Scott Justesen, CFII, was brought to Alaska by the US Army at Fort Wainwright. He soon decided that the Alaskan Interior was the best place to be. He was introduced to aviation in Alaska when a friend took him up in a Cessna 182 and said, "here, try this!". He was hooked, and he earned his Private Pilot Certificate while working on his A&P Mechanic Certificate via an Associates Degree and UAF. That done, he enrolled in the Professional Piloting Bachelors Degree program at UAA where he completed his advanced ratings and certifications. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in mathematics with a minor in physics, and has always enjoyed teaching. Lifelong learning and the sharing of knowledge are at the core of his values. Flight instruction provides him the perfect opportunity for a lifetime of aviation exploration while sharing the joy and science of flight
Bob Widman, ATP CFII/MEI, began his flying career in 1975, came to Alaska in 1982, and has been flying in Alaska for over 30 years. He began his aviation career as a Flight Instructor at Midway Field in Chicago and then shortly afterward was able to enter an Aviation Mechanic training program. Upon adding the coveted A&P designation to his other aircraft titles, Bob moved to Alaska, where he has been happily flying ever since. Over the years this versatile gentleman has accumulated 17,000+ hours flight time (5,000 in tailwheel aircraft), with more than 7,000 of that giving instruction. His primary job has been as a pilot for MARC, where he flies both in-state and international flights, usually in a King Air, Navajo, or Cessna Caravan. When not flying or instructing, Bob can be found helping out in the hangar. There's a lot to be said for a pilot who knows his planes inside and out!
Travis Stagg CFI, has been a pilot for over 6 years. He has explored Alaska in his Cessna 172 for many hundreds of hours. Travis is a high school physics teacher, so it makes perfect sense for Travis to share his love of aviation, knowledge of physics, and teaching skills with aviation students. Travis did his CFI training here at ProFlite of Alaska, and we are proud to have him as part of our team. Initially, Travis will specialize in training students in C172’s, since he has such extensive knowledge of that plane.
Luca Zai, CFII has been a pilot for 6 years. Originally from Germany, she has flown for over 3,000 hours, first for Lufthansa, then CargoLux. While she enjoyed the worldwide travel in airliners, her heart is with the smaller single-pilot airplanes. After marrying her husband and moving to Alaska, she decided to become a Flight Instructor in order to share her flying skills and love of aviation with flight students. Luca did her CFI training with us at ProFlite of Alaska, and we are proud to have her as a member of our team. Luca has extensive experience in both low-wing and high-wing, and is especially fun to fly with in the C152’s..
Mike Morgan, ATP CFII ASMEL, is the co-founder of Proflite of Alaska, LLC. Mike has been flying for over40 years, and has been a Certified Flight Instructor for over 30 years. He has flown a wide variety of aircraft, from the Cessna 150 (the perfect trainer plane in his humble opinion) to Beechcraft 1900. He has over 15,000 hours total flying time, with 4,000 in dual instruction given and 10,000 flying commercially. Included in his commercial experience are the positions as Director of Operations and Chief Pilot at Warbelows Air Ventures, Company Instructor and Check Airman, Medevac Pilot, and Instructor in the 121 Aircraft Dispatcher program. Mike also has 12 years of experience as an Aviation Meteorologist, originally trained by the Marine Corps in the 1970's, and he has been providing aviation weather training for over 35 years.
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AT PROFLITE OF ALASKA WE'RE QUITE PROUD OF OUR INSTRUCTORS. IT'S HARD TO FIND A TEAM WITH THIS DEPTH AND BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE ANYWHERE. THESE PROFESSIONALS SHARE OVER 50 YEARS OF FLIGHT TRAINING EXPERIENCE AND 40,000 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME.
Tom Trainor, ATP CFII ASMEL, began his flight training as a high school student. He soloed at Oxford Airport, CT when he was 17, and completed his private pilot checkride shortly after at Montpelier, VT, flying out of Berlin, NH. He has an Associates Degree in Aviation Science from the professional pilot training program at the university of New Haven. From there he continued his academic training at the Colorado School of Mines and Stanford University, which ultimately led to a career in research and education. Tom has flight experience throughout New England, Colorado, and Alaska and enjoys sharing his interest in aviation with a wide range of students, from primary to advanced.