the Realization of

Dreams Through Flight

Aero Atlanta offers premier flight training and aircraft rentals so you can safely pilot your plane and get where you need to go with maximum control.

If you are like us, you have grown tired of the hassle of commercial air travel, and you are looking for a flight solution that helps you gain control of your time and lifestyle.

We get it – you want to spend your time with family and customers, not on layovers and hotel stays. At Aero Atlanta, we believe your time should be spent on the things you value most.

Since 1989 we have helped thousands of people just like you become a pilot, access personal aviation’s benefits, and experience the thrill of flight. You deserve expert guidance as you start your journey in personal aviation. Our flight training and aircraft rentals help you pilot your life the way you always imagined it.

We would love to talk with you personally about your specific goals – whether it is scheduling your first discovery flight or buying your next high-performance airplane, we have the expertise to guide you through every step of the process.

MEET THE AERO ATLANTA FAMILY

Daniel Christman

PRESIDENT

“I took one flight lesson at age 13 and fell in love with private aviation. Aero Atlanta is my way to help people experience the same joy.”

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Daniel believes air travel should be uplifting – not a chore. A native of Athens, Tennessee, his interest in aviation started early, courtesy of an uncle who was a state patrol helicopter pilot. This inspiration led Daniel to take his first flight lesson at the young age of 13. Daniel immediately knew that aviation would someday be his career.

At 19, Daniel enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman to serve his country. After leaving the service, Daniel enrolled at Embry-Riddle University, graduating with a degree in
Aeronautical Sciences. Following graduation, Daniel began his professional career with Lockheed Martin as a software engineer working on the world’s most advanced fighter, the F-22 Raptor.

During this time, Daniel kept his flying interest alive through flight instructing part-time with Aero Atlanta at McCollum Airport. Everything slowly began to come together, where opportunity met with an aviation-minded Daniel. Taking a massive leap of faith, Daniel purchased Aero Atlanta in 2000 and made the flight training business his full-time job. Aero Atlanta Flight Center was the culmination of his dream. Starting with three aircraft, Aero Atlanta became the first Certified Cirrus Training Center in the nation.

In 2013 Daniel opened an AAFC location at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport and purchased a pilot supply company to provide essential supplies to aircraft owners and operators. In 2017, AAFC welcomed a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet to their fleet, and Daniel was one of the first pilots other than Cirrus employees to be type rated in the SF50, which won the prestigious Collier Trophy for 2018.

In addition to being president and owner of Aero Atlanta, Daniel is an aircraft broker for Lone Mountain Aircraft, specializing in the purchase and resale of Cirrus aircraft.

Daniel and his wife Carol have a son Britton, who is developing his own fascination with
aviation.

Chad Russell

Director of Flight Operations

Chad was introduced to flying through a family friend at age ten and was quickly hooked. Chad soloed on his sixteenth birthday and received his private on his seventeenth birthday. At eighteen, a bad experience with a flight instructor caused him to quit flying for four years. After being encouraged by a friend to get back into flying, he went back and completed the rest of his certificates and ratings.

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Chad was introduced to flying through a family friend at age ten and was quickly hooked. Chad soloed on his sixteenth birthday and received his private on his seventeenth birthday. At eighteen, a bad experience with a flight instructor caused him to quit flying for four years. After being encouraged by a friend to get back into flying, he went back and completed the rest of his certificates and ratings. Although he wishes this poor experience had never happened, it is a big part of why he is so passionate about giving others the best flight training experience possible. Chad has been instructing with Aero Atlanta since the beginning of 2020 and Chad is a Platinum CSIP with over 1,000 hours of instruction given in the Cirrus. He stepped into his role as the Director of Flight Operations in January of 2022. Chad is passionate about this role because he is passionate about helping others achieve their goals in aviation.

Chad is married with two children and has a Business Management degree from Kennesaw State University. Outside of his flying, he has toured as a musician, spends time trying to manage his handicap on the golf course, and enjoys getting to know the people around him.

