Smoketown Flight Center LLC was built on the foundation of providing more than a flight school that can be searched online. We are a facility of pilots, mechanics, and aviation enthusiasts. A small veteran-owned business that has been growing since its start in 2014. Being a small business, we have the benefit of getting to know the pilot as a name, not a number. Smoketown Center LLC cares about more than passing a pilot but assisting a pilot in becoming the best aviator they can be.
Providing students with the tools to meet their goals. One of the main tools required is a safe aircraft. By being a Robinson Service Center, we are able to ensure that aircraft are maintained in accordance with regulations. Another benefit of having in house maintenance is the limited amount of time an aircraft is down.
As time goes by, Smoketown Flight Center LLC will continue to further their education within the aviation field. We pride ourselves in maintaining relevance within the training and evolving with the aviation world.
Garrett manages and oversees airplane and helicopter flight training at both our Smoketown. Working closely with the other instructors to ensure the highest quality of training is provided. Garrett conducts the stage checks with students to ensure they are on track with Smoketown Helicopter’s program, allowing him to incorporate his experience with students. Garrett started his career in the Air Force as a jet engine mechanic. After leaving active duty in 2011, he joined the Air Force Reserve, starting his career in flying on the civilian side. He has roughly 5000 hours of experience, mostly in Robinson helicopters. In conjunction with flying Garrett also oversees the Robinson Service Center Maintenance division and is a Robinson Helicopter Factory Trained IA mechanic. Extensive knowledge of flying and maintenance provides the ability to train and serve pilots and customers on a higher level. When he is not flying or working on aircraft he enjoys spending time with his wife Jen and their children Landon, Dustin and Marabelle.
Garrett’s Philosophy: Train to become a real-world pilot, not just a pilot that passes the test.
Jennifer grew up in beautiful Naples, FL, and joined the United States Air Force in 2008. She was stationed in California where she met her future husband, Garrett. Her Uncle and Grandfather were both pilots, introducing Jennifer to aviation at a young age. She graduated from American Military University with a Bachelor in Business Administration and now continues to expand her knowledge within aviation. Director of Operations here at Smoketown. When not at the airport, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Garrett, and their children, Landon, Dustin, and Marabelle.
Tim is our assistant chief flight instructor here at Smoketown Flight Center. From Flight Reviews to stage checks, or multi engine training, he can do it all. Tim is a very experienced instructor, and a local resident of Lancaster County.
Nate is a helicopter CFI here at Smoketown. Along with teaching, he helps organize and run flight school operations. Nate started flying in 2019 with Smoketown when I got out of high school and hasn’t looked back since. “I enjoy teaching and want to help people achieve their aviation goals like Smoketown Helicopters did with mine.” – Nate
Hello all! I’m Josiah. I’m a CFII here at Smoketown, and teaching others to fly is my passion. From start to finish, I can help you achieve your goals of becoming and aviator.
Hello, I am Marcial Garcia. I am a CFI from Florida that moved up here to peruse my dream of flying. When I’m not teaching people to fly, I am hanging out with my wife and dog!
Hello, my name is Tim Grider, and I am CFI from Central Virginia. I have a passion for aviation, and it is my goal to make your aviation dreams come true! I enjoy getting to know my students on a personal level and striving to make your learning and flying experience positive!