ABOUT CRAFT FLIGHT TRAINING
We love aviation and want to share our passion with you!
CRAFT Flight Training & Simulation is a veteran-owned Flight Training Center with locations at Charleston International and Summerville Airports in South Carolina. CRAFT is committed to providing an unparalleled flight training experience through access to the largest fleet of modern Diamond aircraft in South Carolina, and innovative Redbird simulator technology. Our passionate and knowledgeable instructors help students achieve their aviation goals. In 2021, CRAFT became the second school in South Carolina to obtain Provisional Part 141 approval from the FAA, allowing our students to obtain their ratings with fewer hours, saving time and money.
Our passionate and knowledgeable Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs), and cost-effective training programs will help you achieve your aviation goals.
Flight schools are great at helping students to achieve ratings, but they sometimes fall short in providing opportunities to regularly use those ratings in their daily lives. At CRAFT, using those hard-earned ratings to enhance your lifestyle is the goal. CRAFT’s expanding modern aircraft fleet, centered around the superior Diamond Aircraft platform, provides you opportunities to rent and use aircraft your family would be proud to fly. Elevate your lifestyle!
Beginning your aviation journey is easy – just call, email or submit your training inquiry on our Contact Us page and we will work with you to find the right training path to meet your schedule and goals.
Meet the CRAFT owners
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Jay graduated from Summerville High School and the College of Charleston. Following a successful 21-year career as a Naval Officer, Jay returned to Charleston to pursue his flying passion and hopes to inspire those in the Charleston community to achieve their own aviation dreams. Jay is our lead of operations at Summerville and the CSU program, and a CFI, CFII, AGI, and IGI.
Owner, Flight School Administrator
Amanda is Jay’s other (better?) half and our Flight School Administrator. She graduated from Ole Miss and George Washington University, and has been a Senior Software Engineer for over 19 years.
Owner, CFI/CFII/MEI, Chief Flight Instructor
Barry has had a fascination with aviation from a young age. He obtained his CFII while attending The College of The Ozarks in the 1980’s. Barry worked as an executive in the automotive industry for most 30 years. Barry kept in touch with his love for flying through instructing and acting as a contract pilot. He is now our Director of Flight Operations and Senior Flight Instructor with over 2000 hours. Barry is our Chief Flight Instructor.
Director of Maintenance, A&P and IA