“Aviation is an exciting and ever-changing industry that allows dreams to take flight. I have had the privilege to be a part of many great teams in my career. For me personally, flying has taken me throughout the United States and internationally to Canada, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. With experience in Part 91, Part 121, and Part 135 operations I have enjoyed the opportunity to gain a unique set of skills as a professional pilot, flight instructor, and business leader.
While I enjoy the thrill of flight, I also appreciate the opportunity to provide value to customers through aircraft sales, acquisitions, and customer service. At HPA, we are passionate about helping our clients acquire and fly the best airplanes, while keeping their skills sharp and their families safe.”
As a graduate of LeTourneau University, Brandon Ray holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science, with a minor in Business Administration. He is a Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI, and AGI, as well as an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic. Brandon is certified as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) with PIC type ratings in the CE-525S, CE-650, EMB-145, A320, and B737.
LeTourneau University, Flight Instructor (Longview, Texas)
Following graduation, Brandon served as a flight instructor for LeTourneau University and taught in both traditional and Technically Advanced Aircraft. Students were trained for Private, Instrument, Multi, Commercial, and Flight Instructor Ratings, as well as Tailwheel and Complex endorsements. His experience at LeTourneau included aircraft such as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Beechcraft Duchess (BE76), Citabria (7GCAA/7ECA), Piper Lance (PA32R-300), and Diamond Twin Stars (DA42). While at LeTourneau, Brandon was selected to help implement the new FITS training course for the school’s Part 141 program. FITS, which stands for FAA Industry Training Standards, is the FAA’s new approach to flight training which focuses on scenario-based training in a real-world environment.
Cessna Aircraft Company, Instructor Pilot (Independence, Kansas & Bend, Oregon)
After instructing at LeTourneau, Brandon served as a Factory Instructor Pilot for Cessna Aircraft Company in Independence, Kansas. Brandon’s role as a Factory Instructor Pilot was to provide customers with both ground and flight instruction in their new aircraft. At the Independence, Kansas factory, Brandon trained pilots on the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Cessna 182 Skylane, and Cessna 206 Stationair, while teaching basic and advanced operation of the Garmin G1000.
After Cessna purchased Columbia Aircraft in Bend, Oregon, Brandon was given the opportunity to transfer to the Bend facility to instruct customers in the Cessna 350 “Corvalis” and Cessna 400 “Corvalis TT” (formerly Columbia 350 and 400). This provided the opportunity to train and travel with customers throughout the country on their new high-performance composite aircraft.
High Performance Aviation, LLC, President (Houston, Texas)
With the experience gained while working for the world’s largest general aviation manufacturer, Brandon set out to provide the same level of exceptional customer service and high-quality training experience to owners of glass cockpit aircraft. In early 2009, High Performance Aviation was founded in order to provide customized training for aircraft owners.
In addition to flight training, Brandon has worked with clients throughout the country providing aircraft sales, brokerage and acquisition consultation services. His expertise extends from piston aircraft to light turboprop and jet aircraft. During his time at HPA, he has provided professional services for individuals, businesses, government entities, and professional flight departments.
Part 91 Corporate Aviation & Part 135 Charter Operations (Houston, Texas)
During 2011 to 2013, Brandon gained experience in the corporate aviation sector, while working as Captain and Director of Training for two Part 135 Charter / Part 91 Management companies, which included flying on piston, turboprop, and jet aircraft. In addition to regular duties as an active crew-member, Brandon’s responsibilities also included training course development, managing crew-member training and currency, and consulting with customers regarding potential aircraft transactions.
Part 121 Airline Experience (Houston, Texas, Dallas, Texas)
Brandon has experience operating aircraft for three different Part 121 airlines including regional, major, and legacy carriers, involving international operations, crew resource management, and advanced avionics. His airline flying has spanned across multiple airplane manufacturers, including Embraer, Airbus, and Boeing, with passenger carrying capabilities from 50 people to over 200.
Credentials & Activities
Cirrus recognizes Brandon as a “CSIP” (Cirrus Standardized Instructor), qualified in both the Avidyne system as well as the Garmin Perspective avionics suite and approved to give training in the SR20, SR22, and Turbo aircraft. Brandon has also earned the qualification as CFAI+ (Cessna FITS Accepted Instructor), qualified to teach in the 172, 182, T182, 206, T206, 350, and 400.
As a professional pilot and flight instructor, Brandon focuses on a variety of continuing education activities throughout the year. Brandon is a 5-time Master Flight Instructor. He has participated in the Cirrus Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP) and has served as an instructor for the Cessna Advanced Aircraft Club Recurrent Training (CAART) program. Since 2008, Brandon has actively trained pilots in the WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program and has served as an FAA Safety Team Representative.
Brandon has been a guest speaker on the topic of Technically Advanced Aircraft for the Houston area FAA Safety Team in Sugarland and the Greater Houston Association of Flight Instructors at West Houston Airport. Brandon has PIC Type Ratings in the Boeing 737, Airbus A320, Embraer 145, Cessna Citation 650 (III, VI, VII), and a Single-Pilot PIC Type Rating in the Cessna CitationJet 525 (CJ, CJ1, CJ2, CJ3, CJ4). He has earned FlightSafety ProCards in both the Citation 650, Citation 525 and the Super King Air B200.
Sales & Acquisitions
With a broad aviation background combined with technical and training expertise, Brandon is able to assist customers with in-depth information related to aircraft ownership. For both first-time and repeat airplane buyers, Brandon is able to serve as a trusted advisor, guiding them through the research, negotiation, closing, and acceptance process.