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). 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.
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Meet the owners
Jay & Amanda Aldea
A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Jay graduated from Summerville High School and the College of Charleston. Following a successful 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 Director of Business Operations and is currently working on his Commercial and CFI ratings.
Amanda is Jay’s other (better?) half and our Director of Finance. She graduated from Ole Miss and George Washington University, and has been a Senior Software Engineer for over 15 years.
Barry has had a fascination with aviation from a young age. He learned to fly when he attended The College of The Ozarks many moons ago in the 1980’s. Barry came out of college with his CFII. Barry worked as an executive in the automotive industry for most of his 30 year career in private industry. Over these 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 2000 hours. Barry is also the lead CFII for our Accelerated IFR program.
Jack is a fun loving, happy-go-lucky kinda guy and an exceptional instructor. Before becoming a CFI, Jack was a golf pro. He’s been flying for years and loves seeing the success his students achieve.
Stephen grew up in Virginia Beach seeing fighter jets flying overhead and going to air shows with his father. After playing baseball in college, his hopes of playing professionally did not pan out. He took a discovery flight, realized aviation was what he wanted to do all along and has been flying ever since!
Kem comes from a flying family, having taken his first flight at the tender age of 2. He has over 30 years of academic and sports instruction. He has managed flight schools in the past, and is an FAA certified Advanced Ground Instructor. Kem has over 500 hours in flight simulators. Kem loves seeing students achieve their dreams of flying and watching student’s skill improve through his efforts!
Bettina von brentano
Bettina obtained her Masters degree in Violin. She discovered her love for flying and through her flight training became a manager of an Air Force Aero Club. After obtaining her commercial and CFI certificates, she worked as an airline pilot for years before deciding the she preferred instructing. She finds that flight instructing is both rewarding and challenging. She enjoys helping pilots reach their aviation goals. “If you want to learn…Teach.” Bettina has over 3600 hours total time and 2900 as an instructor!
Matthew has always had a love of flying and adventure! When he finished his time in the Marines as an aircraft mechanic, he enrolled in the Aviation Science program at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Matt completed the CRAFT Accelerated CFI Course last summer before returning to Montana to graduate college in the Fall of 2019.
customer relations specialist
Adrienne jumped at the opportunity to help other students achieve their aviation goals as CRAFT’s new Customer Relations Specialist, conducting outreach with potential new students customers while ensuring the optimal flight training experience for CRAFT’s current customers.
Adrienne graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Aviation Management and Flight. She is a Commercial Pilot, Instrument rated, single and multi engine, with over 600 hours to include 350 hours CFI time. Other work experience includes Assistant Scheduler and Records Administrator with a charter flight department, Audit Operations Analyst of Part 135 and Part 91 flight operations with a consulting firm, and Regional Sales Manager of flight simulators and training devices. A military spouse of active duty Air Force C17 pilot with years of volunteer service as a Key Spouse providing vital communications role with unit leadership/families and provided peer-to-peer support.