Gabrielle Disanza

Manager of Flight Training

Flying has been a part of Gabrielle’s world since age three when she went on her first flight with her uncle, a retired Navy pilot and Fedex Captain. From that point forward, aviation ran strong in her blood. She worked at her local airport for five years as a Customer Service Representative and earned her Private Pilot Certificate.

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Flying has been a part of Gabrielle’s world since age three when she went on her first flight with her uncle, a retired Navy pilot and Fedex Captain. From that point forward, aviation ran strong in her blood. She worked at her local airport for five years as a Customer Service Representative and earned her Private Pilot Certificate. After graduating from Thomas Edison State University with her degree in Piano Performance, Gabrielle decided to pursue the rest of her ratings and certificates out of her love for aviation. She became a CFI in 2016 and worked for Liberty University as an instructor and Check Airman for four years. While there, she earned her Multi-Commercial, MEI, and Gold Seal.

Being hired by Aero Atlanta Flight Center during the early days of the Pandemic was one of the few highlights of 2020 for Gabrielle. This past spring, she was promoted to Manager of Flight Training and she is eager to grow as an instructor and aviation professional, all while helping individuals reach their aviation goals and dreams. In September, she earned her CSIP (Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot) in order to further her expertise on Cirrus Aircraft and training. When not flying airplanes, Gabrielle enjoys exploring Georgia with her best pal and furry friend, Missie.

Mike Watchey

Manager of Flight Standards

Raised in Pennsylvania, Mike graduated from Penn State University and moved to Atlanta to earn an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Georgia State, where he also taught English Composition. He took his first flight lesson with Aero Atlanta Flight Center in a Cessna 152 in 2000 and completed CFI, CFII, and MEI certification in 2004.

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Raised in Pennsylvania, Mike graduated from Penn State University and moved to Atlanta to earn an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Georgia State, where he also taught English Composition. He took his first flight lesson with Aero Atlanta Flight Center in a Cessna 152 in 2000 and completed CFI, CFII, and MEI certification in 2004. After instructing for two years with AAFC, Mike was hired at Atlantic Southeast Airlines, where he spent eight years as a First Officer and five years as a Captain operating the CRJ 200, 700, and 900. With nearly 9000 hours of airline experience, Mike returned to general aviation to reignite his passion for teaching and has since logged over 11,600 hours, including 8600 turbine hours and more than 1000 hours in Cirrus aircraft. A Gold Seal Flight Instructor, he has given more than 3000 hours of instruction in Cirrus, Cessna, Piper, and Beach aircraft.

Mike is also an avid reader and outdoorsman. He has camped, climbed, rafted, and backpacked through 130 National Parks and Monuments across the country with plans to see them all.

Aaron Karamuca

Certified Flight Instructor

Aaron was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Atlanta at age thirteen. From an early age, Aaron was interested in aviation, thanks to his dad, who was also an avid aviation museum and airshow traveler.

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Aaron was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Atlanta at age thirteen. From an early age, Aaron was interested in aviation, thanks to his dad, who was also an avid aviation museum and airshow traveler. In 2016, he obtained his Private Pilot Certificate while doing dual enrollment and working full time.  In 2020, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Science while completing the remainder of his flight training at the same time. After graduation, he instructed at Middle Georgia State University, The Flight School of Gwinnett, and finally landed at Aero Atlanta Flight Center.

His passion for science and aircraft is what got him into aviation, and seeing his clients achieve their dreams through flight keeps his love for instructing strong. When he is not flying, he loves to workout, play basketball, and spend time with friends and family. 

Austin Field

Certified Flight Instructor

Austin was born and raised in Cumming, GA. He found his passion for aviation from his father, as he was an F-15 aircraft mechanic in the Air Force. He started his flight training in high school and continued his training at Purdue University.

