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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brad 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’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.
After 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 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.
Cole began flying in 2014 at Eastern Kentucky University. Cole was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He has a passion for teaching people how to fly and enjoys passing on his Aviation knowledge. Cole currently works as an intern for UPS Airlines. He has his CFI and Commercial Pilot’s License. As an instructor, Cole’s goals are to challenge every student and help them achieve success in their Aviation career.
Raymond found a love for aviation on a sunny May day in 2007 when he first piloted a Piper Cherokee as part of a school program. At that point, he was still going to be an astronaut, but after some research, he decided that being a pilot was a more realistic fit. Raymond graduated from Utah State University in May of 2018 with a Bachelors in Aviation Technology, as well as his Private, Commercial, Instrument, Multi, and Flight Instructor Certificates. He has great mountain flying experience and G1000 knowledge, plus flight experience in Diamond DA-40s, DA-42s, Piper Arrows, and Cessna 172s. During the day, Raymond works in the 757/767 Flight Training Center as a part of a local Airline program, which provides a step by step plan to fly with them in the coming years. Raymond’s biggest goal is to assist the next generation of Aviators to experience the exhilaration of flight.
Growing up in a family of Pilots, Carter had a deep interest in aviation from a young age. Carter began his flight training in 2016 at Louisville Aviation and instantly fell in love with flying. Throughout flight training Carter became passionate about sharing his love for aviation with others. Now, as a CFI, Carter seeks to instill the same passion he has for aviation into his students – teaching his students to be safe pilots, while enjoying all the thrills that aviation has to offer. When not instructing, Carter is a student at the University of Kentucky where he is seeking a degree in Business Management..
Tanner has had a long-standing ambition of becoming a professional pilot. His goals were rooted through his father’s career as an F-14 fighter pilot during the Persian Gulf War, in addition to his dad’s present position as an Airbus Captain for UPS. His father has shared with him how incredibly challenging and exhilarating commanding an aircraft can be. His uncle is also a Captain for United Airlines and has shared with him the same satisfactions of being a professional pilot. The combination of Tanner’s father and uncle teaching him what it takes to be a pilot as well as the enjoyment and rewards it brings has led to him wanting nothing more than to follow their footsteps as professional aviators. After high school Tanner began his journey of becoming an aviator. He was able to get his private pilot’s license while walking on and gaining a scholarship for the University of Kentucky football team. Tanner completed his private pilot’s license here at Louisville Aviation. His passion for flying grew, and after graduating college he devoted his full attention to striving for excellence in the air. He has completed his instrument rating, single engine commercial license and multi engine commercial license. In the past year Tanner has gained over 400 hours of flight. Now with his CFI he is looking forward to presenting future students to the thrills and excitements that aviation brings.