would get it out of his system. She claims she hasn't seen him since. In 2012 Mark moved to North Carolina after 20 years in Colorado, where his teaching included mountain flying in the Rockies. He has been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight, Lifeline Pilots and Pilots & Paws and is am aviation attorney as well as a commercial pilot and CFI/CFII.

Brian is a retired UNC physician and CFI/CFII who has been flying since 1973. He owned a Mooney M20J for 10 years and has over 4800 hours. He has taken many great trips from Chapel Hill with pilot friends including ones to Newfoundland and Alaska. He loves teaching and sharing his insights from these experiences. He was a Chief Flight Instructor for the Chapel Hill Flying Club and has over 2800 hours of instruction time. He especially enjoys teaching commercial and instrument flying and has guided 13 trainees to the IFR rating.

Dan started flying as a student in 1998 and is an instrument rated private pilot who also holds a certificate of professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography. Dan served as the President of EFTS from incorporation until January of 2013. He currently resides in the Tacoma, WA area and continues to work with EFTS through online collaboration and the occasional transcontinental flight. Dan currently flies his Bonanza F33A out of Pierce County, "Thun Field" in Puyallup, WA.