We have some of the finest instructors in the area at Sunshine Flyers. All of our instructors are experienced, talented pilots, eager to spread their wealth of knowledge. Each of our instructors has their own expertise, whether it be tailwheel instruction, mountain flying, or even helicopter instruction. They are happy not only to fly with you, but also to sit down and help you through any complex concept you may be struggling with. No matter what it is you need in order to further your flying experience, our instructors will fit to your schedule, not the other way around because here at Sunshine Flyers, the students always come first.
Sunshine Flyers has been owned and operated by Michael Duncan for over 35 years. With approximately 40 years of flight time and nearly 8000 hours of instructor time, he has more experience than most other pilots (CFII MEI, A&P, IA, ASEL, ASES, AAGG "all around good person", tailwheel, float rated, and Light Sport pilot) with decades work expertise. He truly enjoys tailwheel flying and basic aerobatics.
Rory Ondracek is a Roseville, California-based CFII/MEI. He obtained his private pilot certificate here at Sunshine after graduating from Sac State with a BA in anthropology and continued his flying studies out of Sacramento Executive Airport (KSAC). Rory earned his instructor ratings in December 2020 and has since returned to Sunshine to begin teaching. He is an enthusiastic instructor who enjoys sharing his appreciation for aviation with others. He also enjoys carrot cake!
Scott, who has been fascinated with flight since he was a boy, began flying when he was 18 years old. After a brief hiatus from flying to pursue a career in civil engineering, he returned in his mid-40s with the goal to teach others how to fly. Between training his adorable golden retriever, Flare, and working part-time as a civil engineer, Scott has a strong passion for educating and assisting individuals in realizing their lifelong ambition of flying. Snickerdoodles are also favorite of his.
Rick works with us part time when he's not on duty as a sheriff for the Roseville Police Department. Rick's profession as a sheriff may require him to put on a tough exterior, but when he walks onto the Auburn airport, he is himself as a dedicated, enthusiastic teacher. He, too, received his ratings through Sacramento Executive around the same time as Rory, and he has the same passion and principles that he wants to pass down to his students.
David Longo works part-time as an instructor and part-time as the manager of Mather Airport (KMHR), so his life is engulfed in aviation. David is a veteran, having served eight years in the Army, but don't peg him for the drill sergeant type; despite his discipline and drive, he is a very laid-back and patient instructor. David received his ratings through Sacramento Executive, much like Rory and Rick.
Steven is one of the newest additions to our team but has quickly become a fitting member of the Sunshine family and the Auburn Airport. Prior to joining our team, Steven started his own flight instruction business, Accelerate Fly, out of his own Piper Archer. He is a local of Auburn and takes pride in giving back to his community through the joy of flying!
Matt works part-time at Sunshine Flyers and part-time as the manager of the Nevada County Airport (KGOO). He grew up flying and being around planes and airports, so he naturally feels right at home here. Matt has a wealth of experience and knowledge in not only aviation, but also engineering and technology. He is a private pilot pursuing his instrument rating and has knowledge and expertise with a wide range of aircraft and their mechanics.
When Brooklyn isn't working part-time at the desk for Sunshine Flyers, you can still find her about the airport; of which has become her second home since she discovered her love of flight a year ago. She is a private pilot eager to learn from more seasoned and skilled pilots as she pursues a career in aviation, as well as to share her experiences and knowledge with students.
Tammy Meredith has worked for Sunshine Flyers since the summer of 2015. Tammy discovered her love for aviation a little later in life. In getting her PPL she’s been enjoying being a passenger in beautiful aircraft such as a B-17, P-51 and flew right seat in the Ford Tri-Motor. Tammy continues to learn about aviation and is heading back to Alaska Sept. 2022 to get her seaplane rating. She’s not done yet, what’s in store next?