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Austin was born and raised in Cumming, GA. He found his passion for aviation from his father, as he was an F-15 aircraft mechanic in the Air Force. He started his flight training in high school and continued his training at Purdue University. He went on to acquire his Private, Instrument, Commercial Single & Multi-engine, and CFI certificates and ratings. He taught other aviation students at Purdue in his last semester. After college, Austin continued to grow his passion for aviation by acquiring his CFII and flight instructing right here at Aero Atlanta Flight Center.

 

When Austin is not flying, he likes the outdoors, reading, playing basketball, exercising, and spending time with his dog.

Ben Abel

Certified Flight Instructor

Ben was born and raised in Colorado with a love for the outdoors and aviation. Upon finishing high school, Ben moved to Lake Tahoe where he worked as a snowboard instructor and began his flight training.

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Ben was born and raised in Colorado with a love for the outdoors and aviation. Upon finishing high school, Ben moved to Lake Tahoe where he worked as a snowboard instructor and began his flight training. During the summer of 2020, he moved to Atlanta to finish his flight training with the goal of pursuing a career in aviation in mind. Upon completing his training, Ben worked as a civilian contractor with the USNA giving instruction to Midshipmen until joining the Aero Atlanta Flight Center team. 

Ben loves working with his clients and is very driven to see them reach their aviation dreams, whether it be for business or the sheer joy of flying. When Ben isn’t flying, he likes to spend his time reading classic literature, hiking, and practicing his Jiu Jitsu skills. 

James Galvin

Certified Flight Instructor

James was born and raised in Augusta, GA and lived there until going attending college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He discovered his passion for aviation at a very young age when his family was flying on Delta Airlines for vacation one summer. The pilots allowed him to come up front and sit in the Captain’s seat, and the rest was history!

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James was born and raised in Augusta, GA and lived there until going attending college at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. He discovered his passion for aviation at a very young age when his family was flying on Delta Airlines for vacation one summer. The pilots allowed him to come up front and sit in the Captain’s seat, and the rest was history! James went on to enroll in flight school after college and acquired his Private, Instrument, Commercial Single & Multi-engine, CFI and CFII certificates and ratings. 

James loves to share his passion for airplanes and aviation with others and believes that AAFC is a great place to do just that! When he is not flying, he loves to spend time with his wife and one year old daughter playing outside, swimming in the pool, going on walks, and going to the beach.

Jean Moses

Certified Flight Instructor

Hailing from Roswell, Georgia, Jean’s call to flight came during childhood with her admiration for her father, a former Air Force and Delta Air Lines captain. She studied History and Education at Georgia State University, pursuing her Private Pilot Certificate at none other than Aero Atlanta Flight Center following her graduation. 

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Hailing from Roswell, Georgia, Jean’s call to flight came during childhood with her admiration for her father, a former Air Force and Delta Air Lines captain. She studied History and Education at Georgia State University, pursuing her Private Pilot Certificate at none other than Aero Atlanta Flight Center following her graduation. As she completed her flight training, she worked in other branches of the aviation tree at an FBO and as a Flight Attendant for Delta Air Lines.

When Jean is not flying, she cares for her infant son, Thomas, and loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys gaming and nature, especially hiking trails.  Her favorite airplane is a Conwing L-16. Jean is so happy to have found a career that joins her passion for aviation and education, especially at AAFC. It is not only like a second home to her (she even met her husband there!), but she also knows from personal experience that it is truly the best flight school.

Mason Miller

Certified Flight Instructor

Mason is a Purdue University graduate who grew up in Atlanta and started flight training with Aero Atlanta Flight Center in 2017. His initial goal was to get a job that allowed him to travel, but he fell in love with all of the other great aspects of flying.

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Mason is a Purdue University graduate who grew up in Atlanta and started flight training with Aero Atlanta Flight Center in 2017. His initial goal was to get a job that allowed him to travel, but he fell in love with all of the other great aspects of flying. After getting his Private Pilot Certificate, he went on to receive the rest of his ratings and certificates (Instrument, Commercial Single & Multi-engine, CFI, and CFII), as well as completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Flight Technology.

