Journeys Aviation™ Flight Instruction
Rick Kolker, Chief Instructor CPL courses
Rick is a professional pilot for a major airline flying Boeing 777s internationally. He brings over 30 years of flying and instructional experience to Journeys Aviation and is our Chief Instructor for Commercial Pilot Certificate courses. Although Rick is not currently accepting new students, he is providing stage checks for Journeys Aviation students.
Rick Kolker currently holds his CFI, CFII, MEI and ATP.
Earl's first flight in a small airplane was in a little yellow Piper Cub out of Manila International Airport. He obtained his Private certificate at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, TX, followed quickly by his Instrument rating and Commercial license. When he moved to Colorado, he started flying aerobatics in Decathlons and Pitts'. That led him to becoming a competition aerobatics pilot with the International Aerobatics Club, where he competes at the Intermediate level.
He enjoys teaching new pilots how to experience the beauty and freedom of flight.
Earl Allen holds his CFI, CFII, and MEI.
Mr. Spence is an FAA Gold Seal Instructor with over 19 years of flying
experience. He is currently specializing in primary flight and ground
instruction for obtaining private, commercial, and flight instructor
certification as well as aircraft check-out training for transitioning into
complex aircraft and modern Technologically Advanced Aircraft. As a career
flight instructor, Tracey is committed to providing insightful and effective
training beginning with the first flight lesson through completion of each
student's flying goals.
Tracey was awarded Journeys Aviation™ 2007 Flight Instructor of the Year Award.
Tracey Spence holds his CFI.
Ben’s interest in flight started at an early age flying in Africa where he grew up. Free-flight in the form of Paragliding became the focus of his energy, which ultimately lead to him traveling and living in various parts of Africa, Australia, Europe and the US. Upon settling in Boulder he completed a degree in meteorology, and a number of aviation courses such as aerodynamics, avionics and aviation weather. On any given day you will find Ben at the airport either helping to run Journeys, flight instructing, or off on an aviation related adventure: be it in sailplane riding the thermals over Longs Peak, or in a powered plane off to a remote airstrip to go plane camping or fly fishing. Ben is always happy to share his love of flying.
Ben Pinnell holds his CFI
John Bowman – Certified Flight Instructor (Gold Seal)
John comes to Journeys Aviation with a wealth of flight training experience. With over 4,500 hours of in-flight instruction, John serves as a mentor to both beginners and experienced pilots who want to perfect their flying skills.
Mr. Bowman learned how to fly right here at the Boulder Airport in 1975! “I feel like I’ve come full-circle to my aviation roots,” John says. “After twenty-five years as a barnstormer with the Red Baron Squadron, it’s great to be back here at my home airport.”
John’s other passion is music. He plays the electric bass in several bands and has a workshop in his home where he builds guitars and ukuleles.
John Bowman holds his CFI, CFII, MEI
Dave's interest in flying was sparked as a child when he accompanied a friend in a Grumman Tiger
from Erie to Oskosh for the annual EAA convention. He was able to make that dream into a reality at Palwaukee airport (now
Chicago Executive) outside Chicago in 1998. Dave earned his Commercial Pilot Certificate, and all of his instructor ratings and certificates
at Journeys Aviation. Dave is available for instruction with a flexible schedule to meet your needs, whether that be for private pilot, instrument rating, multi-engine rating, commercial pilot or other needs.
Dave Pearson holds his CFI, CFII, and MEI
Tanya started flying in 1990 and obtained her private pilot license in 1991 in Denver. She obtained a bachelors of science degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver in aviation management with professional pilot emphasis. She is now a member of the aviation faculty at Metropolitan State College. She also has a masters degree in physics from the University of Houston and has worked for NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. There Tanya was an instructor on the space shuttle where she trained astronauts and mission control. Tanya has 3 years of aerobatic experience in an Extra 300 as well as various other aerobatic airplanes.
Tanya currently holds her CFI and CFII and specializes in private and instrument flight training.
Colin Stallard grew up in upstate New York. After earning his private pilot certificate there, he enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Collin graduated with high honers from the Prescott, Arizona campus and moved to Boulder. He loves the outdoors and can be found on many clear mornings, out with his brother, flying the skies in a hot air balloon.
Colin holds his CFI
CFI , CFII
Lawrence was a Young Eagle almost twenty years ago when he first decided he wanted to fly airplanes. Ten years later, he started working towards a career as a professional pilot. He is a fresh addition to Journeys, and is excited to help both young pilots interested in aviation, career pilots, and those who have wished to fly for many years. Lawrence is an avid outdoor recreation enthusiast with experience as a ski and bike shop manager, and an avid skier, hiker, climber, and camper. He also loves working with his hands on cars, motorcycles, and other crafts. In the future he looks to further his aviation profile as a Mountain Flying Instructor, Multi Engine Instructor, and Floatplane rating. He is excited to be here to share his passion in aviation and get you excited about your new hobby or career!
Lawrence Brewster holds his CFI and CFII