OUR TEAM

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Mike "Cuckoo" Kloch

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Mike is the CEO and Chief Instructor Pilot for SAW.

He is a Master CFI - Aerobatic (MCFI-A), a former Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot, combat veteran, and school trained Aviation Safety Officer (Naval Postgraduate School). Mike is a test pilot and instructor at Epic Aircraft, a two-time NAFI Master CFI/CFII/MEI and an FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative. Mike has a Bachelors of Science degree from Oregon State University and 2 AAS Aviation degrees from Central Oregon Community College. He is also Commercial and Instrument rated in helicopters with Night Vision Goggles qualifications. To learn more about Mike see his website at mikekloch.com.

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Erin "EK" Kelly

Erin learned to fly from his father in a J-3 Cub and has been flying his whole life.  His experience includes banner-towing, bush flying in Alaska, and a variety of corporate and airline flying.  He is currently an A320 Captain and Check Pilot for a major airline.  Erin is also an active aerobatic competitor in his Pitts.

Garrick "Shrek" Rard

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With 30 years of flying experience totaling over 8000 hours which includes Aerobatics, Part 121 Boeing 737s, Test Flying and the Marine Corps AV-8B.  Flying combat missions off of a ship on Night Vision Goggles is one of most challenging environments Shrek has flown.  

Garrick brings his years of experience of General, Commercial and Marine Corps Aviation to the team.  Naval Post Graduate School trained for Aviation Safety, Crew Resource Management and Mishap Investigation.  Shrek spent 6 years as a Safety and Standardization Officer and has  extensive experience teaching young Harrier pilots to fly tactically and dynamically.

Travis "Hubble" Spaid 

Travis is a native Oregonian growing up in Bend. He attended Central Oregon Community College, Oregon State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University culminating in a Bachelors degree in Professional Aeronautics with a Minor in Aviation Safety and an MBA. His flying adventures started in his late teens and took him across North America, equatorial Africa and eventually back in Bend.  Travis flew part 135 operations to austere backcountry locations in Africa for 2 years. In the past 20+ years of flying he has flow over 50 different types of aircraft working as a skydive pilot ,instructor, corporate pilot, and is currently an Epic Aircraft instructor and air ambulance captain.