The OAS Crew
At OAS, we have gathered a team of experts who share our passion for aviation. Our “crew” is committed to assisting those who are just getting started in aviation or want to build upon what they have already accomplished.
Flight Instructor – CFII, AGI, IGI (SEL IFR COM)
Che is from Los Angeles, California. He is a student at Kansas State University where he is pursuing a degree in Aeronautical Science and Applied Business. Che formerly served as a pilot recruiter/ambassador to campus for Express Jet Airlines.
Flight Instructor – CFII (SEL SES MEL IFR ATP)
Charles Lloyd is an ATP CFII with over 65 years flying experience. He holds the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and has experience in aircraft ranging from Piper J3 Cub, numerous piston aircraft, King Air plus Caravan turboprops and Citation and Hawker business jets. His professional flying experience includes crewmember time with Cessna Citation Marketing Used Aircraft Group, Raytheon Aircraft, and NetJets Aviation. He has also instructed for the AOPA Flight Safety Foundation in their Pinch Hitter, Mountain Flying and Instrument Procedure Courses. As an instructor for The Cessna Employees Flying Club, he developed and taught the club’s first Mountain Flying Course. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alabama where his research was a mathematical model and simulation describing a sub portion of the Saturn V Fuel System dynamics. As a member of the OAS Crew, he developed and teaches ForeFlight Workshops for VFR and IFR Pilots.
Flight Instructor – CFII (SEL MEL IFR COM)
“Born and raised in Wichita. Wichita State Aerospace Engineering graduate. Flight instructor specializing in tailwheel, aerobatics, and instrument training. Contract pilot in the Citation Excel.”
Flight Instructor – CFII (UAS SEL MEL IFR COM)
Greg attended Kansas State University where he majored in Aeronautical Science with an emphasis on Aviation Safety. He holds MEI, CFII and CFI ratings. Greg started his aviation career instructing at Pray Aviation. While at Pray, he was promoted to Director of Operations and Assistant Chief Pilot. Greg has also worked as an international contract pilot in various piston / turbo props, and CE525 series as well as with Flight Safety in the LearJet 45XR Program. He has provided content as an Aviation Subject Matter Expert for CTSystems in International Aviation Operations and taught CRM and AMRM at Hesston Aviation College. In 2017, Greg started with MedEvac Mission and became a Captain, Aviation Operations and Training Manager for AirMD (now Air Methods), overseeing CONUS and OCONUS fixed and rotor wing bases. In addition to instructing at OAS, he now serves as a fixed wing Captain, Regional Aviation Manager with Air Methods. His passion is Aviation and the Air Ambulance Mission in communities.
Flight Instructor – CFII (IFR COM/SEL ATP/MEL)
Jim has a background in both general and commercial aviation. He attended the University of Iowa, with a major in broadcasting and film. While film remains a hobby for Jim, his career choice was aviation. With over 22,000 hours flying a variety of aircraft, his early years were spent instructing in almost all Cessna, Piper and Beech airplanes. Commuter work- and it WAS work! – in Embraer Bandierantes, big airline experience in MD 80s for Midway Airlines. But perhaps most satisfying years (25+) spent as a demonstration pilot for Cessna Citation Flight Operations, then as a Citation X+ pilot with Textron Aviation’s Pro Ownership group. Jim has an ATP, with Flight Instructor privileges in single and multiengine land airplanes, and Instrument Airplane authorization. He has been a CFI since 1975.
Flight Instructor – CFII (SEL MEL IFR / A&P)
I teach flying for Fun! I convinced the FAA that I could teach flying in 1994. They granted me my CFI. I achieved my CFII a few years later. Once you have experience controlling an aircraft in flight, you will look to the skies differently. I am here at Ortega Aviation as a Private Pilot ground instructor to start you on that journey. To learn it safely and make your learning experience enjoyable with just a touch of “FUN”!
Flight Instructor – CFII (SEL MEL IFR COM)
John’s love of aviation began when he was a kid watching crop dusters in western Kansas. John has a background in aviation logistics with the U.S. Army, Boeing, and Spirit Aerospace. In 2012, he decided to change careers and focus on flight instruction. As a CFII, he enjoys preparing aviators for their instrument, commercial and instructor ratings.
