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 aircraft. 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 email@example.com.
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 of 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.
Jenish moved to Nashville, TN in 2001 from his home country of India. Jenish grew up in the hospitality industry, and he went into the family business upon his high school graduation. He always had a passion for flying, so when the opportunity arose in 2018 to do a discovery flight, Jenish took the chance and his life has changed since. Jenish is a commercially rated instrument pilot and certified flight instructor for both single and multi-engine. His goal is to enjoy flying and instructing students to help them become a better pilot.
Evan is a Louisville native, who from an early age was introduced to flying by his father, a UPS 757 Captain. He received his Private Pilot license from Louisville Aviation while attending the University of Kentucky. After graduating with a Computer Science degree, he pursued his aviation passion and received many certifications and continues to further his aviation knowledge. As a CFI, Evan is determined to share his knowledge and love of aviation to his students.
Born and raised in Louisville, Amos is a graduate of Trinity High School & the University of Louisville. His journey in aviation started with an introductory flight at Louisville Aviation. Since then, he has decided to pursue aviation as a career. Amos is the first in his family to become a pilot. Now currently a CFI/CFI-I/MEI, Amos wants to help develop a new generation of pilots to become safe & efficient operators. While also making sure they have a good time doing so!
Brian is a local DuPont Manual grad who grew up spending weekends at Bowman field and making the annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh with his family. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, he began a career in IT that landed him downtown under the flight path of UPS jets – and found his eyes looking outside and his dreams shifting skyward. Brian took his first flight lesson at Louisville Aviation in 2017, and since then has pursued his passion earning his certificates and ratings; as a CFI, he enjoys sharing the joy of aviation, mentoring his students, and helping their dreams take flight.
A Louisville native and Trinity graduate, Nathan is the first in his family to become a pilot. He started his journey with a discovery flight in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. In 2017 Nathan moved to Richmond, Kentucky to pursue a 4 year college degree in Professional Flight at Eastern Kentucky University. In 2020 Nathan was able to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University and devote all of his time as a CFI teaching new aspiring pilots and sharing his passion for aviation.
Mary grew up in Kansas loving aviation. After teaching overseas for a few years she returned to the US and began her aviation career in December 2019 at Louisville Aviation. After her first discovery flight, she fell in love with aviation and dropped everything to pursue flying. She now enjoys being able to share her experiences with a growing family of pilots and friends. Mary hopes to share her love of flying with others and hopes to open their eyes to a new beautiful world in the skies. Her passion is to produce safe pilots and to open the door to the many experiences aviation has to offer.
Ainsley was born and raised in New Orleans. She completed all of her flight training at Louisiana Tech University and received a bachelor’s in Professional Aviation with minors in Aviation management and business administration. As a CFI, Ainsley hopes to share her passion for aviation with her students. Aviation has been in Ainsley’s blood since her first flight at 9 weeks old, since then she has traveled to over 35 countries. In her free time, she will be exploring Louisville and traveling to new places.
Alex grew up in Louisville and was the first in his family to become a pilot. In 2017 he earned his private pilot license at Louisville Aviation and enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University to complete a degree in Aviation Professional Flight. Since graduating in 2020, Alex has become a gold seal flight instructor and currently flies for a charter company in Lexington, KY. As a CFI, Alex hopes to encourage students to become safe, professional pilots.
Paige earned her private pilot license in 2017 and just recently became a CFI in 2021. She grew up with family members in aviation and looks forward to following in their footsteps. Paige is excited to start this new chapter as a CFI and meet more people with the same love in aviation.
Isaac Fife, Certified Flight Instructor- Instrument and Multi-engine Instructor, was first inspired to fly by his grandfather who flew with the Flying Tigers. He is a graduate of Transylvania University and earned his Private Pilot’s license in his hometown of Henderson, KY. He later earned his CFI, CFII, and MEI in Clearwater, Florida. Isaac now wants to share and expand his passion for aviation by teaching and instructing new pilots.
Philip Hockaday is a Louisville native who has aspired to be an aviator from the times he would travel to air shows with his father as a young child. After graduating from South Oldham High School, he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace with a concentration in Professional Pilot as well as his flight training from Middle Tennessee State University. As a Certified Flight Instructor, he enjoys sharing his love and passion for aviation with others and helping to make their dreams and goals a reality.
Max was born and raised in central Illinois and took his first flight in a Cessna 172 at the age of 7. He later graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and certifications in cardiac, pediatric, and advanced trauma life support, which gave him the opportunity to work as a flight nurse on a Learjet 45. After his flight nursing experiences, he decided that his true passion was aviation. He enrolled in an airline career pilot program in 2020 and has been flying full-time ever since. As a CFI/CFII Max is passionate about building up a new generation of safe and skillful pilots!
Originally from Shelby County, Kentucky, Cody became interested in aviation while in middle school. He attended Eastern Kentucky University and earned a bachelors degree in Aviation and started his flying career. Cody completed his private, instrument, commercial, and CFI with Louisville Aviation. He is married and a father of two young boys (3.5 years and 3.5 months), and his oldest is already in love with airplanes.
Morgan grew up as a military brat living in a variety of locations. She graduated high school and college in Louisiana and earned her degree in Professional Aviation from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. Morgan’s love for aviation and traveling began at a young age, her dad is a retired Marine Corps helicopter pilot and is currently a B777 pilot for FedEx and her mother has been a flight attendant for Delta Airlines for over 30 years. Morgan is excited to instill her passion for aviation in her students and looks forward to exploring her new home in Louisville.