Senior Flight Instructors

Our difference is simple but hard to recreate at other flight schools; our instructors are career instructors and experienced airline pilots with many hours of flying.

AAA Senior Level Flight Instructors have many years instructing future pilots.  They know what piloting at regional airlines, national carriers and on corporate planes is like because they’ve all experienced it.  Their past positions include airline first officers, captains, and instructors. With this great experience, they’ll be able to help you become the best professional pilot no matter where your dreams take you.

 

Senior Level Flight Instructors

 


Senior Flight Instructors

Yusuke Kusajima, Chief Pilot

A native of Japan, Yusuke Kusajima first came to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. He graduated from Tarleton State University with an Aviation Science major. While attending TSU, he was able to intern with one of the major airlines in the U.S.

After graduating, he joined Aviation Academy of America flight school as a flight instructor and soon became a chief pilot managing their Air Force contract. In 2007 he moved on to his career as a pilot for Part 135 airlines where he obtained ATP and two type ratings, SA227 Metroliner and Dornier 328; all while still flight instructing for Aviation Academy. In 2009, he became part owner of Aviation Academy while still maintaining his full-time position as the charter airline.

His career has taken him from the first officer to captain, and then to company check airman and instructor, he has acquired extensive training experience, both in airplane and simulator as well as domestic and international operations. In addition to FAA certificates and ratings, he also holds Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Multi-engine Commercial Pilot license and Certified Flying Instructor rating.

John Harris, Chief Assistant Pilot

John was born in a small town in Iowa and worked in an array of industries from finally being able to join his calling in Aviation. His love for flying started when his younger sister dared him to take an airplane ride at the age of 7. After that first trip, he was hooked. He obtained his license when he was nineteen and has not stopped flying. After living in Missouri for most of his adult life, he and his wife took the plunge and moved to Texas. The warmer weather and the aviation world were calling. Both have been proud Texans for nine years and are still loving the life. He has been teaching since 2003 while also flying for corporate-based clients in New Braunfels.

On his time away from the aviation world, John enjoys spending time with his family, designing jewelry, golfing and creating masterpieces with his woodwork.

Tim Hitchcock, CFI

Having gone to a WWI airshow at the age of seven, Tim Hitchcock has not stopped “looking up,” whenever a plane has flown overhead since. While still single and with some cash available in his early 20s, Tim actively pursued the dream of flying.

Tim has been a flight instructor, a cargo pilot, and a regional airline pilot. He has 6,000 hours total time. He has 3,700 hours in the CRJ (both left and right seats,) 1,000 hours in the AC-500 and 1,300 hours in various single engine Cessnas and twin engine Pipers. He is certificated as an ATP and an Instructor, with Airplane, Instrument and Multi-Engine privileges. He looks forward to a seaplane rating and aerobatics.

He married his “Texas Belle” in 1997. They are raising seven children. They have resided in East TX, Northern KY, Northeastern OH, and until recently Southwestern CO. Mostly; he enjoys being with his wife and children, watching movies, playing games, reading books, and periodically going skiing and hunting.

Aziz Aityahia, CFI

Flying has been his dream since that first time his father took him to the airport to welcome a relative visiting for the holidays; after starting college, Aziz joined the local flight club where he learned to fly Ultra Lights and later took part in an International Air Marathon across the Algerian desert.

After a brief career with a United Nations agency advocating children welfare worldwide (UNICEF) serving in Algeria and East Africa, Aziz moved to the United States where he earned his pilot certificates.
As a flight instructor, Aziz has taught for several FAA for certifications, as well as the European certifications before flying as an airline pilot for a US regional airline.

Aziz has over 3000 hours and has flown a variety of airplane with a Type ratings in the CL-65 and the Airbus 320/321/318/319
Aside from flying Aziz likes to read and enjoys cooking.

Sean Arevalo, CFI

Sean Arevalo has always been interested in aviation. His flame for air transport was first sparked when he took his first commercial flight. Since that day, he never imagined doing anything other than flying an airplane. When he was 22 he finally took a chance and followed his dream; he attended flight school moving from his home in California to Florida for flight training. Sean is now a flight instructor for Private, Instrument and Commercial training. He holds a CFI, CFII, and MEI instructor ratings.

He enjoys teaching and working with students of many different backgrounds. Along with flight training, he also teaches ground school, so no matter what type of flight training or ground training you need Sean can do it! So, begin your airline path flight training with Sean Arevalo.

