Sean Torbett, FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor, AGI, CFI, CFI-I, MEI, Tailwheel Instructor, Seaplane Pilot and President of V Speed Aviation, LLC
After growing up fascinated with space travel and flight, Sean decided to be completely unconventional by joining the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and jumping *out* of perfectly good airplanes for several years. Then after a one-year tour patrolling the Korean DMZ and returning to Fort Bragg to serve in the Persian Gulf War with the 82nd Airborne Infantry again, he graduated from the U.S. Army Electronic Warfare school and transitioned to civilian life working as the Chief Engineer for multiple television stations around the country before settling in Reno, Nevada.
While managing the engineering efforts at a television station in Reno, he was working with an aviator that had a previous career in aviation maintenance, but was still flying his Light Sport Airplane which rekindled that fire for flight and a better realization of how accessible that goal was. He worked to earn his Private Pilot certificate flying in the early mornings out of Minden (KMEV) and then driving back to work in Reno for the remainder of the day. Then, after ending the 25-year career in television engineering it was just the right time to go all-in and focus on being a professional pilot by attending the ATP Flight School out of Tucson (KTUS) and Mesa-Gateway (KIWA), Arizona.
While at ATP he earned his Instrument rating, Commercial Pilot certificate, and Multi-Engine rating. After that, it was off to CFI Academy at KIWA to test for his Certified Flight Instructor certificate and then back to Tucson for the CFI Instrument and Multi-Engine Instructor ratings.
In addition to being rated as a commercial pilot and CFI for single and multi-engine land airplanes, he holds endorsements for High Performance, Complex, Tailwheel aircraft and is a commercial-rated CFI for Single Engine Seaplanes.
Sean has over 2,100 flight hours, provided over 1,700 hours of flight instruction, is an FAA certified Gold Seal flight instructor, a certificated Advanced Ground Instructor, is a member in good standing with the National Association of Flight Instructors, AOPA, EAA, and also a very active participant in the FAA Safety Team program, having completed multiple phases in all three Basic, Advanced, and Master Wings levels.
When not working with clients ferrying airplanes, conducting pilot flight reviews, or providing one-on-one training for owner pilots in a variety of airplanes out of the local Northern Nevada airports, he is usually working with the High Sierra Pilots Flying Club teaching students on an as-needed basis.