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

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. Thirteen 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 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.

Lee Higginbotham

lhigginbothamrLee has been teaching with us for several years. He is retired from Ford and is an avid motorcycle rider and owner of a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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.

Dalton Fulks

Dalton Fulks

Dalton has been interested in aviation his entire life. Originally from Eastern Kentucky, he learned to fly in High School and soloed on his 16th birthday. Dalton moved to Daytona Beach in 2013 and finished his commercial multi engine instrument and flight instructor ratings. He loves to instruct and considers teaching others to fly his biggest passion.  (Pictured with Martha Lunken)

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