Our Approach


Gray's Creek Airport was founded in 1984 by Dale Smith when he began dusting crops in and around the local area. The airport originally consisted of a dirt strip that was less than 2,000 feet long, but in 1987 power lines on the north side of the runway were moved further north and the runway length was extended to 3,500 feet.

Alongside his crop dusting operation, Dale bought a Cessna 150 and began a small flight instructing operation based at the airport.

Our Story

Gray's Creek Today

Today, the airport has several hangars on the field serving more than thirty tenants that live in the Fayetteville area. The runway remains 3,500 feet long and is 30 feet wide.

Dale's son Scot joined the family business after attending North Carolina State University. He now oversees all aircraft maintenance at Gray's Creek Airport and teaches classes to A&P mechanics and students.

Meet the Team

Our team truly is our family and we invite you to be a part of it.
Below are a few tid-bits about the folks that make our flight school what it is today.

Dale and Cindy Smith

Dale & Cindy Smith

Founder &
Operator of Grays Creek's On-Site CATS Testing Center

Dale Smith is the man that started it all in 1984. He now lives on the field with his wife Cindy and enjoys giving feedback on people's landings. Cindy runs the CATS Testing Center located in the main office at Grays Creek Airport.

Scot Smith

Scot Smith

Owner,  A&P IA

Scot is the owner of both the Flight School and the Maintenance Shop. He learned how to fly at Grays Creek Airport as a kid and now oversees all operations on the field. He's also a Commercial and Multi-Engine rated pilot.




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Cora Aytona

Certified Flight Instructor
CFI,  CFI-I, Multi-engine rated

Cora has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy but her passion is in aviation. She has been flying since 2004 and has a Commercial Multi-Engine with Instrument rating.

Contact Cora at (910) 316-9870



Dave Herwig

Dave Herwig

Certified Flight Instructor
Gold Seal CFI, CFI-I, MEI, Seaplane rated, AGI & ATP 

Dave jumped for 12 years with the U.S. Army Parachute Team, Golden Knight. He was recognized by AOPA in 2017 as one of the Regional Distinguished Flight Instructors.

Contact Dave at (910) 248-9820


Sullivan Jackson

A&P Mechanic

Sullivan was in the Army for 6 years doing Avionics on Apaches. He is currently working on his Private Pilot's Certificate. In his free time, he enjoys flying his drones and fishing.






Stephen Eller

Certified Flight Instructor
CFI, CFI-I, Multi-engine rated

Stephen began flying in 2014 and now enjoys passing his love of aviation on to others. If he is not flying planes, you can find him jumping out of them as is he also an avid skydiver.

Contact Stephen at (910) 574-0081



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Elayne Humphrey

Certified Flight Instructor
CFI, CFI-I, MEI, Seaplane rated, AGI

Elayne has her Master's in Marketing Research, had her own website design business and homeschooled her kids prior to coming to Cape Fear Aviation to fulfill her life-long dream of being a pilot.

Contact Elayne at (910) 224-8312



Stephen Biddinger

Stephen Biddinger

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Stephen began flying in 2013 and has a BS in Aeronautics. He served 10 years in the Air Force as a Military Working Dog trainer before separating to pursue his passion and career in Aviation.

Contact Stephen at (808) 426-8277



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Courtney Gibson

Certified Flight Instructor

Courtney recently joined our team, but she has been flying since 2019. When she's not flying, she loves hanging out with her German Sheppard, Maverick. She has a Bachelor's in Mathematics and is working towards a career with the airlines.

Contact Courtney at (508) 967-5113


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Jake Parsons

Certified Flight Instructor
CFI, CFI-I, Multi-engine rated

Jake is a passionate aviator who started flight training with Cape Fear Aviation at 14 years old. He has been an Instructor for over 2 years now and hopes to make a career working for the commercial airlines.
Contact Jake at (910) 551-2241

Interested In Flying With Us - Give Us A Call Today!

Speak with any of our Certificated Flight Instructors today and ask about an Introductory Flight!
Gray's Creek Airport:  7154 Butler Nursery Road, Fayetteville, NC 28306
Contact the Flight School Office  at (910) 223-0567 or call an Instructor directly

Cora (910) 316-9870         Stephen Biddinger (808) 426-8277         Stephen Eller (910) 574-0081        Courtney (508) 967-5113
Dave (910) 248-9820          Elayne (910) 224-8312         Jake (910) 551-2241