Our Team

Doug Carmody


Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics

Former Airline Captain (US Airways)

Boeing 737 Instructor, Citation Instructor

30 years of instructional experience in turbine aircraft

FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Proficiency Examiner in the CE500/525/510/560XL

Over 30,000 hours total flight time

Author of 15 aviation related books, numerous magazine articles, and computer-based training modules

Licensed A & P Mechanic

Licensed in Single and Multi-engine airplanes as an ATP, CFI, CFII-MEI

Type ratings include Airbus A319/320/321, Beechcraft BE-300, Boeing 767/757/737, DC-9, Fokker F100/F28, EMB-110, CE500, CE510, CE560XL and the CE525

FAAST Team Safety Counselor for the SC/NC area

FAA "Gold Seal" award winner, named Master CFI by the National Association of Flight Instructors

Recreational license in Gyrocopters

Subject matter expert on national media including: ABC's 20/20, Fox's Laura Ingram Show, "Mornings on the Mall" show hosted by Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor in Washington, DC, and for the Boston Globe

Bonny Carmody


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration- Emphasis in Aviation Management with over 30 years in the aviation flight training business


Bonny oversees the day to day operation of the company and serves as the financial officer

Caroline Carmody James

Director of Operations and Scheduling

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

Master of Science in Communication Disorders


Caroline has grown up around aviation and officially joined the team in December 2018 after spending two years in the speech pathology field. Caroline specializes in scheduling and enjoys the constant challenges of coordinating pilots, instructors, simulators and airplanes! In her free time, she enjoys boating, reading, writing and traveling.


She currently resides in Beaufort, SC with her husband, Robert and two French bulldogs, Huey and Hank. 


Call Caroline for your scheduling needs! 843-521-9412

Beth Lopez

Office Manager

32 years of Aviation Customer Service

Retired Piedmont/ Us Airways Flight Attendant

2 years as the Operation Manager for Stratus Flight in Spartanburg SC

5 years with the City of Spartanburg as the Airport Customer Service Manager


She has recently relocated to the Lowcountry where she lives with her husband Perry. She has 2 children, a son that attends The College of Charleston and a daughter that attends Wofford College.

Our highly experienced instructors have combined flight time of over 100,000 hours flying both in the military and commercially.  They bring a diverse background as global airline pilots, corporate pilots, manufacturer demo pilots, and fighter pilots. They are experts in the King Air, Conquest, Cheyenne, Meridian, PC-12, TBM, Baron, Navajo, 340/414/421 and more.​

We have expanded! We have 7 contract instructors and 2 full time instructors. We now have 3 offices located in Beaufort, SC, Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA. Our simulators are located at our headquarters in Beaufort, SC.

Interested in joining our team of professional instructors? Send us your resume at dscarmody@safepilot.com 

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Douglas Carmody

46D Sams Point Rd. Beaufort, SC 29907


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