Originally hailing from Canada, Josh grew up in Toronto, Dallas, and Los Angeles before attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona, graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2007. After attending Navy Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Josh was commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy and began flight training. Earning his wings in 2009, Josh was assigned to fly the MH-60S helicopter in Guam, deploying to the Pacific aboard various ships and later in Iraq flying MEDEVAC missions, as well as effecting search and rescue missions on Guam between deployments. After Guam, Josh moved to Oklahoma as an exchange instructor pilot with the Air Force teaching primary US and Foreign military students in the mighty T-6A Texan II trainer. Additionally he earned a Masters degree in Aviation Safety and Human Factors with Embry-Riddle Worldwide during this tour. After a non-flying tour aboard ship, Josh joined the Navy reserves and was assigned here to New Orleans where he flies the C-130T full time. Josh has a true passion for all aspects of aviation and aviation safety and with various certificates ranging from a ATP-AMEL, C-ASEL, CFI, CFII, CFI-H, CFII-H, and MEI, and an extensive background in various parts of military aviation, he can certainly help you reach whatever aviation goals you may have!
Rebecca moved from Lafayette, LA, where she lived for 11 years, to return to college for a Business Administration degree at University of New Orleans. She was hired as an office assistant for Gulf Coast Aviation in March 2018. She has grown to love aviation and our flight school during her time here. She now lives in Metairie while attending school at UNO. When she’s not working, she enjoys exploring, travelling, and being an avid dog lover.
Roy Becker – aka ‘The King of Stoke’ – first took to the skies by Kiteboard before realizing 30 ft of air just wasn’t enough to satisfy his craving for altitude. Born and Raised in FL he was naturally drawn to the sea. He immersed himself in all things watersports and graduated with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. After ‘flying a few desk jobs’ during summer internships, Roy knew 9 to 5 monotony would never be for him. Learning about the state of the aviation industry from his friends in the Millennial Wings organization, Roy actively began working on his ratings while simultaneously reigniting his childhood passion for aviation. Working full time as a Field Engineer & keeping laser focus on accomplishing his aviation goals, Roy has progressed from Private to Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot & CFI in under 2 years. He joined the Gulf Coast Aviation Team in March 2019 and is ‘stoked’ to share his love for aviation with his students everyday.
Curtis Prince is a CFI and MEI. He is a full time instructor at our Baton Rouge location. Curtis is from Shreveport, Louisiana. He caught the bug for aviation growing up flying with his dad out of a grass airstrip at their home. He earned his Private Pilot License at age 17 and went on to study aviation at Louisiana Tech University, where he graduated in 2018.
Brady Cook joined the Gulf Coast Aviation team as a part-time flight instructor in January 2019. He got interested in aviation at a young age and graduated from Louisiana Tech with a degree in Professional Aviation. Brady works full-time giving out bad driving awards and hopes to one day join the Air Support Unit at Louisiana State Police. Brady lives in Watson, LA with his wife, son and daughter. When he is not working he enjoys doing anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and playing any sport.
Having traveled the world, Xandria has finally planted her feet in one place, Baton Rouge. Due to living and loving life as a military brat and then spouse, Xandria has had the opportunity to be involved in different volunteer organizations and has also gained experience in many fields. This new chapter in her life was sealed when she joined the Gulf Coast family in 2017 and went on her first ever single engine plane ride! When she’s not at work, Xandria can be found tearing up the lanes bowling or working on her crafts.
Cornel Martin began his flying career through the 141 flight school “Delta Connection Academy” in 2008. There he obtained his commercial and instrument ratings. He further advanced his education by obtaining his CFI and CFII as well as a B.S. in Professional Aviation through Louisiana Tech University, which he completed in 2018. Apart from flight instructing, Cornel currently serves as an officer in the Louisiana Army National Guard. Both Cornel’s military and aviation background greatly contribute to his teaching style as well as his strong emphasis on professionalism and preparedness as a flight instructor.
Blake Wedig was born and raised in New Orleans. Blake enjoys watching football and playing golf during his time off. A former student at Gulf Coast Aviation, Blake now holds his commercial single and multi-engine licenses and has been instructing at GCA since March 2018.
Nicole was born and raised in California but moved to New Orleans from Alabama during Mardi Gras in 2016. With 5 years of managing experience behind her, she was hired as Office Manager for Gulf Coast in February of 2018. Her love of aviation and passion for aiding and supporting students has flourished during her time with GCA. She strives to see each student that walks through the door succeed in their aviation endeavors.
