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Flight Instructors

Harbour Aviation's flight instructors are focused on providing the best instruction available in the state of Texas. Students will feel the difference after flying with a Harbour Aviation instructor. Our students will encounter absolute professionalism, organized instruction, and increased efficiency which leads to costs savings for our students. 

Chief Flight Instructor

Rick Gadberry retired and moved to Texas and started instructing at Harbour Aviation to to continue his passion for aviation. Before moving to Texas Rick flight instructed in Wisconsin and has years of experience providing quality flight instruction in numerous different aircraft. Rick's passion for aviation and flight instruction is what makes Harbour Aviation great. 

Our Flight Instructors 


Our flight instructors are not like most other instructors; we are committed to our students' success and are not in a rush to leave for the airlines or the next aviation job. We are full-time and long-term flight instructors. 

Harbour Aviation instructors charge $60 an hour for ground and flight training in Harbour Aviation aircraft, and $70 an hour if training in your own aircraft.

Flight Instructor

Hayden left a career in higher education to pursue his passion of aviation. Hayden is fully dedicated to providing the very best flight instruction by teaching efficiency, skill mastery, and safety. Hayden has a bachelor's and masters degree in business and helps oversee operations at Harbour Aviation. Hayden also holds a rotorcraft private pilot license, tailwheel instructor, and has over 1,600 hours of dual flight instruction given. 

Flight Instructor

Greg Engel is a retired US Navy Aviator and Flight Test Engineer. Greg has over 5,000 hours of flight instruction experience and diverse experience in multiple aircraft. Greg's experience is unmatched and is a great leader to Harbour Aviation instructors. 


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Tyler Kelly is a former D1 college football player and has a strong passion for aviation and teaching. Tyler has a part 61 background and offers structured, yet individually customized flight instruction. Tyler is a CFI, CFII, and MEI and a great asset to Harbour Aviation. 

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Casey Smith is a hard working flight instructor who loves teaching! Casey owns his own airplane that he learned to fly in, and has some great experience with cross country flying, and flying high performance aircraft with advanced avionics. Casey is a talented, and patient instructor who has a contagious passion for aviation. 

Flight Instructor

Laramie Zant is a former flight attendant who set a goal of moving from the back of the airplane as a flight attendant, to the front as a pilot. Putting herself through flight school, while working, she has gained a ton of knowledge and skill to pass onto her students. Laramie is a great instructor with unique experience and passion we are excited to have on our team at Harbour Aviation!

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Blake Thompson is an Oklahoma native with a passion for flying and teaching! Blake has prior flight instruction experience is and is a great instructor who is patient and thorough in his lessons. Blake's experience and passion for aviation makes him a great asset to the Harbour Aviation team! In his free time, Blake enjoys basketball and disc golf. 

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Shane Grieve is an Australian who loves in DFW and loves gliders and airplanes! Shane has several thousand hours of flight time in gliders and airplanes. when Shane isn't flying or instructing in airplanes and gliders, he works in cyber security and spends time with his family! Shane has a true passion for teaching and flying. His experience really helps Harbour Aviation stand out and make us great! 

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