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ABOUT CRAFT FLIGHT TRAINING

We love aviation and want to share our passion with you!

CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation is a veteran-owned flight training center located on the General Aviation ramp of Charleston International Airport (KCHS) with a satellite office at Summerville Airport (KDYB).

CRAFT is committed to providing unparalleled customer service and access to modern training aircraft and simulator technology. 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

Jay Aldea

Jay Aldea

Owner, CFI/CFI-I/AGI/IGI

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.

AMANDA ALDEA

AMANDA ALDEA

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.

BARRY EMERSON

BARRY EMERSON

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.

Meet the Craft Flight team

STEPHEN BUTT

CFI/CFII/MEI
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Scott Maroulis

CFI/CFII/MEI
Nicholas Len CRAFT about page headshot

Nicholas Len

CFI/CFII/MEI
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DALLAS GOSSETT

CFI/CFII
anthony bello craft flight school

ANTHONY BELLO

CFI/CFII
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LAWSON REMLER

CFI/CFII
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TYLER JERNIGAN

CFI/CFII
TODD BROOKS CFI FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR

TODD BROOKS

CFI/CFII

KEM FRONABARGER

AGI
brian

BRIAN TRAVERS

CFI
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JACKSON YEARY

CFI
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CHRIS PADGETT

CFI
CHRIS OLDS CFI FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR

CHRIS OLDS

CFI
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Branden Moore

CFI
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Calvin Kelly

CFI
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William Saunders

CFI
ADRIENNE WIESNER

ADRIENNE WIESNER

TRAINING ADVISOR LEAD
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Maranda Olds

TRAINING ADVISOR

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Monday - Saturday
9am - 5pm

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