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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. 


Aldo Costa del Rosario 

Flight Instructor

CJ Marsini

Flight Instructor

Tyler Dillon

Flight Instructor

Tyler grew up in Orlando, FL and moved to Saint Petersburg in 2020 where started flight training at Albert Whitted Airport.. Tyler graduated from the University of South Florida in 2022 with his Bachelors in psychology. He also earned his CFI Rating in early 2023. He has experience in Diamond-star DA40's as well as a wide variety of Cessna and Piper aircraft.

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