OWNER / CHIEF FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR / CFI / CFII / CSIP
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.
ATP – SEL / MEL / CFI / CFII / MEI
Helicopter: ATP / CFI
I have been flying professionally for 40 years with a total of 17,000 flight hours. I have flown in 34 different countries – over 75 aircraft types from ultra lights to Transport Category including 17 turbine airplanes, and four helicopter types. My instruction experience includes basic private, instrument and multi-engine. 2000 hours of multi-engine turbine instruction with a commuter airline and 1000 hours as a contractor for the USAF. Jobs have included, Flight Instructor, Corporate Jet Pilot, Airline Captain, FAA Designated Examiner, Cargo Pilot, Contract Pilot with Department of Defense, and Contract Air Attack Pilot with Department of Agriculture.
Type Ratings: EMB-110 / BA-3100 / CE-525 (s) / PZL-M28 / DHC-8 / BE-300
CFI / CFII / MEI / MEII / ATP
I’ve been a pilot for almost 40 years and over 30 years a Flight Instructor. My experience includes work for the airlines, charter, contract pilot. I love to fly. That’s why I became an instructor. I get immense satisfaction from passing on – something I love – to others. I enjoy every milestone in a students training. I teach single engine, multi engine and instrument. I am qualified to instruct in over 20 airplanes everything from Piper Cub to King Air.
CFI / CFII / CSIP
I was born and bred on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean where I fell under the spell of aviation at a very early age, having my dad and uncle in the aviators’ community. Since my First Solo in 1991, I have had the privilege to experience many sides of aviation. From flying professionally in Madagascar, East Africa, South America and the US to flying gliders in the French Alps or single-engine prop planes from Naples to Canada and back, to flying business jets across the country and flight instructing in Southwest Florida, aviation never ceases to be such a rewarding and fulfilling passion.
In the past 3 years I have really enjoyed instructing out of Naples Municipal Airport and specializing in Cirrus instruction.
I look forward to meeting you at Sun Coast Aviation.
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.