Our instructors are some of the best in class! We have instructors that can help with students of all types work to earn their certifications as well as a number of ratings and endorsements, including instrument, high performance, complex, tail-wheel, and multi-engine.

Mike Pratt

Mike PrattMike Pratt moved to Louisville in 1998 as a new-hire pilot with a Louisville based international airline. While flying as a DC-8 flight engineer, Mike attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska and obtained his Master’s Degree. As a graduation requirement, Mike had to write a business plan for a start-up company of his choice. Since Mike had rented general aviation aircraft all through high school and all through college at Michigan State University, he knew the flight school and aircraft rental industry firsthand. Using the knowledge of his flight training and his graduate classes, Mike wrote a business plan for a flight training and aircraft rental operation. The professor thought the business model was strong and recommended that Mike follow up on this plan and start this flight school upon receiving his Master’s Degree. Nineteen years later the flight school is flourishing and owns several dealer licenses and aicraft. Mike is now an MD-11 captain with over 12,000 flight hours and still flies small airplanes in his free time when not flying around the globe. Mike is a firm believer that the student pilot and his/her instructor should have a lifelong bond and friendship as aviators. Should you have any questions, concerns, or comments on flight training or Louisville Aviation, please don’t hesitate to email Mike at mpratt@louisvilleaviation.com.

Brad Biggers

Brad BiggersBrad Biggers is a Louisville native who began his flying career at Bowman Field in 1995 and has been hooked on flying ever since. After flight instructing full time at Louisville Aviation for a couple years, he flew Beech 1900’s and Dash 8’s for a regional airline out of Cleveland, OH and Newark, NJ. Brad is currently an Airbus A300 first officer with a major airline based out of Louisville, Kentucky and is a designated pilot examiner (DPE) for the FAA.

Melissa Meagher

mmeagherMelissa’s love of aviation began as a MDW based flight attendant with Southwest. After earning her Commercial, CFII, and MEI ratings in Jacksonville she began flight instructing as well as working as a line service technician at Signature Flight Support. When she’s not flying, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband and five children.

Nick Grueninger

Nick GrueningerNick began his flight training here at Louisville Aviation at the age of 16.  Now at the age of 21, Nick will be graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville.  Once out of school, he plans to continue his professional career in aviation.  When he isn’t in the air, you will still find him hanging around the airport sharing his passion for aviation with others.  Nick’s major goals are to train students to be safe, smart, and professional pilots.

Garrett Kittinger

Garrett KittingerTaking his first flight lesson in February 2015, Garrett Kittinger quickly developed a passion to make aviation his career.  He obtained his Commercial and CFI ratings through training at Bowman Field, and looks forward to passing his knowledge and love for aviation onto the next generation of aviators.

Johnmark James

Johnmark JamesJohnmark has had an interest in aviation from a young age, and over the course of his adolescence has turned his passion into a career. After earning his certificates and ratings in South Florida, he began instructing, and since has gained over 600 hours of time teaching the next generation of aviators. He currently holds a single and multi engine land commercial certificate, remote pilot, advanced ground instructor, and flight instructor certificate. Beyond aviation, Johnmark’s interests are rooted in information technology, the sciences, music, and business.

Chris O’Connell

Chris O'ConnellChris has been flying since 2013, and has flown everywhere from the secure airspace of Washington DC to the icy tundra of North Dakota. A graduate of a four year aviation university, Chris holds a Commercial Pilot’s License and is a CFI for single engine, multi engine, and instrument airplane. He works in town for a major airline and stays busy outside of the office with students.

Justin Graham

Justin GrahamOriginally from western Kentucky, Justin began flight training in 2013 at a 4 year university in the bluegrass state. That program led to many opportunities around the country including his current position as an intern in the flight training department of a Louisville based airline. When he is not working with the airline, he enjoys sharing his passion for flight with his students.

Jennefer Roesler

Jennefer RoeslerAfter a glider flight at the age of 5, Jennefer knew she wanted to become a pilot. She went on to pursue her dream at Embry-Riddle, graduating with a 4-year degree. While Jennefer was preparing for the airlines, the tragedy of 9/11 struck, this led her to continue to instructing. Jennefer is a CFI, CFII, and MEI. Jennefer enjoys instructing during the day, and spending time with her kids and husband in the evening and on weekends.

Mercedes Hartman

Mercedes HartmanMercedes is a graduate of Georgetown College where she majored in Biology and Spanish. In 2015 she began her flight training with Louisville Aviation. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for aviation with her students. Mercedes’ goal is to train the next generation of students to be safe and well-rounded pilots.

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