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Hours: 10am - 8pm
Brandon Gockel | Flight Instructor
Certificates & Ratings Held: CFI, CFII
My career in aviation started off as a dream for me. A dream that was somebody else’s, but not mine. Without pilots in my family and the misconception that flight training is only for the fortunate, I thought I would find myself a place in a sales job and could simply appreciate taking a commercial flight to wherever my work would take me. This dream turned into a goal as I began learning more about the industry, in hearing about the pilot shortages and catching the “flying bug” when I took my first flight in the Seattle area.
Two and a half years later, my goal became reality. A first-generation commercial pilot in my family has taken me places I never thought I would go. My training began in Moses Lake, WA at Big Bend Community college to pursue my Commercial Pilot License and two Associates Degrees. I continued my training to receive my CFI and CFI-I while finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Central Washington University by taking online classes and simultaneously working as a flight instructor in Bend, OR.
I feel very fortunate to be back in the city where my passion for aviation bloomed. Seattle is where I was born and raised, but to see it by flying up above brings a new appreciation for the beautiful terrain and exciting training environment. I am thrilled to be a part of the team here at Rainier Flight Service, to continuing to help students turn their dreams into goals, and goals into reality.