A fan of flight ever since childhood; Joel earned his private pilot certificate in September 2002. In 2003; he attended the International ALERT Academy; where he obtained his instrument rating along with his commercial and flight instructor certificates. After graduating; he joined the ALERT faculty as a flight instructor and an assistant department manager. During this time; Joel met his wife; Laura. They married in 2006 and now have two children. In 2008; Joel became the flight operations director for Smith Field Air Service and now leads the staff at Sweet Aviation. Joel has over 5;000 hours of flight instruction and is driven by a passion for helping customers achieve their dreams. Joel is type rated in Sweet Aviation’s Cirrus Vision Jet; certified to fly a customer’s T-28; able to go fly some aerobatic maneuvers in the Super Decathlon; and on top of all this; he gets to share his intense passion for flying with so many other aviation enthusiasts in the Fort Wayne area.
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