Our Instructors

More than any other aspect, what sets Alpine Flight Training apart from other local flight schools is our instructors.  At Alpine Flight Training you will receive instruction from experienced professionals that have extensive aviation knowledge and are adept at teaching the art and science of flight.  Unlike many flight schools where the instructor is just building time for their next career, our instructors are seasoned professionals who have already made it to the top and now are coming back to instructing for the enjoyment of teaching. Our instructors practice what they teach, using their skills and strategies to fly to places like Alaska, Montana, Idaho. You can learn more about our instructors below.

Loren French

ATP | Seaplane & Landplane CFI | CFII | MEI | Gliders

Loren has worked in a variety of different aviation businesses of the last 15 years.  Prior to living in Gypsum and operating Alpine Flight Training he worked for Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque New Mexico developing both the Eclipse 500 aircraft and the Eclipse 500 training program.  Prior to Eclipse, his experience included working for Mesaba Airlines (Saab 340-B), corporate flying in the Dassault Falcon 10, and the Eclipse 500, and many years of teaching mountain flying as well as experience as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor.

Loren holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) in single engine land aircraft, a commercial license in multi-engine land aircraft, single engine seaplanes, and gliders.  With over 3000 hours of instruction given, Loren holds instructional ratings for single engine and multi-engine airplanes, and instrument airplanes as well as ground instructor certificates for advanced and instrument ground instruction as well as seaplanes. Loren is a Gold Seal CFI and NAFI Master CFI.  Loren originally learned to fly at Eagle County Regional Airport in 1995, and the bulk of his 3900 hours of time has been flying and teaching in the Colorado Rockies.  In addition to instructing for Alpine Flight Training, Loren is a member of the FAAST Team (FAA Aviation Safety Team).

John Lee

ATP | CFI | CFII | MEI

A former regional airline jet captain with over 4500 hours, John holds an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) rating for multi-engine land aircraft, with type ratings for Canadair Regional Jet (CL-65) and the Dornier 328 regional turbo-prop (DO-328).  John also holds a Commercial license for single engine land aircraft.  John has nearly 530 hours of dual instruction given, and instructional ratings for single and multi-engine airplanes as well as instrument airplanes.  Today, John operates his own business in the Vail Valley, however his aviation history and experience make him an excellent instructor and a true aviation professional.

Emily Gros

ATP | CFI | CFII | MEI

Prior to working at Alpine Flight Training, Emily worked as a Captian for Empire Airlines in Alaska.  Emily is an Alaska native that relocated to the Vail Valley.  She is type rated in the AT 42/72, and the Boeing 737 NG.  Emily is an adept aviation educator with over 1200 hours of instruction and 3200 hours of total time.  When not flying, she enjoys spending time with kids in the mountains.

To schedule time to meet or fly with one of our instructors call Alpine Flight Training today at (970) 401-5105