About Pressley Aviation:

Founded in 1995 by Leighton and Debbie Pressley;  Pressley Aviation is located at Stanly County Airport (KVUJ). Pressley Aviation is dedicated to providing unmatched Flight Training centered around customer service at reasonable prices.  Pressley aviation only employees Certified Flight Instructors with a commitment to customer service, safety and real world experience to maximize your flying budget.

Our Instructors:

Leighton Pressley

Chief Flight Instructor ATP, CFII, MEI, Tailwheel, AGI,AIGI With over 10,000 hrs of flight time and training and multiple certifications, Leighton is an accomplished pilot as well as instructor






Debbie Pressley

Office Manager







Alex McGee

Flight Instructor at Pressley Aviation







Wesley Walker

I have always had a love for flying. When I was in the North Carolina Air National Guard I started flying in 2011. I then earned my private, instrument, commercial and tail wheel licenses by 2013.  I earned my CFI in 2019 and love flying conventional and tail wheel aircraft. Come and see me!





John Cornell 

After graduating from law school in May of 2019 John decided to pursue his true passion in aviation and work towards a career with the airlines. He has done all of his training here with Pressley Aviation and is currently the holder of a Commercial Certificate with an Instrument Rating, an Advanced Ground Instructor Certificate, and Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument Certificate.


Gabe DeMuth

Gabe DeMuth retired from the U.S. Army after 30 yrs of service to our country.  Gabe decided to pursue a second career in aviation.  Gabe is excited to share his passion for aviation with new pilots as he builds and works on additional rating.  Gabe is rated in Commercial ASEL, MEL, IR and CFI



Our Office

We are located in beautiful Stanly County at the Stanly County Airport (KVUJ).  Drop by for a visit and see how we can help you fulfill your dream of flying.