Meet Our Instructors
Our experienced flight instructors are the best in the business. They are dedicated to providing quality flight training and a great experience as you learn to fly with us. Your safety is our number one priority.
Ian has been fascinated by flight as long as he can remember. He loved it when the flight attendants would let him see the cockpit on airline flights as a child. When he did a discovery flight for his Boy Scout Aviation merit badge when he was twelve years old, he instantly knew that it was what he wanted to do for a career. He did his first solo at 16, and got his private pilot's license at 17 in 2000. After a long pause in his training, he started again in 2018 to get his instrument rating, commercial single engine and multi-engine rating, and certified flight instructor rating. He will be pursuing a career in the airlines or cargo in the future.
Ian graduated from Montana State University - Bozeman with a degree in Japan Studies in 2009. While pursuing that degree, he was able to spend time in Japan learning the language. He then went to the University of Texas at San Antonio to get his MBA in 2011. Outside of aviation, he enjoys traveling, costume and prop making, working out, and photography.
Donald L. “Dutch” Hudson’s started flying in 1984 as a cadet at the USAF Academy where he flew gliders, participated in freefall parachuting, and earned his private pilot’s license. After graduation, he completed USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training flying the T-37 “Tweet” and T-38 “Talon” aircraft, and was assigned as a primary instructor pilot at Reese AFB, TX. During his 24 years on active duty, Dutch flew several aircraft with the most time in the KC-10 “Extender” and T-6 “Texan II.” In addition to Reese AFB, he was assigned to Barksdale AFB, LA, McGuire AFB, NJ, USAF Academy, CO, Randolph AFB, TX, and Curaçao, Dutch Antilles. Dutch is currently a T-6 simulator instructor pilot at Randolph; additionally, he works with several companies world-wide as a test pilot and aircraft delivery pilot. He has over 10,000 total hours and is a CFII, MEI and ATP. (B-737 and DC-10 type ratings) Dutch helps at TAA with phase checks and end-of-course examinations.
James is a legacy student of Texas Aviation Academy. He took his Discovery Flight in June of 2017, and in March of 2021 received his Certified Flight Instructor Certificate! When he is not flight instructing, James is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics with Liberty University.
Chris “Fats” Vanchure
Gold Seal CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI
Chris is at his core, an aviation enthusiast and passionate instructor, looking to inspire the next generation. He first started flying at the age of 13 in his hometown of Lakehurst, NJ. Since then, he went on to earn his BS in mathematics from Seton Hall University, and MS in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while serving as an instructor pilot for the United States Air Force. Following his assignment as a primary instructor in the T-6A, Fats went on to serve in the iconic U-2S Dragon Lady and has deployed numerous times around the globe in support of various operations.
He has flown military, civilian and warbirds acquiring over 5,000 hours experience in 40+ different aircraft. He has been teaching aviation professionally since 2008 and has mentored hundreds of students into professional careers both in the military and civilian aviation. He is a member of AOPA, EAA, and the Commemorative Air Force. Now, a reserve instructor in the T-38C and a First Officer on the Airbus A220; Chris remains active as a general aviation instructor eager to help you earn your private, commercial, instrument, multiengine, ATP, or instructor rating.