Our Flight Instructors
Our difference is simple! VT AAA flight instructors are career pilots with the right mix of career instructors, new and experienced with a wide range of types of flying including airline pilots with many hours of flying.
Many VT 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 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 holding his certified flight instructor job 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.
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.
Klane joined the Marine Corps at the age of 19. He served four years with the Raiders of Fox Company 2nd Battalion/1st Marines as a SAW Gunner, radio operator, team leader, and a TRST master. After two combat tours in Iraq, he left the Marine Corps to pursue his educational goals, ultimately earning his BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. From a young age, his real passion was aviation he continued his education to become a CFI, CFII and is currently completing his requirements to complete his MEI.
Gordon is a career Army Officer with over 26 years of service, 17 of which were in Special Forces. Gordon was able to turn his passion for aviation into a post-military career. Having earned his CFI certificate through us using his GI Bill benefits, he has been working as an instructor ever since. He has flown all across the country in a variety of aviation opportunities including flying for Law Enforcement and as a sightseeing aerial tour pilot. His aim is to continue to have fun while flying and train safe, competent pilots using his experiences to help bridge the gap between training and real-world application for his students. “To me, flying is the ultimate combination of freedom and responsibility. As others have done for me, I hope I get the opportunity to share my passion with you as your CFI”.
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 experience have taken him to 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 started his pilot career with the Singapore Air Force. He was a leader and manager in operational, special operations and training squadrons. His management experience includes strategic planning, operational development, aircraft procurement, human resource, flight training, safety and accident prevention. Neo was a safety and human resource instructor at the Air Force Academy, lecturer and manager at the Armed Forces’ Senior Command and Staff College. After Air Force retirement, he ventured into the commercial world as an entrepreneur, business owner, commercial air ambulance pilot, financial trader and an investment advisor with Coldwell Banker Commercial, USA.
Neo started flying while in high school and obtained his private flying license before joining the Air Force. His Air Force experience include squadron commander (two operational squadrons and a flight school), flight examiner, flight instructor and maintenance test pilot as well as an operational planner and pilot with the US 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Neo has a FAA Airline Transport Pilot License and a FAA Advanced Ground School Instructor Certificate.
Neo is a safety professional with accreditations from the University of Southern California in Safety Management System (SMS), Risk Management, Human Factor and Aircraft Accident Investigation. His achievements include zero accident during his tenure as the Director of the Air Force Accident Prevention Branch. He is currently assisting Vision Technology, Aviation Academy of America in Texas for its start-up and expansion to meet the US and Singapore regulatory requirements. He is responsible for the implementation of SMS in the flight school and its satellite base to ensure zero accident. He is also a Quality Assurance Auditor certified by International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) based on the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), a program similar to the ISO-9000 series.
Neo’s leadership and management experience in aviation and business has created a portfolio of accomplishments. He is fully commitment to safety and quality with a passion for excellence.