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World Class Instructors & Staff

Unlike other flight schools, Tampa Bay Aviation offers twice the amount of aircraft and instructors which allows for better flexibility in your schedule to train and build up the flight hours that you need to attain your license. You’ll find that our highly professional culture is very friendly, approachable, and sociable, giving you the ability to feel at ease as you complete your training.

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Our Story

Tampa Bay Aviation began in 2012 with one helicopter and the dream to expand general aviation and the passion for flight to the Tampa Bay area. Since that time, we have grown to four locations providing charter, flight instruction, tours, and aircraft maintenance. It is our desire to maintain the “local” company presence, with the “global” reach that today’s aviation customers demand.

Our flight school fleet includes some of the most cutting-edge aircraft with advanced cockpits on par with commercial airliners. Our pilots and instructors are some of the most respected in the area, with the knowledge and experience for every level.

Tampa Bay Aviation has an aircraft for almost every mission and budget. From a helicopter that can drop you on the golf course to the largest King Air turboprop to reach halfway across the United States. Our CitationJet can whisk you away to hundreds of locations in the southeast and is one fuel stop away from the western US.

Whether you want to accomplish your lifetime dream to become a pilot, tour our beaches from the air, or charter a private aircraft to your own paradise, Tampa Bay Aviation can serve your needs.

Our Four Locations

Tampa Bay Aviation offers Private to ATP training in Fixed Wing and Rotorcraft Aircraft

Clearwater Airport

1000 North Hercules Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: 727-461-5229


540 1st Street Southeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 461-5229


14609 Airport Parkway #210
Clearwater, Fl 33762


6530 Tampa Executive Airport Rd #242
Tampa, FL 33610

Meet the Crew


Chief Fixed-Wing Pilot

Bio coming soon


Assistant Chief Fixed-Wing Pilot

Isaiah was born and raised in Michigan. He attended North Western Michigan college where he earned his pilot ratings up to commercial license. During his commercial check ride process he had come down to Florida to fly (better weather) and finished his commercial, CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings. Isaiah was hired directly from our CFI class when a spot opened up. His goal is to earn his hours and work for a regional airline or a cargo company.

Isaiah has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane CFI, CFII, MEI


Assistant Chief Helicopter Pilot

Josh was born in Vermont and then went on to attend Southern Utah University. Josh trained in Cedar City, UT where he worked through all of his helicopter ratings. He would like to work as an EMS pilot and then work his way up to fire/utility flying!

Josh Montour has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Helicopter
  • Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI, CFII


Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Helicopter Flight Instructor

Carlo is from Santa Rosa, California and began instructing in airplanes in 1991. After 12 years of fixed wing instruction, he decided it was time for a change and began a new challenge instructing in helicopters. He considers himself fortunate to have joined the exceptional team at Tampa Bay Aviation in 2018. Carlo would eventually like to pursue a career in fire fighting, EMS, or Search and Rescue

Carlo Biagini has the following ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot: Helicopter, Airplane Multi Engine Land
  • Commercial: Helicopter, Airplane Single Engine Land
  • Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI, CFII; Airplane CFI, CFII, MEI
  • Ground Instructor: Advanced, Instrument


Helicopter Flight Instructor
Corey was born in Florida, but was raised in Vermont. He spent six years in the Air Force as enlisted aircrew before moving to the world of civilian aviation. Corey has worked in many different roles in aviation such as crew scheduler and aircraft dispatcher before discovering that being a helicopter pilot was the path for him. Corey completed his helicopter flight training just outside of Boise, Idaho, but has lived many years in the Tampa Bay area and is excited to be back. His long term goals are to one day work as a pilot for EMS or Police operations.
Corey holds following ratings:
  • Commercial: Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI, Helicopter CFII
  • Private: Airplane SEL:


Helicopter Flight Instructor

Kevin was born in Fayetteville, NC and raised in Germany. He has been working as a paramedic in the German EMS since 2013. Working with EMS helicopters, he knew this would be a career he had to pursue. Kevin has been visiting family in Florida for the past 11 years regularly and considers Tampa his second home. He is excited to share the joy of flying helicopters. His long-term goal is to fly the EMS helicopter he worked with.

Kevin holds the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Helicopter


Angelo was born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Worked on the water as a Master Merchant Mariner (aka boat captain) since 2011, then began pursuing his childhood dream after taking an intro flight with TBA in 2020 and is currently working on becoming a flight instructor as he loves to teach and inspire others. He would like to eventually work for EMS and law enforcement.

Angelo holds the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Helicopter


Airplane Flight Instructor

Lizandra was born in Brazil and was introduced to the aviation world after taking a Flight Attendant Course back in her home country. She got really passionate about airplanes and decided to pursue a career as a pilot when she moved to the US. Lizandra has a passion for flying and is looking forward to helping student pilots achieve their goals and mold the future of aviation.

Lizandra has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: CFI, CFII


Airplane Flight Instructor


Airplane Flight Instructor


Airplane Flight Instructor

David comes from an extensive background in luxury hospitality. After completing his degree in North Idaho, he has since worked for companies such as; The Walt Disney Company, Four Seasons and Private Estate Management. He recently switched to a career in aviation in hopes of working for a Part 135 charter company. David is always willing to share his passion for aviation and to help others pursue a career in flying. Just like he changed his career, he believes it is never too late to follow a dream.

David has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane CFI, CFII


Airplane Flight Instructor

Will was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After graduating with an associate degree from Tyler Junior College, he went on a discovery flight and realized his goal was to become an airline pilot. After training in the DFW area and Oklahoma, he decided he would love to live closer to the beach and found a home at Tampa Bay Aviation. When he’s not flying, Will enjoys fishing and playing basketball and golf. He’s ready to begin helping others work toward their dream of becoming a pilot.

Will has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land
  • Instructor: CFI, CFII


Airplane Flight Instructor

Shelby was born and raised in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and as a young girl from a family with an aviation background, discovered an interest in getting her pilot’s license. It wasn’t until later in life after graduating from Winona State University with degrees in Spanish and Recreation & Tourism, that she took a discovery flight and left her full-time desk job behind. After diving into aviation and completing her training at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN, Shelby is excited to take her passion to the sunny skies of Florida and help students achieve their flying goals.

Shelby has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane CFI, CFII


Airplane Flight Instructor

Nick, originally from Iowa, first became interested in aviation while in high school and earned his Private Pilot License in 2007. Nick graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 and is a U.S. Air Force veteran who spent several years working in construction management and building material manufacturing and sales but decided to move to Florida in 2021 and pursue a long-time dream in commercial aviation. After successfully completing his Instrument, Commercial, and Flight Instructor ratings at Tampa Bay Aviation, he became a Certified Flight Instructor in 2022. Nick has a passion for instructing and is looking forward to helping his students achieve their aviation goals!

Nick has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)


Aerobatic Airplane Flight Instructor

Tony Johnstone, MD, has been flying since high school in 1967.  He has been instructing aerobatics and tailwheel since 2003 and has given over 2000 hours of dual in his Super Decathlon.  Tony also holds a CFII, MEI, ATP with 2 type ratings in jets, Commercial Seaplane and Glider ratings, and has been in the past designated Master CFI-Aerobatic.  He is a FAASTEAM rep with the Tampa FSDO and a retired general surgeon who practiced in Canada and then Kansas for a total of 30 years.  Tony worked as a demo/transportation pilot for Cessna in Wichita following his retirement from surgery.

Tony has the following ratings:

  • ATP: Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Type Rating:  C525, C560XLS
  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land, Single Engine Seaplane, Glider
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane CFI, CFII, MEI
  • Ground Instructor: Advanced