Instructor Cadre

Our greatest asset. The Mach 5 team includes passionate career instructors, retired fighter pilots, designated examiners, airline captains, FAA professionals, and more! Each brings their unique strengths to make you a well-rounded “big picture” aviator!

Dennis Pearson

Owner

Gold Seal, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, TW, Aerobatic

Dennis is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor and retired F-15C fighter pilot. Read more…

Chester Gault

Chief Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Chester has been a flight instructor for 40+ years, and is a United States Air Force veteran and B-787 airline pilot. Read more…

Andrew Moon

Chief Flight Instructor

Gold Seal, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Andrew is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor, corporate jet pilot, and part-time law enforcement pilot. Read more…

Tony Pollizzi

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Tony is a United States Air Force Academy graduate and pilot with over 5,000 military flight hours and deployments worldwide. Read more…

Jeff Ebey

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, TW

Jeff’s flying career spans 40 years. He’s worked for airlines, the FAA, and at a university. Read more…

Larry Uzelac

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, TW

Larry has been a flight instructor since 1995 and is an experienced tailwheel and glider pilot. Read more…

Gary Jestice

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Gary has over 18,000 flight hours. Along the way, he’s been a Chief Pilot, Director of Operations, Designated Pilot Examiner, and more! Read more…

John Kleunker

Flight Instructor

Gold Seal, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, TW, Aerobatic

John is a corporate pilot, tailwheel, and aerobatic instructor, and was awarded “National Top Pilot” in 2001. Read more…

Ryan Juba

Flight Instructor

CFI

Ryan is a CalFire firefighter, EMT, and completed his instructor training right here at Mach 5! Read more…

Simon Berman

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Born and raised in Israel, Simon moved to the United States and with a dream of traveling … Read more…

Brian Nipper

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Brian has loved flying since he was a kid and started his training after high school. Read more…

Jake Heppner

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI

Jake is a Minnesota native and hopeless Vikings fan. His sense of humor makes every lesson enjoyable! Read more…

Michelle Ruggeiro

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII

Michelle grew up in Grass Valley and loves everything outdoors-related. She is the first pilot in her family Read more…

Charlie Mellor

Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI

For most people, Flying is a dream. Charlie is no different – he’s always known he wanted to be a pilot. His dad… Read more…

Join the crew!

We’re often looking for great instructors. If you’re interested, send a resume to office@mach5aviation.com!