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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! Listed below are our instructors with their respective ratings.

Alfred Vasquez – Flight Instructor

CFI, CFI-I, MEI

Alfred is finishing up his Bachelors in Aviation at Liberty University in May; prior to pursuing becoming a pilot, he served active duty in the US Army for a few years. His goal as a flight instructor is to accumulate the hours needed so that, eventually, he can accomplish his dream of flying for the airlines.

Habib Hussain – Flight Instructor

CFI, CFI-I

Originally from Nigeria, Habib grew up in Canada where he received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University. His goal as a flight instructor is to pass his knowledge of aviation and life to future pilots. On his spare time, he enjoys playing semi-pro soccer on a local team.

Paul Anthony Sabatini – Flight Instructor

CFI, CFI-I

Originally from New Jersey, Paul started flying at the age of 14 and worked his way up to CFI by the age of 19. He is currently finishing up his Bachelors in Aeronautics with a Minor in Engineering Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His goal as a flight instructor is to build up his experience as a pilot, while working towards his goal of becoming an airline pilot. Eventually, he would like to fly aircraft in the United States Air National Guard and ultimately, become a Test Pilot. Outside of flying, Paul is a guitar enthusiast and an avid Disney theme park fan.

Juliana Correa – Flight Instructor

CFI

Born in Colombia, Juliana moved to the U.S. with her family when she was only six years old. Throughout her life, her father always instilled in her that “there is no such thing as luck, only hard work”. Juliana attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she majored in Aeronautics. For the past three years, she has worked in customer service while also earning her instructor rating. Juliana hopes to help her students not only learn to fly, but to fall in love with the sciences involved. In her free time, she enjoys acrylic painting, anime, & fitness.

Michael McDonald – Flight Instructor

CFI

In his prior life, Michael received his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida, leading him to spend half of his career as an advisor to municipal bond issuers before following his lifelong aspiration of becoming a pilot. Michael strives to develop the next generation of pilots by leveraging his passion for aviation and stressing continual learning and improvement throughout their flight careers. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and dog, as well as fitting in the occasional Ironman Triathlon.

Meet Our Support Staff

SunState Aviation is not composed only of flight instructors though, we also have our lovely support staff that you can generally find behind the front counter, ready to help you whenever you need it!

Steve Graham – Chief Flight Instructor, Founder, CEO

CFI, CFI-I, ATP, FITS Trained for G1000, 15+ Years Experience

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

Isaiah Maldonado

A native to Florida, Isaiah received his Associates in Physics from Valencia College & Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University, where his concentrations were Aviation & Computational Sciences. His goal is to help everyone be able to accomplish their goals at SunState & eventually, plans on becoming a pilot himself. Isaiah is also a former middle school & high school math teacher and is a car enthusiast and a proud Disney Passholder.

Adelso “Junior” Vasquez

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Junior obtained his degree in Public Accounting from the Pontifical Catholic University, Mother & Teacher (PUCMM). He spent two and half years working in the electric company in the area of renewable energy for the northern region of the Dominican Republic. Junior’s goal is to assist students in all that they may need to accomplish their goal of becoming a pilot. 

Gold Seal Flight Instructor

What is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor?

The FAA issues the coveted Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificate only to those instructors who give a lot of flight instruction and whose students have an 80% success rate of passing their checkride on their first attempt! 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.