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Derek Lawless, CFI, CFI-I, A&P, CSIP

A pilot since 1998, Derek chose to pursue his lifelong dream of sharing his love of aviation with others as a flight instructor in 2016. Having flown more than 27 different makes and models of airplanes from simple taildraggers to the most modern and complex singles available, he brings a unique perspective to the cockpit. Formerly an IT executive, Derek believes it's important to not only learn the fundamentals, but to always be looking for ways to leverage technology in the cockpit to maximize efficiencies and increase the safety of flight. As a lifelong learner, he brings a level of curiosity and excitement to the learning process, encouraging pilots in training to not only learn the basics but to continually dig deeper to learn the why behind the what.