Instructors & Staff

Kent Parrish

Kent Parrish


Parrish has his bachelor’s in Business and Psychology. He previously owned a flight school offering Citation Type Ratings and owned a banner towing business. His love for aviation came from his father who is a retired TWA pilot. He likes fitness, hiking, reading and travel.

There is nothing more rewarding than when a CFA graduate realizes their dream by getting a job with an airline. 

Ashraf Dakwar

Ashraf Dakwar

Business Development

Dakwar was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. Dakwar speaks Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and English. He has wanted to be a pilot for as long as he can remember. After working as a Chief Flight Instructor for CFA, Dakwar realized his dream and took a job flying jets with American Eagle Airlines. He plays soccer when not in the cockpit.

If you are responsible and safe, this career is for you.

Martin Bunch

Chief Operations

Marty is a San Diego native with experience as both Corporate and Charter Pilot. His flight training and experience working as a child counselor creates a unique understanding of students and their needs as they progress through their training. When not flying Marty likes to spend his time Off-Roading on his dirt bike.

“I have always wanted to be a part of the learning process from another perspective.”

Shigeki Morita

Chief Pilot

Morita was born in Japan and speaks Japanese and English. He has been flying with CFA for many years. He is a dedicated pilot who loves his job and works hard to make sure CFA students understand all aspects of flying. He enjoys working with both international and domestic students, furthering the safety of our school and our skies.

I couldn’t imagine doing something other than flying. I strive to carry this passion for flying into my teaching and take great pride in my students’ successes.

Chehadeh Alchikh

Chief Pilot

Alchikh is a proud California Flight Academy graduate. As one of our youngest flight instructors, Alchikh has already earned 5 flight certificates, and is working on more. Alchikh’s love for aviation began at age 15 and was fueled by his brother’s interest in flight. Alchikh was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. After graduating high school, he started pilot training here at C.F.A. His ambition and motivation makes him a wonderful role model for his students. When not flying, you can find Alchikh on the basketball court. Someday, he hopes to fly for Emirate Airlines.

Live to fly, fly to live

Ron Loghmani


Loghmani was born in Iran and speaks Farsi. He grew up in Connecticut and has his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Loghmani has a lot of experience with aircraft ranging from bush planes to corporate jets. He likes hiking, photography, and cooking. Loghmani is here to help you achieve your dreams.

Flying is hard work, but at the end the rewards will undoubtedly outweigh the hardships.

Andy Assegaf


Andy was born and raised in Malang, Indonesia, East Java and speaks Bahasa Indonesia, Spanish and English. Graduating from Indonesia Military Academy with Infantry Corps training, he continued his studies at Mountain State University in West Virginia graduating with a B.S. in Social & Political Science and a Master’s in Aviation Management. Andy is one of the Senior Check Airman approved by the FSDO San Diego. Being a Flight Instructor allows him “to share my aeronautical knowledge and emphasis on safety with aspiring pilots.” In his free time Andy likes to pursue music and martial arts (he is a 2nd degree black belt.)

Don Clemens


Flying with his best friend as he trained to be a helicopter pilot, Clemens instantly knew aviation was for him and sought out his own career as pilot. With this career, he has gained invaluable life experiences, traveled, and met some wonderful people along the way. As a San Diego native, Clemens loves flying in the “best weather on Earth” and wants to continue teaching the dream of aviation to eager new students.

I love being a flight instructor. It allows me to connect and work with people while safely pursuing a common love of aviation.

Shairrie Van Duzer


Van Duzer started dreaming of flight as a young girl and could often be found jumping off things or leaping in the air. She is a Southern California native and attended the UC at Irvine for her Bachelors and CSU Long Beach for her Masters in Fine Arts. Van Duzer has passion, energy, and experience. After graduating, she flew aerobatics for fun. In her spare time, you will find her dancing or painting with watercolors.

This is my dream career! I love teaching.

Ryan Decker


Originally from Indiana, Ryan acquired his aviation training in Sacramento, California. Captured by the beauty of California, Ryan decided to teach here as a CFI to bring up the next generation of pilots as he himself continues to realize his dreams of eventually becoming a corporate pilot. In his spare time Ryan also enjoys camping, hiking and skiing.

“I enjoy the process of teaching and watching my students gain the skills that will take them to a rewarding career.”

Cory Wirick


Cory is from Orlando, Florida. He began flying at the age of 6 and after seeing the movie “Top Gun” he was sold on a career in aviation. Attracted to travel and the love of a good challenge, flight instructing has proved to be the perfect job for him. When not flying Cory enjoys photography, surfing and motorcycles.

“I enjoy seeing my students accomplish their aviation goals.”

Ali Asghari Sandi


Ali’s hometown is Tehran, Iran. He speaks both Farsi and English and has a degree in architecture. Ali is working towards a future as an airline or corporate pilot. When not flying he enjoys, family, soccer and air shows.

“I seek to empower young pilots towards their goals in aviation.”

David Duryey


David was raised in Silverdale, Washington and attended Le Tourneau University studying Aeronautical Science. David is enthusiastic about “passing my passion for aviation on to the next generation of pilots” and brings that to his teaching. He enjoys being outdoors with his sons in his off time.

David Tittle


David’s passion for flight began watching a Blue Angel airshow as a small boy, it was then he knew aviation was his future. He grew up in Prescott Arizona where his father taught aviation and is proud to continue with the family tradition of taking to the skies.

“I have always wanted to be an educator. Having the ability to combine that with aviation is dream come true.”

Mohamed Hamdi


Hama is from Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia and speaks Arabic, French, English and German. He has trained in both Florida and California and is enthusiastic about his career as a Flight Instructor. Hama says that “teaching flying provides me the opportunity to become a better pilot every day.” Hama is an avid reader and loves to cook for friends and family in his free time.

Jeff Dillard


Jeff is a Southern California native having grown up in Escondido, California. He studied Business at Palomar College and then went on to earn his Flight Instructor rating so that he could “teach people how great aviation is.” On his off time Jeff trades the skies for the ocean while scuba diving.

Brennan Gray


Brennan Gray grew up in Evergreen, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado-Boulder. There she studied Pre-Med but moved on to Aviation because of her passion for flying. Brennan loves “helping students achieve their goals in aviation” and derives a great amount of satisfaction from the success of her students. When not flying she is watching football, or participating in one of the many sports she pursues.

Anthony Stoebling


Anthony is an East Coast native raised in Holmdel, New Jersey. He attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Flight Technology and Operations. Anthony became a Flight Instructor because he “enjoys sharing his knowledge and at the same time promote aviation education.” Free time for Anthony includes snowboarding, hockey and surfing.

We invite you to start your pilot pathway at CFA today by completing the Request Information Form above, or calling us directly at (619) 448-2212. Or, explore our Programs and Ratings.