Legend

CFI
Certified Flight Instructor

CFII
Instrument Instructor

MEI
Multi-engine Instructor

ME
Multi-engine Rating

ATP
Airline Transport Pilot

AGI
Advanced Ground
Instructor

IGI
Instrument Ground
Instructor

ASES
Airplane Single-Engine
Sea

SUAS
Small Unmanned Aircraft
System








 

Premier's Flight Instructors

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  1. Michael Berlin, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, SUAS

  2. Anthony Giovanetti, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI

  3. John Lampson, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, ASES, ATP

  4. Ian Macala, Commercial pilot, CFI, AGI

  5. Wade Fuller, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII

  6. Erik St. Pierre, Commercial pilot, CFI, ME

  7. Chris Meyer, Commercial pilot, CFI, AGI, SUAS, Tailwheel

  8. Julien Work, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, SUAS



Michael Berlin
Chief Pilot, Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, SUAS

Mike@PremierFlightCT.com

Mike Berlin

Mike is our Chief Pilot/Flight Instructor. He started flying in 1978 eventually earning his Private, Instrument, Commercial, Single and Multi-engine pilot certificates and ratings. He became an instructor in 1995 and an FAA Safety Counselor in 1997. In 1999 Mike was awarded the FAA’s coveted "Gold Seal Instructor" status. Shortly after, he earned the National Association of Flight Instructors "Master CFI" designation.

In 2006 Mike was selected as the FAA’s Windsor Locks District and Eastern Regional "CFI of the Year". With thousands of "Instructor" hours logged, he has also served as a Check Pilot/Instructor for the Civil Air Patrol and has been an aircraft owner.

Mike holds a Master of Science in Education degree from Eastern Connecticut State University where he was also employed as an Engineer for the Information Technology Services Department until his retirement. He has published several articles for AOPA Flight Training and NAFI Mentor Magazines. His General Aviation/Ham Radio website can be found at Mike's Website.

Anthony J. Giovanetti
Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI

Tony@PremierFlightCT.com

Tony Giovanetti

Tony is a versatile pilot who instructs students of various ages and diverse backgrounds. He holds a Ph.D. From Massachusetts Institute of Technology and works full-time as a program management and engineering consultant for world wide aviation and other defense manufactures.  He is a true asset to Premier Flight Center.

Tony has authored twenty-five technical publications and symposium presentations and holds two patents. Dr. Giovanetti has over twenty-eight years as a research, project and development engineer, program manager and college adjunct lecturer. He is tailwheel rated and has an airplane restoration project he will be happy to discuss with other pilots who appreciate vintage aircraft.

John Lampson
Commercial Pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, ASES, ATP

John@PremierFlightCT.com

John Lampson

In 1994, well into the pursuit of a career as a guitar player/songwriter John discovered another passion on par with music, aviation! He earned his commercial, multiengine, and instrument certificates and ratings, in addition to advanced ground instructor rating and flight instructor certificate. John is also rated in single engine sea planes!

John earned flight experience working as a jump pilot for Connecticut Parachutists and Boston-Providence Skydiving, and he flew aerial photography missions throughout the northeast. In 2001 John was recognized by the FAA as a “Gold Seal” Flight Instructor.

John established himself as a factory-authorized instructor and demo-pilot for Flight Design USA during the emergence of light sport aircraft and the sport pilot certificate. He continues to fly for the leader in the LSA industry.

John has accumulated more than 9,000 flight hours, nearly 8,000 logged as a flight instructor. At Premier Flight Center, he has found a place to share his passion for flight, while he continues to perform with the rock cover-band, LA's Backstage Pass.

Ian Macala
Commercial pilot, CFI, AGI

Ian@PremierFlightCT.com

Ian Macala

At an early age, Ian was fascinated with airplanes – in fact, one of his earliest memories is being detained by the Air Force’s Military Police when he was 2 years old after he was found wandering alone down the flight line at the base where his father worked as a maintenance technician.

Ian embodies the passion for perfection that is characteristic of Premier’s instructors. Ian is an entrepreneur who has owned and managed a small manufacturing company since 1986. He earned his private pilot certificate in 1995 and has continued to pursue new ratings since then. His enjoyment for providing technical training to his employees and his experiences coaching led to his desire to become a flight instructor. Ian has logged more than 1100 hours in Cessnas and Piper Cherokees and in his all-time favorite airplane, the Piper Cub.

Wade Fuller
Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, ME

Wade@PremierFlightCT.com

Wade Fuller

Wade started his aviation career at Hartford-Brainard Airport at the age of 13. After the completion of his first solo, he left Connecticut to attend school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Wade later transferred from Embry-Riddle to Jacksonville State University Online where he is currently working on his degree in Emergency Management.

He decided to continue his aviation career at Phoenix East Aviation in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he would obtain his instrument, commercial, and CFI certificates. While at Phoenix East Aviation as well as Epic Flight Academy, he tutored private as well as commercial and instrument pilot applicants for over a year. Once he obtained his instructor certificates, he returned to Connecticut and found Premier Flight Center on the same airport where his journey began.

Wade is very enthusiastic about aviation and tries to bring the absolute best out of his students.

Erik St. Pierre
Commercial pilot, CFI, ME

Erik@PremierFlightCT.com

Erik St. Pierre

Through out his life, Erik has always enjoyed helping others. This led him to try and find something where he could help others. While attending college to become a nurse, Erik found another passion, aviation. He fell in love with flying, after a flight from Hartford to Fitchburg, Massachusetts with his brother in law.

He then decided to peruse a career in aviation. Erik began his training at ATP Flight School, out of Hartford-Brainard Airport. After acquiring his commercial rating in a single and multi engine aircraft, he decided to transfer to Interstate Aviation, out of Simsbury, Connecticut, to get his CFI certificate. Once his training was complete, he decided to get a full time job as a Certified Flight Instructor.

As a CFI, Erik is able to combine his two favorite things, flying, and helping others

Chris Meyer
Commercial pilot, CFI, AGI, SUAS, Tailwheel

Chris@PremierFlightCT.com

Chris Meyer

Chris earned his private pilot’s certificate at Hartford Brainard Airport in 2008 shortly before moving to Washington, DC.

While working as an engineer in the nation’s capital, he continued his aviation journey, learning aerobatics, which has become his flying passion. He bought a Pitts Special, an aerobatic biplane, and competes in aerobatic contests up and down the east coast.

While in DC, Chris earned his instrument rating and commercial certificate before moving back to Connecticut. Here he earned his CFI with our very own, Mike Berlin. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working on his Airframe & Powerplant license at CT Aero Tech.

Chances are, if you see a little red biplane departing Brainard, it’s Chris on his way to fly some loops and rolls in his Pitts.

Julien Work
Commerical Pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, SUAS

Julien@PremierFlightCT.com

Julien Work

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