Derek Whipkey

Derek Whipkey


My Responsibilities
As a flight instructor, my primary responsibility is to make your development as a pilot engaging, fun, and above all else…safe! I aim to serve as a guide, helping you grow and reach your goals as a pilot while establishing good habits that will benefit you for the rest of your career.

My Bio
A proud Ohioan, I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011. I’ve served all around the world as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer in the US Army during the last 12 years. I started my aviation journey 8 years ago in Colorado where I fell in love with mountain flying. I currently reside in Clarksville, TN with my wife and two sons while I’m stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.

My Hobbies
Skydiving and playing video games with my two sons.

My Favorite Thing About Wings
I’ve seen many flight schools around the country, but very few have the dedication to give their students the kind of world-class experience that the outstanding team at Wings provides.

My Motto
“Nothing that comes easy is worth a dime.” – Woody Hayes

My Message to You
You’ll know if aviation is for you the first time that you feel your wheels leave the runway. Being a pilot is one of the most rewarding endeavors of my life, and it would be my honor to help bring you into our incredible community… so let’s go flying!