instructors/pilots

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!

  • 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 !  "

  • David Kraftchak Jr.   Commercial Pilot IGI


    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!"

  • 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."

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administration

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

  • 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."

  • Aly Berry   Office Assistant


    Hilton Head, SC
    "I have just moved back to New Orleans and couldn't be happier to be working at such a unique place. I am also a grad student who will soon have the title of Master of Disaster."

  • Lauren North   Office Assistant


    Seattle, WA
    "Iím from Seattle, Washington and recently moved to New Orleans. I have always been interested in flying as a career. I am currently working on my private pilotís license and hope to go all the way through to my commercial license, and Flight Academy is a great place to complete my flight goals."

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