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Mike D’Albertis

Ground Instructor

Brief info

"Hello my name is Mike and I am the ground instructor here at Island Air Express Panama City. I was able to obtain my advanced ground instructor rating and I been flying on and off since 1971 as a civil air patrol cadet. I always had a strong interest and love in aviation since I was three years old. At a early age I had the desire to fly and become a pilot and was able to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where I obtained my master degree in Aeronautical Science in Aviation and Space Operations. I am a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists and have a chair on the Board of Trustees. I love aviation, astronomy, and most of all I love teaching."

Our courses and programs


Private Pilot License is a great opportunity for you to start a private pilot career!


The easiest FAA license to earn is the recreational or Sport Light Aircraft license


After 10-15 hours of flight training, your multi-engine instructor can sign you off to take the FAA practical test


For a pilot in command of an airplane, the instrument proficiency check must include the procedures and maneuvers for a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and, if required, for the appropriate type rating.


After receiving a CFI license you get a green light to be employed as a flight instructor!


Upon completion of the commercial course, students can work and get paid right away.


To act as the PIC under IFR or in weather conditions less than VFR, you must be instrument current

Finish Up Training

Our Finish-Up Program is one of our most popular training programs. We re-train advanced pilots each month.

Flight Sim

Engineered to be introduced in the first stages of a pilot’s aviation experience, the TouchTrainer FM 210 Flight Simulator provides an immersive dual seat cockpit.
COVID-19 Precautions

At Island Air Express Panama City we are taking the necessary precautions to protect you, your family, and others against Covid-19. We follow the CDC guidelines and enforce wearing a mask at all times in the airplane, inside of public places, and encourage social distancing.

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