Flight Instructors and Staff Qualifications
Linda Marshall-Commercial Pilot and Flying Instructor
My flying career began 1979 when my husband, Bob, encouraged me to take lessons to overcome my fear of flying. It wasn’t long until I had more hours than Bob.
I attended flight school at Sunbird Aviation in Belgrade, Montana for private pilot training. I attended FlightLine flight school for Instrument Rating.
I continued to progress in my ratings obtaining an instrument and commercial rating and added Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating in 1983. I free lance instructed in Montana and Arizona until starting Aero Flight School. In 2005 I got my Certified Flight Instrument Instructor rating.
I started a flight school with Cliff Lincoln 1999 and asked Don Loyd to join me as a partner in about 2004.
One of the more interesting trips Bob and I made was to fly a Piper Tomahawk across the Bering Strait from Alaska to Russia spending one night there.
I have been an active member of the “99’s”, an organization of women pilots, and served in various offices of the organization from the local to the international level. I served several years with the Civil Air Patrol and in various capacities with the Montana Aeronautical Search and Rescue. I am presently the assistant director for the Bozeman area of that organization.
Don and I operated the flight school together until early 2007 when two of our students wanted to buy it, so we sold out to them and the new owners operated the flight school until 2011.
In 2011 the new owners no longer wanted to operate it, so they sold it back to Don and me and from there we eventually decided to operate a flying club instead of the flight school and that lead us to the formation of The Arrow Club in Belgrade, Montana.
Don Loyd-Private Pilot
I began flying 1994 when one of my twin sons indicated an interest in the US Air Force Academy and was told it would probably help ensure that he would get into flight training if he already had a private pilot license when he attended the academy.
Getting a pilot’s license had been a life long desire for me so I jumped at the chance to begin flight training with my son.
By April of 1995 I had taken my check ride and began flying on my own. Within a short time, I joined a flying club in Billings where I lived at the time and started flying their aircraft. They had a Cessna 172, a Cessna 182 and a Cessna 210. I started in their 172 and soon had over 100 hours which was necessary to fly the 182, so I was soon checked out to fly it. I built time rather quickly in those days with three kids in college in North Dakota and Colorado flying out to visit.
After passing the 200 hour mark I was checked out in the 210 and before the club was dissolved in about 2001, had over 200 flying hours in the 210. About that time I bought a 1979 Cessna 182 Turbo RG. With the turbo and retractable gear, it was actually a faster airplane than the 210 which was not turbocharged. By the time I purchased the 182RG I had moved to Bozeman and decided to build a hangar at the airport.
As I spent a great deal of time at the airport I began to meet a lot of people who were always hanging out at the airport and among them were Bob and Linda Marshall.
Bob Marshall-Aircraft Mechanic
I always wanted to fly so I started flying in 1977 at the age of 35. Linda bought our first airplane in 1979, and I started learning how to do maintenance in the aircraft world. I now do all the maintenance on the flying club's aircraft and hold my A&P license.
Jim Albright-Flight Instructor and Aircraft Mechanic
I started working at the Tamiami Airport at the age of 14, learning about airplanes and developing a desire to fly. I took my first flying lesson at age 14 and had soloed by the time I was 16. I completed my formal education in flying by obtaining an AA degree in Aviation at Miami-Dade College.
During my flying career, I worked as an aerobatic pilot, aerobatic instructor and have flown aerobatic competitions, crop dusters and cargo planes as a Captain out of Miami for 10 years. I was a Deputy Sheriff for Miami-Dade Police Dept. from Aug. 1981 to Aug. 2003 flying both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. I have logged over a total of 28,000 hours of flying time.