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Flight Team

Jose Santos               Owner & Operator

Founder of Universal Flight Training, Jose Santos holds a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI), Instrument (CFII), Multi-Instructor (MEI) and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) with more than 10,000 hours, with half of those instructing new pilots.  Jose graduated from ComAir Academy (Sanford, FL) in 1989.

"As a professional I strive to provide the absolute best and most rewarding experience for my clients, currently maintaining a 100% passing rate on the private pilot practical test.  My persistence in the air and entrepreneurial spirit are fueled by my passion for aviation."

Sherman Bilbo                Flight Instructor

Sherman Bilbo started flying in 1972. Since then, he obtained his Private, Instrument, Commercial, Multi Engine and Instructor ratings. He instructs students for Sport Plane, Private, Instrument and Commercial ratings. He has over 10,000 hours of flying time. Since discovering his passion for instruction, he has over 8,000 hours of instruction time with over 500 hours in sports planes.Originally from Staten Island NY Sherman has spent most of his life in Florida. Shermans’s focus is on general aviation and the ability to share his vast experiences and knowledge with others.

Dan Skoda                 Flight Instructor

Dan Skoda started flying with the US Navy, serving in Southeast Asia. After Vietnam, he worked in retail for more than 30 years, while earning his civilian Private Pilot License, Instrument Rating and Commercial License. Dan started his own management consulting company and continued his flight training, attaining his Flight Instructor (CFI) and Instrument Instructor (CFII) ratings. Dan has more than 2000 hours in the military and more than 3600 hours of civilian flight hours. "I really enjoy working with pilots to help them get their ratings and have had great success training Private, Instrument and Commercial students. Flying is both fun and a privilege, but I keep a constant focus on safety. You are always learning through instruction and experience.

Nick Frederick         Flight Instructor

Nick Frederick started his flight training at Watertown airport in northern New York. He moved to Florida in 2016 and finished his ratings in 2018. He hopes to eventually fly corporate jets or for the airlines.

Wesley Davis         Flight Instructor

Wesley Davis is a Florida native, born in Dunedin, Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences. After graduating, he decided to pick up flying for fun. Once he obtained his private pilot's license, he chose to attend ATP flight school to accelerate his future as a pilot and as a flight instructor. He enjoys seeing his students's develop into confident and skillful pilots ready to navigate the skies! 

Chris Dubois          Flight Instructor

Chris Dubois is a native of St Petersburg, FL and grew up with a love of aviation. He served 7 years in the United States Air Force first as a maintainer on EC-130 aircraft and would latter serve as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy. he began his private training in 2002 while being stationed in Tucson, AZ. He has previously trained at Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, FL. He enjoys Training new pilots because its rewarding to see people learning one of the most rewarding skills a person can learn and so few people get to accomplish. He hopes to fly heavy aircraft in the future for an airline or air charter operation.  

Rick Hendrick          Flight Instructor

Rick Hendrick started flying 20 years ago and has continued to expand his flying experience.  After retiring from his Law Enforcement career, he started pursuing his full time flying career.  His desire is to stay with Universal Flight Services as a Flight Instructor and also to fly Corporate Flights with Universal Flight Services.

Robert Brehm         Flight Instructor

Robert is a Sarasota, Florida native who fell in love with aviation as a Civil Air Patrol cadet in 2005 at the age of 15. He earned a sport pilot certificate in 2010, only intending to fly for pleasure. He soon found enjoyment in teaching his friends about flying, and worked his way to a CFI certificate to help others in their aviation journey. Robert plans to work for the FAA as an Air Traffic Control Specialist in addition to teaching students to fly.