Brad Desai - Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
Brad grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Daniel Webster College in 2011, studying Aviation Management and Homeland Security. While in college, Brad also finished his Commercial Pilots License and planned to fly as a hobby. He began his career in Management and was formerly a Manager at Southwest Airlines, before joining the Team at Nationwide. After 8 years being a Manager, he decided to make the jump over to Flight Operations and was selected for the Southwest Airlines Destination225 Pilot Pathway Program. His background and experience will make him a great addition to the Flight Instructor Team.
Charles Talley - Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor /CFII
Originally from the Oklahoma Panhandle, Charles was introduced to aviation by his father at a young age. Receiving his private pilot license in 2015, Charles used flying as a recreational outlet throughout college. After graduating from Midwestern State University in 2018 with a degree in corporate finance, he worked as an analyst in the oil and gas industry for roughly two and a half years. Unable to shake the flying bug, Charles fast tracked to make his passionate hobby into his career. When not flying, Charles enjoys golfing and spending time outdoors with his wife, Lexi, and their labrador retriever.
Michael Uhles - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
Michael was born and raised in Fort Worth and started flying while in college at TCU. He received his private pilot license right after graduation and flew recreationally with friends and family during an 8-year career as a public accountant and consultant. In 2019 Michael started training at Nationwide for his advanced ratings and in 2021 decided to leave the accounting world and follow his passion for aviation by pursuing a career as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. After being a long-time student at Nationwide, Michael is excited to now be helping others meet their aviation goals as he continues learning and growing as a pilot himself. Outside of aviation, Michael still maintains an active CPA license in Texas and enjoys several hobbies including golfing, running, and camping.
Brett Holzapfel - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2012 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Brett began his career at Southwest Airlines. He worked as an engineer with the airline for eight years before switching gears and deciding to pursue piloting the planes he’d previously been engineering solutions for. He is a member of the inaugural class of Southwest’s Destination 225° program and holds his CFI and CFII ratings. When not flying, he is every friend and family member’s go-to mechanic and all-around ‘fixer’ and lives in Grapevine, TX, with his wife, Kaylee, and soon-to-be son.
Dylan Durst - Certified Flight Instructor
Dylan grew up in Central Texas on a ranch where he was first amused by aviation seeing crop dusters fly by spraying fields at a young age. The flying dream did not come to fruition until later on in life while serving in the Navy. He was afforded the opportunity to start his Private Pilot training in California and worked up to his first solo in 2016. Following the military he enrolled at TSTC in Waco, Tx where he earned all of his ratings from Private to CFI. Dylan loves spending his free time at the lake with family and friends or out on the golf course.
Russell Beasley - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from Austin, TX, Russell attended Texas Tech University graduating with degrees in Business Marketing and Management from the Rawls College of Business in 2016. After working for a few years in the highway construction business, he was ready to make a change and decided to pursue a long-time goal of earning his pilot's license. Once he started flying, the aviation bug took hold and Russell decided to pursue aviation as a career earning everything from his Private license to his CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings in about 1 year.
Brittany Howard - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Born in Ohio but raised in Texas Brittany was introduced early on into aviation by her father who was a CFI. Prior to her career in aviation she graduated from University of Texas in Arlington in 2015 with her Bachelors degree in Nursing. Seeking to pursue her passion for aviation she got her private pilots license from Nationwide in 2017. Shortly thereafter, she obtained the rest of her certifications and licenses in 2019. Brittany is dedicated to providing quality instruction individually tailored to the needs of each aspiring pilot.
Jason Charrier - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from north Louisiana, Jason graduated from THE University of La Monroe in 1997. Since then, his flying career has been all over the map (literally) with a roots as a young CFI, a crop duster, a charter pilot, a military pilot and now an airline pilot. He holds an ATP certificate, a CFII and multiple type ratings. Even with Jason’s experience he still considers himself a student of aviation. He believes if you ain’t learning, you're losing!
Emma Griffin - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
I found my passion for aviation in high school when I went to NAS Fort Worth JRB and watched from the taxiway as the F-16s took off; after that day I planned to become an Air Force Pilot . Once I graduated high school, plans changed and I decided to get my license at Nationwide Aviation. At the age of 19, exactly 2 years after my first ever plane flight, I am now getting the chance to share my love for flying with others and help them achieve their aviation goals. I continue to try to achieve new goals inside and outside of aviation that will make me a more well-rounded person. And through every success and mistake, I try to learn and become a better person as well as pilot.
Jade “9 Toes” Cross – Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from Marietta, OK. Jade served 14 years in the United States Marine Crops Reserve as a KC-130 Crew Master at NAS Fort Worth. Before entering General Aviation, Jade worked as certified training instructor for Union Pacific Railroad teaching locomotive movers at Fort Worth’s Davidson Yard. Jade has lived in the Parker County area since 2010 and is dedicated to quality flight instruction.
