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Jim Lewis -  Chief Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor /CFII/MEI

You don’t stop flying when you get old. You get old when you stop flying.

I started flying in 1979 at the Bergstrom AFB Aero Club.  Recently retired Captain American Airlines, ATP rated in B777/767/757, MD11, FK100, and L382. I also served for 30 years in the USAF where I flew T38s and C103s (L382). Now retired as a Colonel with over 19,000 flight hours. 

Upon nearing retirement from American Airlines, I went back to school and earned my Single Engine Land (SEL) Commercial, SEL Certified Flight Instructor, and SEL Certified Flight Instructor Instrument. I did this to be able to help individuals fulfill their dreams of flight.

All major accomplishments start with a dream. Make sure you know what you really want and just go for it. Come see us NATIONWIDE AVIATION, we can help you achieve your dreams. 

(817) 894-7642


Charles Talley Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor /CFII/MEI

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.

(405) 850-4821


Michael Uhles - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI

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.

(817) 688-3796


Cody Maxwell - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

Born and raised in Parker County, Cody graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011

earning his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. After working in higher education for close to

12 years, Cody decided to pursue  flying. After one flight in 2019 he was hooked and went on to pursue

aviation as a profession. He earned an Aviation Degree at Tarrant County College which included CFI and

CFII ratings. Cody is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending his free time at the family property with

his wife, son, and dog (Zeus).

(817) 629-0644


Austin McDonald - Certified Flight Instructor 

Austin grew up in west Fort Worth, eventually moving to Aledo where he graduated high school in 2015. He was exposed to aviation by his father, a lifelong professional pilot. After earning a degree in Biology in 2019, he decided to try flying. The thrill of flying took hold, and he proceeded to earn his ratings from Private to CFI at Nationwide. When not flying, he enjoys bowling, swimming, and movies.

(817) 773-0594 


Zachary Swindall - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

At a young age,  Zach always wanted to be a pilot. Memories of pictures and models of his grandfather who was a Navy pilot always inspired him to pursue a career in aviation. Zach received his ratings predominately in 2021 and the beginning of 2022. His goal is to continue to expand the connections he has made through the journey and continue to grow his hours to be more marketable to a whole world of Business Aviation and the Airlines.

(682) 328-3676 


Gage Jarvis - Certified Flight Instructor

Gage is an Oklahoma State Grad. He has two dogs, Miles, and Murphy, he is a huge College football and golf fan. He has been flying since 2017 and did most of their flight training in the Oklahoma State flight program. Gage has been with the Nationwide team since August and looks forward to sharing his passion for flying with students! 

(972) 505-8271


Karl Dempsey - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI

Pennsylvania born, Maryland raised. Karl took up flying after graduating from the University of Maryland where he received a degree that has nothing to do with aviation. Post college Karl quickly worked through his private pilot license and flew for pleasure and experience. Shortly there after Karl moved to Tennessee to receive his IFR rating through MEI. Karl instructed in Tennessee and had the absolute pleasure to move to Texas to continue his instruction and now he’s stuck here because he met his beautiful wife down here. All things aside Karl has a love for small aircraft and flight instruction.

(410) 271-6678

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!

(817) 312-5522


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.

(888) 459-8440


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.

(817) 807-1263


Lexi Talley - Operations Coordinator 

Lexi grew up in Northwest Oklahoma and made the move to North Texas in 2020. She is an Oklahoma State alum (Go Pokes!) and comes to Nationwide with a background in education. She was exposed to aviation through her husband, Charles, and her father-in-law. Although she does not have any ratings, she respects the field of aviation and sees the positive impact it has on people. In her spare time Lexi enjoys cooking, watching OSU sporting events, and playing with her pup!

(888) 459 - 8440


Trevor Hall - Owner/President

Originally 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.


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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.

(817) 240-6851


Greg Bernier - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

Greg grew up in Chicago IL and began working for Southwest Airlines right after high school. While starting off as a Ramp agent for southwest Greg later became a flight attendant. While flying around the country for a living Greg had a lot of opportunity to sit up in the cockpit of a 737 and talk with the pilots who convinced him to finally pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. 2 years later Greg was accepted into Southwest Airlines Destination225 Pilot Pathway Program. His background and experience in aviation will make him a great addition to the Flight Instructor Team. 

(708) 574-8808


Matthew Darr - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

Matthew Darr goes by ‘Matt’ most of the time. Matt is a CFI, CFI-I, and MEI here at Nationwide Aviation. He grew up in a family full of aviators, both military and general aviation. Some of his earliest memories are from the back seat of Cessna, Beechcraft, and Piper aircraft. Matt is a former college and professional football player (punter). He really enjoys being in the aviation industry and helping others achieve their flying goals.

(661) 204-1952


Zachary Willis - Certified Flight Instructor

Zach Willis grew up in Allen, Texas which is where he fell in love with aviation watching planes take off and land at McKinney National with his grandfather.  Zach went on to Oklahoma State University majoring in Aerospace Administration and Operations. There he got his ratings and moved back to Allen. He dreams of flying the MD11 which his grandfather worked on during his McDonald Douglas days!

(214) 507-7173


Neil Wickham - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

Originally from South Africa, Neil moved to the United States at a young age. Living in New Jersey for a few years, he is now proud to call Texas home. After attending the Alliance Airshow as a kid, Neil became inspired to pursue flying. He began flight training while in high school and finished up his ratings in college. He is excited to share his passion for aviation with new students. Outside of flying Neil enjoys playing guitar, camping, and spending time with family.

(817) 505-9214


Matthew Jones - Certified Flight Instructor

Originally from Sanger, TX, Matt graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 with a degree in Aviation Management and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2012 with a Masters of Aeronautical Science, specializing in Aviation Safety. Matt began flying in 2007, and obtained his Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multi-engine ratings while attending OU and CFI at Nationwide. Since graduating, Matt has held many positions with the FAA and at Southwest Airlines where he currently works as a Regulatory Affairs Investigator. When not flying, Matt enjoys attending college football games, building/riding motorcycles and spending time with his wife and dog (Oakley).

(940) 368-2027


Vinny & Sinead Visconti - Owners 52F 

Vinny grew up in Denton County, is a third generation airline pilot, and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's in Aviation Science. He has logged over 12,000hrs and currently flies for one of the world's largest airlines where he also serves as an instructor pilot and a program manager.

Sinead grew up in Ireland and immigrated to the US to become a pilot. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She has logged over 15,000hrs of flying and currently flies for one of the world's largest airlines where she also serves as an instructor pilot.

Vinny and Sinead, together with over 40yrs of aviation experience, joined the Nationwide Team in 2022 to help foster the next generation of pilots.
(303) 589-4791
(303) 589-4794


Ivan Ulrich - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

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.

(817) 933-2325


Robert Donnelly - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

Robert was born in Miami, FL, and spent his childhood moving around the globe over a dozen times as a military brat. His father is a retired Colonel and AH-64 Apache Longbow pilot with just over 25 years of military service. Between watching him flourish throughout his aviation career and spending ample time on airplanes during their many moves, he fell in love with the idea of flight. Robert graduated from the University of Oklahoma (BOOMER!) majoring in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Homeland Security while completing flight training on the side. Robert's goal at NWA is to make people's dreams of becoming Professional Pilots and beyond come true. In his free time, Robert loves to work out, watch TV and spend time with his fiance Lauren and their miniature Goldendoodle, Oliver.

(254) 702-9427


Dylan Durst - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII

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. 

(325) 792-7097