Introducing our team.

Brenda Tibbs

Brenda Tibbs, a gold seal 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. Thanks to her many wonderful students, Brenda was the recipient of the AOPA Flight Instructor of the Year award in 2016 and recognized as a Distinguished Flight Instructor by AOPA in 2017. Brenda earned her Tail wheel endorsement in 2016 flying a Cessna 120 and her Commercial Seaplane rating in 2017. 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 dogs Rex and Emi or working in her garden.

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 and CFI-I in October 2017. He's currently working on multi-engine airplane and commercial 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.


Katie Spillane

Katie was called to the skies by a "Learn to Fly Here" sign posted on the side of route 50. She earned her private certificate in 2011 at Freeway Airport, then spent several years flying for fun and building cross country time in Pennsylvania and Florida. She started flying with Bravo in 2017 and earned her instrument, commercial, CFI, and CFII ratings. Katie is looking forward to completing her MEI ratings in the near future. When she is not flying Katie works as a veterinarian at a mixed animal practice. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, Kevin, and dogs, Izzie and Copper.


Leon Jackler

Leon started flying in 1987 and got his private license soon after his 17th birthday, fulfilling a lifelong dream/obsession. Over the past 30+ years he has flown several thousand hours in his own and other planes, recently earning his CFI and joining Bravo. Leon has flown all over the country, including going to Oshkosh every July, and volunteers for animal rescue and disaster relief flights. An aspiring ex-lawyer, he loves to share his passion for flight with students, other pilots, and anyone who'll listen, and learns something new on every flight. Oh, he also enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and dog.

Pete Bastien

Pete Bastien has been flying for nearly six decades. He made his first solo flight in 1962, and in the intervening years has never turned down an opportunity to go flying. Retired from the Air Force and several business ventures, Pete has firmly resolved to spend his remaining years doing only the things he truly loves: flying, teaching, and taking long walks in the woods with his beloved dog, Byla. Because of his advanced age, his students have bestowed upon him the nickname “Retro Pete”, a sobriquet he wears with pride. Working nearly every day as a flight instructor and charter pilot, Retro says, “My plan is to live and fly forever; and so far, so good!” Pete encourages his students occasionally to invite their pets along for a lesson; he says it is fun for him, relaxing for the student, and avoids separation anxiety for the pet. However, dogs are somewhat problematic on cross-countries, because they absolutely hate flying in straight lines; they would much rather make…um…doglegs! Go figure!

Chris Meyer

Chris began flying with a discovery flight at Bravo in 2019. Quickly hooked, he decided that flying sounded more fun than working as an insurance adjuster. Earning his Private certificate in 2020, Chris took advantage of the unplanned time off provided by Covid-19 to complete his instrument rating. Flying paused while Chris and his wife Amy welcomed their first child to the world in fall 2020. Adjusting to his new life as a stay at home dad, Chris returned to training, earning his Commercial and CFI certificates in 2021. Chris is dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whether they be cultivating a new hobby or pursuing a new career. When he isn’t flying, Chris enjoys relaxing and spending time with his wife and young daughter.


Alex Scott

Alex began flying in 2016, where he earned his private certificate in Frederick, MD. He then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Science and completed his instrument, commercial, and multi engine add-on license. Alex then returned to Frederick last year to complete his CFI training with Bravo, and is thrilled to share his lifelong passion for aviation with students in Gaithersburg and Frederick. When he’s not in the cockpit, Alex can usually be found enjoying the outdoors, thorough hiking, biking, and swimming.

Gaithersburg location


Jonothan Tarkowski

Jonothan’s love for aviation grew as he listened to his grandfather talk about being a crop duster in small town Kansas.  He further ignited that love as a Sea Air Rescue Crewman and Tactical Evacuation Crewman in the US Military.  He qualified as crewman in many different types of helicopters, but the MV-22 Osprey was his favorite.  Jonothan learned to fly in 2016 and loves to take people who have never flown before up for their first time.  After retiring from the military, he earned his instrument, commercial and flight instructor certifications.  “Seeing the spark in someone’s eye who gets to experience a life long dream of flying is why I love teaching”.

Frederick location


Bryan Wang

Gaithersburg location

shlomo chavez

Shlomo Chavez

Shlomo’s passion for airplanes began 30 years ago when he was still a little boy and he used to see all the big and loud airplanes passing over his house. He lived in a small town next to the international airport. With the passion of a little boy, he promised himself that one day he would wear the coveted wings of a pilot.
His dreams came after his dreams of a family were fulfilled. In 2018 Shlomo earned his private pilot license, 3 years later he became a certified flight instructor. Today Shlomo instructs: Private
Now he gets to fulfill his love of flying with his love of instruction, as a father, Shlomo is gifted with extraordinary patience and a desire to guide anyone who is interested in obtaining a license to fly.