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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.

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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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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MITCH ADDERTON
CFI

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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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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LOGAN HOWARD
CFI, CFII

Logan was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He went to Middle Georgia State University and majored in Aviation Science and Management. He started flight training back in 2018 and has loved it ever since, achieving his flight instructor certificate in 2021. Logan loves meeting new people and helping students reach their goals. When he is not flying, Logan enjoys watching sports such as football and baseball. In the future he would love to fly for a Major airline or Gulfstream Aerospace. 

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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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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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CHESAPEAKE GUSTIN
CFI

Chesapeake was born and raised in Ellicott City, Maryland and moved to Florida in 2014 to attend Florida Tech where she majored in Aeronuatical Science and minored in Unmanned Aerial Systems. She has been a CFI since 2019 and moved to Savannah the same year and enjoys hiking, gardening, painting and drinking craft beer.

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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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WESLEY ZITNEY
CFI, CFII, MEI

Wes has been fascinated by airplanes since a young age and started flying in 2016. He became a flight instructor shortly after his twentieth birthday and recently moved to the Savannah area. He enjoys visiting new airports and is excited to begin exploring the Georgia coastline while helping students achieve their aviation goals. In his free time he likes spending time with friends, watching soccer, and going out to eat at new restaurants.

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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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ZONADI NKHOMA
CFI, CFII

Zonadi was raised in Savannah but is originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He went to Emory University for college and majored in Economics & Political Science.  He started his flight training with Savannah Aviation and rose from the ranks of student pilot all the way to Certified Flight Instructor this year. Zonadi's aviation career aspirations are to work for a major airline or fly a Gulfstream at some point.  He is a big football/soccer fan and his favorite team is FC Barcelona.  if he's not watching sports, Zonadi enjoys coaching youth soccer.