Dan is a university trained CFII. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Management and is an Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot, and Flight Instructor. In addition to aviation Dan has worked as a business analyst and recently completed a master’s degree. As a Synergy Flight Instructor Dan stands ready to serve as your ambassador to aviation.
Brian is a third-generation pilot and instructor who grew up around airplanes in central Illinois. After soloing from a grass landing field under his father’s watchful eye while in high school, Brian completed his initial flight training while studying engineering at the University of Illinois. During his studies, he discovered a love of teaching and a deep passion for flying. Those interests led Brian to flight instructing, where he now enjoys teaching primary, instrument, multi-engine, and glider students. He continues to expand his aviation knowledge: he recently completed an Airline Transport Pilot rating and began flying for his father’s agricultural aviation business. When he is not flying, Brian teaches test preparation classes for graduate school admission and at a local high school and college. Brian is excited to bring his aviation and teaching background to Synergy to help students achieve their flight training aspirations.
Jay Phillips was born and raised right here in Bloomington/Normal. He began flying at the age of 16 and eventually graduated in 2002 from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management and Airport Planning. After Southern Illinois University he attended Airline Training Academy in Orlando, FL. Jay is a full-time Vice President for a local bank in Bloomington and a Part-time Certified Flight Instructor for Synergy Flight Center. Aviation has been and continues to be a large part of Jay’s life and he takes great pride in training knowledgeable and safe pilots who can enjoy the Community of Aviation like he has since the age of 16.