About us


Learning to fly is exciting, challenging and immensely rewarding. It's especially rewarding when we feel competent and confident in our abilities as aviators.

How We're Helping

Innovative Teaching

We consistently strive to teach in ways that students learn best.

Empowering Students

We recognize that coursework must encourage decision making to build students' confidence.

Real-World Focus

Our training includes real world scenarios so that students are prepared beyond their training.

Fostering Mentorship

We partner with non-profits to encourage mentorship between career pilots and aspiring aviators.

At Flight Apprentice, we strive to give each student the tools to make that a reality. While we can't just flip a switch and give a student the information they need, we try to provide them with all the building blocks. This includes the academic knowledge, of course, but we also emphasize practical risk management, real-world decision making, airmanship and stick and rudder fundamentals. We love watching aspiring pilots develop into skilled and polished aviators. And we think everyone deserves a solid, affordable education along the way.

Meet The Team

Andrew Moon

Corporate Pilot & Gold Seal Flight Instructor (ATP CFI CFII MEI)

Andrew is a corporate pilot with experience on a variety of types including the Beechcraft Baron, King Air 90, King Air 350, Cessna 414, Cessna Citation, Pilatus PC-12, and Cirrus SR-22. He is also a part-time Sheriff Department pilot, Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Assistant Chief Pilot, and former FBO Director of Operations. Andrew began flying after high school, and attended Spartan College in Tusla, OK. He is deeply rooted in his community, and frequently attends local schools and organizes airport tours to encourage students to consider aviation careers. As an instructor he is patient, down-to-earth and passionate about helping others pursue their dreams. A family man first, Andrew lives in Grass Valley with his wife Callie, and their two children.

Jake Roach

Airline Pilot & Flight Instructor (ATP CFI)

Jake is an airline pilot with experience on the ATR-72, Boeing 737, Bombardier Q-400 and Embraer 175. Before joining the airlines, he instructed alongside Andrew in Northern California where he was active in developing training tools to enhance students’ learning. For a brief period he flew part-time as a research pilot, collecting atmospheric data later used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Science from Utah Valley University. Passionate about flying from childhood, Jake is thrilled to watch his students grow and excel as pilots as they pursue their dreams.

James Jacobson

Aerobatic Pilot & Flight Instructor (ATP CFI CFII)

 James is an aerobatics and tailwheel pilot and flight instructor. He learned to fly when very young, soloing at 16 and earning his Private Pilot’s license on his 17th birthday. While earning his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Aviation, James flew throughout North America as a competition aerobatic pilot, aerobatics instructor, and Extra Aircraft dealership ferry pilot. Although now an airline pilot on the CRJ series, James remains an active aerobatics and tailwheel instructor. He enjoys helping others build confidence in their abilities to fly the full envelope of flight.