Nicole lives in Jefferson, Louisiana with her husband and young daughter. She loves SEC football, exploring new parts of the city, photography and design. She looks forward to speaking with you and getting you started on the exciting experience of flight training!
A New Orleans native, Alex has been at Lakefront Airport for 5 years. In 2010 Alex attended Virginia Tech where he eventually graduated with a degree in engineering. In 2014 he started work as an airport line service technician at Flightline First in order to begin his flight training. Alex is also a former student of Gulf Coast Aviation, getting his instrument rating and single engine commercial through the flight school. Alex began working for the flight school in 2018 and has his commercial (ASEL and AMEL), CFI and CFI-I.
Blase Dombrowski joined the Gulf Coast Aviation team as a full-time flight instructor with his CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings after moving to the New Orleans area in September of 2017.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Blase completed his private pilot license at Capitol Airport in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He then spent a year as a flight instructor with ATP Flight School in Daytona Beach, Florida. Prior to making the move to focus full-time on his aviation career, Blase also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a flight instructor and pilot with Gulf Coast Aviation, Blase brings to the table a broad range of experience working with students from a variety of backgrounds, as well as a strong passion for aviation.
Blase lives in Metairie, Louisiana with his wife and their three (yes, three!) dogs. Aside from aviation, his interests and favorite activities include hiking with his wife and dogs, cooking delicious food (or finding it somewhere in NOLA), competitive shooting, and riding and driving (and often fixing or restoring) motorcycles and classic cars.
Nathaniel started flying at a young age and received his Private Pilot Certificate with Gulf Coast Aviation. He completed his flight instructor ratings (CFI and CFII) at the beginning of 2017 and started working at our New Orleans location. He is currently working on his engineering degree at LSU. Going back to school for the 2017 Fall Semester, he helped us open our new Baton Rouge location in September. He also flies for Southern Seaplane for their 135 operation.
**Nathaniel was not involved in the making of this biography. Please contact him for details.
Mr. Brian Capone has been involved with aviation since 1975. He is the holder of several FAA certificates both in maintenance and operations. They include A&P/ IA, ASMEL, SES, CFII, AGI, and IGI. Mr. Capone holds a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University and two aviation associate degrees from Alabama Aviation Technical College. He has worked as a part time flight instructor and ran several flying clubs. His maintenance career spans over 30 years and includes work as a mechanic, IA, supervisor, maintenance contract administrator and FAA aviation safety inspector. He spent nine years working with the air drug interdiction program aircraft with the then U. S. Customs Service. Additionally, Mr. Capone served in active duty and reserve rolls in the USMC within various logistics, maintenance, and command billets, retiring from reserves at the rank of LtCol. As an aviation safety inspector since 1995 he has served in various Principal Maintenance positions covering operators from corporate, general aviation, flight and mechanic schools, aerial applicators, repair stations, on demand charters with both fixed and rotor wing aircraft. Since 2006, Mr. Capone has been a full time member of the Flight Standards FAA Safety Team involved with the continuing evolution of the team. He held the position of Southwest Region Assistant FAASTeam Program Manager covering five states and FAASTeam Program Manager for Louisiana Area. In 2011, Mr. Capone was selected as the manager of the Baton Rouge Flight Standards District Office. In that role he coordinated a consolidation of two offices while continuing to provide all stakeholder services. His leadership took the office through government furlough, shutdown, extensive hiring replacing 70% of the office, and resulted in receiving the Southwest Region FSDO of the Year for 2014. He retired from federal service with 32 years served. After retirement he served as the Chair of Aviation Technology at Baton Rouge Community College. In that role he established and obtained a FAA certification Part 147 school leading to an Aircraft Mechanic, Airframe and Powerplant Ratings along with college credits and courses leading to an Associate degree. After completion of getting the aircraft maintenance program and an existing Helicopter Training program running, he turned over to hired BRCC personnel and became self-employed as GingerAir, LLC in February 2016. In this capacity he provides consulting in aviation maintenance and operations that have included establishing a heliport, manual and logbook reviews, and tailwheel transition training. The current endeavor of assisting in establishing a Part 141 satellite operation for Gulf Coast Aviation is complete and he is serving as the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor.
