Premier's Flight Instructors
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Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, ME, 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.
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. In 2020 James was awarded the FAA’s coveted "Gold Seal Instructor" status.
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.
Commercial Pilot, 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, CFI, AGI, IGI, ME
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. Ryan enjoys flying photographers on commercial photo missions and introducing people to flying for the first time on discovery flights.
Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, ME
Scott started his flight training at Premier Flight Center in 2014 eventually completing his first solo in 2015 at Brainard Airport. Shortly after his first solo, he departed for college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he majored in Aeronautical Science and minored in weather.
At Embry-Riddle, he completed his Private pilot's certificate, Instrument rating, Commercial Certificate, Multi-engine rating, AGI, CFI, and CFII. Scott worked at Embry-Riddle's aviation tutoring lab for 2 years teaching aeronautical students that wanted extra help.
After graduating, Scott returned back home to Connecticut to be a Flight Instructor at the place that started it all, Premier Flight Center. Scott has a strong passion for aviation and loves to teach future pilots.
Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, ME
Matt took his first flight lesson at just 9 years old at Robertson Airport in Plainville CT. Flying became serious for him when he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida in the Fall of 2016. He graduated Embry Riddle with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Aviation Business. He received his CFI, CFII and Commercial Multi Engine License while attending Embry Riddle.
While at Embry Riddle he worked in the Flight Operations Building as a Flight Dispatcher. He also worked as a Student Mentor for the Flight Line Assimilation Program at Embry Riddle. In the fall of 2018, he began an internship for Southwest Airlines at their Headquarters at Dallas Love Field in Dallas Texas, working in their Pilot Training Department.
While at Southwest he was able gain experience in the rigorous training process that major airlines expect their pilots to complete. He has moved back to Connecticut to flight instruct and hopefully inspire future pilots.
Commercial pilot, CFI, CFII, ME
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.