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I grew up in a small town in Northern Minnesota and always dreamed of learning to fly and to live in a location a bit warmer. So I moved my family to Naples, FL and began to accomplish my lifetime dream of becoming a pilot. I love to fly whether that is with a student on their first flight lesson or heading out to the Bahamas to deliver a customer’s airplane. I believe that Naples is the most beautiful place to learn to fly. You too can accomplish your learning to fly dream, like I did.



Area Aircraft Broker / A&P / CPL/IR / CFI

In the beginning…

There was passion, manifested as doodles of airplanes in the margins of school textbooks and paper planes all over my bedroom. Additionally, I devoted a good deal of my childhood on our farm, in the remote town of Kortezubi in the Basque Country, pretending my grandfather’s old tractor was a starship. The desire to fly and to do it with imagination was merely ingrained in me. Unfortunately, my hope of becoming a pilot was shattered by many naysayers, and I began believing that I was never going to achieve my dream. Until one day, I realized that airplanes take off against the wind, as Henry Ford once said: “When everything seems to be going against you… remember that airplanes take off against the wind, not with it”. My mindset wholly changed and fueled by the desire of proving them wrong; I moved to Naples Fl to seek better opportunities and pursue my passion. Now, I am a flight instructor at Sun Coast Aviation, and I am determined to help my students earn their wings and reach the sky. 


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