James “Skip” Warren is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor with over 10 years of experience as a pilot, aircraft owner, and flight instructor.

Professional Experience

Skip has an extensive professional background in a variety of fields, including law enforcement, litigation, and aviation. He has been a pilot since 2004, having learned to fly in a Citabria taildragger. He would later become a partner in his first aircraft, a Cessna 172 and then a Piper Comanche. Skip then went on to upgrade and purchased a new 2006 Columbia 400, which he has flown over 500 hours.

Factory-Trained CFAI+

Skip has over 4000 hours of flight time and 2500 hours of flight instruction given. He has served as chief pilot for a major Part 141 flight school. Not only does Skip train students, but he is also an “instructor of instructors” and has taught biannual flight instructor recertification courses. In addition to providing quality flight instruction, Skip also serves as HPA’s expert instrument instructor.

Skip has attended factory training as a Cessna FITS Accepted Instructor in Independence, Kansas, allowing him to teach Cessna’s G1000 FITS Transition Training in the Cessna 172, 182, 206, 350, 400 as well as the Columbia 350 and 400.  He has also participated as a Columbia 400 instructor in the CAART program (Cessna Advanced Aircraft Recurrent Training) in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Factory-Trained CSIP

Skip has been factory certified by Cirrus Aircraft as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) qualified in both Avidyne and Garmin Perspective avionics, allowing him to teach all of the Cirrus factory training courses to clients throughout the country.

Experienced Aircraft Owner

In his spare time, Skip enjoys flying his airplane to weekend retreats in Oklahoma and trying out new golfing destinations. As an aircraft owner, Skip is more than just a flight instructor. He can help you with tips and tricks to make your aircraft last longer and teach you to use it to its fullest potential.

Contact us today to start your training with Skip.


  • T. Stanfield Santa Ana, CA

    Cessna 400 Transition Training

    Dec. 8, 2016

    The Cessna 400 training with Skip was excellent. He was both serious and fun which made the intensive training go by quickly. As I have flown on my own I feel confident and prepared and he has been available when questions come up.

    Aircraft: 2009 Cessna 400

  • Greg H. Cessna TTx Transition Training, Fort Myers, FL

    Cessna TTx Transition Training and BFR

    Dec. 6, 2016

    Compared to other training, High Performance Aviation is a notch above and highly recommended. Skip was fantastic!! He exceeded my expectations. Skip was very professional, knowledgeable and extremely patient. It was a great experience and I feel very confident now flying my new Cessna TTx.

    Aircraft: 2014 Cessna TTx Garmin 2000

  • Mike Defee Beaumont, TX (KBPT)

    Cessna TTx Transition Training

    January 15, 2016

    Before you ever think about flying the Cessna TTX, you need to take the training that HPA offers on this amazing plane. I would never want to set foot in this plane without the training that I got from Skip Warren! The training I received is beyond what I have received from anyone else! Simply Outstanding!

    Aircraft: 2015 Cessna T240 TTX

  • Morris M. Houston, Texas

    Cirrus Transition and Instrument Training

    December 3, 2015

    High Performance Aviation really came through for me. By utilizing different instructors for different aspects of the training, HPA successfully prepared me for my instrument rating. I would highly recommend them.

    Aircraft: 2010 Cirrus SR22 G3 GTS / Garmin Perspective

  • M. Skaggs Knoxville, Tennessee

    Cessna TTx Initial Transition Training

    November 18, 2015

    Skip was excellent. The training was excellent. His effort was incredible. His only goal was to help me be a better and safer pilot by teaching me the correct use of the equipment and repetitions. Thanks.

    Aircraft: 2013 Cessna TTx T240 / Garmin G2000

  • Rob M. Houston, Texas (KTME)

    Flight Review (BFR)

    “I found the HPA team to be efficient with my time and they provided solid training. Skip is a great instructor and brings a wealth of knowledge missing with most instructors these days. The team fit me in on a tight timeline and delivered. Doesn’t get better than that!”

    Aircraft: 1978 Cessna 177B Cardinal

  • Robert N. Spring, Texas (KDWH)

    Cessna 182T Skylane Initial Transition Training

    “When I needed to get G1000 transition training, I had planned to receive the training from the factory. I was not able to get scheduled within a reasonable amount of time, so someone told [me about] High Performance Aviation. I spoke with Brandon, and he promptly got me scheduled for a time and place that was convenient for me. [Skip] did a very good job of helping me to practically understand what I needed to know, and at the end of the training period I was very comfortable operating the G1000 in the normal situations. I will use HPA for my future training needs.”

    Aircraft: 2012 Cessna 182T / Garmin G1000

  • Seth Riklin Sugar Land, Texas (KSGR)

    Columbia 400 Recurrent Training

    “As a Columbia 400 owner, being able to rely on training with Brandon and Skip assures me that I am being trained by two of the most knowledgeable people about my plane.”

    Aircraft: Columbia 400 / Garmin G1000 / GFC 700 Autopilot

  • David Warden Houston, Texas

    Columbia 400 Aircraft Acceptance and Delivery

    “Skip and Brandon run a very focused, time-efficient, and professional operation. It was a pleasure, and they each “go the extra mile” in making the experience worth the time and money.”

    Aircraft: 2006 Columbia 400 / Garmin G1000

  • Ross Wycoff Houston, TX (KEFD)

    Cessna 400 Corvalis TT - Flight Review

    “I flew with Skip for my bi-annual flight review. After being out of the left seat for a couple of months, Skip’s teaching techniques were just what I needed to rebuild my confidence. He has the ability to convey the vast amount of knowledge he has flying the Columbia/Cessna 400 without overwhelming the student. Based on my time with Skip, I would recommend him to anyone looking to gain experience and practical knowledge in the 400 or G1000 cockpit.”

    Aircraft: 2008 Cessna 400 Corvalis TT / Garmin G1000

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