Mason has been instructing since the Summer of 2020. He hopes to eventually travel the world while living out his dream of flying. Until then, he is enjoying his time teaching and helping others build the fundamentals to reach their aviation goals and milestones.

Matt Stilwell

Certified Flight Instructor

Matt joined the AAFC family in February of 2022 and is from South Carolina, near the greater Charlotte area. Matt inherited the flying ‘bug’ from his father, who is a Captain with PSA Airlines. Matt has always loved airplanes, and purposed to pursue a flying career at a young age.

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Matt joined the AAFC family in February of 2022 and is from South Carolina, near the greater Charlotte area. Matt inherited the flying ‘bug’ from his father, who is a Captain with PSA Airlines. Matt has always loved airplanes, and purposed to pursue a flying career at a young age. He began his flight training at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and upon completion, worked as a flight instructor there for a year and a half. He then moved to Atlanta, to broaden his teaching experience with Aero Atlanta Flight Center.

When not instructing, Matt enjoys building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. Some of his other hobbies include hiking and camping, going for a drive on a nice afternoon, and travelling to any town with a noteworthy coffee shop. Matt also has a seaplane rating, and daydreams about owning a floatplane one day!

Rodney Russell

Certified Flight Instructor

Born in Washington, D.C., Rodney attended Arlington County Public Schools, graduating from Washington-Lee High School in 1960. After high school, Rodney attended Virginia Tech where he enrolled in Air Force ROTC. He flew his initial solo flight in a Piper Super Cub in 1963 and obtained a Private Pilot’s Certificate in 1964.

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Born in Washington, D.C., Rodney attended Arlington County Public Schools, graduating from Washington-Lee High School in 1960. After high school, Rodney attended Virginia Tech where he enrolled in Air Force ROTC.  He flew his initial solo flight in a Piper Super Cub in 1963 and obtained a Private Pilot’s Certificate in 1964.  After four years as a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (Cadet Captain), Rodney graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.  After Pilot Instructor Training at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Rodney spent the next four years at Craig teaching flying in the T-37. While in the Air Force, Rodney obtained his Certified Flight Instructor’s rating at Montgomery Aviation.  When his active duty commitment was complete, he and his wife, Donna, moved from Selma to Atlanta where Rodney began a career flying for Delta Air Lines where he flew “the eight,” “the nine,” “the eighty-eight,” “the one-hundred,” “the seven-two,” “the seven-five,” “the seven-six,” and “the ten-eleven.” 

 

Since retiring from the Air Force (Lt. Colonel) with 23 years of service and from Delta (Captain) with 32 years of service, Rodney continues to enjoy instructing in the general aviation arena. He says there’s just nothing better than flying a general aviation aircraft around the southeastern United States. Rodney’s total flying time (Air Force, Airline, and General Aviation) is 28,500 hours.

Tony Vaicius

Certified Flight Instructor

Tony has been associated with Aero Atlanta Flight Center since 2007, first as a renter pilot, then as a CFI/CFII after retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2016. At Lockheed Martin, Tony worked on the C-5, F-22, and C-130J Programs. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Tony had a successful career in the US Navy, accumulating over 3500 hours as a Flight Engineer on the P-3 Orion aircraft.

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Tony Vaicius has been associated with Aero Atlanta since 2007, first as a renter pilot, then as a CFI/CFII after retiring from Lockheed Martin in 2016. At Lockheed Martin Tony worked on the C-5, F-22, and C-130J Programs. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Tony had a successful career in the US Navy, accumulating over 3500 hours as a Flight Engineer on the P-3 Orion aircraft. In addition to his CFI/CFII ratings, Tony holds FAA certification as an Airframe/Powerplant Mechanic (A&P) and Turboprop Flight Engineer. Tony lives in Canton, Georgia with his wife Diane and loves sharing his passion for aviation with his four grandkids. Nothing gives Tony greater satisfaction than greeting a student pilot after their first solo or seeing them proudly display their pilot certificate after a check-ride.

