BVFS Flight Instructors

Our instructors represent the best in the industry. Our first goal in teaching is safety. When you pass your check ride we want you to be the safest, most efficient pilot you can be – with emergency procedures as your best maneuver.

The safer you are as a pilot, the more confident you will be, and the more fun you will have. The more fun you have, the better you’ll learn – so we make flying fun!

CFI – Certified Flight Instructor

CFII – Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument

MEI – Multi-Engine Instructor

AGI – Advanced Ground Instructor

IGI – Instrument Ground Instructor

ASEL – Airplane Single Engine Land

ASES – Airplane Single Engine Sea

MEL – Multi-Engine Land

Gary Gandy

Chief Flight Instructor

ASEL, ASES, MEL, CFI, CFI-I, MEI, Glider Instructor

Gary Gandy has been involved in various aspects of General Aviation for most of his life. Gary is a Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor with Single Engine Land, and, Multi-Engine Land privileges along with being an accomplished Glider Instructor. He has been a Flight Instructor for over 30 years and was also an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for several years. His depth of knowledge and sense of humor are a great resource for our students and for the entire BVFS team. Gary writes fiction novels which focus on World War One aviation for which he does in-depth historical research.

Dr. Christian Bruccoleri

Flight School Director

ASEL, CFI, CFI-I, AGI

Christian Bruccoleri is a Certified Flight Instructor with Single Engine Land with Instrument teaching privileges. Christian was born and raised in Italy and came to Texas as fast as he could! After getting a doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M he decided to explore the practical side of aviation. He loved it so much that went all the way to CFI, CFI-I, and AGI. He works for industry and academia doing engineering and research for NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and private entities. Christian also has a passion for World War II-era aviation.

David Kelly

ASEL, CFI, CFI-I, AGI

David Kelly is a Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor with Single Engine Land privileges and an Advanced Ground Instructor. David received his private pilot certificate in 1976 and has accumulated over 5,000 flying hours in various civilian aircraft including 700 hours in tailwheel aircraft. In addition, David has over 30 years in civil engineering designing refineries and power plants.

Max Millet

ASEL, CFI, CFII

Max is a Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor with single engine land privileges. He received a Bachelor of Science in 2017 from LeTourneau University and spent some time as a Line Service Technician fueling airplanes while becoming a flight instructor. His dream of flying started as a child when a family friend took him and his dad on a flight in a Bonanza. Since then he has decided to pursue a full time career in aviation. When not flying, Max enjoys spending time with his family, and playing music at church and with friends.

Tyler Trigg

ASEL, AMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI

Tyler is a Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor with Single Engine Land and Multi-Engine Land privileges. On his 17th birthday he had his first introductory flight and after that he was hooked! He achieved his Private Pilot License his senior year of high school and after graduating went straight to ATP Flight School in Atlanta, Georgia. He finished all of his licenses and ratings in less than a year and has been instructing ever since. When he is not flying he enjoys making people laugh and long walks on the beach.

Tommy Eskind

ASEL, CFI, IGI

Tommy Eskind is a Certified Flight Instructor with single engine land privileges and is an Advanced Ground Instructor and Instrument Ground Instructor. Tommy is a second generation pilot and started flying with his dad as soon as he could reach the controls. He started his flight training with his father in their Stearman biplane. When not instructing you can find Tommy flying various tailwheel or aerobatic airplanes or working on vintage Shelby Mustangs.