Kim Bevier is a 6,500 hour CFII SEL and Glider pilot with 1300 hours of tailwheel time in various aircraft and has given over 1100 hours of tailwheel training to almost 300 pilots.
He soloed in a Schweizer 2-33 Glider at age 15, but after school and a nine year tour with the Naval Security Group, pursued a career in software engineering with EDS in Dallas, TX. He got back into flying in 1984 and in 1993 started Cirrus Flight Training, which specializes in tailwheel flight instruction.
During his commercial flying career, Kim created the only Part 135 Air Carrier operation in the United States that used an Aeronca Champ. As the chief, and only, pilot of CIRRUS (Air Carrier U8CA528I), he flew scenic air tours throughout the southeast.
Since October of 2007, he has worked as a full time flight instructor with his company, Cirrus Flight Training as well as jointly starting, along with John Pipkin, a video production company, Windsock Productions, producing DVD based aviation training videos.
Kim organized the founding of EAA Chapter 1132 in Camden, SC, and is a member of the EAA, the AOPA, the National Association of Flight Instructors, a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem, and is currently half-way through the construction of a plans built GP-4.
John Pipkin is a 25,000 hour ATP/CFII, SEL, MEL and Helicopter pilot as well as an A&P with Inspection Authorization. He started to fly in an Aeronca Champ at age 12, soloed at 16 in a Taylorcraft and, after a six year stint in the US Marine Corp as an aircraft electrician & flight engineer on C130's, began his commercial flying career as a bush pilot in Liberia, Africa, logging over 1000 hours in a Cessna 180.
John has 3500 hours in numerous tailwheel aircraft including 1500 hours flying Cessna Ag Trucks, 450 Stearman and 600hp Gummen Ag Cats. He is typed in B-727, B-737, DC-9, G-IV, G-V airplanes and F-27, SK-61 and SK-68 helicopters.
John's career includes time as an aviation safety inspector (operations) with the FAA at FSDO-13 in Columbia, SC where he was responsible for all aircraft and helicopter certification rides for Private Pilot through ATP.
Since May of 2000 he has worked as a current Part 135 PIC in Gulfstream IV's and V's with NetJets International.
John fills the the rest of his time as a member of the EAA Vintage Airplane Association, OX-5 Pioneer, an EAA Antique Aircraft Judge at Oshkosh and a volunteer bush pilot for the Mission Aviation Fellowship.