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: Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi Engine, Certified Flight Instructor, Complex/High Performance, Tailwheel.
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
CFI, CFII, MEI
Zack Hartley is our Chief Flight Instructor who was born and rasied in Southern California and earned his Bachelors of Arts from Biola University in 2011. Zack served in the U.S.Army as a Infantry Officer from 2011-2017 and started flight training at ATP Flight School in Bowling Green, Kentucky from 2017 and finished 2018. From February-July 2018, he was a CFI at ATP Bowling Green and then transfered to the Savannah Area where he started his career at Savannah Aviation in February 2019. Zack is also our very first Cirrus Standard Instructor Pilot and has been pursuing his Master Student for Masters of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership from Georgia Southern University.
CFI, CFII, AGI
Jason Larivee is a highly skilled commercial pilot, instrument flight instructor, and advanced ground instructor. He is also a Cirrus Training Center Instructor (TCI) that completed training in the Savannah/Hilton Head area. Jason is an excellent teacher and excels at both air and ground instruction in the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 G6 as well as Piper and Cessna variants. Jason especially enjoys teaching students of all levels through an emphasis on flying theory and fundamentals of safety in the air. On his days off, he is an avid fisherman and enjoys exploring the Savannah Coast.
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 teach mostly on Saint Simons Island but is also available in Jesup.
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.
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.
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.
CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI
Joe is a native of Orlando, Florida and graduated from the Univerisity of Central Florida in 1994. He is a military veteran who retired in 2017 after serving 22 years as a U.S. Air Force officer. 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 having completed the rigorous FAA requirements of 10 checkrides within 24 months with a 90% pass rate. Joe enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.
CFI, CFII, AGI
Mike Cahill is a highly skilled commercial pilot and flight instructor. Mike wanted to fly from a young age when his father would take him to airshows, including a ride in an open-cockpit biplane. Mike is a Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) and has both a Multi-engine and Commercial rating. He is an excellent teacher and mentor and excels at both air and ground instruction in the Cessna 172. Mike especially enjoys teaching maneuvers and helping students perfect their landings. On his days off, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children, especially at the beach. Michael is also U.S. Army Veteran, and one of the original selectees to the Forces to Flyers initiative.
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.
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.
Hayden is a skilled commercial pilot and an instrument flight instructor who has both Single and Multi-Engine commercial ratings as well as a Cirrus Training Center Instructor for Savannah Aviation. Born and raised in Memphis, TN, 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. Hayden also enjoys teaching instrument students and using scenario-based training techniques that emulate the Cirrus lifestyle.
CFI, CFII, MEI
John was born in Wichita, Kansas, and was raised in Savannah, GA. Along with my CFI ratings, I have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Birmingham-Southern College. He became a CFI in late January and received his CFII less than a week later. For his, MEI he received it at the beginning of March. He is interested in getting into corporate aviation. John enjoys working out has been active in the vocal performing arts (singing) the past few years.
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.
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.