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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 InstructorComplex/High Performance, and Tailwheel.

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PART 141

PRIVATE PILOT, INSTRUMENT & COMMERCIAL

Savannah Aviation is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as Flight Training School for Private, Instrument, and Commercial Students under Part 141 of the Federal Code of Regulations. 

Click below to find out more and start your aviation journey today!

 
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FOREIGN STUDENTS

Are you a resident of another country living in coastal Georgia and want to get your U.S. pilot license?

Savannah Aviation can help!

Click below for details on registering with the Transportation Security Administration to start your flight training today. 

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PRIVATE PILOT
GROUND SCHOOL

Interested in becoming a private pilot but find it hard to study for the written test on your own?

Savannah Aviation has partnered with Savannah Technical College

to offer the region's only Private Pilot Knowledge Test prep course

located at Savannah Technical College Aviation Technology Campus

Click the link below for more details.

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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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ALEX DORSEY
CFI, CFII, MEI

Alex Dorsey is an experienced contract pilot, aircraft manager, and CFI. Obtaining his private pilot's license in 2018, and starting at Savannah Aviation as a maintenance apprentice in 2019, he worked through his ratings until he obtained his CFI in 2020. He has also managed aircraft and done a great deal of international contract flying. Alex emphasizes sound ADM (Aeronautical Decision Making), good Cockpit Resource Management and is passionate about helping students achieve their aviation goals. 

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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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HAYDEN CARROLL
CFI, CFII

Hayden is a skilled commercial pilot and an instrument flight instructor who has both Single and Multi-Engine commercial ratings. Born and raised in Memphis Tennessee, Hayden attended the Mississippi State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in International Business. He is passionate about teaching and helping individuals achieve their aviation goals, especially in the SR20 G6 with Perspective+ avionics. 

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MATT BAIRD
CFI, CFII, MEI

Matthew is a Flight Instructor for Savannah Aviation based out of St Simons Island. In addition to a CFI, he is also a certified Flight Instructor-Instrument (CFII), has both Single and Multi-Engine Commerical ratings, and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI) rating. He loves teaching people to fly and opening the door for a career in the aviation industry. Matthews interest for aviation came from his Uncle who spend over 40 years in the airline industry and because of this, he cannot wait to continue his career throughout the aviation industry. Matt is a native of Saint Simons and became a CFI in March of 2020.  His hobbies include wood working and travelling.

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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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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 in the course of many 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 Aeronautical 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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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.

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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.