Lacey Smith


Lacey grew up in rural southern Iowa where she became a horse trainer as a young adult. For work, she travelled to Pittsburgh, PA for several years, then to North Carolina and eventually to Florida. Traveling to her far-flung clients led to the idea of learning to fly! She was soon hired at the local FBO, and was to promoted to customer service manager and later to supervisor.


Lacey's personal flight instructor insisted she get involved in the aviation community so she attended an EAA meeting where she met Faith. Their acquaintance quickly developed into a strong bond of friendship and support, which they felt greatly aided their progress as pilots. Seeing the need for others to have this kind of support inspired them to open the flight school. Lacey continues to work on additional ratings and enjoys hosting events for the local aviation community.

Christophe Reglat


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Jim Bragdon

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James (Jim) Bragdon is a Florida native living on a small, short private airport. He's owner of several old cars and aircraft, and started flying career with a f/w private rating in 1969.


He retired from a law enforcement aviation position and also worked as an aviation fire fighter as lead instructor with the state of Florida and as contractor for the US Forest service. He was a Master Army Aviator from the US Army as a CW-4 (Chief Warrant Officer) and a military flight instructor in helicopters. 

James has a fixed wing ME ATP and an ATP in Rotary Wing with a type rating; He's a CFI and CFII in r/w and f/w aircraft, gliders, and single engine sea. He also has his A&P with Inspection Authorization and Technician class FCC license.

Christophe Reglat

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Christophe Reglat

Andy Anderman


Andy Anderman has been a private pilot since the early 1960s, going on to add his instrument and commercial helicopter ratings in Army flight school in the mid-60s. He earned his multi-engine and ATP ratings in the mid-70s, and has been actively involved in aviation education ever since. He currently holds an aviation mechanic rating and gyrocopter, and instrument flight instructor certificates for gliders, rotorcraft and airplanes (single engine land and sea). 


In 2018, his lifelong pursuit was recognized by the FAA. He received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, given to honor aviators for 50 years of safe flight operations. Little-known facts about Andy: he holds a Flight Engineer rating on the 727 and he is a senior parachute rigger.

Steven Rogers


Bio coming soon!

Jordan Melson

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Jordan Melson first took interest in aviation when he was only six years old. Ever since, he's been actively pursuing this dream of flying.

"I took my first flight at 16 and never looked back. I did all of my training out of Arlington, Texas and have been fortunate enough to instruct here at FL Aviation Center. I look forward to meeting and flying with you." 

JD Poole

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JD Poole

Michael Elbrecht

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Michael Elbrecht first “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” on a discovery flight in 2017. He then decided to turn his lifelong passion for aviation into his career.


Michael completed his flight training and earned his CFI and CFII down in Sarasota where he also worked in EMS for several years. He plans to eventually fly for the airlines while staying active in general aviation.


As a Florida State University alum, Michael is happy to be back in Tallahassee where enjoys sharing his love for flying with other aspiring aviators.

Seth Davis


"In 2018, I took my first discovery flight and from that point forward I was hooked."


Seth Davis then worked on his associates degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for the next few years. After graduating MGCCC in 2020, he started flight training at ATP Flight School in Houston, Texas.


Over the next year, Seth went on to earn his private, instrument rating, commercial single-engine, multi-engine, CFI, CFII, and MEI certificates.

Gregory Fogleman

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Gregory Fogleman

Kyle Prater

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Kyle Prater

Lee Shoemaker


Lee is an honorably discharged veteran and served in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic on C-130 aircraft. He is a former law enforcement officer and began his career as a pilot in 2017.

He attended an accelerated flight program in Atlanta, where he earned his CFI, CFII, and MEI in only 13 months. Lee aspires to be an airline pilot, and is on track to achieve his dreams while sharing his wealth of knowledge with his instrument students.