As most aviators, Mike, ever since he was a young boy, dreamt of one day being in control of an airplane and flying in the sky. Growing up as a child in the New York City suburbs, seeing a low flying airliner flying over-head was a usual occurrence which inspired him even further.
Mike has been following his dreams and goals in aviation since 2011 by first becoming an Aviation Maintenance Technician at the age of 22. Driven with the desire to continue and accomplish his childhood goals, Mike completed his commercial flight training and soon after his instructor ratings and is now helping and instructing others to attain such similar goals.
Today, Mike is thrilled to be apart of Platinum Aviation and is active in FAA Wings Courses, local seminars, and a whole variety of flight training and recurrent training. “It is really amazing working with a great group of individuals who love and share the same passion as me”.
Born and raised in France, daughter of an Air France’s Flight Engineer and Flight Attendant, Alexandra has been introduced to the joys of flying at a young age.
Earning her wings as a glider pilot when she was 16 and continuing on to become an airplane commercial pilot, she is passionate about aviation.
After graduating with a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Alexandra moved to the United States to earn her commercial, multi-engine, instrument pilot rating and certified flight instructor, instrument flight instructor, and multi-engine flight instructor ratings.
Today she enjoys instructing and sharing her passion. Also involved in the FAA Wings Program, Alexandra can provide any type of training from initial to recurrent.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved airplanes and been interested in flying. Then on a warm August night back in 1999 I was sure this was something I really wanted to do. A friend who had recently earned his pilot certificate called me and asked me if I wanted to come with him to move an airplane from Fort Lauderdale to Pompano, and of course I jumped at the chance. It was on that short flight that I was hooked & I signed up to take flying lessons the next day. A few months later I was a newly minted pilot, enjoying the privileges and freedom that comes with being a pilot. I was still in school at the time, and I was considering a career in software and also in aviation.
Fast forward a few years and I had graduated college, was working in the software industry, and was adding new pilot ratings as often as time and money would allow. Eventually I was flying quite often with new people most of whom were unfamiliar with aviation, and I found that I really enjoyed teaching people about airplanes and flying. It was a natural progression for me to start Flight Instructing. I had already been flying at Platinum (formerly North County Flight Training) for many years so I knew that was the place I wanted to be. I knew Platinum had the best aircraft, the best maintenance, and were the best people to work with. As an authorized Cessna service center, Platinum also always has full time A&Ps & Inspectors on staff that are available to answer any questions or address any issues even on short notice.
Today with over 1000 hours of flight experience, I really enjoy sharing my passion for aviation with others. In addition to being a Flight Instructor I still work in the software industry as well, and I am also a First Officer on a Cessna Citation Jet, but for me there is nothing more rewarding than teaching, sharing my experience, and watching others progress and achieve their aviation goals.
My commitment to every client is to work with them to achieve their goals in a way that is efficient, rewarding, fun, and above all else – safe. I’m proud to be an instructor at Platinum Flight Training & I look forward to flying with you!
Kim was born into an aviation family and was raised in Indiana around airports, helicopters and planes her whole life. Kim’s family moved to Jupiter, FL in 1985 where she still remains today. She mainly worked in retail and was a retail manager for Disney for 7 years before joining a start-up, family owned single airplane, single pilot charter company in 1996. After 12 years that company had grown to 15+ airplanes and over 32 pilots and Kim managed a staff of 4 charter representatives. She “retired” in 2008 to focus on being a Mom to her two young children, (and wife to husband Kraig) and take a break from the hectic, often fast paced world of aviation.
After a 6 year absence from aviation, and working for doctor’s, the opportunity arose to join Platinum Aviation in their charter department and flight school. The chance to get back into the exciting field of aviation was too enticing to pass up and Kim joined the Platinum family in February 2014. She is realizing how much she missed aviation those 6 years and is thrilled to be a part of Platinum Aviation.
Chief Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, ATP
This Florida native, and former US Marine began flying in high school and has never look back. James joins us after flying seaplanes off the East River in New York and throughout the Caribbean. Holder of an Airline Transport Pilot rating, Certified Flight Instructor, FAA Wings Master Seaplane Pilot achievement and a Masters in Aviation Science.
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 De Valle Collazo
Flight Instructor – CFI, CFII, MEI
From a very young age, I was taught that “the sky is the limit,” to reach for my dreams, that I can do anything I put my mind to, and lastly, all you need to do is trust yourself. I remember looking up at that sky —with its endless possibilities— and pictured myself in that exact place: the sky. Being a pilot is something I have wanted to do for as long I can remember and there is no better feeling than being able to wake up every morning and have the opportunity to do what I 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.