Tom Baxter

Chief Flight Instructor

Licenses and Ratings: ATP, RTR ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, MEL, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), CPL, IR

Number of Years Flying: 45+ years

Short Bio: Tom is the Chief Flight Instructor and Director of Capital City Aviation. Tom has an extensive background in Aviation, and Business. His first aviation job was as a flight instructor at The Ohio State University in 1976. Throughout his career, he has worked as a charter, corporate and commuter airline pilot. He has also flown EMS and aerial application helicopters, and has had a lifelong interest in aerobatics. Among other achievements, Tom implemented and directed the original Grant Medical Center LifeFlight Helicopter program, which became MedFlight on the north side of KOSU. In addition to being the director of Capital City Aviation, Tom flight instructs, and flies the Cessna Citation Sovereign at NetJets. Tom and his wife Cheryl live in Hilliard, and they have three daughters. Tom enjoys time with his family, friends, dogs and horses; and is active in fitness, shooting sports, scuba diving, kayaking and camping.

Shelby Watters

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, CPL, TCI

Number of Years Flying: 9+

Short Bio: Shelby first garnered an interest in aviation at the age of 16 when she was gifted an intro flight at the Princeton airport (39N) in New Jersey. Hooked, she began a search for any and all integrated flight programs at the colleges and universities in the surrounding states, and eventually landed on Florida’s Institute of Technology, before transferring to The Ohio State University in Fall of 2016. While attending FIT, Shelby earned her private pilot certificate and instrument rating, and was an active member of the Falcons Precision Flight Team. Now settled into OSU, she has been an active member of the OSU Flight Team for the last 3 years and continues to compete against her former teammates! During her attendance at OSU, Shelby earned her commercial pilot certificate before finishing up her CFI through Capital City Aviation. With a long term goal of one day flying for FedEx, Shelby flies passionately in pursuance of her goal, finding time along the way to enjoy other activities including digital art, hiking, playing tennis, and more!

Elizabeth Greenwood

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, CPL, TCI

Number of Years Flying: 5+

Short Bio: Elizabeth began flying when she was 15 years old, and has felt happiest while up in the sky ever since. She completed the majority of her training out of Midway International Airport before going to a smaller airport in West Chicago to complete her Flight Instructor certification. While in Chicago she also received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. Elizabeth enjoys teaching immensely, and hopes to instruct for many years before flying for an airline. She also has a deep desire to get involved in humanitarian aviation, and is a passionate member of Women in Aviation International.

Aly Bond

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, TCI, CPL, MEL, PPL Gliders

Number of Years Flying: 10+

Short Bio:  Aly has been flying ever since she can remember.  She started flying gliders at twelve years old, and then transitioned to airplanes.  She likes to tell people she flew an airplane by herself before she drove a car by herself!  Aly obtained her CFI before she started college, and has enjoyed instructing at Capital City Aviation since then.  Aly has also enjoyed spending her time flying several Pilot’s N Paws missions, and being an active member in the Women’s Soaring Pilot’s Association, and flying in the Air Race Classic in one of our Cirrus Aircraft. In addition to instructing, soaring and Air Racing Aly is currently working on a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics at The Ohio State University.

Brian Flaherty

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CPL, IR

Number of Years Flying: 10+

Short Bio:  Brian’s dad was a private pilot growing up and Brian was always excited to go flying with him as a kid. Growing up, there was a very strong EAA presence at the local airport in Cincinnati Ohio. Brian has accumulated several hundred hours in his family’s 1970 Mooney M-10 Cadet and often flies the plane to airports in Ohio and Oshkosh! Brian was the Office Manager at Capital City Aviation until 2018 when he started working for NetJets as a Schedule Planner! Brian obtained his CFI in August of 2019 and has been working on his Tailwheel Endorsement with Christine Mortine, tapping into his love for vintage aircraft!

Grant Derifield

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, CPL, TCI

Number of years flying: 5+

Short Bio: Grant has had an interest in aviation since birth. As a young child, Grant would always point out airplanes in the sky to his parents. Later, after attending EAA Airvenutre in Oshkosh Wisconsin, he knew he would have a career in aviation.  Grant started his flying career at The Ohio State University where he received his degree in aviation.  After earning his Private Pilot Certificate at The Ohio State University, he completed the rest of his training at Capital City Aviation. As an instructor Grant hopes to pass his passions and knowledge to others, and take every flight as a learning opportunity.

Yale Robb

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, IR, CPL

Number of years flying: 4+

Short Bio: Yale has the dream of becoming a pilot at a very young age.  After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Marketing Degree, he began his career in Aviation.  Yale started his very first hour in an aircraft as a student with Capital City Aviation.  He hopes to provide a great learning experience for every student similar to what was provided for him through Capital City Aviation.  If not in the air, Yale enjoys skiing and playing the drums.

Dave Luce

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, IR

Number of years flying: 21+

Short Bio: Dave has been interested in aviation all of his life. This love for flying was inspired by his father, as they attended airshows in Paris, Ramstein and other venues across Europe starting in childhood. During college Dave became Aircraft Mechanic and later an Air Refueling Technician, aka Boom Operator, for the Ohio Air National Guard. After multiple tours of duty across the globe, Dave obtained his Private Pilot Certificate. Flying was put on hold for about 10 years while Dave and his wife focused on raising their two daughters. With the kids grown and out of the house, Dave obtained his Instrument and Commercial ratings and then his Certified Flight Instructor rating at Capital City Aviation. Dave simply loves to fly!

