About red rock

Learn about Red Rock Flight School and meet the owners Jim & Jordie Samuelson.

teaching aspiring pilots for more than 30 years.

In 2019, Jim and Jordie Samuelson opened Red Rock Flight School to share their passion for the sky.

Jim Samuelson was born in Los Angeles, California and always loved planes. This led to him beginning to fly in 1987 and teaching new pilots by 1990. He was Chief Instructor at Trans States Airlines, a Captain at America West, and is currently a Check Airman and 777 Captain for American Airlines. He landed in Arizona after becoming a First Officer for America West.

Jordie Samuelson was born in Colorado, but having spent the majority of her life in the Arizonan heat, considers herself an Arizona native. She worked at America West Airlines as a flight attendant which would lead to her interest in flying as she is now pursuing a private pilot license at Red Rock. She is also a mother and grandmother.

The couple met while both working at America West and it was love at first flight. After teaching new students right in their own kitchen, the couple knew they had to expand their space. Red Rock is now a mom-and-pop style flight school that’s committed to offering airline quality training at affordable prices in a safe, student-friendly atmosphere.

Jim and Jordie look forward to taking you on the next flight toward your dreams.

Meet the Team


Jim Samuelson
Chief Pilot
School: Spartan
From: Los Angeles, CA

Carl Storckman
Chief Instructor
School: ATP
From: Woodbury, NY

Matthew Hulme
Assistant Chief Instructor
School: Red Rock
From: Mesa, AZ

Kyle Bertis
Lead Instructor
School: Red Rock
From: Northern California

Grace Heinrich
Lead Instructor
School: FL Aviation Academy
From: Buffalo, NY

Max Norris
Lead Instructor
School: Red Rock
From: Tillamook, OR

Tyler Braaksma
Lead Instructor
School: ATP
From: Gilbert, AZ

Lilly Meaux
School: Red Rock
From: Milwaukee, WI

Andrew Marciniak
School: University Of Iowa
From: Gilbert, AZ

Cameron Kahanu
School: Red Rock
From: Mililani, HI

Kyle Johnson
School: Red Rock
From: Bloomington, IL

Tyler Coats
School: Red Rock
From: Mesa, AZ

Misty Roberts
School: ATP
From: Riverside, CA

Albert Anderson
School: Red Rock
From: Beijing, China

Ryan Coats
School: Red Rock
From: Mesa, AZ

Third Party by Satterfield Aviation Services LLC

Russ Satterfield
Owner – A&P – IA
From: Mesa, AZ

Office Staff

Jordie Samuelson
From: Mesa, AZ

Hailey Patterson
Office Manager
From: Gilbert, AZ

Bridget Bauhard
Assistant Office Manager
From: Mesa, AZ

Brooke Samuelson
Advertising Director
From: Mesa, AZ

Cloe McDowell
Student Coordinator
From: Santan Valley, AZ

Suria Dalbik
From: Chandler, AZ

Statton Wilson
Line Technician
From: Round Valley, AZ

Hanna Samuelson
From: Mesa, AZ

Daniel Parker
Website Manager
From: Mesa, AZ

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Years Instructing Pilots

Flight Time Hours

Graduated students

our aircraft

The Red Rock fleet receive 50 hour inspections and are maintained by an independant maintenance facility. Our aircraft are IFR maintained, have modern GPS navigation equipment, and ADSB transponders that have been installed to meet FAA requirements.

Our Complex, High Performance, & Multi-Engine Aircraft

PIPER LANCE - Red Rock 24 - N924SM

Piper Malibu - Red Rock 66 - N66SF

Piper Aztec - Red Rock 46 - N70846

Our Standard PA-28-180 Piper Cherokee Trainers

Red Rock 71 - N7108W

Red Rock 93 - N9366J

RED ROCK 83 - N7383W

Red Rock 53 - N7053W

Red Rock 30 - N8330W

Red Rock 60 - N7860W

Red Rock 73 - N6373J


Red Rock 12 - N1260T

Our PA-28-181 Piper Archer III Trainers

Red Rock 50 - N506RB


Red Rock Welcomes two Archers 3's

We are adding 2 new Pipers to the fleet! These new Archers one from 1997, and the other from 2003! They also both have updated avionics!

Red Rock 51 - N53651

Our C172M Cessna 172 Trainer

Red Rock 45 - N9945Q

Flight Simulator

Our flight simulator re-creates aircraft flight so you can learn and practice in a safe environment. It includes replicating the equations that govern how aircraft fly, how they react to applications of flight controls, the effects of other aircraft systems, and how the aircraft reacts to external factors such as air density, turbulence, wind shear, cloud, precipitation, etc.