Directory of Instructors

Rainbow Aviation  Directory of Instructors   

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     Instructors:   Carol and Brian Carpenter

    The Carpenters, owners of Rainbow Aviation, are uniquely qualified to teach the Repairman Course. The couple has co-authored two books: Sport Pilot Airplane: A Complete Guide and A Professional Approach to Ultralights.  Brian is an A&P aircraft mechanic with an Inspection Authorization rating (IA), a DAR for light sport and amateur built, a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, an ultralight instructor and examiner, an EAA Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor. He has constructed several ultralight and experimental aircraft and is the designer and builder of the "Ranger" airplane, featured in several aviation publications. Carol is a Sport Pilot instructor, an  FAA Ground Instructor with an Advance Rating, a Repairman with a Maintenance Rating,  an ultralight instructor, an FAA private pilot, an FAA Fasst Team Representative, and she holds a California teaching credential. Together they have been presenting the Repairman Inspection 16 hour courses for airplane, weight shift, and powered parachute since last summer. 


  •    Instructor, Clyde Poser

    A retired airline pilot 38 years,  Clyde’s interest in general and sport aviation began in 1965 with his first flying lesson.  He has owned different general aviation aircraft over the years.  In 1997 interest turned to Powered Parachutes.  During an airline training mission in Dallas, TX he saw an ad in the news paper and went for his first powered parachute “instructional flight”.  Upon landing he bought one on the spot.  When he began flying PPCs there was no one in the Pacific Northwest to provide engine service.  Clyde went to several Rotax training workshops and started Rainier Ultra Light Engines, Inc in 2000.  He qualified as a Light Sport Repairman/maintenance in Airplane, Weight Shift Control and Powered Parachutes in 2006.   Clyde has won two world Powered Parachute championships and two national Top Gun titles.  He has been a UFI since 1997 and became a CFI in 2006.  He recently added  powered parachute to his private pilot privileges. Clyde holds an Airline transport pilot with DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, L-1011, B-757, B-767 ratings Commercial pilot with ASEL, AMEL and instrument ratings, Private pilot with glider and powered parachute privileges, Sport pilot with Weight Shift Control endorsement, CFI powered parachute, LSRM, AP, WS and PP, DAR with function 47 and 48.

  • Instructor, Jim Scott

    Jim Scott:  Jim  started his career at age 14 working at a small airport in Michigan. He has over 1,000 hours of flight time in certified aircraft, and over 5,000 hours in ultralight aircraft. Jim has been involved with Rotax aircraft engines since the early 1980's and is fully certified and equipped to overhaul all 2-cycle models of Rotax engines and perform heavy maintenance on 912/914 Rotax engines.Jim, a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic since 1977,  has a fully-equipped, full-time shop on Airlington Airport and specializes in Powered Parachute maintenance. As co-founder and builder of the Arlington Ultralight Airpark, Jim trained and soloed over 400 ultralight students and has built 70 ultralight and light sport aircraft from kits and plans. He is very active in the ultralight and light sport community as a pilot, aircraft owner and mentor to new pilots.

  • Instructor, Terri Sipantzi

    Precision Windsports' primary instructor, Terri Sipantzi, was among the first in the country certified as a Sport Pilot Flight Instructor (SP-CFI)  He is also a Sport Pilot Examiner (gives the final flight test and issues the Sport Pilot Certificate).Terri is now an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Instructor Examiner (as of July 07 and July 08 respectively)Terri is a Repairman with a Maintenance rating for Airplane, weight shift, and powered parachute, a private pilot and the owner of Precision Windsports.


Instructor, Roy Beisswenger

A long-time pilot with particular interest and knowledge in powered parachutes, Beisswenger is best known as host of UltraFlight Radio, a weekly two-hour program featuring interviews with representatives from the spectrum of powered sport aviation: Fixed Wing, Trike, Powered Parachute, Powered Paraglider, and Gyroplane topics as it addresses aviation safety, flying events, and government issues.
Over the years, Roy Beisswenger has been a columnist for both EAA Experimenter and UltraFlight magazines. His stories have also appeared in Ultralight Flying! as well as the Australian magazine Pacific Flyer. In January 2005, Beisswenger was selected to be in the first Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) class in January of 2005 and became one of the first two powered parachute CFIs and DPEs in the country where he became a certificated sport pilot; a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI); a Designated Pilot Examiner; and a Designated Flight Instructor Examiner and a DAR. He is  also a Light Sport Repairman with Maintenance Rating (PPC, AP, WSC)