Chief Flight Instructor: Gary White
CFI, CFI-I, Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI) and Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI)
Gary is a 22 year Vietnam Veteran of the USAF. He rose from the enlisted ranks as a Link Trainer instructor teaching pilots in instrument flying and was selected for Officer Training under the USAF’s Airman Education Commissioning Program (AECP).
After becoming a Weather Officer and supporting the USAF's manned space program he was selected to enter the USAF graduate level program and had assignments in the USAF’s Space Program as a Program Manager and a Mission Director.
After retiring from the Air Force, Gary became a Project Manager and Research Scientist and collaborated with several national government agencies in developing advanced signal processing systems in support of space systems. He was a Professional Engineer (inactive/retired) with the state of Texas.
Gary holds a MSEE degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a BS degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M.
He is a member of the City of San Marcos’ Airport Advisory Board and interfaces with the San Marcos Airport management team and control tower personnel on safety and other related issues.
Gary specializes in working with students pursuing their instrument and flight instructor ratings and certificates. He has developed an initial CFI program that uses a unique mentorship approach to developing the skills and knowledge for the CFI practical that emphasizes scenario-based training (SBT) and SBT lesson plan development. Gary boasts he has never had a student fail a practical oral, including the difficult CFI oral, on their first attempt. He has also never had a CFI student he has trained fail the flight portion of the CFI exam on their first attempt.
Gary is the co-facilitator with Marty for the local EAA Instrument Meteorological Club, and coordinates with the flight instructors at Black Hound to ensure the highest quality of training.
Outside of flying, Gary’s extracurricular activities include astronomy, amateur radio, and writing. He is the current President of the Patrick Henry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Austin, TX.