Faith Drewry is the co-founder of FL Aviation Center. 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 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 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. 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!
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.
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.
Lee is an honorably discharged veteran and served in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic on C-130 aircraft. He is a former law enforcement officer and began his career as a pilot in 2017.
He attended an accelerated flight program in Atlanta, where he earned his CFI, CFII, and MEI in only 13 months. Lee aspires to be an airline pilot, and is on track to achieve his dreams while sharing his wealth of knowledge with his instrument students.
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Marco was born in Venezuela, and decided to obtain his private pilot's license after moving to the U.S. Aviation was a hobby at first, but later became his profession.
He currently holds his commercial license for both single engine land and multiengine, CFI and CFII.