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World Class Instructors & Staff

Unlike other flight schools, Tampa Bay Aviation offers twice the amount of aircraft and instructors which allows for better flexibility in your schedule to train and build up the flight hours that you need to attain your license. You’ll find that our highly professional culture is very friendly, approachable, and sociable, giving you the ability to feel at ease as you complete your training.

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Our Story

Tampa Bay Aviation began in 2012 with one helicopter and the dream to expand general aviation and the passion for flight to the Tampa Bay area. Since that time, we have grown to four locations providing charter, flight instruction, tours, and aircraft maintenance. It is our desire to maintain the “local” company presence, with the “global” reach that today’s aviation customers demand.

Our flight school fleet includes some of the most cutting-edge aircraft with advanced cockpits on par with commercial airliners. Our pilots and instructors are some of the most respected in the area, with the knowledge and experience for every level.

Tampa Bay Aviation has an aircraft for almost every mission and budget. From a helicopter that can drop you on the golf course to the largest King Air turboprop to reach halfway across the United States. Our CitationJet can whisk you away to hundreds of locations in the southeast and is one fuel stop away from the western US.

Whether you want to accomplish your lifetime dream to become a pilot, tour our beaches from the air, or charter a private aircraft to your own paradise, Tampa Bay Aviation can serve your needs.

Our Four Locations

Tampa Bay Aviation offers Private to ATP training in Fixed Wing and Rotorcraft Aircraft

Clearwater Airport

1000 North Hercules Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: 727-461-5229


540 1st Street Southeast
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727) 461-5229


14609 Airport Parkway #210
Clearwater, Fl 33762


6530 Tampa Executive Airport Rd #242
Tampa, FL 33610

Meet the Crew


Gold Seal Flight Instructor, Helicopter Flight Instructor

Carlo is from Santa Rosa, California and began instructing in airplanes in 1991. After 12 years of fixed wing instruction, he decided it was time for a change and began a new challenge instructing in helicopters. He considers himself fortunate to have joined the exceptional team at Tampa Bay Aviation in 2018. Carlo would eventually like to pursue a career in fire fighting, EMS, or Search and Rescue

Carlo Biagini has the following ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot: Helicopter, Airplane Multi Engine Land
  • Commercial: Helicopter, Airplane Single Engine Land
  • Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI, CFII; Airplane CFI, CFII, MEI
  • Ground Instructor: Advanced, Instrument


Helicopter Flight Instructor
Corey was born in Florida, but was raised in Vermont. He spent six years in the Air Force as enlisted aircrew before moving to the world of civilian aviation. Corey has worked in many different roles in aviation such as crew scheduler and aircraft dispatcher before discovering that being a helicopter pilot was the path for him. Corey completed his helicopter flight training just outside of Boise, Idaho, but has lived many years in the Tampa Bay area and is excited to be back. His long term goals are to one day work as a pilot for EMS or Police operations.
Corey holds following ratings:
  • Commercial: Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Helicopter CFI, Helicopter CFII
  • Private: Airplane SEL:


Angelo was born and raised in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Worked on the water as a Master Merchant Mariner (aka boat captain) since 2011, then began pursuing his childhood dream after taking an intro flight with TBA in 2020 and is currently working on becoming a flight instructor as he loves to teach and inspire others. He would like to eventually work for EMS and law enforcement.

Angelo holds the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Helicopter


Airplane Flight Instructor


Airplane Flight Instructor

Jimmy was born in North Georgia but grew up in Cincinnati while his Dad was a CVG-based Delta Captain. He moved back to Georgia to graduate college with a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. While attending college he Co-Op’d in the Delta Air Lines Flight Operations department and was hired full-time afterward. After 3 years with Delta, he started flight training full-time at ATP Flight School in Peachtree-Dekalb Atlanta, GA. After successfully receiving his PPL-MEI in 8 months, he flight instructed for a year and then flew for a company under Vista Jet with a PIC type rating in the CE-500 series aircraft. Jimmy is currently flying the B737 for Sun Country Airlines doing scheduled passenger, sports, and military charter and cargo. On the side, he flies the CE-500 series aircraft as a contract pilot in the eastern United States and Caribbean. Jimmy enjoys instruction and works at TBA part-time helping with regular instruction, part 61/141 stage checks, and EOCs. Jimmy competes in triathlons and just recently completed Ironman Florida 2023. He also enjoys watching football, hockey and reading history and finance.

Jimmy holds the following ratings:
Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane CFI, CFII, MEI
Airline Transport Pilot: B737SIC, CE-500PIC
Advanced Ground Instructor


Airplane Flight Instructor

David comes from an extensive background in luxury hospitality. After completing his degree in North Idaho, he has since worked for companies such as; The Walt Disney Company, Four Seasons and Private Estate Management. He recently switched to a career in aviation in hopes of working for a Part 135 charter company. David is always willing to share his passion for aviation and to help others pursue a career in flying. Just like he changed his career, he believes it is never too late to follow a dream.

David has the following ratings:

  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane CFI, CFII


Aerobatic Airplane Flight Instructor

Tony Johnstone, MD, has been flying since high school in 1967.  He has been instructing aerobatics and tailwheel since 2003 and has given over 2000 hours of dual in his Super Decathlon.  Tony also holds a CFII, MEI, ATP with 2 type ratings in jets, Commercial Seaplane and Glider ratings, and has been in the past designated Master CFI-Aerobatic.  He is a FAASTEAM rep with the Tampa FSDO and a retired general surgeon who practiced in Canada and then Kansas for a total of 30 years.  Tony worked as a demo/transportation pilot for Cessna in Wichita following his retirement from surgery.

Tony has the following ratings:

  • ATP: Airplane Multi-Engine Land
  • Type Rating:  C525, C560XLS
  • Commercial: Airplane Single Engine Land, Multi-Engine Land, Single Engine Seaplane, Glider
  • Certified Flight Instructor: Airplane CFI, CFII, MEI
  • Ground Instructor: Advanced