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.

Alex Bowman

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor, CPL, IR, and MEL

Number of Years Flying: 7 Years

Short Bio: Alex is working to achieve his dream of being a professional pilot. He realized his dream when he was seven years old after an airline captain allowed him to sit in the captain’s seat and wear his hat. Ever since then, Alex has been dedicated to learning all he can about flying.  He started flight training when he was 17 years old. Alex then went on to The Ohio State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Business Management while obtaining the necessary licenses and ratings to flight instruct. Working at Capital City Aviation as a Certified Flight Instructor, he is enjoying sharing his experiences, and learning all he can while on the road to his professional pilot career.

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.

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.

Mark Hollander

Licenses and Ratings: ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, Cirrus Training Center Instructor, CPL, IR, PPL SEL and SES

Number of Years Flying: 11

Short Bio: Mark has always had an interest in aviation and flying since he was young. Mark has a varied background, including the airlines. He enjoys flight instructing because he enjoys the fact that no two flights are ever the same. The challenge of having to adapt to different situations is one of the reasons he flight instructs. Ultimately, Mark enjoys instructing because he gets to help people meet their goals.

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…”

Zack Kelly

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, Cirrus Training Center Instructor, CPL, IR, MEL

Number of Years Flying: 5 years

Short Bio: Zack discovered his passion for aviation at a very young age. While on family vacations, Zack knew he wanted to be a pilot because the flight to and from his vacations were his favorite part of the trip. Zack began his flight training in High School. Zack ultimately continued his training at Capital City Aviation. Since then, Zack has obtained a Commercial Rating, an Instrument Rating, and Multi Engine Rating. Zack became a Certified Flight Instructor at Capital City Aviation and continues to follow his dream of becoming an airline pilot.

Griffin Kirk

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CPL SEL & SES, IR

Number of Years Flying: 7 years

Short Bio: Griffin is someone who has a passion for all things mechanical. He discovered this passion at an early age while growing up working on cars with his dad. His passion for aviation began in the world of bush flying. Griffin helped run supplies in De Havilland Beavers on floats in Canada and from then on he decided to take aviation on as both a lifestyle, and a career path. Griffin obtained most of his certificates and ratings through The Ohio State University’s Flight Program while obtaining his Degree in Aviation. Until his ultimate career as an airline pilot, Griffin is enjoying the process of gaining experience and sharing his passions with those he instructs.

James Lawton-Yoder

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CFII, MEI, CPL SEL & MEL, IR, Commercial Glider License

Number of Years Flying: 5 years

Short Bio: James started his flying career at a young age and soloed on his sixteenth birthday. The following year on his 17th birthday, he obtained his private pilot and instrument rating. Since then, he has become a commercial airplane and glider pilot as well as a certified flight instructor. When James is not instructing, he is flying co-pilot in Citations and working on his bachelors degree at Ohio State University. James is working towards his dream of becoming a airline pilot.

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.

Joe Mullahey

Licenses and Ratings: CFI, CPL SEL & MEL, IR

Number of Years Flying: 5 years

Short Bio: Joe’s aviation career began at Bowling Green State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Flight Technology and Operation. Concurrently with his professional education, he earned his pilot certificates as a part of his academic study. Joe also has experience in corporate aviation flying the Pilatus PC-12. Joe enjoys sharing his passion of aviation with others, especially when it comes to teaching students how to fly. He looks to keep the learning experience fun and engaging while maintaining the rigor in training necessary to achieve a student’s goals. In his free time Joe is busy training for his marathons, and planning his next flight in the Bonanza. “Talons up!” “

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.

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