About Us


We are a group of professional pilots, educators, scientist, engineers, curators, mechanics and more, who want to impart our years of experience to the next up and coming generation of aviation professionals. We are STEM geeks and are excited to welcome your children to all that aviation has to offer. Many of our staff are rotational because of the high demand of our careers, but this gives the opportunity to meet a wide variety of our instructional staff.


To EDUCATE, EQUIP and CREATE pathways for youth in aviation related career fields by overcoming barriers, and cutting the “red tape,” allowing hands on access to aviation.

EDUCATE- To invite youth to explore, experiment, ask questions and be a part of a community of professionals in aviation. To instill a love for learning and hopefully ...a love for flight.

EQUIP- To let no obstacle stand in the way of achieving a dream. To inspire, encourage and direct the paths of youth interested in aviation careers.

CREATE- To create a generation of positive problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and STEM pioneers.


Brittany Greer

Brittany began learning to fly when she was 16 years old. She has over 1,000+ hours of flight time, is an instrument rated andCommercial licensed pilot and FAA certified flight instructor. As a military wife and homeschooling mother of 3 children, she loves flying in her Piper Cherokee, and is known for tagging her kids along for morning flights to Big Bear Airport (L35) for pancakes. Her favorite planes to fly are the Piper Cub and any warbird she can get her hands on. She and her husband are command pilots for Angel Flight West and are Mission Aviation Fellowship advocates.

FUN FACT: Britany is afraid of heights.


Daniel Greer 

Daniel has served in the U.S. Air Force for over 15 years, beginning as a crew chief. He then commissioned as an officer and now flies the KC- 135 Stratotanker. Daniel has flown several military aircraft and holds an Airline Transportation Pilot Rating, Airplane Single/ Multi Engine Land Certificate and is an FAA certified Flight Instructor. Daniel earned his MA in Management from AMU.

FUN FACT: Daniel raced on the professional BMX circuit, and once held the NAG 1 title.


Jason Gumbert

Jason has served in the fire service for over 15 years. His earliest memories of flying were with his Grandpa in a Cessna 172 as a kid. Jason is a licensed paramedic and currently works as a fire engineer paramedic for the fire department. Jason enjoys flying with his wife and children and is a proud aircraft owner. 

FUN FACT: Jason plays the guitar.


Stephanie Gumbert

Stephanie is a key director at Wings and Rotors Academy and is responsible for majority of oversight and curriculum development. She also manages our web and media relations. Stephanie holds a student pilot certificate and a UAS/drone operator certificate. She is also a homeschooling mother of 3 children.

FUN FACT: Stephanie plays the piano and ukulele.


Travis Hagel 

Travis is a private pilot and avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys rockclimbing and has even summited Half Dome. Travis was recently hired by the 336th Squadron at March ARB to fly the KC-135 Air Refueler. He has a bachelor degree in Aviation Science from Southern Illinois University.

FUN FACT: Travis's favorite color is light tan


Joy Thomas

Joy has had a love for aviation since visiting air shows as a child with her father. After visiting her local airport, she began as a volunteer washing airplanes and with much determination she worked to become a private pilot. Joy is also a mother of 2 children and enjoys helping out in her community with local events.


Mikael Landau

Mikael has been an Airline Captain and First Officer for over a decade. He currently flies the Boeing 737 for American Airlines and holds an FAA certified Flight Instructor certificate and a UAS/Drone Operator Certificate.  He earned his B.S. in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University. 

FUN FACT: Mikael is a certified scuba diver.



Tyler Parkins

Tyler is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor and commercial helicopter pilot. He's flown across the U.S. from Alaska to Florida. Tyler has experience in the Robinson R22, R44, AStar, Bell 206, 407 and 427. Tyler is available to instruct and offer guidance to any of our students interested in career helicopter piloting.



Alex Daigle

Alex has been flying for 12 years. His aviation goal is to fly for a major airline. He currently a holds a FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Advanced Ground Instructor Certificate, and UAS/Drone Operator Certificate. He is a devoted husband and father of two boys.

Fun Fact: He is a dedicated Anaheim Ducks fan.


Cameron Shankland

Cameron Shankland has been flying since age 17, completing training in French Valley, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a commercially licenced pilot, with an instrument rating in single and multi engine airplanes. Cameron has nearly 300 hours flying anywhere from the coast to the mountainous terrain of Idaho and Montana. He has completed training in minor aerobatics and is currently finishishing his bachelor's degree in Aviation Science. Cameron is eager to pass on the joys of aviation on to those who are excited to learn!