Will Baker

Certified Flight Instructor

Will was born and raised in the Atlanta area and earned his Private Pilot Certificate while he was a senior in high school. He continued his aviation training at Liberty University getting a Bachelor’s Degree while acquiring Instrument, Commercial Single & Multi-engine certificates and ratings.

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Will was born and raised in the Atlanta area and earned his Private Pilot Certificate while he was a senior in high school. He continued his aviation training at Liberty University getting a Bachelor’s Degree while acquiring Instrument, Commercial Single & Multi-engine certificates and ratings. He joined the Aero Atlanta Flight Center team after graduation.

Will loves working with clients and helping them reach their goals through flight! After a long day of flying, Will enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching the Atlanta Braves, disc golf, and reading.

Avery cook

Flight Services Representative

Avery was born and raised in Woodstock, GA and is currently attending Etowah High School. Avery’s passion for flying came when he watched a documentary on F-14 pilots called “Speed and Angels.” From that moment on, the match was lit and his passion for aviation grew.

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Avery was born and raised in Woodstock, GA and is currently attending Etowah High School. Avery’s passion for flying came when he watched a documentary on F-14 pilots called “Speed and Angels.” From that moment on, the match was lit and his passion for aviation grew. As he grew older, he made a friend who would later connect him with getting a job at AAFC. Eager to get in the door of aviation, he took the opportunity to apply. Currently, Avery is a student pilot and is a Flight Service Dispatcher for AAFC at KRYY. He loves airshows, family, kayaking, and of course, flying.

Glenn Lindsey

Flight Services Manager – PDK

Glenn is a native of Atlanta and grew up fascinated with airplanes and helicopters. After a 24-year career in the U.S. Air Force, 20 of those as a combat photographer, he also documented air-to-air/air-to-ground munitions testing while flying backseat from T-38, F-4, F-15, and F-16 aircraft.

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Glenn is a native of Atlanta and grew up fascinated with airplanes and helicopters. After a 24-year career in the U.S. Air Force, 20 of those as a combat photographer, he also documented air-to-air/air-to-ground munitions testing while flying backseat from T-38, F-4, F-15, and F-16 aircraft. After retiring, Glenn came back to Atlanta and earned his Private Pilot Certificate for Rotorcraft-Helicopter, and then his add-on rating for Airplane. He joined the team at Aero Atlanta Flight Center and has been a valuable member making sure our aircraft are in top notch shape for our training and rental fleet.

Harrison Christman

Flight Services Manager – RYY

Harrison ‘Big Guns’ Christman was born and raised in Alpharetta, GA and attended Milton High School. He became interested in aviation at age five after taking a short flight with his uncle. It was this experience that ignited Harrison’s passion for aviation, giving him a vision for his future at a young age.

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Harrison was born and raised in Alpharetta, GA and attended Milton High School. He became interested in aviation at age five after taking a short flight with his uncle. It was this experience that ignited Harrison’s passion for aviation, giving him a vision for his future at a young age. At age sixteen, he got a job at Aero Atlanta Flight Center as a Flight Services Dispatcher at PDK. Harrison went on to earn his Private Pilot’s Certificate, and nine months later, earned his Instrument Rating with AAFC. Currently, Harrison is a student at Kennesaw State University, working to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Management with a focus in finance. He is now the Flight Services Manager and works the front desk weekly. He continues his flight training at AAFC, working to earn his Commercial Pilot’s Certificate and his CFI/CFII and plans to flight instruct at Aero Atlanta Flight Center while working to earn his MBA.

Harrison has a passion for helping young aviators learn to fly and creating an outlet for them to become pilots. He loves teaching people in any capacity, creating processes to help others succeed, and he looks forward to flight instructing at AAFC in the years to come. When he’s not flying, working, or at school, Harrison loves practicing guitar, working out, and playing basketball with his friends.