Jon Pounds - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
Originally from Chicago, IL, Jon graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Operations Management. He has since studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he led research on aircraft computational design. After landing in Texas, Jon came to Nationwide Aviation to finish his Commercial and Flight Instructor Certificates. He now leads Nationwide’s instructor corps while still serving as a B-1B Engine Mechanic for the 489th Bomb Group out of Dyess AFB. Jon was recently voted by his colleagues as the coolest, smartest, and funniest instructor you will ever be lucky enough to meet.
Shawn Noyes - Flight Instructor/CFII
Originally from Indiana, Shawn graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Professional Aviation Technology. He spent his intial hours flying skydivers and traffic watch. Shawn then became a military pilot graduating at the top of his class. He currently flies for the airlines and military. As a CFI in both airplanes and helicopters, he loves to teach in his off time.
Kirkland Monaghen - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
from outside San Antonio, TX, Kirkland is a graduate of Oklahoma State
University with degrees in Aerospace Admin, Professional Pilot, and a minor in
Aviation Management. Kirkland
began flying gliders at the age of 14, had his private-glider certificate at
16 and now flies as a Captain for Skywest Airlines.
Hunter Titus - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
Hunter grew up in Granbury, TX and after high school he spent two years in New York studying the Maritime industry, with intentions of pursuing a career as an officer on a ship. After his time in New York, he transferred to Stephen F. Austin and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Nutrition Dietetics. He worked as a Diet Technician at Cook Childrens hospital for a year and half but left to pursue a career outside of nutrition and stumbled upon aviation. He began his aviation career a year ago when he developed a passion for aviation. Hunter holds a CFI and CFII, and says he is constantly listening, learning, and growing as a pilot.
Tyler Titus - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
Originally from Aledo, Texas, Tyler graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Education. Tyler was formerly a High School School Teacher and Coach before making the career change to Aviation. His education and teaching experience along with coaching transfer to making him an outstanding Flight Instructor here at Nationwide Aviation!
Aaron Yuknavich - Operations Manager
Born in Fort Walton Beach Florida, Aaron split his childhood between the sunshine state and the lone star state. An avid aviation geek Aaron comes from an Air Force family with an aviator and airline instructor for a Father. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010, following graduation he spent time in customer service and sales roles, most recently 7.5 years working in the hospitality event industry. Outside of enthusiastically managing the flight school operation, Aaron enjoys volunteering at church, golfing, and ice hockey.
Trevor Hall - Owner/President
from Sanger, TX, Trevor graduated from The University of Louisiana at Monroe in
2011 with a degree in Aviation Management, and a minor in Business. Trevor began
flying in 2007, and started Nationwide in 2012. He holds his ATP Certificate, is a A&P Mechanic, and has over 12 years experience in General Aviation, Corporate, and Commercial Airlines combined.
Taylor Floyd - Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor /CFII /MEI
Originally from Wichita, KS, “The Air Capital of the World”, Taylor graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Taylor received his Private Pilots License while working for Textron Aviation in 2015. He later transferred to Texas to work in Operations at Bell’s Flight Training Academy. After five years with Textron, he left to pursue his passion of becoming a professional pilot. Taylor holds his CFI, CFII, & MEI. He is dedicated to providing quality instruction and sharing his passion for aviation.
Jett Jacobs - Certified Flight Instructor
Jett grew up in the town of Brock Texas and graduated from Brock high school in 2018 where he was a 4 year letterman in Tennis. After an A&P apprenticeship with Rich Aeroworks he decided to pursue flight school receiving a private rating with Rich Aviation at Meacham airport. Jett received his instrument, commercial, multi engine, and CFI with American Flyers, graduating at the top of his class and receiving the American Flyers Airmanship Award. He feels extremely blessed to have found aviation and looks forward to sharing his aviation knowledge with other pilots and spreading the love of aviation.
Ryan Rhodes - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from Washington State Ryan got to Texas as soon as possible. Raised in the Keller area Ryan attended Keller High and is a graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University “The Harvard of East Texas”.
After Graduation Ryan took a small detour as an information technology recruiter but after 9 years in a corporate position, he came to his senses and became the 4th generation of his family to take on aviation as a career.
Ryan resides in Keller Texas, is a fan of all thing’s history, enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and trying his best to never leave North West Regional Airport.
Ivan Ulrich - Certified Flight Instructor
Born in Kentucky but raised in Cleburne, Texas, Ivan began flying in 2014 after his uncle gifted him an intro flight at a local flight school. At the time it was just a hobby, however, after he earned his Private Pilot Certificate it wasn’t long before he got the bug and went on to earn additional certificates and ratings. In 2021 Ivan joined the team at Nationwide by opening a new location at the Cleburne airport which has much opportunity for growth. With a wife and two kiddos at home, Ivan is dedicated to general aviation safety and wants to pass along this priority to all of his students.
Walter Cannon III - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII