Jon Pounds - Chief Flight Instructor/CFII
Originally from Chicago, IL, Jon graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Operations Management. He has since studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he led research on aircraft computational design. After landing in Texas, Jon came to Nationwide Aviation to finish his Commercial and Flight Instructor Certificates. He now leads Nationwide’s instructor corps while still serving as a B-1B Engine Mechanic for the 489th Bomb Group out of Dyess AFB. Jon was recently voted by his colleagues as the coolest, smartest, and funniest instructor you will ever be lucky enough to meet.
Tyler Titus - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
Originally from Aledo, Texas, Tyler graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Education. Tyler was formerly a High School School Teacher and Coach before making the career change to Aviation. His education and teaching experience along with coaching transfer to making him an outstanding Flight Instructor here at Nationwide Aviation!
Jade “9 Toes” Cross – Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from Marietta, OK. Jade served 14 years in the United States Marine Crops Reserve as a KC-130 Crew Master at NAS Fort Worth. Before entering General Aviation, Jade worked as certified training instructor for Union Pacific Railroad teaching locomotive movers at Fort Worth’s Davidson Yard. Jade has lived in the Parker County area since 2010 and is dedicated to quality flight instruction.
Hunter Titus - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
Hunter grew up in Granbury, TX and after high school he spent two years in New York studying the Maritime industry, with intentions of pursuing a career as an officer on a ship. After his time in New York, he transferred to Stephen F. Austin and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Nutrition Dietetics. He worked as a Diet Technician at Cook Childrens hospital for a year and half but left to pursue a career outside of nutrition and stumbled upon aviation. He began his aviation career a year ago when he developed a passion for aviation. Hunter holds a CFI and CFII, and says he is constantly listening, learning, and growing as a pilot.
Andy Valentine - Certified Flight Instructor / CFII / MEI / Operations Manager
Born in Del Rio, Tx Andy comes from a long line of aviators. His Grandfather was a Captain at Delta Airlines for 30+ years. Andy’s father was a Lt. Col. Pilot for the USAF. To say aviation runs in the family would be an understatement. Andy worked in the automotive industry for 8 years before he started chasing his dream of aviation in March of 2019. One of his favorite activities in his free time is sharing his love of aviation with his two sons and flying every chance they can!
Brittany Howard - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Born in Ohio but raised in Texas Brittany was introduced early on into aviation by her father who was a CFI. Prior to her career in aviation she graduated from University of Texas in Arlington in 2015 with her Bachelors degree in Nursing. Seeking to pursue her passion for aviation she got her private pilots license from Nationwide in 2017. Shortly thereafter, she obtained the rest of her certifications and licenses in 2019. Brittany is dedicated to providing quality instruction individually tailored to the needs of each aspiring pilot.
Russell Beasley - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from Austin, TX, Russell attended Texas Tech University graduating with degrees in Business Marketing and Management from the Rawls College of Business in 2016. After working for a few years in the highway construction business, he was ready to make a change and decided to pursue a long-time goal of earning his pilot's license. Once he started flying, the aviation bug took hold and Russell decided to pursue aviation as a career earning everything from his Private license to his CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings in about 1 year.
Emma Griffin - Certified Flight Instructor
I found my passion for aviation in high school when I went to NAS Fort Worth JRB and watched from the taxiway as the F-16s took off; after that day I planned to become an Air Force Pilot . Once I graduated high school, plans changed and I decided to get my license at Nationwide Aviation. At the age of 19, exactly 2 years after my first ever plane flight, I am now getting the chance to share my love for flying with others and help them achieve their aviation goals. I continue to try to achieve new goals inside and outside of aviation that will make me a more well-rounded person. And through every success and mistake, I try to learn and become a better person as well as pilot.
Jason Charrier - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from north Louisiana, Jason graduated from THE University of La Monroe in 1997. Since then, his flying career has been all over the map (literally) with a roots as a young CFI, a crop duster, a charter pilot, a military pilot and now an airline pilot. He holds an ATP certificate, a CFII and multiple type ratings. Even with Jason’s experience he still considers himself a student of aviation. He believes if you ain’t learning, you're losing!
Shawn Noyes - Flight Instructor/CFII
Originally from Indiana, Shawn graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Professional Aviation Technology. He spent his intial hours flying skydivers and traffic watch. Shawn then became a military pilot graduating at the top of his class. He currently flies for the airlines and military. As a CFI in both airplanes and helicopters, he loves to teach in his off time.
Kirkland Monaghen - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII
from outside San Antonio, TX, Kirkland is a graduate of Oklahoma State
University with degrees in Aerospace Admin, Professional Pilot, and a minor in
Aviation Management. Kirkland
began flying gliders at the age of 14, had his private-glider certificate at
16 and now flies as a Captain for Skywest Airlines.
Trevor Hall - Owner/President
from Sanger, TX, Trevor graduated from The University of Louisiana at Monroe in
2011 with a degree in Aviation Management, and a minor in Business. Trevor began
flying in 2007, and started Nationwide in 2012. He holds his ATP Certificate, is a A&P Mechanic, and has over 12 years experience in General Aviation, Corporate, and Commercial Airlines combined.
Charles Cox - Certified Flight Instructor
I began taking flying lessons in the summer of 1974 at a U.S. Air Force base aeroclub. A year later I received my private pilot license. A few years later I completed my commitment to the Air Force and began commercial pilot training in Renton, Washington. It took two years to complete my training, obtaining my single and multi-engine commercial licenses, an instrument rating, CFI, CFII, CFI-ME and a commercial single-engine sea rating. Shortly thereafter I began work as a CFI and taught for about 3 years at Boeing Field in Seattle. I then went to Alaska and began flying for a small commuter airline in Anchorage. A year later, at 30 years old, I was hired to fly for American Airlines where I worked for 34 years, flying as a Captain for 25 of those 34 years. At American I flew B727,737,757,767,777,787,MD11 and DC-9. I have had my CFI in force for 40 years, renewing my certificate every 2 years. Upon retirement I decided to return to flight instructing and I joined Nationwide Aviation in Tyler in the spring of 2020.
Austin Tarrant - Owner
TYR location founder and owner! Bio coming soon.
Ryan Rhodes - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from Washington State Ryan got to Texas as soon as possible. Raised in the Keller area Ryan attended Keller High and is a graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University “The Harvard of East Texas”.
After Graduation Ryan took a small detour as an information technology recruiter but after 9 years in a corporate position, he came to his senses and became the 4th generation of his family to take on aviation as a career.
Ryan resides in Keller Texas, is a fan of all thing’s history, enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and trying his best to never leave North West Regional Airport.
Taylor Floyd - Certified Flight Instructor/CFII/MEI
Originally from Wichita, KS, “The Air Capital of the World”, Taylor graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Taylor received his Private Pilots License while working for Textron Aviation in 2015. He later transferred to Texas to work in Operations at Bell’s Flight Training Academy. After five years with Textron, he left to pursue his passion of becoming a professional pilot. Taylor holds his CFI, CFII, & MEI. He is dedicated to providing quality instruction and sharing his passion for aviation.