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, 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!
Melissa McInelly, CFI, grew up flying in Alaska. She received her Private Pilot Certificate while attending Washington State University. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology, Melissa returned to Alaska to attend the University of Alaska's Airframe and Powerplant program and completed her Instrument Rating. After finishing her A&P certification, Melissa joined the Alaska Air National Guard, where she earned her Commercial Pilot Certificate and flies C135 tankers. Her flying duties have taken her around the globe. Melissa trained for her CFI with Proflite of Alaska and is now part of the Instructor Team (between her tours of duty flying the "Big Iron"). In addition to instructing, she enjoys flying taildraggers and exploring Alaska by air.
Mike Morgan, ATP CFII ASMEL, is the co-founder and Chief Flight Instructor of Proflite of Alaska, LLC. Mike has been flying for almost 40 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, 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.