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.


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.

Seth Riklin
Columbia 400 Recurrent Training

High Performance Aviation is a notch above and highly recommended. Skip was fantastic!! He exceeded my expectations. It was a great experience and I feel very confident now flying my new Cessna TTx.

Greg H.
Cessna TTx Transition Training and 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!

Rob M.
Flight Review (BFR)

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.

M. Skaggs
Cessna TTx Initial Transition Training

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.

Robert N.
Cessna 182T Skylane Initial Transition Training