Faith Drewry is the co-founder of FL Aviation Center. Flying had always been a passion for Faith, who earned her private pilot’s license at the age of 19, and she always enjoyed the instant camaraderie shared by all pilots wherever they gathered. When she moved to Tallahassee in 2008, Faith discovered that she was the only female pilot around, and was dismayed to find that there was no gathering place for pilots to build that sense of community that she had found so welcoming in other cities where she had lived. When she met then student-pilot Lacey Smith, the two became fast friends, and it was not long before they decided to build that community from scratch. Fl Aviation Center was founded in 2012, and since then these women have made it their mission to provide a home for anyone who dreams of flight.
Lacey grew up in rural southern Iowa where she became a horse trainer as a young adult. For work, she travelled to Pittsburgh, PA for several years, then to North Carolina and eventually to Florida. Traveling to her far-flung clients led to the idea of learning to fly! She was soon hired at the local FBO, and was to promoted to customer service manager and later to supervisor.
Lacey's personal flight instructor insisted she get involved in the aviation community so she attended an EAA meeting where she met Faith. Their acquaintance quickly developed into a strong bond of friendship and support, which they felt greatly aided their progress as pilots. Seeing the need for others to have this kind of support inspired them to open the flight school. Lacey continues to work on additional ratings and enjoys hosting events for the local aviation community.
Andy Anderman has been a private pilot since the early 1960s, going on to add his instrument and commercial helicopter ratings in Army flight school in the mid-60s. He earned his multi-engine and ATP ratings in the mid-70s, and has been actively involved in aviation education ever since. He currently holds an aviation mechanic rating and gyrocopter, and instrument flight instructor certificates for gliders, rotorcraft and airplanes (single engine land and sea).
In 2018, his lifelong pursuit was recognized by the FAA. He received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, given to honor aviators for 50 years of safe flight operations. Little-known facts about Andy: he holds a Flight Engineer rating on the 727 and he is a senior parachute rigger.
Lee is an honorably discharged veteran and served in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic on C-130 aircraft. He is a former law enforcement officer and began his career as a pilot in 2017.
He attended an accelerated flight program in Atlanta, where he earned his CFI, CFII, and MEI in only 13 months. Lee aspires to be an airline pilot, and is on track to achieve his dreams while sharing his wealth of knowledge with his instrument students.
Since his first discovery flight at the age of 10, Kyle developed a deep interest and passion for aviation. With several pilots in his family, Kyle’s desire to fly never went away. After enlisting in the Air Force in 2012, Kyle spent 6 years serving as an Aircraft Weapons Mechanic. While in the Air Force, he finally decided to pursue flying again and, in 2017, he earned his private pilot’s license. In 2018, he separated from the Air Force after reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Since leaving the military, Kyle earned his B.S. in Aeronautics, commercial license, and instrument rating. After earning his CFI certificate in North Carolina, Kyle moved back home to Florida with his wife and two cats. Kyle enjoys watching movies, just about anything outdoors, and the occasional video game. As a CFI, he is eager to help other aspiring pilots progress and reach their goals. Kyle hopes to one day fly for an airline while staying active in the general aviation community.
Steve became an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force in 1969. After 7 years active duty with the Air Force finished college and was hired by FAA. He earned private, commercial pilot’s license with instrument rating, multi-engine airplane and certified flight instructor from 1974 to 1976. Steve continued as a controller and pilot and added glider instructor rating.
Steve hopes to help the next generation of pilots master the art of flying while enjoying teaching the science. He has seen the changes in aviation from the sixties to now and cannot wait for what is next.
David Morgan has wanted to fly for as long as he can remember. He began his flight training at the age of 15 and has been punching holes through the clouds ever since.
After graduating from Embry-Riddle in 2019 David went straight into earning his flight hours as a certified flight instructor.
When Davids not occupying the flight deck you can catch him on the gulf fishing. David enjoys flying RC airplanes, using Flight Simulator, and going out for a sunny boat day.