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 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.
- Drew Bowles
Chief - 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 to buy themselves a bit of peace. Drew was a competitive swimmer his entire life and swam for the University of Utah. Afterward, 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.
- Joe Hoggan
Instructor & Vision Jet pilot - 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. Joe 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, four kids, a dog, and a cat. He enjoys DIY projects, sports, coaching, and travel.
- Dean Jones
Instructor - ATP, CFI-I (SEL/MEL), Vision Jet Pilot
I have been flight instructing for the past 20 years at Fixed Base Operators and flying clubs. In my role at Beechcraft Aircraft, as VP Quality and Performance Excellence, I was able to assist the production test pilots in performing initial flight tests on Bonanza’s and King Air’s. I have also instructed at their Employee Flying Club in Wichita, as well as the Ann Arbor Flyers in Michigan, and the Sopwith Camel Flying club here in Salt Lake.
Throughout my aviation career, I have tried to keep growing my skills through experiences such as:
During the past 15 years, I have also been a Flight Instructor, Check Pilot Examiner, and Search & Rescue Mission pilot in the Civil Air Patrol/USAF.
- Aerobatics and upset recovery training in both the Beechcraft T-34 and Aero Vodochody L-39 jet trainer.
- NOAA air sampling flight from 1,000 to 24,000 feet, in a Cessna 421
- USAF Altitude Chamber course at WPAFB
- Teaching a Pitch Hitter Course to help pilot’s flying companions be able to land an aircraft in an emergency
- Airline Training & Orientation Program at United’s Denver training facility
- Embraer 175 training at Flight Safety
Of all the aircraft and training I have received, I believe that the Cirrus Approach will make you a proficient pilot, whether your goal is to become a private pilot to preparing to become a professional pilot in a corporation or airline.
I look forward to helping you achieve your aviation goals!
- Kirksey Hagan
Instructor - Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, TCI
Kirksey began flying as a teenager in the Florida Panhandle where she earned her private pilot’s license in 2013. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2015, Kirksey attended ATP flight school in Daytona Beach and began her professional CFI career in Michigan where she earned her FAA Gold Seal. While she taught in a variety of aircraft including Diamonds, Pipers, and Cessnas, her favorite was always the Cirrus. She was such an advocate for the brand she eventually convinced her father to purchase an SR-22T. Hired in 2018 by Skywest Airlines, Kirksey is a first officer type rated on the Bombardier CRJ series and the Embraer E-175 but still loves to share her passion for flying Cirrus. She is a volunteer for Angel Flight West, providing non-critical free transportation for adults and children with serious medical needs. When she's not airborne you will find her hiking or skiing the hills near her home in Park City.
- Bill Hockett
Instructor - TCI, CFI, CFII, Vision Jet Pilot
Bill was born and raised in Northern California. Some of his favorite day trips were to Moffett Field Naval Air Station where he enjoyed watching 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 Cessna 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.
Instructor - ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, TCI
Steve has had the privilege of having a full and enjoyable career in the aviation industry. After instructing and flying cargo, he joined United Airlines. Steve 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 of the Heber Valley Airport. Shortly before embarking on his airline career, Steve is married to his beautiful wife with four children. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and of course, aviation.