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Universal Flight Training Staff

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Joe Vazquez 

Chief Flight Instructor

Joe Vazquez has been a flight instructor since 1987 and is experienced in a wide variety of single & multi-engine aircraft and gliders. He is an FAA rated part 141 chief instructor, serving in that role at Hanover Virginia until his move to Florida in May 2020.


Mr. Vazquez is also a Major General in the Civil Air Patrol and served as National Commander/CEO from Aug 2014 until Sept 2017. He is a retired Computer Engineer, having worked for Dupont and CSC during his career as an Operations Manager. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Georgia and holds degrees in Computer Science and Psychology. His wife, Leslie, is also a CFI/CFII/MEI and CAP Lt Colonel.
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Andrew Truax 

Flight Instructor

Andrew grew up in West Virginia and started flight training at Fairmont State University in 2015. Early 2018, he moved to St. Petersburg to complete his flight training with ATP where he acquired his CFI, CFII, and MEI. His experience with 3D modeling, website design, and animation allow him to teach his students in a more interactive way. 


Nicole Hutcheson 

Flight Instructor

Nicole moved to Florida in 2020 when she was admitted into the American Airlines Cadet Academy. She completed her training and obtained her CFI and CFII ratings between the CTI Professional Flight Training locations in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Memphis, TN.  Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and someday hopes to follow in her father's footsteps to work for NASA. 

Aldo Costa del Rosario 

Flight Instructor

Evan Thomas

Flight Instructor

Originally from Valley Forge, PA, Evan has had an immense passion for aviation since a very young age. He first flew at age 12 after receiving a Discovery Flight for his birthday, and after flying on and off over the next several years, he finally got his Private Pilot's License in 2014. He spent the next few years building hours as a private pilot, before deciding that he wanted to pursue aviation as a career. Upon moving to Bradenton in July 2019, he began working on all his additional ratings, finishing his Instrument, Commercial, CFI, and CFII right here at Universal. Evan hopes to spend the next few years instructing and passing on his passion for aviation, while also building hours towards his ATP so that he may achieve his long-term goal of moving to Germany to fly for Lufthansa.