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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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Brett Williamson 

Flight Instructor

Brett Started flying in 2015 in the red RV. He was one of the mentor that helped teenagers build RV-12. He began instructing full time at UFT in July 2019. Living in Florida for most of his life, Brett is a 5th generation Floridian. He married his long time love, Violeta, in February 2020. Brett is a patient and knowledgeable instructor that enjoys seeing his student succeed. 
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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. 

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Mitchell Priest

Flight Instructor

Mitch grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 where he studied Political Science and Economics. After college he moved to Florida and started flight training with Universal. Mitch finished training for his CFI, CFII, and MEI. His career goal is to eventually fly for a legacy carrier.