Instructors

Alex Toussaint - Flight Instructor

Alex Toussaint

Flight Instructor

Alex Toussaint comes to Front Range Flight School with 15 years of aviation instruction and knowledge. Alex is currently employed at the Aviation Department of the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is the Lab Coordinator for the World Indoor Airport, managing all the aviation related simulators and equipment that is keep within the aviation department. Alex has an extended background in aviation being a chief pilot for a local flight school, a Part 135 On Demand Operation. He was also a corporate pilot for a local Denver company. His passion with aviation shows when he is teaching the art of flying to new and former students.

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Barry Gomez – Flight Instructor

Barry Gomez

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (703) 499-3426
Email: Barry@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: State University of New York, Aeronautical Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Masters of Science Degree in Home Security; Colorado Technical University – Currently seeking MBA Degree
Certificates: Commercial Pilot – Airplane Single & Multiengine Land, Instrument Rating, CFI

Barry Gomez began his flight training as a teenager while enrolled in a special program that integrated traditional high school curriculum and flight school training. He then attended State University of New York (SUNY) to study Aeronautical Engineering before joining the Marine Corps, where he worked for seven years as a Criminal Investigator coordinating with NCIS. After completing his service, he joined the police force in Washington, DC, working six years in undercover operations and one year as a detective before transferring to the Aurora Police Department in 2014. Upon moving to Colorado, Barry Gomez once again seized the opportunity to focus on his passion for flying. He’s spent the last three years obtaining his instrument rating, commercial license and CFI. Barry Gomez is an energetic and very detail-oriented flight instructor and enjoys teaching anyone who is open-minded and eager to learn.

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Breydon Franklin – Flight Instructor

Breydon Franklin

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (720) 340-9223
Email: Breydon@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Aerospace Science
Certificates: Commercial Pilot – Airplane Single & Multiengine Land, Instrument Rating, CFI/CFI-I

Breydon Franklin is a Colorado native and first generation pilot. He began his flying career in February 2016 and obtained his CFI-I certificate in less than one year. Breydon Franklin is in his senior year at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is in the process of completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation and Aerospace Science. He is in pursuit of becoming a professional pilot in the aviation industry.

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Brian Eaton – Flight Instructor

Brian Eaton

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (720) 982-7263
Email: Brian@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology
Certificates: Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI

Brian Eaton started flying as a child with his father, Burt, a Continental Airlines 737 Captain and has continued on to make a career of helping people learn to enjoy aviation in a safe and fun environment. While developing his teaching technique over the last decade Brian has come to enjoy building new relationships and sharing in the achievements and satisfaction his students feel with each milestone accomplished. It continues to be his pleasure to operate as Chief Pilot of Front Range Flight School where people can come together and be around like minded individuals who are passionate about aviation and work to help each become better pilots.
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Chris-Spanos - Flight Instructor

Chris Spanos

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (303) 807-5447
Email: Chris@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: Embry Riddle, Aurora Vocational School, University of Phoenix
Certificates: CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Chris Spanos earned his Private Pilot certificate in 1983 and knew this was the career and passion that he wanted to pursue. He then quickly earned his Instrument, Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) ratings along with his current Flight Instructor ratings. Chris Spanos is a Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Instrument and Multi Engine Instructor. He is currently a Captain on the Airbus 320 and has over 23,000 hours of total time in piloting aircraft. Chris Spanos has instructed in many types of aircraft including most Cessna products, from 152’s to Cessna Citations, King Air BE-20 and BE-100. He has taught line and simulator on the Boeing 737 and the Airbus 320 series aircraft. He has served as Designated Pilot examiner for the Airbus A-320. Most of all, Chris Spanos loves to teach flying and share his passion. He currently teaches all aspects of aviation including extensive mountain flight instruction and Bi-Annual Flight Reviews.

