Above and Beyond’s highly qualified, diverse, and passionate instructors are our greatest strength. Our instructors take great pride in ensuring your personal success as an aviator. Whether it’s your first Discovery Flight or you’re adding additional ratings to your pilot’s license, our experienced instructors craft a training program that suits your individual goals and thoroughly prepares you for your FAA practical exam. You receive individual, one-on-one attention to ensure that you are meeting your aviation objectives. Our unique training method saves you money by focusing on you, your individual learning style and getting the most out of every flight hour!
Flight Instructor Bios
More than the owner of Above & Beyond George is one of our most active instructors. George has been flying almost daily for the last twenty years. He has over 10,000 total flight time and 8,000 hours of dual instruction. He has his CFII and has taught the UT ground school for the past ten years.
Phone: (512) 415-2466
John is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor who has been flying since 1977, and instructing since 1985. John holds Commercial and Instructor certificates for Airplane Single and Multi Engine Land, and Instrument Airplane, as well as an Advanced Ground Instructor certificate. He is a member of the FAAST (FAA Safety) Team, and is building an RV7-A in his garage. In addition to his flying activities, John plays in the Hill Country Community Band and teaches Sunday School in his church.
Lester began flying in 1967 and attended the Central Texas College Aviation program receiving his commercial certificate in 1970.
After taking a 10 year break from aviation to start a family and work a traditional job he returned and earned his CFI, CFII, multi-engine and ATP certificate. He began flying in corporate and charter aviation as a contract pilot. He has a King Air 300 type rating and SIC sign offs for Citation Jet, Citation II and V.
When not flying Lester enjoys playing Trumpet in the Nash Hernandez Orchestra a well known Austin twelve piece big band.
With his years of instruction and corporate flying experience, Lester works to give his students more than the “minimum”, imparting knowledge that sometimes gets lost over time.
Don has been flying for 37 years. He has been an active Flight Instructor for 27 of those years with a Total Flight Time of 4500 Hours. Certified in both Single and Multi-Engine Airplanes with an Airline Transport License, Don is authorized to teach from the Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Multi-Engine, as well as Airline Transport Pilot. Don is experienced in over 37 different makes and models of aircraft and is an experienced King Air Pilot. As a former Band Director with emphasis on Low Brass and a Specialty on Trombone, Don teaches Private Band Lessons in Round Rock ISD when he is not Flight Instructing. Teaching has been Don’s lifelong passion.
While attending Embry Riddle University, earning a BS in Aeronautics, Mike worked as a flight instructor. He continued to teach flying in order to build hours, but was impatient and joined the Air Force. In 1976 he earned his wings and was assigned to Sheppard AFB, as a First Assignment Instructor Pilot, teaching international students. Recognized for his superior flying and teaching abilities, Mike was quickly promoted to Flight Examiner; giving Instructor Pilots their check rides. He went on to fly Fighters, earning the title of Fighter Instructor Pilot in each jet; A10 Warthog, F-5E Tiger and F-16 Viper. He continued his formal education earning an MBA, then continued post-graduate studies at Texas A&M in Education and USC in Aircraft Mishap Analysis.
Mike is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor. He has approximately 7100 flight hours and 4600 hours as an instructor. His ratings include CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP (B737), TW, AGI and IGI. Mike welcomes the opportunity to teach the joy of flying and perfecting your pilot skills. “I enjoy being with the Above & Beyond Team and look forward to flying with you!”
Mark began his aviation career in 1998 by attending the aviation program at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He continued to gain flight experience through flying skydivers, traffic-watch, and instructing.
Lada’s aviation career began 8 years ago after his graduation from the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic where he grew up. He graduated with Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and realized he would rather spend his life in a cockpit of an airplane than a cubicle. His aviation experience includes flying in Europe, Nevada, the Midwest, and of course Texas. Lada is a patient, thorough, and knowledgeable instructor who loves to share aviation concepts and discuss aviation experiences.
When not flying Lada enjoys spending time with his family, biking, taking his dog on hikes, and exploring the city of Austin.
A native Texan, Meagan’s passion for airplanes started as a child when her parents bought her a subscription to Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine. She began flight training in gliders in 1997 then began single-engine flight training at Purdue University in 1998. She also pitched for Purdue University’s softball team where she earned the Durham Brothers Leadership Award and still holds several school pitching records. Meagan earned her degree in Telecommunications from Purdue after completing her PPL. She continued to fly as a hobby over the next two decades.
In 2012, Meagan left television to work for Zip Aviation, a company that supported her goal to pursue flying as a profession. She began advanced flight training while finishing a Master of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle. Meagan then earned her Instrument and Commercial ratings in 2016. She earned her Commercial Multi-engine Instrument and Certified Flight Instructor ratings in 2017. She then began working for Above and Beyond Aviation full-time as a flight instructor and has loved every minute of it. Meagan lives in New Braunfels, Texas. She is passionate about God, her family, her dogs, children, animals, aviation, space exploration, Purdue sports, and the Houston Texans. This year Meagan celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first solo flight.
Barb has been teaching people to fly since 1998, with some 8500 flight hours of instruction given and forty-plus candidates signed off for the Private Pilot Practical Test. She most enjoys teaching beginners, but additionally specializes in spin training and the CFI spin endorsement. She co-instructs the Private Pilot ground school class offered by UT Informal Classes. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, and when she is not flying, she does research on the frontier of ancient Maya hieroglyphic decipherment. She has lived and traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America as an archaeologist, linguist and speleologist.