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US Aviation Alumni

US Aviation was established in 2006 and, in less than a decade, became one of America’s largest flight schools. During that time we’ve had thousands of students and instructors pass through our ranks and into the airlines.


Quentin 2 “As a CFI for USAA’s Career Pilot Program, I was not only able to help prepare my students for their careers as airline pilots, but I also gained a great deal of experience that has helped me advance my career as an airline pilot. From maintaining a sharp understand of the students’ professional pilot curriculum, to building a professional network with my fellow CFIs, these along with any many other advantages gave me a great foundation for my career, and made my transition from CFI to Airline Pilot a great experience.” 

Quentin M Myers
First Officer – Delta Air Lines
Boeing 757/767
David Schwaderer “I worked at US Aviation Academy from 2010-2012. From my first week in Standards class, I met a life-long friend who became my roommate. I began instructing in the Chinese training department with three students and as much flying as I could handle. In my two years at US Aviation, I became a check instructor, giving private through instrument stage check and check rides which helped my resume immensely. With the help of US Aviation, I achieved my multi-engine instructor rating at a reduced cost and two months later was hired at Empire Airlines and later Horizon Air. My time at US Aviation greatly prepared me for training and flying the line. It was a great experience in my life and I have many fond memories of my time there.” 

David Schwaderer
First Officer at Horizon Air, flying the Q400
dan stueber “I was hired as a CFI in August 2011 with approximately 275hrs TT, and was able to build my total time up to 1200hrs from the time I was hired at USAA until August 2012 when I was thrown in the right seat of a Part 91 King Air 350. A year later, I moved up to a Citation Excel. I’m living the dream with a unicorn job for the same Part 91 company, flying about 150 hours per year. Thanks USAA for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream career of becoming a professional pilot.” 

Dan Stueber
Company: Compassco LLC, Dallas TX
Current rating: CFI, CFII, MEI ATP
Type ratings: B300, CE550, CE560XL
 Travis Wetterstrom “I was a CFI at US Aviation Academy for just shy of two years. When I came in for my interview, I had just a handful of hours dual given and was out of the industry for over a year. Thankfully, USAA gave me the opportunity restart my career and I am forever in their debt. I moved to Denton from out of state and received a kind and warm welcome from not only the management staff, but the other instructors as well. During my two years there, I gained invaluable experience flight instructing in some of the busiest airspace in the country. The Chinese program I was teaching in allowed me to understand Chinese culture and teach a very focused and determined group of individuals who I will never forget. Most of all, I appreciate the amazing staff and fellow instructors I worked with who made my time there not just a job to build time and move on, but a fun and enjoyable place to work. I have made some great friendships at USAA and would do it all over again in a second. Thanks USAA for giving me the opportunity to succeed and allow me to fulfill my dream of becoming an airline pilot!” 

Travis Wetterstrom
First Officer on the Airbus A320 at Allegiant Airlines
 Stacy “Started at USAA 5/14-Resigned 12/15 (13 months full time, 6 months part time)I worked at USAA starting 5/14 immediately after graduating from CFI school. Initially I worked with both international and domestic students who were studying for their Private and Instrument license and rating. I averaged about 80-100 flight hours and 100-125 total billable hours per month. In 5 months I was promoted to a Check Instructor and performed staged checks and practical exams on behalf of the school and FAA. While working at USAA I was able to earn my CMEL add on and also my MEI which I later took on CMEL students under the Chinese and International Curriculum. With USAA having 3 bases to work at and being able to build hours and work with students from all different types of backgrounds, was extremely rewarding. I left full time instructing in June of 2016 for the airlines.The students and staff at USAA were great to work with. The aircraft were a pleasure to fly and overall it was a pleasure to build my time here and see my students achieve their dreams! I miss my time at USAA and periodically stop by to see the success of the programs and fellow instructors.” 

Stacy Wareham-Clayton
Republic Airline First Officer and Pilot Recruiter
Nunez 2 “I started working at US Aviation Academy in May 2010 after I graduated from college. I have to say that working at US Aviation was a great choice because not only did I gain a lot of flight time in a short amount of time but I gained a lot of experience that has served me well in my career.  You will be challenged here but in the long run it will pay off huge. I gained about 900 hours in about a year and then got hired at American Eagle.  You will always be flying and never short of any students.  If you want to gain a significant amount of flight time and a lot of experience USAA is a good option.” 

Cuauhtemoc Nunez
First Officer at Emirates
Zalak Hoover 2 “I started working at USAA as a CFI in summer of 2011 and worked with Chinese students for about a year and half until I was offered a job at ASA/ExpressJet Airlines as a First Officer. During my time at USAA, I was promoted to a check instructor’s position. I decided to continue to perform checks part-time while working at ExpressJet. That experience allowed me to keep my Part 91 knowledge current. I feel very fortunate to have been offered a pilot position at American Airlines in 2016. I think about USAA every time I fly an arrival into DFW from NW. I feel privileged to have met so many wonderful individuals during my time at USAA. If you want to work hard, build time & experience and lifelong friends, this is the place to be.”

Zalak Hoover
American Airlines
B737 First Officer
DCIM100GOPROG0766235. “I joined the career pilot programme in USAA in 2009 and got every single rating from my PPL through CPL to my CFI/MEI instructor ratings in USAA. Along the journey to fly in Denton I met some wonderful people who I am still in touch. The opportunity USAA gave me to teach a wide variety of international and domestic students towards their PPL,IR,CPL and multi engine ratings enabled me to not only just build hours and experience but also enabled me to acquire precious knowledge and make life long friends around the world. Thanks to the career pilot programme I had a massive advantage in getting my first airline job. I am now a full fledged airline Captain on the Airbus A320 in IndiGo which is the largest airline in India. USAA’s training , staff and flexibility in courses played an instrumental role in helping me reach where I am.”

Rahul Reddy
Captain – Airbus A320
IndiGo Airlines
Tony Callahan “I started with US Aviation Academy, as a fresh MEI, at a time when we had 8 instructors and a hand full of Airplanes. I helped form a place that rapidly grew into the US Aviation Academy that it is today. I flew just about every airplane we had, from the light sport all the way up through the King Air C90. I started the first Chinese Class, and I can’t tell tell you which class number they are on now. Incredible! I taught several ground schools, was a Senior Multi-Check Instructor, and helped to form the Self Examining Authority you have today. I moved on with 4000 total time and 1800 turbo-prop time, thanks to USAA. US Aviation was a large part of my life and I wouldn’t be the pilot I am today without it.”

Tony Callahan
First Officer
Republic Airline