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Flight School

Whether it’s learning a new hobby or pursuing a career in Aviation, Savannah Aviation Flight Training can help you achieve your aviation goals.

Savannah Aviation is Coastal Georgia’s #1 Flight School and Cirrus Authorized Training Center

offering initial and add on FAA certificates, ratings, and endorsements for

PrivateInstrumentCommercialMulti EngineCertified Flight Instructor, and Complex / High Performance.

READY TO START FLIGHT TRAINING?  

FOLLOW THESE STEPS AND START YOUR AVIATION JOURNEY TODAY!

(Call Savannah Aviation at (912) 964-1022 if you have any questions)

STEP 1: 

Visit us at 34 Hangar Road to speak with a Certified Flight Instructor about your aviation goals

STEP 2:

Get medically cleared to fly by visiting an authorized Aviation Medical Examiner

STEP 3:

Once medically cleared to fly, bring the required documents back to 34 Hangar Road:

                                                                - Government Issued Photo ID

                                                                - Passport / Birth Certificate

                                                                - Drivers License

                                                                - Aviation Medical Certificate

                                                                - Student / Pilot Certificate

                                                                - Signed Rental Agreement

                                                                - Signed Insurance Agreement

                                                                - Signed Student / Renter Information Form

STEP 4:

Pair up with one of our Certified Flight Instructors below and begin flight training!

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

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CHRISTIAN RUSHING
Chief Flight Instructor

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Christian was born and raised in Savannah and went to high school in nearby Richmond Hill.  He is a Navy veteran having served four years as an air traffic controller before pursuing his true love as a pilot and flight instructor.  Christian is Savannah Aviation's first and only qualified Airline Transport Pilot with a tailwheel endorsement.  His hobbies include flying for fun and spending time with family.

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MITCH ADDERTON
CFI, MEI

Mitchell was born and raised in Moultrie, Georgia and moved to Savannah shortly after graduating high school. He started flight training in 2019 at Savannah Aviation and became a CFI at the beginning of 2022. An avid history enthusiast, Mitchell cites WWII and learning about the Doolittle Raiders as the moment he knew he would become an aviator. He hopes to one day fly the B-25 or C-47 in airshows. When he is not flying, Mitchell loves being in the outdoors hiking and fishing.

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JON DAVIS
CFI, CFII, MEI

Jon was born in Hattiesburg, MS, and lived in nearby Foxworth until he graduated high school and moved to Starkville, MS to attend Mississippi State University.  Jon started flight training while attending college and became a Flight Instructor in 2001.  He graduated from Mississippi State in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and currently holds CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings while being full-time at Gulfstream Aerospace Engineer.

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NICK ITURREGUI
CFI

Nick was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He attended Auburn University and majored in Aviation Management. He recently moved to Savannah to continue flight instructing and building his hours. Being a South Florida, native he enjoys watching his hometown Miami Dolphins and Heat when he is not instructing. Nick has aspirations to work as a pilot with a part 135 carrier.

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TRIPP FAIRCLOTH
CFI, CFII

Tripp was born and raised in Savannah, and recently moved back after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in marketing. He started his flight training in 2016 with Savannah Aviation, and went on to complete his ratings in the Athens area where he has been instructing for the last year. Tripp’s ultimate goal is to become a demo pilot. When he’s not flying he enjoys biking and being outdoors.

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CHANDLER NEW 
CFI

Chandler was born and raised in Savannah, GA. He recently moved back to Savannah to instruct after graduating from Georgia College with a Management Information Systems degree. Chandler started his flight training in 2020 while working as an airport lineman in Milledgeville, GA. In his free time, Chandler loves to hangout with his friends, be outdoors, and watch sports. Chandler wants to eventually fly with Gulfstream as a test pilot.

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MATT TREPTAU 
CFI

Matt was born near Chicago, IL but moved to Spartanburg, SC while in high school. In 2013 he commissioned as an Air Force officer through AFROTC at the University of South Florida. He spent 5 years on Active Duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer before transferring to the Georgia Air National Guard where he continues to serve as a maintenance officer with the 165th Airlift Wing. Matt finished his CFI with Savannah Aviation in August 2022 where he began instructing right after.

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SIMON REED 
CFI

Simon was born and grew up in the southwest of England before joining the Royal Air Force and working on Tornado GR4’s for 6 years. He left the Air Force pursued a career for 13 years with Gulfstream in the London and Savannah in a variety or positions obtaining his EASA licenses and FAA A&P / IA. Simon turned his passion for aviation to flying and now enjoys teaching as a CFI. His hobbies include building an RV 10 and being out on the water.

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JOE RODRIGUEZ
Director of Flight School Operations

CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI

Joe is a native of Orlando, Florida and a military veteran who retired in 2017 after serving 22 years in the U.S. Air Force.  Joe started his aviation journey in 2012 and through the years earned his private, instrument, commercial, multi-engine, and helicopter ratings culminating in his instructor certifications in 2019/2020.  Joe is Savannah Aviation's first Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor and enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.

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JOHN TWIBELL
CFI, CFII, MEI

John has always enjoyed aviation since he was a kid and is now a full-time employee at Gulfstream but makes time to teach students on weekends.  John spent time as a Naval Flight Officer / Tactical Coordinator hunting Russian submarines on P3 Orion Aircraft and earned his private pilot license out of college, but has pursued furthering his skills as a flight instructor because he loves aviation and loves helping people learn to fly.  

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BRIAN MOONEY
CFI, CFII, MEI

After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada (Canada’s West Point), Brian flew as a Navigator/Tactical Coordinator at sea on Royal Canadian Sea King helicopters and P3 Orions.  Brian started flying in 1992 as a private pilot and is now a commercial single and multi-engine instrument pilot with a CFI and CFII certificate.  He lives and teaches mostly on Saint Simons Island but is also available in Jesup. 

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MICHAEL ALBRECHT
CFI, CFII

Michael was born and raised in Lawrenceville, GA and went to Auburn University where he received his degree in professional flight.  He enrolled with American Flyers in Pompano Beach Florida and received his CFI and CFII ratings in the spring of 2022.  He moved to Savannah, GA after accepting the job with Savannah aviation at the start of June 2022.

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JOHN KOLIS 
CFI, CFII

John Kolis is from Springfield, Illinois. He went to Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, where he received his flight training. John holds his CFI and CFII. He is currently working on his degree in aviation management through the University of Oshkosh-Wisconsin and recently moved to the Savannah area.

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RICKY MANUS 
CFI

Ricky was raised in Forsyth, GA but has lived in Panama City Beach, Fl since 2016. He and his wife Danielle just welcomed their daughter Riley this past May. He’s been flying since 2018 and did most of his training in Tampa, Fl. His plans are to go to the airlines after reaching his ATP minimums. When he’s not flying he enjoys being outside with his family, long boarding, or playing volleyball.

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HALEY RAE 
CFI, CFII

Haley Rae grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and always wanted to be a pilot. She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she earned a degree in Aerospace moved down to Savannah for a fun change and different scenery. Haley also loves to play golf and is a member of the Women in Aviation professional networking organization.