• Private Pilot  • Tailwheel Rating  • Spin/Upset Attitude Training   • Aerobatic Training  • Instrument Rating  • Commercial Rating  • Multi-engine  • FAA Check Ride  • CFI Training

Mark is a retired Air Force pilot who served on active duty until August 2000 and has been employed by UPS since January 2001, flying the DC-8 first as a Flight Engineer and for the past 6 years as a First Officer on the MD-11. He currently fly’s the MD-11 internationally around the world.

His father instilled the love of aviation in him at a very young age and taught him how to fly at the age of 17. Mark has been flying general aviation aircraft for the past 35 years. After High School he enlisted in the Air Force as an avionics technician working on F-4’s and F-105’s at George AFB, CA. Knowing that an education was the key to his future success in aviation as an Air Force Fighter Pilot, he got out of the Air Force in October 1980 and went to college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. With the help of his wife, working full time as a manager at McDonald’s and the G.I. Bill, he was able to graduate in 3 years and 4 months from UTC in May 1984. Mark graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and reentered the Air Force in October 1984, graduating from Officer Training School (OTS) in January 1985 as a 2LT.

Mark graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) in January 1985 and went on to learn how to fly the F-16 at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla. Upon graduation from F-16 training, he had numerous assignments throughout the world. He was stationed at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, Kunsan AB, Korea, Luke AFB, Arizona as an instructor pilot and his last assignment was at Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Fla., where he retired in August 2000 and promptly returned to the Chattanooga area to be near his parent’s and finish raising his youngest child, his son (Kyle).

Mark has over 2000hrs in the F-16, as well as over 1000hrs instructor time in both the F-16 and OV-10 aircraft. He has flown numerous military aircraft to include the T-37, T-38, OV-10 and F-16. Although he never flew the F-4 or F-15 operationally, he was qualified to give evaluation checkrides in these aircraft from the backseat during his last assignment at Tyndall AFB, Fla. Mark also has flown numerous civilian aircraft over the past 35 years, to numerous to mention. He is also part owner in a 1942 Boeing Stearman Biplane a WW2 primary trainer aircraft. Learn how to fly at his flight school and you will earn a ride in the 1942 Boeing Stearman after you get your license.

Mark married his childhood sweetheart at the age of 18 and has been married to the same woman (Mary Jo) for 33 years. He has 3 adult children (Nicole, Michelle and Kyle) who all live in the Chattanooga area.

Mark’s vast aviation experience cover’s a wide spectrum of aviation, from general aviation to military to commercial airline, making him an extremely valuable knowledge base to tap into if you are looking to pursue a career in aviation. Stop by and meet Mark and his staff of instructor’s. He has some of the most qualified instructor’s in the Chattanooga area working for him at Dallas Bay Skypark.


• Private Pilot  • Tailwheel Rating  • Spin/Upset Attitude Training   • Aerobatic Training  • Instrument Rating  • Commercial Rating  • CFI Training

Tom’s parents allowed him to explore his interest in aviation at a early age. Sitting in the pilot seat of a Piper Tomahawk at age 11 for the first time, and soloing at age 17. He then followed his love for the outdoors and adventure through rock climbing and kayaking throughout the country in the summers while completing his BS in Environmental Science concentrating in GIS at UTC.

He then spent 13 years working for a local municipality. During these years he opened a underground utility inspection service. 20 years after first soloing he wandered into the Hixson Aviation office to discuss with Mark and Bill his interest in using Aviation for Missions or Humanitarian work and has now found himself working as a CFI here at Hixson.

All Tom’s ratings have been earned at Hixson Aviation, IT CAN BE DONE!!!!!!

These days if you don’t find Tom instructing you will find him enjoying aerobatics in the Super Decathlon, out getting exercise on his bicycle, or enjoying some quality time with his wife.

First lesson through aerobatics!


• Private Pilot  • Commercial Rating • CFI Training


• Private Pilot  • Instrument Rating  • Commercial Rating  • Multi-engine Rating • CFI Training


Bill was born in Warner Robins (Macon), Georgia. His father was an Air Force Pilot, flying “heavies”, so he grew up all over the World. (Mainly up and down the East Coast, and in Europe).

It was while attending High School in Dover, Delaware, Bill caught the “flying bug” and started to pursue his dream. Bill say’s he can still remember getting up and being at the little airstrip with it still dark, having his preflight completed, waiting on the sun to rise so he could “get an hour in” prior to school starting. He then, was back after school let out to get a few more hours of flying. It was this commitment to flying that Bill had, which allowed him to earn his Private Pilot License in a C-172, in just a few short months and with minimal time, during his senior year in high school.

Bill attended college at Florida State University. During his four years in Tallahassee, he continued his love for flying. Bill worked for a rather large flight school, where he washed the schools planes in exchange for flight time. He did a lot “hanging out” at the airport, which gave him the opportunity to do a lot of flying as well. He was able to pick up a few additional ratings during those four years. While in college, Bill spent four years in the ROTC program, which upon graduating in 1988, with a degree in Economics; he was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant

Bill attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at William’s Air Force Base, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1989, after completing the one year program where he trained in T-37’s and T-38’s, he was awarded his wings and was now a USAF Pilot. Bill was awarded his first choice of aircraft. Like his father, he chose to fly the C-141 Starlifter.

He was assigned to Norton AFB, in southern California, where he flew World Wide missions in the C-141. He commanded numerous missions during Desert Storm as well as the relief missions into Somalia. Next, Bill volunteered to instruct in the T-37, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. He was an instructor at Columbus for over 4 years, until he separated from the Air Force in 1996.

Bill has been employed with Delta Air Lines since September 1997. While at Delta, Bill has flown the B-727 as a Flight Engineer, and as a First Officer on the B-737G, B-737-800, B-757, B-767-200, B-767-300, B-767-300ER, and is currently flying world-wide “Ultra Long Hauls” on the B-777LR, out of Atlanta.

Bill and his wife Terri have been married for going on 27 years. They have 3 children (Courtnie, Sheldon and Alan). They all love boating, hiking, and just being outdoors. (When they are not flying!)

Ever since Bill can remember, has always had one true belief, which he has lived by. That is: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”. After 34 years and over 14,000 hours of flying experience, Bill still says he enjoys what he does. He says he doesn’t consider flying “work”. He say’s it’s more of a love or passion, so he loves “going to work”!

If you are interested in a career in aviation, come on by and ask for Bill.