Lacey Smith


Lacey, FL Aviation Center President and Owner, 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 was inspired to open the flight school. Lacey continues to work on additional ratings and enjoys hosting events for the local aviation community.

Ron Fisher


Ron Fisher is FL Aviation Center's Chief Flight Instructor.


He served in the United States Army and Air Force. He later worked for the FAA in Air Traffic Control as the Air Traffic Manager. 

Ron is an aircraft owner, and among the pilot licenses he has obtained are Ron's CFII and MEII certificates. He is also an active member of AOPA/NAFI.

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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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.

Stephen Rogers


Steve became an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force in 1969. After 7 years active duty with the Air Force finished college and was hired by FAA. He earned private, commercial pilot’s license with instrument rating, multi-engine airplane and certified flight instructor from 1974 to 1976. Steve continued as a controller and pilot and added glider instructor rating. 


Steve hopes to help the next generation of pilots master the art of flying while enjoying teaching the science. He has seen the changes in aviation from the sixties to now and cannot wait for what is next.

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." 

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.

Janine Marish


​"My name is Janine. My dad (who is a pilot) took me for my first flight lesson at 16. Ever since then I knew I wanted to fly. I’ve been an instructor since 2018 and love sharing my passion for aviation with others. There’s no better feeling than helping a student achieve their first solo or earn their private pilots license."

JD Poole

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J.D. Poole comes to FL Aviation Center with a great wealth of experience and knowledge in both the civilian and military sides of aviation. He has taught primary and tailwheel students at AG Flight Pilot Training in Banbridge, GA and flown fire patrol aircraft for the Georgia Forestry Commission prior to being hired here at FLAV. Additionally, he has 10 years of service and one overseas tour as a C-130 Hercules Crew Chief in the GA Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing. J.D. looks forward to providing quality flight instruction and is eager to help make your aviation endeavors a success!

Kyle Prater


 "I am a Tallahassee native, I completed my initial training when I was 18 years old here with FL Aviation Center in 2018 during my senior year of high school. I went to Jacksonville University were I got my BA in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. JU partners with L3 Harris Airline Academy, with whom I achieved the rest of my ratings and certificates with (commercial, multi-engine, CFI, CFII). While attending JU I became a Cadet with Republic Airways which comes with a job offer as well, activated when I reach my ATP minimums. My overall goal is to become a captain at a major airline in the future following my time at Republic Airways."

Ken Palmer


"I am proud to be working with the professional team and fellow aviation enthusiasts as Director of Maintenance at FL Aviation."

Aviation has been a huge part of Ken's life. he started his aviation career in the Air Force as a crew chief on C-130 stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas.  During his service, obtained his private pilot’s license and A&P certificate.


After his service ended, Ken worked in aircraft overhaul for Delta Airlines and was promoted to Lead Technician on the engine change crew.  He worked line maintenance and service checks, and soon became a taxi instructor and taught technicians taxi procedures on all the Delta Aircraft.

At ten years, Ken obtained his IA rating and worked for US Aviation as the Director of Maintenance before re-hiring with Delta for an additional five years.