Flight School staff

Paul Woessner, General Manager

Paul first became licensed as a Commercial Pilot in 1972 and now has over 6,000 total flight hours. Paul is rated to fly Hot Air Balloons, Helium Balloons, Hot Air Airships, Helium Airships, powered parachutes, and airplanes. In 1975, Paul became the first man to fly a hot air balloon over Lake Michigan. In 1977, he won his first World Hot Air Balloon Championships and repeated that feat again in 1979. In 1990, Paul set 16 World and National records in airships for speed and altitude. In 1993 as President of Vintage Airways Paul launched a boutique charter airline operating a pair of DC3’s from Orlando to Key West, Florida for Richard Branson. Paul manages our team of senior level flight instructors with our Cheif Pilot, Yusuke Kusajima.

In 2000, Paul was recruited by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as Executive Director overseeing all non-degree seeking pilot and mechanic training. While at Embry-Riddle, Paul was responsible for creating an innovative pilot selection process and launching a new state-of-the-art training program taking zero time pilots from small aircraft training to Captain level type rating of category transport airliners.

In 2006, Paul was recruited by Boeing to lead the development, launch, and deployment of the world’s first Multi-crew Pilot License program in Australia. In 2010, Paul was hired for a role as Senior Vice President of Delta Connection Academy (later became Aerosim Flight Academy). In 2014, Paul joined ATP Flight Schools in Jacksonville Florida as their Director of International Business Development. Most recently Paul was recruited by ST Aerospace Academy where he serves as General Manager for its newest acquisition Aviation Academy of America.

Paul been married to his wonderful wife of 35 years and they have two adult sons and two grand-babies!  He is an avid offshore saltwater fisherman, ride motorcycles, snow ski.

Chantal Medina, Operations Manager

Chantal was born into a family of aviators. Her father was a commercial pilot, and her mother was a flight attendant. She took her first flight before she could walk and has been traveling ever since. She was born and raised in Mexico and moved to San Antonio in 2000 to obtain her pilot’s license. A few years after receiving her instrument rating she enrolled with Embry-Riddle and is currently working on finishing her degree in Aviation Management.

When Chantal is not flying or attending an air show, she volunteers with a few animal rescue groups including pilots and paws. She also enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs while enjoying the Texas weather at the lake or out in the hill country.

Dena Lackey, Marketing Manager

Dena is new to the pilot life but has enjoyed learning what makes flying so much fun.  She has become an avid fan of the students and likes to find ways to get them involved in social media.  Her favorite thing about the chance to create marketing for AAA is helping students have a career that will make their life extraordinary! She is a Marketing professional with over ten years’ experience in campaign strategy, development, and management.  Some of her recent projects include social media marketing and campaigns for The San Antonio Meditation Center, USAA, Schreiner University, HEB, Rackspace, Air Force Marketing Services and North Chamber of Commerce.

She is a Native Texan and knows her way around just about any city in the state.When not at the office, you can find her hiking with her husband and extended family at one of the local parks or a volunteer at the local meditation center.

Neo, Aik Sia

Safety and Quality 

Neo’s entrepreneur spirit and business expertise have taken him all over Asia, Europe, and the US. He draws on over 30 years of global managerial, executive, and financial experience in complex business models as a service provider and business developer. Neo passion for flying started at a young age, having started flying at a Junior Flying Club before joining the Singapore Air Force.

For the next 30 years, Neo was accorded leadership responsibilities in operational, special operations and training units, operational development, strategic planning, flight training, safety and accident prevention. His skills and experience include a squadron commander (3 tours), flight instructor, maintenance test pilot, safety and human resource instructor at the Air Force Academy, directing staff and lecturer at the Senior Command and Staff College and director of accident prevention, Air Force Safety Inspectorate.

Neo received his safety training from the University of Southern California in Human Factor, Aircraft Accident Investigation, Risk Management and Aviation Safety Management System.
He is also a trained Safety Quality Assurance Auditor from the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) and is affiliated with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). While in the US, he was an operational planner and flew as an exchange pilot while serving with the
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

 

Before joining VT AAA, Neo was an air ambulance pilot with Air Methods Corporation, an entrepreneur, financial trader and an investment advisor with Coldwell Banker Commercial. He understands business, is service oriented and customer focused. He is full commitment to safety, quality, training and excellence.

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