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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.

Chief Drew - ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI

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.

Part Time Instructor Bill - TCI, CFI

Bill was born and raised in Northern California.  Some of his favorite day trips were to Moffett Field Naval Air Station where he enjoyed wathcing various military aircraft performing takeoff and landings.  His father was a World War II fighter pilot who flew combat missions in the Solomon Islands campaign of the South Pacific.  He grew up hearing stories of flying the P-38's, P-40's, B-17's, Stearman PT-13's, T-6's and many others.  Bill wanted to be a pilot from an early age. Some of his earliest aviation memories are flying with his dad in early, straight tail Cesnna 172's.  He began his flying training in Sacramento, California as part of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He served in the Air Force as an F-15 pilot and logistics officer. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1993 with a Master’s degree. After a break in flying, he came back to it in 2011. He enjoys skiing, the outdoors and of course airplanes and flying.  If you ask him why he flies Cirrus, he'll tell you it's because they are safe, fast, beautiful planes that are responsive.  

Part Time Instructor Steve - ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI

Steve has had the privledge of having a full and enjoyable carrer in the aviation industry.  After instructing and flying cargo, he joined United Airlines.  He spent 31 years flying all over in various Boeing and Airbus products.  He retired as a 737 Captain.  Steve is originally from Ashland, Oregon and now lives in Oakley, UT.  Steve services our clients our of the Heber Valley Airport.  Shortly before embarking on his airline career, Steve was married to his beautiful wife and they have 4 children.  He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing and, of course, aviation.

Full Time Instructor and Vision Jet pilot 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 and is fully typed in the Cirrus Vision Jet SF50. Joe resides in Bountiful, Utah, with his wife, Becky, 4 kids, dog and cat. He enjoys DIY projects, sports, coaching and travel.

Part Time Instructor Jon - CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI

Growing up near Offutt Air Force Base, in Bellevue Nebraska, Jonathan has been surrounded by aviatoin his entire life.  In 2001, he moved to northern Utah to attend flight training at Utah State University.  He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree, but the downturn in aviation in the early 2000's led him to expand his skill set as a police officer for the past 12 years.  Jonathan continues to enjoy flying various aircraft and loves instructing.  He services our aviation clients in the Logan/Cache-Valley area. 

Part Time Instructor Bradley - ATP, CFI, CFII, TCI

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. Bradley is a First Officer for SkyWest.  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 golf.

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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Facts About the Wright Brothers
While the Wright brothers have their controversies, no one denies their contribution to aviation. They are an inspiration to most everyone who has piloted an aircraft. Today we will look into their past achievements and the…
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The Importance of Following Instructions from Cabin Crew During Flights
If you fly frequently, you can probably recite the in-flight safety instructions from memory! However, the cabin crew gets the attention of the passengers and presents all the information before every single flight. This begs…
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Highlights About The Owner of Our Turbo SR22T Cirrus Aircraft
Here at Elevate Aviation, we’re proud to be able to rent out the special Turbo SR22T | Cirrus Aircraft owned by Mr. Champagne of Eccovia Solutions. There are many benefits to owning your own aircraft, including the following:…
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A More Comprehensive Job Description of a Pilot
If you’ve ever heard that pilots are “just” taxi drivers in the sky or that being a pilot is “easy” for a friend who has done it on a computer flight simulator, you may be frustrated with the simplistic view of piloting held…