Tom Baxter

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

Number of Years Flying: 44 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.

Aly Bond

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor, CPL, Commercial Multi, IR, PPL Gliders

Number of Years Flying: 7 Years

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.

Shelby Watters

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CPL SEL, IR

Number of Years Flying: 7 years

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

Licenses and Ratings: CFI

Number of Years Flying: 5 Years

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.

Grant Derifield

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CPL, IR

Number of years flying: 3

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.

Jonah Desrochers

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CPL, IR

Number of years flying: 9

Short Bio: Jonah began flying as soon as he could reach the rudder pedals (with some help from a cushion, at first). He worked as a line service technician while earning his Private Pilot Certificate in Maine. During this time, he was fortunate to be able to solo on his 16th birthday and earn his license on his 17th birthday. After coming to Ohio State in 2015, Jonah earned his instrument, commercial, and instructor ratings. Though his goal is to fly for the airlines, he wishes to remain a lifelong CFI. Jonah enjoys passing on insights and techniques that helped him during his own training to his students. When he’s not flight instructing, Jonah is a prominent member of The Ohio State University Flight Team, and has competed in numerous NIFA events to great success, including being the 2016 Regional Champion Sim Pilot, and the 2017 runner up NIFA Top Pilot.

Ali Omargows

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, CPL, IR

Number of years flying: 5

Short Bio: Ali has been interested in flying since he could remember as a kid. Ali took his first flight lesson when he was studying Criminal Justice at The Ohio State University. After graduating, he obtained his pilot qualifications while working full time for The Federal Bureau of Investigation. He left his FBI job May of 2019 after 6 years, to flight instruct full time and eventually obtain the requirements to fly for the airlines.  He is passionate about teaching and inspiring others. Ali is originally from Somali and grew up in Greeley, Colorado. His hobbies include weight lifting, Basketball and track and field.

Timothy E. Heron, Ed.D.

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, CPL, IR, Winner of the FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor Award, Ground Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor Certificates

Number of years flying: 46

Short Bio: Tim has been flying for 46 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 27 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, Cirrus Training Center Instructor, CPL, IR

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, CPL, IR, and MEL

Number of years flying: 6

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, Cirrus Training Center Instructor, and CPL, IR

Number of Years Flying: 10 years

Short Bio: As a life time teacher and adventurous soul, Christine loves her role as a flight instructor.   She is passionate about advocating for general aviation by volunteering with FAASTeam, The Ninety-Nines, Professional Pilots Association, Angel Flights, Experimental Aviation Association and the Recreational Aviation Foundation.  Christine owns a Cessna 185 and is often planning her next trip to the mountains.

Paul Palmisciano

Licenses and Ratings: ATP, DPE, CFI, CFII, Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP), CPL, IR, Winner of the FAA Master Pilot Award, FAASTeam Representative

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: 12

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

Operations Manager

Licenses and Ratings: PPL IR

Number of Years Flying: 5

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!

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