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CJ McMillan – Flight Instructor

CJ McMillan

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (303) 877-2042
Email: CJ@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver – Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology with an Professional Pilot Emphasis and Minor in Business Management
Certificates: Commercial Pilot – Airplane Single & Multiengine Land, Instrument Rating, CFI

CJ McMillan quite literally grew up around Front Range Airport, spending time in his father’s hangar while helping him work on his Yak 52. He rediscovered his passion for aviation when he began flying at age 20 with his father, a United Airlines pilot, and has been accelerating through his training and education with juggernaut-like speed ever since. CJ McMillan earned his private pilot license in 2013 and in 2016 obtained his instrument rating, commercial license and multi-engine rating. After graduating from Metro State University of Denver (MSU) in August 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Technology with a Professional Pilot Emphasis and Minor in Business Management.

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Darin Gamba – Flight Instructor

Darin Gamba

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (307) 413-8229
Email: Darin@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: University of Montana
Certificates: CFI, CFII

Darin Gamba started his aviation career in 2008 in Wyoming at the Jackson Hole Airport working for a regional airline as a Ramp and Customer Service agent. Over the course of the next few years Darin Gamba worked as a Ramp Supervisor and Certified De-icing Instructor when he decided in 2012 to pursue his Private Pilots license. During the next few years Darin Gamba went on to earn his Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument ratings.

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Joe Springer – Flight Instructor

Joe Springer

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (720) 934-8724
Email: Joe@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: Metropolitan State University of Denver, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology plus Minor in Aircraft Maintenance and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, MBA
Certificates: CFI, CFII, Commercial SE, Commercial ME, Airframe and Powerplant and Tailwheel Endorsement

Joe Springer is one of our more experienced instructors. He obtained his private pilot’s license in 1997 and has been instructing student pilots for over 11 years. He loves teaching new students who are able to apply the principles of flying who move on to solo and obtain their private and/or commercial pilot license.

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Ronnea Derby – Flight Instructor

Ronnea Derby

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (623) 261-2834
Email: Ronnea@FrontRangeFlightSchool.com
Education: BS in Electrical Engineering
Certificates: Commercial Pilot – Airplane Single & Multiengine Land, Instrument Airplane
Flight Instructor: Flight Instructor, Ground Instructor – Advanced Instrument

Ronnea is an Aerospace Engineer who is passionate about aviation and flying. She was introduced to aviation by her brother, who took her on her first flight in a helicopter while she was in elementary school. After graduating college, Ronnea began working for a major avionics manufacturer with a flying club and airplanes on site. There she developed software for a variety of avionics, earned her initial pilot certificates and taught ground school. Ronnea Derby believes that flight safety begins with initial flight training. According to her, “Air travel is the safest mode of transportation, and everyone should have the opportunity to experience the fun of flying safely.”

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Tim Sale - Mountain Flight Instructor

Tim Sale

Mountain Flight Instructor

Mobile: (303) 882-3659
Email: Tim@frontrangeflightschool.com
Certificates: Commercial, ASES, ASEL, AMEL
Flight Instructor: CFI/CFII/MEI, Mountain and Tailwheel Instruction

Tim Sale has been flying in the Rockies for almost 40 years. His first mountain experience was in a Piper J-3 Cub. The J-3 Cub is grossly underpowered and flying one in the mountains takes a lot of skill. Tim’s students come from all over the USA and Canada to learn how to fly in the Rockies. His approach is to teach pilots how to safely fly in the mountains, not just over them. Tim will develop your skills on how to extract the maximum performance from your aircraft and use the terrain conditions in the mountains to their greatest extent.

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Wade Wood – Flight Instructor

Wade Wood

Flight Instructor

Mobile: (303)931-1720
Email: Wade@frontrangeflightschool.com
Education: B.S. Business Administration, University of Northern Colorado
Certificates: Commercial
Flight Instructor: CFI/CFII

Wade Wood first received his pilot license back in 1978. Over the course of the next two years he received his commercial license, instrument rating and his instructor rating. Wade then worked as an air traffic controller for the next twenty-five years at the Denver AARTC (Denver Center). After retiring in 2007, Wade decided to return to flight instruction and received his Instrument Instructor rating. Wade Wood holds ASEL Instructor rating and Instrument Instructor rating.

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