Piedmont Flight School



Be surrounded by aviation expertise and unparalleled experience

Janice Driscoll

Chief Flight Instructor CFI, II, MEI

+13,000 Hours Flight Time

Started flying at Solberg Airport in New Jersey with her mom and dad, who both had their Private Pilot Certificate.  Corporate Pilot in New Jersey – flying a King Air 200.  Moved to Winston-Salem in 2004 and has been with Piedmont Flight Training ever since.  Our aviation wizard and our go-to for anything FAA, VA and our fleet.

Wayne Davidson

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor CFI, II

+3,100 Flight Time.

Born and raised in Fairfax, VA.  Air Force academy July 1, 1974.  Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and USAF Master Navigator C130.   Air Force Staff and College Instructor.  Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor, Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC for 17 years.  PFT CFI since 2015.

Paul Shoemaker

Check Instructor CFI, II, MEI

+31,000 Hours Flight Time

extensive aeronautical experience.  

Airline Transport Pilot.  Ratings include Airplane Multi-Engine Land, Rotorcraft Helicopter and Gyroplane.  Commercial Privileges include Airplane Single-Engine Land, Airplane Single Engine Sea, Airplane Multi-Engine Sea, Glider and Lighter-Than-Air Balloon ratings.

Type Ratings A/BH-206.  

Flight Instructor Certificate with Airplane Single and Multi-Engine, Rotorcraft Helicopter and Gyroplane, Instrument Airplane and Helicopter and Glider

Jonathan Adkins


+750 Hours Flight Time

Started flying in 2009.  Private with an indep CFI, ATP in for II.  Recently moved from Louisville, KY.  Looking to complete his Helicopter Add-On.  Focused on regional and corporate pilot.  Has East Tennessee, Bachelors in Mass Communications. 

Craig Barker


+1,250 Hours Flight Time

Experience includes Army aviation with a variety of helicopters, deployment with a UH-60L MEDEVAC unit in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kosovo.  Graduated from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina.  Currently finishing a Master of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide.  Accepted into the Piedmont Cadet Program, while also exploring going back to the Army.

Austin Diemont


+630 Hours Flight Time

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, a first generation pilot.  He began flight training in 2017 in Charlotte, NC where he earned his Private certificate.  Austin attended Auburn University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Flight, as well as, an Instrument rating and a Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate.  He went on to earn his Commercial Single-engine add-on in Beaufort, SC followed by CFI in Florida soon after.

Rafael Melendez


+1,200 Hours Flight Time

Born in El Salvador and moved to the U.S. at 14 years old. Graduated from West Stokes High School in King, NC, and attended college at Forsyth Tech.  Took his first Discovery Flight at PFT in 2009.  Two years later, he started his flight training in Florida where he earned his Private through Commercial Certificates.  Obtained his CFI/CFII SEL in San Antonio, TX, and moved back to North Carolina in 2018 to pursue his flying career.  Fluent in Spanish. 


Trevor O'Brien


+750 Hours Flight Time

Originally from New York.  A graduate of West Forsyth High School and 2016 Wrestling State Champion.  Began flight training in 2017.  Attended Guillford Technical Community College where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Career Pilot and Aviation Management and will be attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to complete his Bachelor’s Degree.  Hobbies include working on cars/trucks and fishing. 

George Schulz


+2,000 Hours Flight Time

Marines Corp.  1978 – 1982.  Sergeant in the Marine Corp.  Worked on F-4 Phantom Jets.  Pilot since 2003.  Instructing since 2015.  Business Owner.  Grew up in Southside Chicago – Riverdale.  Avid mountain biker with really smart kids,

Scott Seekins


+5,600 Hours Flight Time

Global aviator.  Retired Lieutenant Colonel.  USAF 1972 – 2000.  C-130 Master Navigator. Combat Ops in SE Asia – Vietnam and Cambodia.  Started the Military Airlift Command Unit at Red Flag for all airlift combat ops training.  Received Private Pilot Certificate in 1978 and a Certified Flight Instructor since 2010.

David Spitzer


+850 hours

Born and raised in Batavia, IL. He received his Private Pilot Certificate in 1998 from a flight school in Indianapolis, IN. At the time he was flying for fun.

When he moved to Winston-Salem in 2004, he started flying with Janice Driscoll, currently our Chief Flight Instructor, at PFT. While here, he completed his Instrument, Commercial, Multiengine and CFI training – only to be hired at the school as a CFI immediately. This comes full circle – taking his CFI 141 check flight with Mrs. Driscoll – 15 years to the month from the first flight together!

Samantha Welborn


+500 Flight Hours

A generational pilot.  After getting her Bachelor’s Degree at Appalachian State University, she began ATP Flight School and completed her CFI training at PFT and now working towards her CFII.  She has a passion for flying and teaching and says, “I have a genuine interest in giving others the gift of flight.”

Cameron Beaudoin


+250 Flight Hours

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC.  Cameron attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  From there, he went on to ATP Flight School in Concord, NC where he successfully earned his Private, Instrument, Commercial ASEL and AMEL, CFI, CFII and MEI.

Aubrey Banks


+2,800 Hours Flight Time

Aubrey has been a General Aviation pilot for 50 years and currently active with the Civil Air Patrol.   After 40 years living in Winston & working in business, he earned his CFI.  He has worked part-time as CFI for past 10 years.  His first instructor job was with PFT where he also earned his CFII. He’s instructed at Horizon Flight Center, Chesapeake, VA before moving back to Winston in 2019.  Now he’s back where he started and happy to be here!  Aubrey and his wife Anne are both natives of Currituck County, NC.  he is also a graduate UNC-Chapel Hill. 


Our School Will Remain Open With Enhanced Health Precautions and Procedures

Piedmont Flight Training takes concerns about COVID-19 very seriously. Our number one priority is the safety of all students and staff. We have been proactive in educating our students and staff in reference to healthy protective measures and will expend every effort to continue to do our part in the protection of public health and follow appropriate guidance as necessary from the CDC and NC government authorities.

Critical Infrastructure Sectors
There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national policy to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning and resilient critical infrastructure. This directive supersedes Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7.
Aviation is Part of Our Critical Infrastructure Sectors
Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and about 19,700 airports, heliports and landing strips. Approximately 500 provide commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases.  In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools. Source Link