Our Instructors

Eric Hummel • Chief Instructor

Eric is a native of Muncie, Indiana. He became a Private Pilot in 1986 at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., while serving in the United States Army Band. Eric is a graduate of the University of Iowa, and was been a public school music teacher for 28 years. He holds Single- and Multi-Engine ratings, and since 2001 has completed Commercial, Instrument, and CFI training at EHFC. 

We have many other highly-qualified instructors assisting him with the flight training duties. With the training records maintained by the instructors and communication among the instructors, students are encouraged to utilize any of the available instructors to meet their schedule, without fear of wasting valuable time. Variety in viewpoint combined with a structured syllabus produces a stronger, independent pilot rather than a "clone."

Tom Parker got his glider rating after graduating from Earlham College in 1972 and joined EHFC in 1983 where he added his Private, Commercial, Instrument and CFI tickets. He's been an EHFC member, CFI, and/or plane-owner member ever since. Tom is an author and illustrator. He has written and illustrated Rules of Thumb volumes 1 and 2, In One Day and Never Trust a Calm Dog. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Audubon, National Wildlife, Glamour, and The Whole Earth Catalog and he is currently an (occasional) contributing writer for MAKE Magazine. Tom is currently teaching at the private pilot level in Cessnas.

Mark Sanford has been enthralled with flight for the last 40 years, starting with his first glider ride. He has eagerly flown and taught in an assortment of aircraft both professionally and just for the fun of it. He is also a passionate and nationally rated hang glider pilot. Mark deeply enjoys sharing aviation with those around him especially exposing folks to the wonders of flight.

David Wanagel took his first flying lesson at East Hill in the fall of 1984. After a few years of flying as a private pilot, he decided to pursue other ratings, finally earning his CFI in 1991. David is instructing day VFR and IFR in our Cessnas.

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