We are a team of Industry professionals that come from all reaches and corners of the aviation world

Taylor Matz

Taylor Matz

CEO/Lead Instructor

Position: CEO, Flight Instructor
Education: Bachelor‘s in Agricultural Systems Management --- Associate’s in Agriculture Business
Taylor founded 360 Aviation at the start of 2020 with a vision of providing a high quality, safe, and fun training environment. After graduation college he flew Cessna Caravans for a small airline, then continuing onto the regional airlines where he currently is a First Officer for SkyWest.

Darren Schone

Darren Schone

Lead Instructor/ Standards

Position: Flight Instructor, Flight Standards, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner
Education: Master‘s in Business Administration --- Bachelor’s in Aviation --- Associate’s in Air Traffic Control
Flying since 1998, Darren currently holds ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal Instructor, Seaplane, Tailwheel ratings as well as a Part 107 certificate. While also flying for a major hospital as a fixed wing medevac pilot, he has racked up over 10,000 hrs. of flight time. Darren has helped, and continues to help mold 360 Aviation into what it is today.

John Strike

John Strike

CFI, CFII, MEI

Position: Director of Flight Operations, Flight Instructor
Education: Bachelor‘s in Aeronautics emphasis in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. --- Associate’s in Aviation Maintenance Technology
With a strong passion in aviation, Kyle moved up the ranks within 360 Aviation very quickly. After obtaining his commercial ratings from the University of North Dakota (UND), Kyle joined 360 and completed his CFI/ CFII/ MEI ratings. Outside of 360 Avia- He is a C-130 Crew Chief for the 133rd Airlift Wing based out of MSP.

Dan Matz

Dan Matz

Chief Financial Officer/ Administration

Position: Chief Financial Officer & Administration
About: Dan has been with 360 Aviation since day 1. He helped build the foundation for the company with his knowledge in business management and finances. He helps with our day to day operations with our financing and logistics.

Abbie Matz

Abbie Matz

Administration & Human Resources

Position: Administration & Human Resources
About: From the very beginning, Abbie helped form the vision of 360 Aviation for a higher quality training environment. At 360 Aviation her primary focus is to assist on the everyday finances, as well as dealing directly with customer needs.