Hall of fame
A walk down memory lane, and a tribute to the amazing instructors that we have been lucky enough to call Rocky Mountain Flight School family from past years.
CFI James Madok
James Madok has loved flying ever since he was little, especially with having a United pilot as his father. James has been flying since 2014 and appreciates every hour he can be in the air. When he isn’t instructing at Rocky Mountain Flight School, he enjoys hunting, shooting, hockey, and biking. Oh, and did we mention he loves flying?!
James departed RMFS in November 2021 for SkyWest!
CFI Brian Young
Brian's passion for aviation was sparked at a very young age. He grew up with his eyes in the sky in wonder and amazement of each passing aircraft. Brian's first flight experience was at 10 yrs old with his great uncle, a former Navy pilot. From that point on he knew he wanted to be a pilot. He completed flight school as part of his college education and worked his way up to Instrument Flight Instructor. However, life had other plans for Brian and he was pulled away from flying for a number of years. Now he is back to his passion and loving it more than ever! During his absence from flying, Brian managed outdoor businesses, was a guide in Alaska, and a rock climbing instructor. He didn't realize during these experiences the amount of skills he was continuing to develop (teaching, thinking under pressure, and patience) and how they were all preparing him to be the best flight instructor he could be later in life.
Brian is happy to be back in aviation and not sure where the many opportunities in this industry may take him, but ready for when it comes.
Brian departed RMFS in October to purse an Airline Transport Pilot opportunity with SkyWest!
CFI Jason Samatas
Growing up not far from Chicago's O'Hare airport, Jason's passion for aviation began as a young boy as he would sit outside his house and watch the low flying aircraft for hours upon hours. Jason himself has been flying airplanes for over 20 years, first receiving his private pilot's license in 2000. Since then, he's accumulated over 2200 flight hours and added an instrument rating, multi-engine rating, Commercial rating, and his CFI ratings (single engine, multi-engine and instrument). He also just completed his ATP rating. Jason made a career change three years ago and decided to make his life's passion of flying airplanes his career. A native Chicagoan for almost his entire life, Jason now embraces all that life in Colorado provides after moving here a few years ago. He lives just outside Boulder and has three kids ages 16, 14 and 12.
Jason departed RMFS September 2021 for SkyWest to continue his aviation journey! He promises to return to RMFS and wishes to continue flight instruction even while flying commercial.
CFI Matt Berger
Matt is a Colorado native and grew up right next to the airport in Broomfield. Matt has always aspired to fly airplanes and knew it was his calling after a discovery flight at Rocky flight school in the summer of 2017. Matt has completed all of his training at Rocky Mountain Flight from private, instrument, commercial single engine, and CFI. Matt also had a degree in Aviation and Aerospace Science from MSU Denver, which he received in December of 2019. He is very proud and excited to be on the staff on RMFS and looks forward to sharing his passion of flying with others.
Matt departed RMFS July 2021 to begin his ATP career with SkyWest!
CFI Cameron Wogrin
Cameron completed his Private-CFI training in a flash! He was a member of Rocky Mountain Flight School for many years as both a student and instructor. He loves sharing his passion for aviation with great enthusiasm, and a contagious smile that makes all of his students excited for their aviation training journey.
Cameron departed RMFS April 2021. He currently flies as first officer with Denver Air Connection and will shortly start mountain flying cargo in a single-pilot metroliner!
CFI Jake Huitt
Jake Huitt started flying in 2009 with his initial training here at Rocky Mountain Flight School at the age of 10. He later received his Instrument rating, Commercial rating and Flight Instructor certificates.
Jake departed RMFS April 2021 to fly the Citation Excel for Red Wing Aviation Charter. He continues instructing whenever he can!
CFI Madi Siegrist
Madi Siegrist departed RMFS February 2020 to pursue another CFI opportunity in Kearney, Nebraska. When COVID halted many pilots plans, including hers, she returned to Colorado and instructed at McAir Aviation, also located at KBJC.
Madi now works for a worldwide air ambulance company flying Learjet 35/36’s, equipped with medical equipment and stretchers. With 6 hour, non-stop flying capabilities, she is able to cross the ocean to many different places to pick up those in need of transport. On call, 24/7 to deliver patients or organs to almost anywhere in the world, her work has taken her to places such as Alaska, Hawaii, St. Johns, the Dominican Republic, Japan, most of Europe, and sometimes even Australia. Madi says flying the Learjet is a lot of fun, but flying as a medevac pilot is so rewarding and has always been a dream of hers!
CFI Jim Franke
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Jim Franke found himself interested in aviation at a young age. From his first Thunderbirds Airshow at age 6, to his reoccurring cinema trips to watch Top Gun at age 10, Jim made the leap into his aviation journey in 2015 when he began receiving Private Pilot training at Rocky Mountain Flight School. He continued his training while also working as a registered nurse in the emergency department, first starting in 2002. Jim hopes to bring enjoyable and thoughtful instruction to his students, following the teachings of his respected mentors, CFI Willow Robillard and CFI Tony Moreno.
Jim departed RMFS February 2020 to return to family in St. Louis. He continued Part 61 instruction, became Chief Pilot, and continues building experience towards an ATP career!
CFI Tammy Raines
Tammy started flying in 2018 at KBJC and continues as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. She enjoys mountain flying and fly-ins. On days off you can find her working maintenance on airplanes, traveling into the mountains for a hike and camping, or on a plane to a new country to explore. Frequent flier for Pilots-n-Paws and Colorado Pilot’s Association (CPA) article author of “Ask a CFI”.
Tammy continues to instruct at RMFS when she can, but has returned full time as a Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines!
CFI Sergio Apedaile
Serge earned his private pilot certificate at the United States Air Force Academy, where he flew the Diamond DA-20 while enrolled in the Introduction to Flight Training (IFT) program. After graduation from the Air Force Academy, he moved around in the military, finally settling in Denver in 2013. He completed his commercial single engine and commercial multi-engine ratings at Rocky Mountain Flight School. He is very excited to be on staff at RMFS and looks forward to helping you achieve your aviation goals.
Serge departed RMFS July 2021 and his now flying Part 121 for Key Lime!
CFI Mark Roomy
Mark began flying in 2010 in Jacksonville, FL and received his commercial CFI and CFII ratings in 2012. He then went on to fly aerial survey missions in C210’s throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. After spending some time working jobs outside of the cockpit he recently received his MEI with RMFS. When he’s not flying Mark spends as much of his free time as possible climbing, snowboarding, or skiing.
CFI Weston Greene
Weston started flying in 2000 and had his first lesson in an airplane before he started on his driver's license. He has flown to every airport in Colorado and loves to mountain fly. He has time flying in Alaska and Canada with crossing the border and declaring customs. When able he flies Pilot N Paws missions and for Angel Flight West. Outside of flying Weston loves the winter and the activities of snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding and building a good snow cave. He is an Eagle Scout and enjoys helping others taking extra time to assist where possible. He is a father of two and enjoys time at home with his family and 4 dogs. He commutes in his own plane to Metro and is also checked out in all of the planes at Metro.
Weston departed RMFS January 2021 to pursue airline and charter operations!