Pat Rooney

Pat began his aviation career over 40 years ago in 1973 in the United States Air Force. After several years as an instructor pilot in T-37s at Reese Air Force Base in Texas, Pat served for 3 years as a B-52G Aircraft Commander based in Barksdale AFB Louisiana. A constant feature of Pat’s aviation career has been teaching, from 1982 through 1997 he continued to instruct pilots for the USAF. After concluding his time in the Air Force, Pat began flying for one of the major airlines, flying the Boeing 737, 757, and then 767s on international routes. Altogether Pat has over 17,000 hours of flying in his career, of which about 4,000 hours have been focused on training new and more experienced pilots. Join us at Sundowner Aviation and learn and benefit from Pat’s many years of successful instruction.

  • Nearly 4,000 hours as instructor in the T-37, T-38, T-3, and UV-18A Twin Otter.
  • Over 1,000 hours as Aircraft commander in B-52
  • Pilot with major airline from 1997-2016
  • 11,600 hours with airline flying Boeing 737, 757, and 767.
  • Instructor in Light Sport, Cessna 172, BE-23, PA-24, PA-28, and PA-23.

Pat’s advice for new students: “Get your knowledge test done and out of the way.”

Greg

Greg earned his private pilot license in 1975 while in high school.  After enlisting in the USAF, Greg continued to fly earning his instrument rating, commercial license as well as his instructor and multi-engine license.  While enlisted, he was awarded a scholarship and a pilot slot and was sent to The Pennsylvania State University for Electrical Engineering.  On weekends while attending school, Greg flew tow plane and gave glider rides and instruction.  After finishing his E.E degree he went to the USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Vance AFB for a year.  Graduating third in his class at UPT he went on to fly the A-37 Dragonfly as a Forward Air Controller (FAC).  After flying the A-37 he was able to transition to flying the A-10A doing a similar mission.  He went on to fly the A-10 for more than a 1000 hours after being assigned to the famous Flying Tigers at England AFB, Alexandria LA.  After a non-flying tour he volunteered to be an instructor pilot in the Cessna T-37B (Tweetie Bird).  The aircraft was affectionately called the Tweet because it sounded like a very loud dog whistle while taxing on the ground.  After teaching in the Tweet for over 2000 hours Greg retired and taught in the T-6 Texan II simulators for over 4 years.  After his Air Force career he went on to fly in various aircraft and missions to accumulate over 11,000 hours.  He has instructed more than 3000 hours.

  • CFI, CFIG, CFMEI, CFII, ATP, ASEL, AMEL, ASES
  • 2000+ hours teaching in the T-37B
  • 1000+ hours in the A-10A
  • 1000+ hours in tailwheel aircraft
  • 4000+ hours in multi-engine aircraft
  • 3000+ hours in turbine aircraft

He has flown various single and multi-engine aircraft to include: most of the Cessna series aircraft, many of the Grumman American aircraft, Citabria, Scout, SeaRey, Peitenpol, Grega, Spezio, Zenith 750 STOL, Luscombe, Taylorcraft, Quicksilver, Schweitzer 2-33, Schweitzer 1-26, Grob 103, Stinson 108, USAF T-38 Talon, T-34B, Cessna 310, Beech Sierra, Beech Musketeer, most of the Piper series, J-3, Super Cub, King Air 200, Aztec, Commanche, Mooney, Bonanza, Apache …

Adam

Adam is one of our CFIs who began his training back in May of 2021 in Dallas, TX, then moved back to Toledo, OH to complete his Instrument, Commercial, Multi-Engine, and CFI ratings. Throughout his training he flew the Cessna 172, Piper Archer, and the Diamond DA40. He is currently on track to becoming a pilot with United Airlines, and began working at Sundowner Aviation in December of 2022.

Adam’s advice to students: “Consistency is key: you can’t always control exactly how a flight will go, but you can control how much effort you put in.”

Jessica

Jessica is a CFII who began training in October of 2020, starting at Palm Beach Flight Training and then finishing out her licenses here at Sundowner Aviation. Over the years, she has flown the Cessna 172, Skylane 182, Piper Cherokee, Comanche, and Aztec, as well as the Grumman AA-1B. Outside of being a flight instructor, Jessica is part of Pilots n Paws and also serves as a board member of the Cleveland Chapter of Women in Aviation.

Jessica’s advice to new students: “Get your medical done before you start flight training. Make sure you can consistently fly several times a week. Also, study at home more than you fly!”

Melissa

Melissa is a CFI who started her training in 2019, she completed her private pilot license here at Sundowner Aviation, and then moved to Florida and finished her Commercial and CFI ratings at American Fliers. During her training, she flew the Cessna 172, Piper Cherokee, and Piper Comanche.

Melissa’s advice to students: “Be patient with your training and enjoy the ride!”

Joey

Joey is a CFII who began his training in 2020 outside of Charlotte, NC then moved to Ohio University in Athens to finish out his ratings. During training, he flew the Cessna 172 and the Piper Warriors.

Joey’s advice to students: “Remember that there is always more to learn.”

Seth

Seth is a CFII that started his training in 2019 as a senior in high school and got the rest of his ratings in college at the University of Dubuque in Iowa where he graduated in three years. Seth is currently in the process of applying to Air National Guard squadrons and building hours to get to the airlines.

Seth’s advice to students: Before getting started with training, he wants students to “be ready to put time in to study on your own.”

Brandon

Brandon is a CFI who started training in January of 2022 here at Sundowner Aviation, got his Private Pilot License as well as his Instrument Rating, then went to Midwest Commercial for his Commercial license and CFI. Throughout his training he flew the Cessna 172, Diamond DA20, DA40, Piper Archer, Cherokee, and Comanche.
Brandon’s advice to students: “Fly as often as you can.”

Vincent

Vincent is a CFI who began his training at Dayton-Wright Brothers airport in the Fall of 2020 flying the Cessna 172 and 152.

Vincent’s advice to students: “Make sure you’re prepared for each lesson, and be ready for the challenge that aviation is as a whole.”

Allie

Allie is a CFI who started flying in 2020 in California, then moved to Ohio State University where she finished her Instrument, Commercial, and CFI ratings, then got her Multi-Engine in Bellefontaine, OH. Over the years Allie has flown Cessna 172s, Piper Cherokees, Diamond Twinstars, and has her glider and tailwheel endorsements. Allie was elected as President of the Women in Flight organization and also serves as the Captain of the Air Race Classic team for OSU.

Allie’s advice for students: “Before your start flying, commit to it, make sure you’ve got time to get started and really do it right”

Bill

Bill is a CFII who started flying in 1977. Throughout his years flying, he’s gained over 400 hours in retractable gears, over 700 hours in the Piper Cherokee, and many more hours in the Cessna 172 and other planes. His training took him all across the Eastern US in places such as Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois, and Florida.

Bill’s advice to students: “Fly because you have a love for the air, that’s what’s going to make you successful.”

Chris

Chris began flying at BGSU and got his PPL in 2010. After a long break, he came back to it in 2023 and completed his Instrument rating, Commercial certificate, and the accelerated CFI program at Sundowner Aviation. During his training, Chris has flown the Cessna 150 and 172, VL3, SportCruiser, Piper Cherokee, Warrior II, Comanche, and the Lance.

Chris’ advice to students: “There will be hard times during your training, but if you stick with it, you can achieve your goals and always remember why you started flying in the first place.”

Instructor fee is $60/hour