Welcome to the flyGIRL Mentor page! This is the place you should turn to when you need to ask a any number of aviation or pilot-related questions. These individuals have a variety of experience and their own unique perspectives into the aviation world. Each person here has a strong desire to share their love of aviation! They are here to help guide you and answer questions you might have about your future in aviation. Please feel free to reach out anytime you have a question.
Meet Christopher Munroe
My name is Chris Munroe I am 37 years old and I am currently a Captain with AeroTransCargo on the Boeing 747-400 based out of the UAE. I am also type rated on the Airbus A320 series and A330 with operational line and VVIP charter experience flying worldwide routes. I did all my flight training in Canada however I hold various different licenses from around the world. I have had complete strangers help me throughout my career and many remain good friends today, so I often try and pass my knowledge and experience to people starting out and of course help where I can.
Type Rated A320 A330 B744
Meet Elizabeth Vulgamore
Passionately living life in the right seat, Elizabeth Vulgamore is a flight instructor in Western Kansas. Becoming a pilot in 2012, her passion for aviation began. As an advocate for aviation, she took her role as the Volunteer Admin for the Spencer Flight and Education Center, located in Scott City, Kansas, in 2013. While her love of aviation is broad, she has a focused desire in educating and training safe pilots through all stages of their aviation journey. As a female instructor, she has a heart for sharing general aviation with young women, encouraging them to also take flight. In addition to her love of instructing, her passion for safety is demonstrated through her involvement as an FAA FASTEAM representative, allowing her to aid in pilot safety and continuing education.
Her husband Myles, holds both fixed-wing and rotor certificates. Together, they have two amazing boys, Breven (currently a student pilot) and Gavin who loves spending time constructing an RV-8 with his Dad.
Meet Matt Zerhusen
Matt was an instructor of mine at Sporty’s Academy near Cincinnati, Ohio. Sporty’s is where my journey in aviation began and Matt played an important role in my development. He was a great instructor. One of his lines that I recall was spoken after any bouncy, hard landing was, “it’s a good landing if you can walk away from it.” He reminded me constantly to stop beating myself up if every landing wasn’t a smooth greaser!! For me, his expertise was coaching the landings. He had a number of tips and his direction helped improve my landings each time. I continue to pass on some of his words of advice to my own students.
My name is Matthew Zerhusen. I am currently a First Officer with Allegiant Airlines on the Airbus A320 based in Nashville, TN. Flying is a passion of mine and one that has brought me many great experiences. It has allowed me to meet some wonderful people. While flying can be challenging and difficult, it can also be one the most rewarding things you will ever do. I remember my first solo like it was yesterday, as well as, my private checkride, July 10th 2003. One of the things I loved the most was working as a CFI. I loved witnessing the smiles on people’s faces as they took an introductory flight, or during that first lesson while being at the controls for the first time! It’s an awesome feeling that never did get old! Besides being a CFII, I have flown private/corporate and commercial airlines. Having a mentor or someone to ask questions of, someone to discuss topics with is an integral part of the learning process. There are no stupid questions (you don’t know what you don’t know). Being able to have a network of people to answer questions, or talk with, is vital to success. I am happy to answer any and all questions, as best I can, to discuss best practices, or whatever aviation related topics come to mind
Meet Jim Hinen
I have about 5,700 hours. Started as a military pilot flying fixed wing, helicopter and jets. Have flown night cargo, Air Attack Aerial Firefighting, State Pilot in Idaho and currently fly as a Federal Agent/pilot with Customs and Border Protection in Puerto Rico doing drug and human trafficking interdiction. I am also a member of the Civil Air Patrol and a former partner in a C-172.I know everyone’s Aviation journey is different and I love the mentoring idea. In the military we would often have “ready room talks” and we always debriefed after a flight/mission. You can learn an awful lot from other peoples experiences by learning about and through their experiences and how they handled an emergency or solved a problem/issue in flight.
I have a commercial, single and multi engine land, rotorcraft/helicopter with instrument rating. I have your ratings in the DHC-8 and BE300. I’m going to get my seaplane rating in December.
Military Aircraft I Have Flown
T-34 Mentor, TH-57 Jet Ranger, CH-46 Seaknight Helicopter, T-2 Buckeye, TA-4 Skyhawks, AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet, C-130 Hercules, C-12 Huron (King Air 200).
AH-1 Cobra, UH-1 Huey, CH-53 Sea Stallion and the Astar Helicopter.
Civilian Aircraft Flown
King Air 200, King Air 350, Dash-8 Q-200 & Q-300, AC-90 Turbo Commander, AC-50 Shrike Commander, C-402, C-210, C-206, C-182, C-172, M20J, Kodiak Quest, PA-28-140, PA-44, ZLIN 242L
Meet Peter Reddan
Pete “Vapor” Reddan is the founder of Vapor Global Aviation, an organization committed to excellence in flight training and pursuing viable solutions to address the current pilot shortage in the aviation industry. Pete provides not only FAA Designated Examiner services to the aviation community, but continues a 25 year career as a Certificated Flight Instructor, as well as generating episodes of “The Way I Taught It” podcast. Formerly, Pete was a Lieutenant Colonel and Evaluator Pilot in the United States Air Force qualified in the KC-10A, T-6A and C-17A and both Instructor and Evaluator, and was also a member of the T-6 Texan II Aerial Demonstration Team. His major awards include the General James H. Doolittle Trophy for professionalism, courage and leadership during extremely meritorious service in flight and two Air Medals.