Premier's Flight Instructors
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Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI
Mike 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. He went on to earn 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". Mike has logged thousands of "Instructor" hours, has served as a Check Pilot/Instructor for the Civil Air Patrol and has been an aircraft owner.
Mike holds a Masters Degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University where he is also employed as an Engineer for the Information Technology Services Department. Mike has published several articles for AOPA Flight Training and NAFI Mentor Magazines. His General Aviation/Ham Radio website can be found at http://www.qsl.net/wu1m.
CFI, CFII, AGI, MEI, ATP
Tim’s flying career began in 2003 at Daniel Webster College, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Tim was the first in his graduating class to earn his flight instructor certificate, which he accomplished in the fall of his senior year. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Flight Operations, and began teaching at Daniel Webster the following semester. While instructing, Tim continued his personal flight training earning his instrument flight instructor certificate in 2008 and his multi-engine flight instructor certificate in 2009.
Tim’s career has exposed him to several types of aircraft from gliders to wide body jets. He has corporate and commercial flight experience. Tim now has over 4,700 hours of flight time and 2,000 hours as a flight instructor. He holds several type ratings in various sized aircraft from a Hawker to a Boeing 747!
Commercial pilot, AGI, IGI
Alec is the most recent of our Premier Flight Center success stories. Alec began flying late in his senior year in high school, and within 4 months, he was a private pilot. Alec didn’t stop there. He went on to earn his instrument rating and commercial pilot certificates. While working to become a flight instructor, Alec quickly demonstrated his skills as a teacher, so we immediately put him to work. He now enjoys hosting prospective students on introductory flights and flying aerial photographers around the area.
When Alec is not at the airport, he is probably pursuing his other passion: Music. Alec is an accomplished guitar player who is working on a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies.
Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, ME, AGI, IGI
James’ dream of becoming a pilot was formed as he watched airplanes fly over his childhood home. However, like many pilots, the road after college took him first to the working world. Most recently, James was a software development specialist for an insurance company. Nevertheless, he was always dedicated to being involved in aviation, and along the way, James served in the Civil Air Patrol. In addition to flying missions patrolling Long Island Sound, he volunteered to provide orientation flights to cadets members.
James has logged more than 800 hours as a pilot, and 350 as a flight instructor. James has a bachelor’s degree in business, and he earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP
Howard began flying in the Aeronca Champ, a mid 1940’s Piper Cub look-a-like with no electrical system, no instruments and no starter. In fact, the fuel gauge was a wire stuck in a cork that protruded out of the cowl. Then Howard’s flying came to a near stop until graduate school, where he joined the University of Michigan Flyers, which at the time was a very large organization consisting of a number of aircraft including straight tail Beech Bonanzas, Grumman Cheetahs, Cardinals, aerobatic aircraft and a light twin.
After graduate school, Howard acquired additional licenses and ratings and began teaching. Through a series of “fortunate circumstances”, he has had the opportunity to become part of corporate flight departments and Part 135 air charter operations, which provided him over 16 years of valuable flying experience and the chance to learn from some of the best pilots in the region.
Howard is type rated in the Citation Excel XLS+, and has flight experience in the Hawker 700, Lear 31A, King Air 200s as well as other corporate aircraft. He earned his bachelor degree in Physics from Oakland University, and his Masters of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Anthony J. Giovanetti
Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI
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.
Terry Keller, Jr. - Chief Flight Instructor
CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, ATP
While in high school, Terry worked for a business much like Premier Flight Center. He used most of his money for his flying lessons and earned his private pilot license when he was 17 years old. He is one of those pilots who literally “flew an airplane before ever driving a car!” Terry’s other passion has always been teaching. He tutored classmates in high school and has since taught math, science, GED and reading skills to people of all ages.
Terry earned his initial flight instructor certificate in May 2007, and he has been a full-time pilot and instructor since then. In that time, he has logged more than 8,000 hours as a pilot and more than 7,000 as a flight instructor. He has taught students pursuing every level of training in a variety of single and multi engine airplanes.
Terry is a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. He has written monthly flight training columns for Aviation Digest, taught FAA sponsored safety seminars, and is the author of many of the training articles in our Digital Media Center.
CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, ASES, ATP
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.
Commercial pilot, CFI, AGI
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.
Commercial pilot, AGI, IGI
Ryan graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in history, and like so many people, found that his heart really was drawn to a career in aviation. He went to work at Bradley International Airport where he became an integral part of managing operations for many of the private business jets based there. All the while, Ryan worked diligently to earn his pilot certificates.
When Ryan came to Premier, he demonstrated his passion for learning and sharing the joy of flying. We are honored to have him on staff as a commercial pilot who enjoys flying photographers on commercial photo missions and introducing people to flying for the first time on discovery flights.