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.

Ryan Barenklau

ASEL, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI

Ryan is a Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor with Single Engine Land privileges. Ryan graduated Texas A&M University with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science in 2020. Ryan was fascinated by aviation and flight from a very early age and began flying at age 13, before he ever drove a car. He was a front desk associated at the flight school for a year and a half. When not flying, you’ll likely find Ryan reading a book or tinkering with ham radio.

Mark McMillan II

ASEL, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI

Mark is a Certified Flight Instructor and Instrument Instructor with Single Engine Land privileges. Mark graduated Texas A&M with a Bachelors of Science in 2003. Mark was a sales manager for 15 years before deciding to become a full-time professional pilot and flight instructor. Mark owns a Cessna 170 and has a passion for flight and teaching.

Kaitlyn Ciomperlik

ASEL, CFI

Kaitlyn Ciomperlik is a Certified Flight Instructor with single engine land privileges. Kaitlyn received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2017. Before becoming an instructor at BVFS in May of 2020, Kaitlyn was a front desk associate and Director of Customer Relations at the flight school for 4 years. She has a passion for cooking, aerobatics, and tailwheel aircraft.