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

Daniel Klein

Airplane Flight Instructor

Born in Dunedin, FL, Daniel attended University of South Florida achieving a B.A. in International Relations. He started flying at the age of 14 and his first interaction with planes was actually here at the Clearwater Airpark washing airplanes, using the money he earned to pay for flying lessons. He obtained his private pilot license at the age of 17.  He took a sabbatical from flying for a while but returned in the summer of 2016 and achieved his goals to obtain his Instrument, Commercial, CFI and CFII certifications. His favorite aircraft is the Cirrus. Just recently he flew his furthest flight yet to Texas volunteering his flight time flying relief supplies for Hurricane Harvey. He enjoys flying and instructing future pilots to reach their goals in the aviation world.

Daniel has the following ratings:

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

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

 Born in Dallas Texas, Lindsay is currently a Senior at the University of Florida studying Sociology. Her first Intro flight was during high school and at the age of 17 she started flying and obtained her private license by her senior year of high school. Lindsay kept flying through College in Gainesville and in 2010 moved down to Tampa to be closer to her family studying with another flight school until eventually she visited Tampa Bay Aviation where she finished her CFI rating and started instructing new students to obtain their pilot licenses. Lindsay’s most enjoyable moments are watching her student progress and obtain their milestones. She already has logged over 1000 hours which she is obtained to reach her ultimate goal of working with the airlines.

 

Lindsay has the following ratings:

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

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, Charter Pilot

Adam currently holds his CFI, CFII and MEI ratings for airplaines. He started his training in 2013 at Tampa North (x39) then took about a year off before finishing his PPL at Tampa Exec (KVDF) in 2015. After that he enrolled with ATP to finish up his ratings in 2016 and instructed there until his  jump over to TBA. Adams favorite aircraft is the cirrus

 

Adam has the following ratings:

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

 

 

 

Helicopter Instructors

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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