Instructors

Introducing our team.

Brenda Tibbs

Brenda Tibbs, CFII, opened Bravo Flight Training in 2016 with the goal of creating a fun and safe environment for pilots to learn. She began flying in 2001 and became a CFII in 2010. She was the recipient of the AOPA Flight Instructor of the Year award in 2016 thanks to her many wonderful students. Brenda earned her Tail wheel endorsement in 2016 flying a Cessna 120. Brenda is the Post leader for the Frederick Aviation Explorers and an active member of the Sugarloaf 99’s. When she is not working at Bravo, Brenda enjoys spending time with her kids and grandchildren, hiking with her dog Rex or working in her garden.

Jim Wincelowicz

Jim is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor and holds CFI/CFII/MEI and Advanced Ground Instructor Certificates. Additionally, he holds an ATP Certificate with a CL-65 Type Rating and is an active, full-time Air Line Pilot. Jim, a native Marylander, began his flight training in 2012 at Martin State Airport in Middle River. While building time for his Commercial Certificate, Jim was fortunate enough to be able to fly across most of the United States and some International destinations, such as Bimini, Bahamas. Jim enjoyed flying to Vail, CO, and Nantucket, the most! Flying in a variety of climates allowed for a better appreciation and understanding of certain factors such as airplane performance and weather. Jim is dedicated and enthusiastic to work with students to help them reach their aviation goals. Jim’s instruction places a strong emphasis on procedures and safety, allowing students to become confident, competent, and safe Pilots. When not flying, Jim enjoys being outdoors hiking and kayaking.

Frank Watson

Frank Watson graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1996 and spent 13 years as an Air Force logistician. He separated from the Air Force in 2009 to get married and settle down in Frederick. He began his flight training in 2014 and earned his CFI in November 2016. He's currently working on his CFII and helicopter ratings. He enjoys long walks on the beach and sunsets.

Mike Crawford

Mike is a lifelong resident of Frederick, who got his license in 2005. He is a CFI and CFII. He started flight instructing full time in 2016 after retiring from a 25-year career in the fire department. He still teaches at the University of MD teaching fire/rescue courses around the state. When he is not flying or teaching, Mike enjoys traveling with his family and working on his 1966 Mustang.

Mike Howard

Mike Howard began his flight training in 2015, earning his Certified Flight Instructor, Advanced Ground Instructor, and Instrument Ground Instructor certificates by early 2017. Prior to flight training, Mike spent over 20 years in physics, software development, engineering, and manufacturing across a variety of industries. His education includes a bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Maryland at College Park as well as a master’s in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.