Erica joined the Gulf Coast Aviation family in August of 2017 as a weekend Office Assistant and is thrilled to be affiliated with a company that dedicates itself to helping individuals realize their dream of flying. Her first experience with aviation was on a transatlantic flight, and she has been enamored of the experience ever since.
Originally from the Acadiana area, Erica received her undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She relocated to New Orleans in July of 2016 and enjoys applying her years of administrative experience to help individuals optimize their flight experiences with Gulf Coast Aviation. Additionally, Erica currently works full-time assisting small businesses at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Greater New Orleans area.
In her free time, Erica enjoys cooking healthy meals, running, and catching as many live musical acts, movies, art shows, and stand-up comedy shows as she possibly can.
A New Orleans native, Bobby has been instructing with GCA for quite some time. A commercial pilot in both single and multi-engine airplanes, Bobby still shows his love for instructing with every student he encounters. With loads of positive energy and much experience to share, Bobby can help you attain your licenses from private all the way through commercial.
VIP Notice- New Orleans, LA
Notice Number: NOTC6148
Notice: Expect VIP movement August 27, 2015 in the vicinity of New Orleans, LA. Pilots can expect airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement. The FAA recommends that all aircraft operators check NOTAMs OFTEN for mandatory airspace restrictions prior to operations within this region.
Specific instructions and restrictions are available at http://tfr.faa.gov once the NOTAM has been issued.
*Depicted TFR data may not be a complete listing. Pilots should not use the information on this website for flight planning purposes. For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.
From KNEW Operations 2015-08-17: The contractor began the ramp repair project this morning on Sites A, B, and C. The estimated impact of this project is approximately 5-7 days, depending on weather.
All areas mentioned above were barricaded, flagged and lighted. All NOTAMS were issued to reflect the three work sites (Site A, B and C) until Tuesday, August 25th at 2200Z (reference NOTAM #08/025 for Site A, #08/023 for Site B, and #08/022 for Site C).
Saw cutting and some demolition began on Site A; the site will be completely excavated tomorrow with the plan to have both Site B and C completed by 1700L tomorrow (August 18th) or by COB on August 19th. The contractors were advised to have Site A poured first, if possible and then proceed with Site B and C. Saw cutting also began on Site C and should be completed by COB tomorrow (August 18th). The plan is to begin pouring concrete at all three sites by this Thursday or Friday.
All men and equipment are done for the day and will resume work tomorrow between 1230Z and 1300Z. The saw-cutting machine has been left inside the perimeter for Site A (pictured below) with a flag and light attached (indicated via the NOTAM referenced above).
ARFF will ensure all lights are in working order and the flags/barricades remain in place.
In an effort to prevent possible damage or destruction of the work site, please be mindful of how aircraft are marshalled into the ramp area where the work sites are barricaded. Site C is located approximately 50FT from the taxiway centerline, which is south of the southern edge line of the taxiway.
From the Airport:
The East Ramp, often referred to as the “Ball Park”, will be closed beginning tomorrow morning, August 13th at 0700L until Tuesday, August 18th at 2000L due to filming. The producer of the film was advised that the entrance to the ramp from the active taxiway will need to be properly barricaded with lights.
Please ensure all aircraft who park on the East Ramp/Ball Park are relocated prior to the closure beginning at 0700L tomorrow morning. It is preferred that aircraft park elsewhere as the closure will commence on time.
A NOTAM has been issued to reflect this closure: NEW 08/015 NEW APRON BALL PARK RAMP CLSD 1508131200-1508190100
From KNEW Operations:
Once again we will be scheduling work on the taxiway project. This will take care of items on the “punch list” for the recent taxiway rejuvenation project. Taxiway Foxtrot between Runway 36L and Taxiway Golf, and Taxiway Bravo between Taxiway Golf and Taxiway Foxtrot will be closed from 8:00am Wednesday June 3, 2015 and Friday, June 5, 2015. This is similar to the closure during the recent taxiway project. Sorry for any inconvenience but the work must be accomplished. More closures will follow as the work progresses and I will keep you informed.
The latest information on the PAPI system is that the FAA is waiting on a removable system to be approved for use. They do not have a timeframe for when that will happen. This information came from The FAA office in Ft Worth. The local person in charge of the PAPI’s is waiting on approval to move forward. He has been instructed by the airport to put the 18R system in first.