Universal Flight Training Staff
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Suzanne began flying at Universal Flight Training in 2015. She earned all her ratings at UFT. She is very involved in the local flying community and is chapter chair of the SRQ 99’s. Her love of aviation began at a young age. Her father, uncle and aunt are all commercial airline pilots, it is in her blood. She looks to follow her father’s footsteps and fly international air cargo.
CFI CFII MEI
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.
TJ lives in South Florida, he is originally from Rochester, New York but moved to the sunshine State just for that...sunshine. TJ has his bachelor's degree in Aviation and is currently a CFI working towards attaining his ATP certificate so he can fly the “big dogs” for the airlines or corporate. He is currently a bartender at night and flies every chance he get's during the day. When he is not working or flying, he is spending time with his beautiful fiancee and 2 kids, Knox and Adelina.
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself