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Pete Demers,

Chief Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI

Pete completed his Private Pilot’s license while going to College and shortly after graduating, decided it was time pursue a career in aviation. He attended Comair/Delta Connection Academy where he obtained his instrument ratings all the way up to his Multi-Engine Instructor rating. He also had the opportunity to work as a line flight instructor, Group Leader, Check Instructor while at the Academy. These experiences in a fast-paced Part 141 environment have helped develop his teaching style and the skill sets to be Chief Flight Instructor.
Continuing his passion for Aviation education and safety, Pete is also a volunteer FAASTeam Lead Representative with the South Florida FAA Safety Team and a member of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (S.A.F.E.). Pete has been selected as the 2012 Flight Instructor of the Year for South Florida and more recently as the 2013 Flight Instructor of the Year for the Southern Region.

 

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Eric Arens,

Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI

My Father was a pilot. As young boy in Miami, he took me with him everywhere. Fishing, sailing, and most memorably, flying. Some of my fondest childhood memories were the days when we’d be out at the crack of dawn for breakfast at Smitty’s and then off to the airport to go “soar with the eagles.” He had a little Ercoupe then. He’d carefully explain everything he was doing while preflighting the plane so that when I became a pilot (it was always assumed that I would learn to fly) I’d know how to do it right. Then we’d take off and spend hours exploring the skies, spotting alligators along the canals edging the Everglades or looking for dolphins over Biscayne Bay.

He explained that if you have the discipline to earn your pilot’s license and have accumulated a few hundred hours “under your belt,” then you’re a person who can be counted on do what you say. You can fake your way through a lot of things in life but not flying.

Always wanting to be the type of person who could be trusted and counted on, there was never any question in my mind that I would learn to fly. Today, with a couple of thousand hours and a bundle of flight qualification, I think my father would approve.

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Edward Scott,

Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI

Inspired by NASA and the Space Shuttle programs of the 80s, Edward Carter knew he wanted to be involved in aviation from a young age. As a teenager, he worked multiple jobs to pay for classes and flight lessons one hour at a time. Now a Senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Edward has been flying for 22 years and has been a Certified Flight Instructor for 14 years. An anomaly in a niche industry, Edward enjoys teaching almost as much as flying. Edward brings thorough instruction to the classroom as well as the airplane, and he holds his students to a high standard. Edward also has experience with Tailwheel Aircraft, Aerobatic Upset Training, Commercial Seaplane, as well as CFII and MEI. His major is in Professional Aeronautics with a double Minor in both Aviation Management and Aviation Safety. In his spare time, he enjoys studying world religions, including Judaic myths and legends as well as politics and finance. He also enjoys family time with Anthony, Austin, and Alyssa every chance he gets!

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Chris Daniell,

Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI

Chris is a second generation pilot from the great state of Louisiana.  Growing up with a father who was both a career pilot as well as an A&P/IA mechanic, Chris has seen aviation from multiple sides.  After high school Chris ventured off to North Carolina to chase his dream of working in the racing industry.  After almost six years of living in North Carolina Chris decided it was time to go back to his roots and pursue a career in aviation.  After completing his instructor ratings in February of 2013 Chris started instructing eventually making his way to southern Florida.  Chris has a respect for all types of aviation and enjoys learning as a result of teaching.

 

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Ramon Del Valle Collazo,

Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI

I was always thought since I was a little kid that the sky is the limit when it comes to your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind to, all you need is to trust in yourself.  As a little kid, I would look at that sky with endless possibilities and all I could see myself doing was being in that exact place.  Being a pilot is something I have wanted to do since I can remember and there is no better feeling of being able to wake up every morning to do what you love.

 

Anita

Anita Mixon,

Customer Service

Anita is a College Professor and former bank executive who earned her Pilot’s license in the early 90s. She is the proud owner of “Katybird”, a 1982 Cutlass RG and is currently working on her IFR and Ground Instructor ratings. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Goldcoast 99s, an International organization supporting and promoting Women in Aviation.  Anita provides customer service and administrative support.