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Marvin Harrigan, Co-Owner  -  Commercial Pilot, SEL/MEL, CFI-I, MEI

“Born in St.Thomas USVI and raised on a tiny island called Anguilla in the eastern caribbean, it was always a passion of mine to fly for as long as I can remember. My brother and I would climb the tallest trees possible only to pretend we were pilots swaying in the wind on the thinnest of branches as if we were living on the edge filled with excitement and adventure. It wasn't until I was 30 years old that I decided to persue this dream of becoming a pilot. I started my pilot

training at St Petersburg Airport and continued at Tampa Executive. It was here that I met Michele Rash and became even more exposed to all the joys and thrills that is associated in this amazing field of Aviation that I never considered. I now seek to help those that share a similar passion to achieve such dreams and goals in any way that I can.”

Michele Rash, Co-Owner  -  ATP, SEL/MEL, CFI-I, MEI

“I was born and raised in West Virginia.  At 17, I moved to Tampa.  At age 20, a friend convinced me to start taking flying lessons.  I fell in love with aviation and went all the way through the training process.  In 2007, I started my own flight school and grew it into a large well known school.  In 2014, I sold the school to the first two students (husband and wife) that I taught to fly.  Since then, I have wanted to get back into the flight school business and when the

opportunity to open a school at Tampa Executive came available, I couldn’t pass it up.”

Stacy Sosa, Instructor  -  Commercial Pilot, CFI-I

“I was born in Miami and grew up in Guatemala and Qatar. I moved back to the US to attend Florida State University. While at FSU I decided to get my Private Pilot Certificate and I immediately fell in love with flying.

I come from a family of pilots and I always admired and looked up to my dad and wanted to follow in his footsteps.

As soon as I graduated from the university I decided to get my other ratings to become a CFI. I'm loving and enjoying every day of my pilot career and I want to share this passion with everyone who has an interest in aviation.”

Wolman Pacheco, Instructor  -  Commercial Pilot, CFI-I

“I was raised in Columbia, South America and moved to Central Florida in 1997.  I earned my Associate Degree from ITT Tech in Information Technology and my Bachelors in Business Administration from Everest University.  Since I was a small child, I have always wanted to become a pilot. My Dad supported this by buying me airplane posters and memorabilia everywhere he traveled. In 2007 I started my flight training at National Aviation Academy.

Unfortunately, I had to quit due to personal matters. However, in 2016 I made a commitment to finish my flight training and pursue aviation as a career. I earned my Private, Instrument, Commercial and CFI Pilot Certificates. Now, as a Flight Instructor for Superior, I’m able to pass on my passion for aviation to others. Ultimately, I want to be there to help people obtain their pilot certificates and realize their own passion for aviation. I love that I am constantly learning something new from each person I fly with in an airplane.”

At Superior Aviation Gateway, we pride ourselves in having the highest qualified and most passionate instructors you will find.  What makes us different?  We care about each student as if it were our own flight training.  We are constantly growing, learning and bettering ourselves.  None of us are perfect but we challenge ourselves to be the best that each of us can be.  Come experience the difference of a Superior Instructor!


Carly Lopez, Administration  -  Private Pilot

“I was born and raised in Tampa, FL and I have been around airplanes my whole life. Mainly because my dad is a pilot and we have always had an airplane.  I enjoy several water sports and currently play rugby for the local Tampa women’s team.  I graduated from Florida Atlantic University studying Biology. After college, I decided to pursue aviation as a career.  I figured I would be much happier in the skies as opposed to being stuck in a lab.

When I’m flying, I feel as if my options are pretty much endless because I can see new and exciting places from a unique perspective. I started my training with a free-lance instructor and was introduced to Superior Aviation Gateway where I finished my private pilot training and currently continue training. I would like to continue building my experience towards obtaining an ATP. I had an amazing opportunity building my flight time with Superior flying across America up to Salt Lake City, UT and over to Death Valley, CA. I saw many places I never thought I would be able to see and went through numerous flight conditions that I wouldn’t have come across in Florida. I encourage everyone in aviation to do a flight across America at least once in their lifetime, you won’t regret it.”