Our instructors are chosen with special care. They demonstrate professionalism, enthusiasm, and the ability
to communicate effectively. Theyíre aim is to provide you with personalized attention and to help you fly!

  • David Kraftchak Jr.   CFI CFII

    Belle Chasse, LA
    "After a childhood dream of becoming a pilot I began flying in 2000. I have been a professional musician and entertainer serving in the U.S. Navy for 15 years and plan to retire in 2018 from our Armed Forces. When I complete my service to Uncle Sam I plan to work full time in aviation and continue to share my passion of flight with others. For the past 2 years I have continued to learn new skills and expand my education at the Flight Academy of New Orleans and am proud to be a member of this FAMILY!"

  • Jared Graham   CFI CFII

    Belle Chasse, LA
    Jared has been flying various aircraft for the US Air Force and US Navy for the last 15 years. He brings with him a plethora of aviation experience and knowledge. He holds ATP, CFI/CFII and single engine seaplane ratings from the FAA.

  • Sy Pinkert   CFI CFII AGI IGI

    Crestview, FL
    "I began flying in 2010. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in aeronautics. I have enjoyed spreading knowledge of aviation onto others and look forward to continuing that at FANO."

  • Patrick Griffin   CFI CFII

    Orland Park, IL
    "I began flying back in 2008. I was born in Chicago, IL. I graduated from Saint Louis University with a Major in Aviation. One of my dreams has been to fly a military aircraft. Currently I am flight instructing to gain more knowledge and experience in the aviation industry. I look forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with my new students here at FANO."

  • Wade DeVillier   Commercial Pilot

    New Orleans, LA
    "I began flying in 1998. I was born in New Orleans and have spent a large amount of time in the water growing up. My aviation career has lead me through many paths from seaplanes to flying in Alaska. I look forward to sharing what I have learned to the student through my experiences."

  • Remanth Peddakotla   CFI CFII

    Hyderabad, India
    "I have been a commercial pilot since 2008. It has always been my dream to fly, I used to fly for Cloud Seeding. I completed my CFI in 2013, and I enjoy teaching and lending my expertise to future pilots."


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Our staff is here to help you enjoy your time with us, and become an excellent pilot!

  • Ankur Hukmani   Chief Instructor

    New Orleans - Originally from New Delhi
    "As our Chief Flight Instructor, I am able to use my two passions, flying and teaching. I gained my flight experience flying for Northwest Airlines as a U.S. commercial airline pilot. It was a great job !  "

  • Krystal Hukmani   Managing Director

    New Orleans, LA
    "As our Managing Director and Director of Admissions, helping our pilots realize their dream to get their ratings is very gratifying. Your success is our success. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be your flight trianing provider."

  • Katharine Shay   Office Assistant

    Minneapolis, MN
    "Since taking my first flight lesson at age 7 becoming a pilot has been my dream. Now, working at Flight Academy I am glad to help students pursue their dreams of flight."

  • Nevada Prewitt   Office Assistant

    Los Angeles, CA
    "Being a friendly face of encouragement while our students pursue their dreams of flying is rewarding and gratifying. Flight Academy of New Orleans is my second family, and I am happy to be apart of the success and joy that this company brings to so many."

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