Flight Instructor – CFII, AGI, IGI (SEL MEL IFR COM)
Tyler earned a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Technology, with an emphasis in Professional Pilot, from Kansas State University. He holds a CFI and CFII ratings and is always looking forward to flying and flight instructing so he can share his love of aviation with others.
Ground Instructor – AGI (SEL MEL IFR COM)
James “Pepper” Oliphant is a commercial, multi engine instrument rated pilot. He also holds an Advanced Ground Instructor certificate and flies for a FedEx Feeder Airline as a captain in the Cessna Caravan. Prior to flying for a day job, he was an aviation risk manager for AOPA Insurance for twelve years. He had the distinct honor of teaching for nearly twenty years in the public and private schools as a band and orchestra director and holds a Master of Music Education degree from Wichita State University. In his spare time, he is the Music Director for the Delano Wind Ensemble and enjoys spending all his available time with his lovely partner, Marie.
Ground Instructor – AGI (UAS)
Jon has over 17 years’ experience and thousands of hours of flight time across the entire spectrum of simulators – including Level-D FFS systems. He possesses a wealth of experience in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of fixed based non-certified and certified flight simulators and flight training devices. Jon is an avid Ultralight (Part-103), UAS/Drone/Remote (Part-107), and FTD simulator pilot. He holds an AGI rating as a Ground Instructor and is our primary UAS/Drone/Remote Pilot Instructor here at OAS. Additionally Jon serves as our Flight Simulator and IT Systems Technician.
Ground Support (Receptionist & Admin)
Cindy is the receptionist and welcoming smile when you enter the OAS building. Prior to joining OAS, she has many years of front desk and customer service experience. Her goal is to make each encounter a positive/pleasant experience. Her favorite things about working at OAS are the teamwork, positive energy and learning about aviation.
Cindy is married to her high school sweetheart has two sons and two rescue dogs. She enjoys acrylic painting and the wonders of nature.
Ground Support (Admin & Accounting)
Paula is the Administrative and Accounting Assistant for OAS and been an integral part of the team from the beginning. Prior to joining OAS, she owned a cleaning business for 17 years. When she sold that business, she prayed for a job at a small business where she could be the best employee she was capable of being. In her mind, OAS was the perfect opportunity. Her favorite part of working at OAS is when a student takes their first solo flight and watching the family, loved ones join in the celebration.
In addition to her cleaning business, Paula has also worked as head pharmacy technician, customer service, and in the food industry – managing multiple concession stands at Century II.
Paula is a certified massage therapist and loves helping others heal emotionally. This is evident in her second job where she helps at a facility for trafficked women.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends, cooking and being creative in the kitchen. She treasures her daughter, Ellie and loves her two cats, Butterball and Treble.
Teresa Ortega has over 24 years of experience in the aviation industry. She began her career with Cessna Aircraft company in 1995, supporting the international sales department in various administrative roles. After obtaining a degree from Friends University in Organizational Management and Leadership, Teresa was promoted to Regional Sales Director for ProAdvantage programs Europe Middle East, Africa, and Russia. She held that position until retiring from Cessna in 2018.
Born and raised in Wichita, it is fair to say that aviation is truly in her blood. Her father and grandfather were both in aviation, so the “bug” got her at an early age. Teresa now holds a commercial certificate with multi and instrument ratings. She also has SIC privileges in the Citation Mustang and is working towards obtaining a 510-initial rating.
After retiring from Cessna, Teresa and her husband, Kirby, decided to combine their aviation savvy and passion into a business that would help others obtain their aviation goals. Hence, the beginning of Ortega Aviation Services.
While aviation has been a long-time passion for Teresa, she also enjoys traveling, family, cooking, volunteering, and spending time with her grandson, Daichi.
Teresa’s passion and experience with so many aspects of general and business aviation make her a great consultant to have on your side. Her goal is to make your aircraft ownership experience worry-free and enjoyable, and she has the knowledge and resources to make it happen.
Contact Teresa at email@example.com