Timothy E. Heron, Ed.D.

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, CPL

Number of years flying: 50+

Short Bio: Tim has been flying for 48 years, has logged over 3,100 hours of flight time in single engine and technically advanced airplanes. He has been co-owner of a C-182 for 29 years. Tim became a CFI in 2001, a CFI-I in 2002, and he has logged over 1,300 hours of dual instruction given. Tim is a former AirLifeLine volunteer pilot, and currently flies Young Eagles missions with EAA. In addition, he published “Instrument Flying: 10 Indispensable Principles to Know and Remember” (Two Harbors Press) in 2014. That same year, Tim formed the Columbus-based chapter of IMC Club to improve pilot safety, and he became a FAA FAASTeam representative. In 2016, Tim earned his Basic FAA Wings designation. His blog, and other instrument resources, can be accessed through his website.

Andy Johnston

Licenses and Ratings:  CFI, CFII, TCI, CPL

Number of years flying: 25+

Short Bio: Andy is currently a group Vice President at Ashland Inc, but has been a passionate, part time Flight Instructor for the last 10 years, and loves to teach in his spare time. He has worked for Capital City Aviation for the last 5 years and loves to teach in any of the single engine airplanes, but particularly likes the challenge of flying and teaching in technically advanced aircraft such as the Cirrus SR20 and SR22. Andy holds a BSc in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland, and an MBA from the Ohio State University.

John Kalinka

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, TCI, CPL

Number of years flying: 8+

Short Bio: John’s life of aviation began at age 6 John was permitted access to the flight deck of a United Airlines Boeing 727. John obtained his Bachelor of Science in Aviation management at The Ohio State University, and was later commissioned as an Officer in the US Army. John began flight training shortly after. He obtained his Flight Instructor Certification while maintaining a career with the US Government. John enjoys giving back to the General Aviation Community by teaching the rewards of safe flying. His experiences can be summed up by a quote from Col. John Glenn: “Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air…”

Christine Shumway Mortine

Licenses and Ratings: DPE, CFI, CFII, MEI, CPL

Number of Years Flying: 10+ years

Short Bio: Christine offers tailwheel instruction in her Cessna 140.  She owns a Cessna 185 for her own back country flying!  Christine is a Safety Seminar presenter and FIRC instructor for AOPA’s Air Safety Institute.  Christine also serves as a State Liaison for the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF), and is a board member with Professional Pilots Association, Scioto Valley 99s, The National Park Conservation Association, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and WOSU Public Media.  Before turning to aviation as a second career, Christine spent twenty-five years as a professional classical musician performer and conductor.  She is an avid backpacker and hiker, enjoys kayaking, knitting, reading, promoting safety while adventuring, and teaching.  She transitioned from conducting instruments to flying by them and is thriving in this second career of aviation.

Paul Palmisciano

Licenses and Ratings: ATP, DPE, CFI, CFII, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), CPL

Number of Years Flying: 50+

Short Bio: Paul began flying at age 16, and has enjoyed the view of the earth from three thousand feet ever since. Paul has accrued a wealth of experience from over 50 years of flying. He has been a flight instructor since 1977, and has accumulated nearly 5,500 hours of flight time. In September of 2016, Paul was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration for 50 years of safe and proficient flying. Paul’s reason for flying can be summed up in the following quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “The aeroplane (sic) has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.” His goal in flying is to help pilots become better and safer – all the time.

Art Bull

Licenses and Ratings: ATP, CFI, CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor

Number of Years Flying: 14+

Short Bio: Art grew up in Dayton, OH, and wanted to fly from a young age.  He graduated from the University of Dayton in 2007 and commissioned into the United States Air Force.  Throughout his military career, he flew and instructed in the T-6A, T-38A, U-2S, and TU-2S.  Art left active duty and joined the Ohio Air National Guard in 2018 where he will fly the KC-135 Stratotanker.  When not flying for the military, Art enjoys instructing in all kinds of GA aircraft, taking his family flying, brewing beer, and spending time with his wife, Amy, and their 2 kids.

Office Staff

Andrew Langen

Director of Flight Operations

Licenses and Ratings: PPL IR

Number of Years Flying: 6+

Short Bio: Andrew began flying at age 17, and knew he would be a pilot ever since age seven after seeing the Blue Angels at the Dayton Airshow. Andrew recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Arts and Science in Air Transportation. Andrew is working on his commercial and CFI to eventually obtain the 1,500 hours to fly for Republic Airways. Andrew has been with CCA since June of 2016 when he started flying, and then detailing the aircraft in March of 2017. Andrew is in the office Monday-Friday from 0800-1600 usually and is more than happy to help with anything!

Tom Backus

Director, Customer Experience

Licenses and Ratings: PPL, IR

Number of Years Flying: 30+

Short Bio: Tom is the Director, Customer Experience at Capital City Aviation and has been with us since October, 2017. He has over 30 years of transportation management experience, having spent 17 years with a major airline in several hub cities such as LAX, CLT, IAD, and PHL. Tom left the airline in 2005 to work on the railroad. He became a Locomotive Engineer, operating high-speed trains between Washington, DC and New York, NY. He was also an Engineer Instructor where he taught initial and recurrent training to Locomotive Engineers from all over the country. He left the railroad in 2017 to be closer to his family in Westerville and he is currently working on his Commercial License as well as his CFI. He began flying at age 15 at Bolton Field and is glad to be back in Aviation! In his free time he likes to spend time with his family, ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and play guitar.