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Our Team

Evan Taylor

Evan Taylor

Chief Pilot | CFI, CFII, MEI

Acting as our chief pilots for Taylor-Made Flight Training, Evan always knew from a young age that he wanted to be involved in aviation when he grew up. He attended Spartan College of Aeronautics from 2005–2007 and obtained his Commercial, CFI, CFII, MEI. Since 2017, Evan has trained over 100 pilots, in both single-engine and multi-engine aircraft, from private pilot students to training commercial, multi-engine rated pilots to fly sophisticated aerial survey aircraft all around the country for Sandhills Aviation. Evan has acted as an imaging pilot for Sandhills Aviation in the past and currently flies Part 135 charter operations for a variety of charter operators.  He is intricately aware of the mindset of a constantly traveling commercial pilot and what it takes them to be successful and efficient in their future career goals; to say the least, Evan has the experience needed to help guide you on your future career path in aviation.

Steven Sherwood

Steven Sherwood

President

Steven a small business owner and the owner of Taylor-Made Flight Training. He has sixteen years of experience in the aviation and geospatial industry, with thirteen of those years working with EagleView Technologies, as a pilot, fleet manager, operations manager, and now owner of a business contracted to work with them. He possesses a current commercial pilot certificate, having over 2,000 hours of aerial surveying flight time in the make and models of the aircraft his flight school provide. Steven has a Bachelor of Science with a double-major in Aircraft Systems Management & Geography from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, holds a Master of Arts degree in Geography with a GIS certificate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and has 2 years of Ph.D. research experience in the remote sensing field from Kansas State University. Steven is an expert in how the aviation industry pairs up with the field of geospatial technologies, and he is involved directly in the day-to-day management of Sandhills training division, which incorporates Taylor-Made Flight Training.

Robert Ibarra

Robert Ibarra

Fleet Maintenance Manager

Robert Ibarra hold his A&P license as well as his IA certification. Robert started working as an A&P mechanic 11 years ago in California at Robinson Helicopter Company. He held the position as assembly line mechanic before transferring to work for Surf Air, an FAA Part 135 charter company. Robert was quickly promoted to their lead mechanic position followed by their maintenance control manager position, where he spent the next 5 years coordinating maintenance and being responsible for their QAQC procedures. Despite Robert being heavily involved in Part 135 and corporate jet maintenance, he moved out to Nebraska in 2017 and started working for Sierra Bravo Aviation, which is an FAA Part 91 maintenance facility. Robert has spent the last 3 years working on aerial survey aircraft modification and has performed dozens of such modifications to-date. Robert is now the Director of Maintenance for the Sandhills Aviation aerial survey fleet and takes lead on our Part 141 flight school aircraft, as both companies work closely together. Robert has proven to be an invaluable part of our organization and works closely with the local maintenance repair station, Sierra Bravo Aviation, to ensure all flight school aircraft are airworthy and compliant to serve our customers needs.