Introducing our team.
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 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 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.
Jim grew up in Frederick, and lived in Philadelphia for 30 years, teaching high school & college sciences. He started flying in 1990, and earned his CFII in 2000 at Northeast Philadelphia airport. Along the way, he added ASES, AMEL, and glider ratings. Now returned to living in Frederick, he is eager to share his love of aviation with new friends. Jim has a little over 4700 hours of flight time, and 2500 hours of dual instruction given, and every flight is an opportunity to learn something new.
If he can’t be flying, or scuba diving, he will be found on a tropical beach with his wife Mary – smiling & relaxing.
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 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.
Niles is a graduate from Liberty University with a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautics: Commercial/Corporate. Ever since he was a kid, Niles has been fascinated with aviation and would spend his free time flying drones and playing any flight-based video game. He got involved with Frederick Aviation Explorers and was able to take an intro flight that got him hooked on flying. Niles started taking lessons in 2016 with Bravo Flight Training, and then went on to Liberty University to continue his flight training and earn his degree. He returned to Bravo in 2019 to achieve his CFI and started working for Bravo in 2020. Niles enjoys aerial photography and taking friends flying in his free time.
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!
Since she was a child, Eryka always wanted to be a pilot.
She graduated in Marketing at Radial University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In 2018 she enrolled at part 61 private pilot training at Bravo Flight Training, earning her wings in March 1019.
Right after that, she moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, to attend Phoenix East Aviation, where she earned her Instrument and Commercial licenses under part 141.
She was the recipient of the Ninety Nines 2020 Amelia Earhart scholarship and is an avid participant of the aviation community.
She also does volunteering flights for sick patients and for the Civil Air Patrol.
Today she is a multi engine rated pilot, CFI, and CFII.
On her free time, she loves running, crossfit, rafting, skydiving, cooking and playing with her dogs.
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.
Joe spent six years in the Army National Guard as a Human Resource Specialist, then another four as a Business Analyst on the civilian side. The most important lesson he learned in that time was that he'd much rather be in the seat of an airplane than an office chair. Instead of remaining in an unfulfilling career, Joe decided to start over as a pilot. He trained as a Student Pilot at KMRB under fellow Bravo instructor Pete Bastien before finishing up his PPL in Chesapeake, VA. He spent six months in Raleigh, NC at a career pilot program to get his Instrument, Commercial, CFI, CFII, and Multi-Engine certificates. Joe's ultimate goal is to reach the airlines. For now though, he's happy sharing the gift of flying with as many people as he can.
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.