Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI
My Father was a pilot. As young boy in Miami, he took me with him everywhere. Fishing, sailing, and most memorably, flying. Some of my fondest childhood memories were the days when we’d be out at the crack of dawn for breakfast at Smitty’s and then off to the airport to go “soar with the eagles.” He had a little Ercoupe then. He’d carefully explain everything he was doing while preflighting the plane so that when I became a pilot (it was always assumed that I would learn to fly) I’d know how to do it right. Then we’d take off and spend hours exploring the skies, spotting alligators along the canals edging the Everglades or looking for dolphins over Biscayne Bay.
He explained that if you have the discipline to earn your pilot’s license and have accumulated a few hundred hours “under your belt,” then you’re a person who can be counted on do what you say. You can fake your way through a lot of things in life but not flying.
Always wanting to be the type of person who could be trusted and counted on, there was never any question in my mind that I would learn to fly. Today, with a couple of thousand hours and a bundle of flight qualification, I think my father would approve.
Ramon Del Valle Collazo
Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI I was always thought since I was a little kid that the sky is the limit when it comes to your dreams and that you can do anything you put your mind to, all you need is to trust in yourself. As a little kid, I would look at that sky with endless possibilities and all I could see myself doing was being in that exact place. Being a pilot is something I have wanted to do since I can remember and there is no better feeling of being able to wake up every morning to do what you love.
Anita is a College Professor and former bank executive who earned her Pilot’s license in the early 90s. She is the proud owner of “Katybird”, a 1982 Cutlass RG and is currently working on her IFR and Ground Instructor ratings. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Goldcoast 99s, an International organization supporting and promoting Women in Aviation. Anita provides customer service and administrative support.