Flight Training Pilots & Instructors

Our highly trained pilots and staff bring to the table flight instruction and courtesies that are second to none. Elevate Aviation offers highly favorable services in aircraft management, rentals, pilot services, flight training, Cirrus instruction, flying lessons, and more. We cover the state of Utah and are based at Salt Lake City International airport. Whether you are looking for pilot services or want to fly your own Cirrus plane, we are the right resource.

Joe - CSIP, CFI, CFII, MEI

Joe has spent most of his life on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado. Though he has spent time as a deputy sheriff and has run a construction company for several years, his heart has always been in aviation. He trained and taught in aviation in Arizona, Florida, Nevada and Utah. Joe is an Eagle Scout and served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rosario, Argentina. He graduated in 2006 from Metropolitan State University in Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in International Communications. He served an internship with InterContinental Hotel Group in Mexico while attending school at the University of Guadalajara. He also served as Assistant to the President of the Chamber of the Americas. He has his SIC in the Citation 550. Joe resides in Bountiful, Utah, with his wife, Becky, 4 kids, dog and cat. He enjoys DIY projects, sports, coaching and travel.

Bradley - TCI, CFI, CFII

Bradley was born and raised in Southern California. Both his grandfather and father are pilots and avid aviation enthusiasts.  In 2008 he began his flying career in Long Beach, California.  He is an Eagle Scout, and served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico City, Mexico.  He graduated from Utah Valley University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Science. He also holds a multi-engine commercial certificate.  He resides in Eagle Mountain, Utah, with his wife, Kellie, and two children, Chase and Charley. He enjoys surfing, snowboarding, hiking, hunting, fishing, and playing

Drew - TCI, CFI, CFII, MEI

From a young age, Drew always knew that he wanted to be a pilot. His obsession was so unrelenting that his parents were forced to begin his flight training at the age of 11 just to buy themselves a bit of peace. Drew was a competitive swimmer his entire life and swam for the University of Utah. Afterwards, he began flight instructing in 2009.  Drew enjoys sharing his passion for aviation through tailwheel, back-country, and Cirrus flight training.  In addition to flying Cirrus aircraft all over the lower 48 states, he is a Captain for SkyWest.

Phil - Finance Manager

Having been raised in the Valley of the Sun, Phil has a great appreciation for water and its worth in the Western United States. Phil completed his Eagle Scout requirements with a soil erosion project on Point Loma in San Diego, California. He then served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montevideo, Uruguay. Phil was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1971 at San Diego State University. After a four year enlistment with the United States Army, he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for 28 years as a project cost accountant for multi-million dollar Western Water Projects involving dams and reservoirs and water delivery to all the contracted entities. Now retired from Federal Government service, Phil resides with his wife, Beth, in West Jordan, Utah. He enjoys reading mystery novels, doing indoor and outdoor projects at home with Beth, bowling, golfing, hiking, jogging, and chasing grandchildren around.

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Common Mistakes Made by Student Pilots
Every student pilot will make mistakes. This is an inevitability. But here at Elevate Aviation, we believe that being aware of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them is an important part of your training. We’ve…
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The Four Different Types of Airspeed
The Four Different Types of Airspeed. If you’re considering a career as a professional pilot, it’s important that you understand the four different types of airspeed. This information will allow you to be a safer and more…
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Social Media Tips for Airline Pilots
It’s common knowledge that many hiring managers will use social media to screen their applicants. If you’re up for a pilot job and they have to narrow it down between you and two or three other people, they may visit your…
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How Aviation is Going Green
Aviation is responsible for around 12% of CO2 emissions from all transport sources. Here in the U.S., around 450 deaths each year are caused by airplane emissions. This may not sound great, but it’s only 1/7th the number that…