Meet Our Exceptional Staff

Meet Our Flight Instructors

Sure, we have great airplanes, a superb flight training syllabus and a training environment that is second-to-none….but….it is our flight instructors that really make the difference. The best in the industry! No joke!

An All-Star cast, SunState Aviation Flight Instructors are mature, experienced professionals with an array of impressive credentials and thousands of hours of flight instruction given. Some of our Flight Instructors have earned the coveted Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificate and some also hold Airline Transport Pilot certificates. Listed below are our instructors with their respective ratings.

Sherrie Harvey – Chief Flight Instructor


Commercial Airplane, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane


Joe Suarez – Senior Flight Instructor

CFI, CFI-I, MEI, Gold Seal Flight Instructor

Airline Transport Pilot, Master CFI, Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument and Multi Engine Instructor. More than 7000 hours instruction given and nearly 30 years experience.



Meet Our Support Staff


Mike Camelin

Director of Marketing and Sales – Instrument-rated pilot with more than a decade of experience providing exceptional service to our pilots-in-training.

Steve Graham

Founder, CEO – Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument, FITS Trained for Garmin G1000, More than 10 years experience providing Accelerated Flight Training.

Steve is the founder and CEO of SunState Aviation. Steve had been providing accelerated flight training as an independent flight instructor for many years and then served as the Chief Flight Instructor for a very large flight school prior to opening SunState Aviation in 2002. Steve hails from Cullman, Alabama.

Gold Seal Flight Instructor

What is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor?

The FAA issues the coveted Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificates only to those instructors who give a lot of flight instruction and whose students successfully pass checkrides. This means you can have a high degree of confidence that the training you are paying for is up to date, accurate, and efficient. Inefficient training is expensive, and having to retake a flight test can cost hundreds of dollars more. At SunState Aviation, you can expect to be given top quality flight training and to pass your check-ride on the first attempt. A Gold Seal CFI certificate is the seal of approval the FAA gives to exceptional instructors.