About Our Team

Tampa Bay Aviation

Laura Taylor

Owner, Chief Airplane Pilot, Airplane Charter Pilot

Laura Taylor has been a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI) in airplanes since 2006. She comes from a family of pilots and grew up around aviation, which fueled her passion. Laura and her husband, Zack, opened up the flight school in March of 2012 and have truly enjoyed growing the company to where it stands today and introducing hundreds of new people to aviation. Laura has completed the Cirrus Factory training to become a Cirrus Instructor (CSIP) and enjoys transitioning people in our SR22 or SR20, or their own aircraft. In addition to flight instructing, Laura also enjoys flying as a contract pilot in a King Air 350, Challenger 604/605, and Citations. When not flying, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons and being on the water.

Laura has the following ratings:
• Commercial: Single/Multi Engine Land & Sea
• Airline Transport Pilot: Fixed Wing
• Certified Flight Instructor: Fixed Wing CFI, CFII, MEI

Zack Taylor

Owner, Chief Helicopter Pilot, Helicopter Charter Pilot

Zack currently oversees Tampa Bay Aviation’s part 61 and part 141 helicopter flight school as chief helicopter instructor and is also Tampa Bay Aviation’s helicopter charter chief pilot as well as director of operations. His previous experience includes flying Eurocopters for AirLife in Florida and Georgia as well as Bell Helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico to the oil platforms. Zack’s extensive experience and knowledge with helicopters drives Tampa Bay Aviation’s helicopter flight school to exceed expectations and continue to grow into a prestigious establishment also including helicopter tours and now helicopter charters.

Zack has the following ratings:
• Airline Transport Pilot: Helicopter
• Certified Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI, CFII
• Commercial: Single Engine Land

Airplane Instructors

Mike Coston

Airplane Flight Instructor, Airplane Tour Pilot

Mike was born in Nashua, NH and raised in a military family. After his father retired from the Navy in 2001 his family moved to Melbourne, FL where Mike started his first flight lessons. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012, became a loan officer and quickly realized that working in a cubicle was not for him. Started and completed his flight training at ATP flight school in 2015 before starting his professional pilot career at Tampa Bay Aviation.

Mike currently holds the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Single/Multi Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Fixed Wing CFI, CFII, MEI

Daniel Klein

Airplane Flight Instructor

BIO COMING SOON

Durrant Pettey

Airplane Flight Instructor, Airplane Tour Pilot

Durrant was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Utah with his family while he still young. Durrant’s love for flying began as a child when he flew with his father to various work conferences. While living in Utah, Durrant received his private pilot certificate from Leading Edge Aviation and graduated from the University of Utah. After graduation he spent the next several years as a buyer before moving to Florida to complete his ratings at ATP and Tampa Bay Aviation. Now he is a full time flight instructor with Tampa Bay Aviation.

Durrant has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Single/Multi Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Fixed Wing CFI, MEI

Lindsay steffes

Airplane Flight Instructor

BIO COMING SOON

Carlos yascaribay

Airplane Flight Instructor

 

Carlos was born and raised in Ecuador. At a young age he found his love for aviation and felt he was born to fly. He started as an official student pilot in 2016 with 0 hours and quickly finished with all his ratings in November of 2016. Carlos says all you have to do to be a pilot is believe in yourself and you’re half way there!

Carlos holds the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Single/Multi Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Fixed Wing CFI, CFII, MEI

Thomas Frick

Airplane Flight Instructor

Tom was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Florida’s west coast when he was 10 years old. His love of aviation began at a young age when he was given a tour of a 747 cockpit while on a flight to Europe.  After his career in publishing and raising a family, Tom pursued his hobby of flying and became a flight instructor. Today he enjoys helping students safely achieve their aviation goals.

    Tom holds the following ratings:
  • Commercial: Single/Multi Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Fixed Wing CFI, CFII, AGI

Adam Sismilich

Airplane Flight Instructor

BIO COMING SOON

Helicopter Instructors

Presley Rose 

Helicopter Flight Instructor, Helicopter Tour Pilot

Growing up with both her father and grandfather as private pilots, flying runs in the Rose family. Presley grew up in Fayetteville, West Virginia and moved to Titusville, Florida after high school to pursue her love for aviation. She attended Bristow Academy where she obtained her helicopter instrument, commercial and certified flight instructor ratings, becoming a Whirly Girl in 2014. Now Presley’s goal is to help others achieve their dreams of flying, as she is grateful to have been able to achieve her dream and wishes to share the experience with others. “To most the sky is the limit. To a pilot, it is home.”

Presley has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Helicopter

Ronnie Morales

Helicopter Flight Instructor, Helicopter Tour Pilot

Originally from South Coastal Georgia, Ronnie put aside his career in construction to pursue his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. Moving to Central Florida to attend Bristow Academy in 2012, he earned his Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor and Certified flight Instructor Instrument Ratings. After working as a flight instructor at Bristow for 2 years, Ronnie was excited to join Tampa Bay Aviation in March of 2016. Ronnie’s passion is to fly and he is proudly living the dream.

Ronnie has the following ratings:

  • Commercial Pilot - Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI, CFII

ASHTON YOUNG

Helicopter Flight Instructor, Helicopter Tour Pilot

Ashton was born and raised in Fayetteville, West Virginia and grew up flying with her father in his Piper Cub. After high school Ashton moved to Florida to begin her flight training. She started her training at Bristow Academy in 2014 where she obtained her Instrument and Commercial ratings. After that, she moved to Clearwater, FL and began working towards her Certified Flight Instructor rating at Tampa Bay Aviation. Along with being a flight instructor, Ashton introduces potential new students to the thrill of flight with Introductory Flight Experiences and entertains tourists with tours out of our Albert Whitted location in St. Petersburg.

Ashton has the following ratings:

  • Commercdial Pilot - Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI

Dennis Berghuijs

Helicopter Flight Instructor, Helicopter Tour Pilot

    • BIO COMING SOON

BRAVO

Lead Rodent Hunter, Certified In Curiosity, Full Time Security Guard

Spends her days at our PIE location greeting customers. Looking to start flight training soon.

TANGO

 

Assistant Rodent Hunter, Certified In Napping, Part Time Security Guard

 

 

Spends her days over at our PIE location, greeting customers and taking naps on every possible surface.

 

 

 

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