Jason Miller

Accounts Manager

Jason’s interest in aviation started at a young age and his first flight in an aircraft (a Boeing 727, no less) only solidified this. An introductory flight lesson for his 16th birthday from his parents confirmed his desire for a career in aviation and brought him to Aero Atlanta Flight Center.

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Jason’s interest in aviation started at a young age and his first flight in an aircraft (a Boeing 727, no less) only solidified this. An introductory flight lesson for his 16th birthday from his parents confirmed his desire for a career in aviation and brought him to Aero Atlanta Flight Center. Jason completed his Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI & CFII with AAFC throughout high school and college. After completing a Business degree in Management at Kennesaw State University, Jason began instructing at AAFC full time. After 4 years of instructing, Jason was hired by ExpressJet Airlines flying CRJ aircraft and in 2018 achieved his ultimate goal of being hired by Delta Air Lines.

Despite a busy flying schedule, Jason still works with Aero Atlanta managing customer and aircraft accounts as well as operations at our pilot shop, Pilot Stuff. The aviation community of AAFC continues to inspire him to share his love for flying and help others realize their dreams through flight. A native of Atlanta, Jason enjoys mountain biking, reading books about spies or volcanoes, and traveling to Slovenia with his wife Špela and daughter, Ina.

Josey Brown

Office Manager

Josey grew up in a small, southwest Georgia town before moving to the Atlanta area in 2018. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Georgia Southwestern State University. While trying to find her path in life, she fell into an FBO job with the help of a friend and former co-worker.

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Josey grew up in a small, southwest Georgia town before moving to the Atlanta area in 2018. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Georgia Southwestern State University. While trying to find her path in life, she fell into an FBO job with the help of a friend and former co-worker. After developing an interest in the aviation industry, she applied for an opening at Aero Atlanta Flight Center and the rest is history! Josey is a very family-oriented person, so finding a home in AAFC was the highlight of 2020.
In her free time, Josey enjoys going to visit her family, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé, Salem, and their cat, Willow.

Kelby Church

Director of Business Development

An Atlanta native, Kelby Church joined the Aero Atlanta team in 2016 as a Client Dispatch Representative.

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Michael Moor

Flight Services Representative

Michael was born and raised in Atlanta. He attended Lakeside High School and graduated from Mercer University with a BBA, General Business Degree. Always bringing excellence to the workplace, Michael worked as a car valet, restaurant server, and sales consultant for AT&T, and a tactical supply company.

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Michael was born and raised in Atlanta. He attended Lakeside High School and graduated from Mercer University with a BBA, General Business Degree. Always bringing excellence to the workplace, Michael worked as a car valet, restaurant server, and sales consultant for AT&T, and a tactical supply company. Eventually, his hard work and attention to detail brought him to Aero Atlanta Flight Center as a Flight Services Representative. He has been working for AAFC for more than four years and has earned his Private Pilot Certificate since joining our team! While he is pursuing his Instrument Rating, he does not see himself going to work for the airlines. He plans to fly as a hobby or for some small company down the road.

Sabrina berardi

Client Service Manager

Sabrina grew up all over the world as the daughter of a U.S. diplomat. Originally from Ljubljana, Slovenia, she lived in Moldova, Thailand, Poland, Indonesia, and Austria before moving to Virginia to attend Liberty University. A nomad at heart, she felt called to study Aeronautics and fell quickly in love with aviation after her first flight lesson.

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Sabrina grew up all over the world as the daughter of a U.S. diplomat. Originally from Ljubljana, Slovenia, she lived in Moldova, Thailand, Poland, Indonesia, and Austria before moving to Virginia to attend Liberty University. A nomad at heart, she felt called to study Aeronautics and fell quickly in love with aviation after her first flight lesson.

Sabrina’s love for the sky extends to her trusty copilot, an American Eskimo named Cirrus. The two can often be found adventuring, hiking, spending time with close friends, drinking copious amounts of coffee (just Sabrina, Cirrus has to supervise), or all of those at once.

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