Flight Staff

 

Our well trained and friendly staff are here to make sure you have the best experience at AFI!

 

Bill Griggs Sr.

 

Founder

 

Mr. Griggs was also a flight instructor and has flown thousands of hours in general aviation aircraft. He founded the company in 1967 and has been sharing his love of aviation through mentoring employees and students. Bill Griggs Sr. is a recipient of the FAA Wright Bros Master Pilot Award.

3/15/1929 - 12/9/2019 Remembering Bill Sr

Bill Jr. and Carrie Griggs

 

Bill Griggs Junior is the son of Bill Griggs Senior and is the owner of AFI Flight Training. He has been working at AFI since he was fourteen years old. Bill Junior has an Airframe and Powerplant certificate and is an instrument rated private pilot with a tail wheel endorsement. 

 

Carrie Griggs is our Administrative Assistant and has been working at AFI for ten years. She is a private pilot with an instrument rating. 

 

The couple has been married for over twenty years.

Flight Instructors

Brandon Kuchmecki
Brandon Kuchmecki

Chief Flight Instructor [Part-Time] ​Brandon started flying in 1993 at the age of five Other Occupations/Hobbies: JetBlue First Officer, Basketball, hiking, beach, video games *Airline Transport Pilot, ASEL/AMEL, CFI/CFII/MEI

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Dana Glidden
Dana Glidden

Certified Flight Instructor Dana started flying in 2009 Education: Bachelor's in Liberal Studies (California State University, Long Beach), Bachelor's in Health Science (California State University, Dominguez Hills), Master's in Education (National University) Hobbies: Pets, Bicycling, Flying *Commercial, ASEL, CFI/CFII

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Peter Walecka
Peter Walecka

Certified Flight Instructor Peter started flying in 2015 Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business emphasis in Accounting (California State University, Fullerton) Hobbies: Guitar, Music, Board Games *Commercial, ASEL/AMEL, CFI/CFII

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Jake Jenkins
Jake Jenkins

Certified Flight Instructor Jake started flying in 2016 Education: Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautics (Liberty University) Hobbies: Camping, Riding motorcycles, Traveling *Commercial, ASEL, CFI

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Connor Doherty
Connor Doherty

Certified Flight Instructor Connor started flying in 2016 Education: Enrolled in Bachelor's Degree in Communications (California State University, Fullerton) Hobbies: Skiing, Video Games *Commercial, ASEL, CFI

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Didi Aranki
Didi Aranki

Certified Flight Instructor Didi started flying in 2018. Didi is also an A&P and helps maintain the AFI fleet Education: Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Maintenance Management (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) Hobbies: Traveling, Playing with dogs, Eating *Commercial, ASEL, CFI, A&P

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Trin Chatimontree
Trin Chatimontree

Certified Flight Instructor [Part-Time] ​Trin started flying in 2013 Education: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice (California State University, Fullerton) Other Occupations/Hobbies: SkyWest First Officer, Movies, Snowboarding, TV, Foodie *Airline Transport Pilot, ASEL/AMEL, CFI/CFII

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Prianca Murthi
Prianca Murthi

Certified Flight Instructor [Part-Time] Prianca started flying in 2011 Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (California State University, Fullerton) J.D. in Law (Western State College of Law) Other Occupations/Hobbies: LA County DA office, Basketball *Commercial, ASEL, CFI

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Ground Instructors

Michael Ganz
Michael Ganz

Advanced Ground Instructor Michael started flying in 2016 Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Marketing (California State University, Fullerton) Hobbies: Working on cars, Trying to cook, Camping *Commercial, Instrument, ASEL, AGI/IGI

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Terry King
Terry King

Advanced Ground Instructor Terry started flying in 2013 Education: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Marketing (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona) Hobbies: Ice Hockey, Cooking, Photography *Commercial, Instrument, ASEL, AGI

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