Our Team

At Frederick Flight Center, we are lucky to have an incredibly diverse community of students and customers with a wide range of aviation desires and goals. In order to keep up with the demands of this varied customer base, we rely on a talented, enthusiastic and dedicated family of instructors and staff:

Todd Bender

Director of Operations - CFI, CFII, MEI

Todd is a Captain for a major U.S. legacy carrier with over 25,000 hours total time including over 20,000 hours of multi-engine time. He holds an unestricted Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license in addition to his CFI, CFII and MEI certificates. In addition to his Captain's duties, Todd serves as a Line Check Airman and has flown a wide range of aircraft including 737, 757, 767 and 777 types as well as many of our common and less common General Avaition airframes. When not flying, Todd enjoys skiing, tennis and flying some more.

Chuck Epstein

Chief Flight Instructor - CFI,CFII,MEI

Chuck has been with Frederick Flight Center since the Fall of 2011, and one of our Check Airmen since 2012. With over 4600 hours, he's been flying since 1992, and has been instructing since 1997. Chuck acquired his initial CFI rating at the prestigious FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, FL and his subsequent Multi-engine and Instrument Instructor ratings soon after. An ATP since 2002, Chuck was a regional airline Captain with a United Express carrier based out of Dulles, VA. When his airline closed its doors in 2005, Chuck went back in to General Aviation and the world of flight instruction. Specializing in Instructor and Pilot Standardization, Chuck tries to bring some of the procedural, airline-style training to his students. He emphasizes making use of all available resources, and keeping up with today's modern technology in Technically Advanced Aircraft, while still teaching fundamental principles and techniques. Chuck enjoys flight training and takes teaching very seriously. His goal is to continue to put out today's most well-rounded and safest pilots. When not in the cockpit, Chuck is a musician who plays over 60 weddings and concerts every year, and tries to spend quality time with his wife and four kids.

Jason Cobb

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor - CFI,CFII

Jason began his flight training in 1997, earning his private pilot certificate while at Indiana State University. In ’99 he joined the Air Force and was a Flying Crew Chief on the C5 Galaxy out of Dover, DE. After six years of service, Jason was honorably discharged, obtained his Aviation Mechanic Airframe and Powerplant, and has been working aircraft maintenance the past 15 years with a three year detour to complete his flight ratings up to CFI at MTSU in Tennessee.

Jason loves to travel, fly, run, ride motorcycles, spend time outdoors, and simply be around people. He spends much of his free time exploring the region's grass runways and nearby restaurants with his girlfriend.

Anthony Carr

CFI

Andrew Gadson

CFI

Andrew had the fascination of flight instilled in him by his father and has been hooked ever since. Prior to his flying career, Andrew spent five years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman. He served in a combat tour to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the "Darkside" 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Andrew decided to pursue aviation and began his studies at the Community College of Baltimore County where he received an Associates of Science in Professional Pilot Airplane with a Summa Cum Laude designation at the top of his class. He is currently finishing his undergraduate studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, studying Technical Management. As well as being experienced in various general aviation aircraft, Andrew received advanced spin training at Prevailance Aerospace in an Extra 330LX, one the most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the US. No matter the student's ultimate goal in aviation, Andrew will provide the tools necessary to be a safe and competent pilot flying in today's world.

Ed Deitch

CFI

Brandon Cerrone

CFI

CFI

Sandra Feliciano

CFI,CFII

Sandra holds both single and multi engine Commercial Instrument qualifications. She is a part-time instructor who works full-time as a nurse. As a member of Civil Air Patrol she holds the position of Deputy Commander for Seniors and Professional Development Officer. Her pilot qualifications include Mission Pilot, Instructor Pilot with Instrument (steam and G1000), and Check Pilot with and without Instrument (steam and G1000). In addition she is a FAASTeam Representative and is a member of the Sugarloaf Ninety-Nines. At home she has a dog, two ferrets, and a wonderful, supportive husband, who is also a pilot.

Russell Kenny

CFI, CFII

Russell has been flying since 2012 with a non-stop passion for aviation. He attended the Community College of Baltimore County and earned his Associate's degree in Aviation Management, but he didn't stop there. After graduating, Russell interned in an aviation maintenance facility and acquired mechanical knowledge on many types of aircraft. With practical experience and a very positive personality, he hopes to share his love of aviation with all of his students while he continues to enjoy his passion for flying.