(863) 533-1195

5993 Airport Blvd
Bartow, FL, 33830

Open 7 Days  6am to 6pm

Jim Porterfield

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Scott Larson


Andy started flying on a small grass strip in upstate New York, primarily with Cessnas and Pipers.

He quickly discovered flying was his passion! 

If he looks familiar, you might have previously seen him at the Lakeland Airport where he was the FBO manager or flying with the EAA Young Eagles. 

Manny, a local resident of Winter Haven, is one of our

most friendly CFI’s. With a smile and laugh, this retired U.S. Army veteran truly loves to teach and fly.  

With a Science degree from Excelsior College and a passion for reading and learning, he is excited for the future of aviation and the chance to teach aspiring pilots.


Bill Meehan

Commercial, Instrument, CFI, MEI

         Andy Solomon
        Comm Inst, CFI, AGI

Like most aviation enthusiasts, Howard spent most of his youth dreaming about flying. As a young adult he achieved his childhood dream by getting his Private license. This wasn't enough, so he went on to get his Instrument rating and Commercial license. Still not enough. Somewhere along the ride Howard developed a new dream - to become an  instructor so he could be part of training other pilots. Before he knew it, he and his wife were operating a part 141 flight school with one hundred students and twelve airplanes.

Through the flight school Howard made new connections and went on to a career as a corporate pilot where flying jets became a reality. Over the next several years came many jet type ratings and travel to a lot of exotic places and even opportunities to continue to instruct young first officers.

So now, finally, after accumulating 12,000 hours of flight time in everything from a C152 to a Challenger jet, it is time to go back to where the fun began - with small planes and simpler times.

Words from former students:
"I am forever grateful for the opportunities you have given me throughout my teenage and early adult years. Without your leadership, trust, and encouragement, I may not have had the opportunity to learn to fly and ultimately enjoy a rewarding career in aviation."

"What a great start Howard and Laurie gave me and so many others in aviation. They were always more than just a flight school and a FBO."

Howard E. Nock




Comm Inst, CFI, AGI

Manny Grimaldo