SFTI is located at the Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU) -
East of Foothills Parkway and North of Valmont Road.
Front Desk is normally open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
Call (303) 530-0550 or stop in to visit with us.
Directions: From Foothills Parkway turn East on Valmont Rd, turn North on Airport Rd, follow Airport Rd. onto the airport grounds (watch for the airport signs to turn left). Turn left (West) when you come to the "T" in the road. SFTI is the first building on the right - 3324 Airport Road.  Our front door is on the Southeast side of the building. Need directions? Use GoogleMaps function.

Boulder Municipal Airport  •  3324 Airport Road
Boulder, Colorado USA 80301
Tel: 303-530-0550

SFTI Employees & SFTI Instructors

Lonnie Hilkemeier

Master/Gold Seal CFII, MEI,
Mountain Flight Proficiency


FAASTeam Representative 


2005 Flight Instructor of the Year
FAA Northwest Mountain Region
and State of Colorado

Senior Flight Instructor
Tuesday - Saturday

"I was originally interested in physics/astrophysics, but after looking at schools like MIT and Boston College, I knew I wanted to be more than just a number. My high school counselor pointed me to CNCC in Rangely, CO, and that is where my aviation career all began. To this day, I can walk into that school and be greeted by NAME!

I originally was introduced to aviation when my wife gave me a discovery flight certificate at the Boulder Airport in a C152 in 1988. By 1990, I became a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI).

I am blessed that the majority of my flying has always been right here in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains! This intimate knowledge of Colorado topography and weather allows me and my staff to better help you.

I love instructing - it allows me to help others realize their lifelong dream! We hope you can experience the same personal care that molded my flight instruction style as you interact with all the SFTI staff ."

Updated July 2015
Joined SFTI staff: July 2001
First Flight Instructor Certificate: 1990
# of Instructional Hours Given: 3,550
Sam McGlamery
Mountain Flight Proficiency

Email Sam 

Part-Time Flight Instructor
Schedule: Available Saturday/Sunday and by appointment M-F

"I became interested in flying at the age of 14, when a friend of my father took me for a flight in his A36 Bonanza. My parents gave me a flight lesson for my 16th birthday and by the age of 17, I had my private pilot certificate.
I am just as enthusiastic about flying as I was back then. I still enjoy the beauty of flight and the excitement of a cross-country trip. What I enjoy most about flight instruction is the opportunity to experience the fun and rewarding experience of learning to fly with other people."

Updated July 2015
Joined SFTI staff: October 2003
First Flight Instructor Certificate: 2003
# of Instructional Hours Given: 700


Tristan Montgomery


Email Tristan

Part-Time Flight Instructor
Schedule: Saturdays and by appointment Sundays

"I have loved aviation for as long as I can remember!  I started interning with Lonnie my Junior year of high school.  From there, I went to Arizona State University to get my degree in Professional Flight.  After graduating, I came back to instruct for Lonnie at SFTI in 2009 before moving to Northern New York to get married to my husband who was a helicopter mechanic in the Army.  When he got out of the Army, we moved back to Colorado and I am currently working at Jeppesen full time and instructing at SFTI on the weekends.  I love sharing my experiences and knowledge of aviation with others!"

Updated July 2014
Joined SFTI staff: August 2013
First Flight Instructor Certificate: 2004
# of Instructional Hours Given: 300



Lee Pinover
Mountain Flight Proficiency


Email Lee

Part-Time Flight Instructor
Schedule: Tuesdays, other days by appointment

"The Flying Bug bit me as a child, while spending time in and around aircraft with my father, a long-time aviator who flew Wacos and Stearman.
I learned to fly in the Denver area, long before DIA existed. This has allowed me to become quite familiar and aware of the unique challenges and rewards of Colorado Rocky Mountain flying.
I particularly enjoy mountain flying, and sharing with others the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that aviation offers."

Updated September 2011
Joined SFTI staff: July 2001
First Flight Instructor Certificate: 1998
# of Instructional Hours Given: 660


 Part-Time Flight Instructor
 Tuesday and Thursday- Sunday by appointment.

"I have always been fascinated with flying. Where I grew up there was no general aviation airport nearby, so unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to satisfy my fascination. I later moved to Boulder and I was finally able to begin my training towards my Private Pilot Certificate at Boulder Airport. Since that first time at the controls, I have been hooked. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. While receiving my first pilot certificate was amazing, it did not quite quench my interest in aviation. I continued my training and have since received my Flight Instructor certificates.

I still look forward to my next flight and afterwards can’t wait to fly again. I am rewarded each time I fly with a student. I get to see the same excitement and accomplishment that I experienced during my own training."


Updated July 2015
Joined SFTI staff: June 2013
First Flight Instructor Certificate: 2012
# of Instructional Hours Given: 460



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