Aaron Dabney

Adjunct Lecturer
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Aaron joined the Baylor Institute for Air Science as an adjunct lecturer in 2009. His background in Student Affairs has uniquely prepared him to teach the Introduction to Aviation course and work with first-year students. As a former admissions counselor at Baylor, as well as a former graduate assistant, Aaron understands the needs of new college students and how to direct them to the resources necessary for them to thrive.

Aaron has been a full-time Certified Flight Instructor since 2009 and has operated Dabney Aviation, LLC at Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas since 2013. He specializes in tailwheel transitions, Piper Cub transitions and primary training, and is a factory-endorsed transition instructor for the American Legend Cub line of aircraft. Aaron also enjoys serving as an adjunct lecturer in Aviation Sciences at Baylor University, where he earned his Master's Degree in Education in 2009. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Alisa since 2004, and they enjoy traveling and building businesses together.

Working as a CFI, Aaron is interested in overhauling the entire flight training experience. He specifically concentrates on improving airmanship industry-wide through bringing tailwheel training back to the mainstream, as well as aviation curriculum development and new flight instructor training. Aaron recently joined an exclusive group of aviation educators by earning his third NAFI Master Flight Instructor Accreditation.

  • Baylor University, Waco, TX - Master of Science in Higher Education Student Affairs (2009)
  • Baylor University, Waco, TX - Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (2003)
Professional Aviation Experience
  • Owner and Chief Flight Instructor, Dabney Aviation LLC d.b.a.Master the Tailwheel (2013-present)
  • Chief Flight Instructor, Waco Flying Service (2011-2013)
  • Flight Instructor, Waco Flight Training (2009-2011)
Academic Appointments
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Baylor University Institute for Air Science (2009)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Baylor University Institute for Air Science (2009-Present)
Baylor University Teaching Experience
  • AVS 1300 - Introduction to Aviation
  • AVS 4305 - Special Topics in Aviation
  • Thriving as an Independent Flight Instructor, National Association of Flight Instructors Mentor Magazine, December, 2010.
  • Back to the Future: Fixing Flight Instruction with a Legend Cub, American Legend Aircraft Magazine, April, 2013.
  • Teaching Conventional Gear, NAFI Mentor Magazine, March/April 2014.
University Committees and Service
  • Honors Residential College Fellows (2007-2008)
  • Engineering & Computer Science Living & Learning Center Steering Committee (2007-2008)
  • Air Force ROTC Living & Learning Center Steering Committee (2007-2008)
  • Engineering & Computer Science/Honors College Renaissance Scholar Program Committee (2006-2008)
  • Quality Enhancement Plan Selection Committee for Baylor University’s SACS Accreditation Renewal (2005-2006)
Professional Honors
  • Master Flight Instructor Accreditation, National Association of Flight Instructors (2013-2015)
  • Master Flight Instructor Accreditation, National Association of Flight Instructors (2015-2017)
  • Master Flight Instructor Accreditation, National Association of Flight Instructors (2018-2020)
Flight Experience
  • 3,900 Hours Total Flight Time
  • 3,400 Hours Flight Instruction Given
  • Aaron has experience in the following aircraft:
    • Piper J-3 Cub
    • Piper SJ-3 Sea Cub
    • Piper PA-18 Super Cub
    • Piper PA-24 Comanche
    • Piper PA-28-150 Cherokee
    • Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee
    • Piper PA-28-161 Warrior
    • Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
    • Piper PA-28R-180 Arrow
    • Cessna 140
    • Cessna 150/152
    • Cessna 170
    • Cessna 172 & 172 RG
    • Cessna 175
    • Cessna 177 RG
    • Cessna 182
    • Cessna 208 Caravan
    • Cessna 150/150 "Texas Taildragger" Conversion
    • Cessna 340
    • Symphony Aircraft SA-160/GlaStar
    • Mooney M20J
    • Mooney M20K "Rocket" Conversion
    • Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon
    • Bellanca 17-30A Super Viking
    • Grumman AA-5 Traveler
    • Grumman GA-7 Cougar
    • Diamond DA-20
    • American Legend AL-3 Cub
    • American Legend AL-18 Super Legend Cub
    • Cub Crafters CC-11-100 Carbon Cub
    • DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver