Faith Drewry is the co-founder of Fl Aviation Center, a flight training school at the Tallahassee International Airport. Flying had always been a passion for Faith, who earned her private pilot’s license at the age of 19, and she always enjoyed the instant camaraderie shared by all pilots wherever they gathered. When she moved to Tallahassee in 2008, Faith discovered that she was the only female pilot around, and was dismayed to find that there was no gathering place for pilots to build that sense of community that she had found so welcoming in other cities where she had lived. When she met then student-pilot Lacey Smith, the two became fast friends, and it was not long before they decided to build that community from scratch. Fl Aviation Center was founded in 2012, and since then these women have made it their mission to provide a home for anyone who dreams of flight.
Lacey grew up in rural southern Iowa where her hard-working parents instilled a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility. As a young adult she developed her love of horses into a career as a horse trainer. That took her to Pittsburgh, PA for several years, then to North Carolina and eventually to Florida.
The difficulty of travelling to her far-flung clients led to the idea of learning to fly. Flying quickly became a passion. She was hired at the local FBO, Million Air, eventually becoming the customer service manager where she enjoyed meeting fellow pilots, learning their stories, and making new friends. She also learned a great deal about the aviation business and progressed to supervisor, experience that she draws on to facilitate running the flight school. Meanwhile, her personal flight instructor, attempting to involve her in the local aviation community, insisted Lacey attend 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. They now work at having a friendly, fun, supportive atmosphere available to everyone. Lacey continues to work on additional ratings and enjoys hosting events for the local aviation community.
Dan has been a licensed pilot since 1980 and received his Private Pilot Certificate at an Aero Club while serving in the U.S.A.F. Since that time, he has logged 4,000 flight hours and currently holds both Commercial Single-Engine Land and Airline Transport Multi-Engine Land pilot certificates. As a Flight Instructor, Dan has given over 1,800 hours of dual flight instruction in single-engine, multi-engine, and has over 1,000 flight hours in technologically advanced glass panel aircraft, and holds the following instructor certificates: CFI, CFII, MEI. Flying is his passion!
Winston began flight training at the Commercial Airport in Tallahassee during high school. Shortly after soloing, being a Student Pilot went on hold and gave way to Aviation Maintenance training. After working as an Aircraft Technician at the Florida Bureau of Aircraft and Florida Division of Forestry, flight training again resumed. During this time, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and obtained the remainder of his certificates and ratings while gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology. Winston now flies commercially and for fun, and particularly enjoys sharing the enjoyment through flight instruction.
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 instrument flight instructor certificates for gliders, rotorcraft and airplanes (multi-engine land, and single engine land and sea). The most recent addition to his collection was a gyrocopter rating. In Andy’s opinion, a good vacation is to get an additional rating and learn something new. 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. Andy’s favorite hobbies are playing guitar and soaring.