Our Team 2018-03-20T05:11:07+00:00

Meet Our Team

Experienced pilots, ready for any challenge. Meet some of them.

Mitch Ange

Mitch is a former electrical engineer and owner of Professional Airline Systems and Arizona Type Ratings. By studying the needs of our students, he has developed one of the best animated and interactive training programs in the industry.

OWNER

For the last three decades, Mitch has been busy doing flight instructions and teaching ground school on a full time basis for clients seeking CE-500, CE-510 and CE-525 Type ratings. He holds multiple Type ratings: CE-500, CE-510, CE-525, DC-3, HS-125, LR-Jet

Nic Cherches

Nic took his first flight lesson at the age of 14 and soloed on his 16th birthday. At the age of 18, he became a flight instructor and worked as a CFI while attending Wichita State University. Upon graduating, he worked flying freight in Milwaukee and later moved to the Central Coast of California where he took his first jet job flying a CJ3.

Pilot / Instructor

Nic is now working as chief pilot for a Part 91 Company in Scottsdale Arizona. Arizona Type Ratings is proud to have had Nic on our team for the past 10 years. He holds numerous Type Ratings, including the LR-JET, CE500, CE525S, CE560XL and DA-20.

Jim Taylor

Jim began his professional flying career in 1977 on a Citation I/SP. With more than 24,000 hours of incident/accident free flying in all types of operations and environments, he has held many positions including line pilot, check airman, director of training, chief pilot, director of operations, designated pilot examiner, and accident prevention counselor.

Pilot/Instructor

Of his total time as a pilot, 14,800 hours is as a single pilot, flying Metro/Merlin, Turbo Commanders, Cheyenne, Conquest, King Airs and the Citation 500/525 line. Jim also has an extensive background in pilot training and evaluation, and is currently very involved in developing and instructing “hands on” safety and emergency training.

Geoffrey VeneKlasen

Geoffrey is a refugee from a former career that had very little to do with aviation. He was selected by the Albuquerque FSDO to be a Pilot Examiner in 2006. “I have had the privilege of giving the better part of 900 flight tests.

INSTRUCTOR / EXAMINER

I cross paths with remarkable men and women in aviation and I am always mindful of how lucky I am to be a part of this.” Geoffrey holds authorization for the EA500 Eclipse, the CE500 Citation series, and the CE525 Citation Jet series aircraft. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Anthony Cirincione

Anthony has over 33 years of aviation experience and holds the following ratings: ATP airplane and helicopter, Gold Seal CFI airplane, helicopter, gyrocopter, glider, weight shift control, FE – Turbojet, and A&P with Inspection Authorization.

Instructor/Examiner

Typed in Cessna, Learjet, Dassault, and Boeing aircraft Anthony holds a MS in Aeronautical Science. He has flown over 7000 hours mostly in fighters and corporate aircraft. Prior to becoming an examiner in the CE-500 series he was a F-111 Instructor at USAF Fighter Weapons School flying the mighty F-4 Phantom.

Vesna Ajic

Vesna was introduced to aviation after relocating to the USA as a criminal lawyer from Yugoslavia. Her enthusiasm and commitment for flying lead to earning her pilot certificates and Type Ratings in Cessna Citation, CitationJet and Mustang.

Pilot/ Instructor

Vesna has been working as a contract pilot and ground instructor for a number of years. When not flying or teaching, she helps with marketing and customer service of Arizona Type Ratings.  “At ATR we are constantly employing innovative solutions to elevate our clients training experience from ordinary to exceptional”

Bill Unternaehrer

Bill was a Honeywell electrical engineer for 30 years. Closely involved in projects such as the world’s first digital autopilot, the first ring laser gyro inertial reference system and the first GPS approach. He has a BS in electrical engineering from the Missouri School of Mines and a MBA from Utah State University.

PILOT/INSTRUCTOR

More than 12,000 hours of pilot time and 7500 of instruction given in various aircraft, holds type ratings in the Cessna 500 and 525 as well as the Hawker 125, Falcon 900 and King Air 300. Bill was the Honeywell avionics instructor for the business aviation aircraft and also provided instruction to the end user operators around the world of FMS specific operations.

Dan Brattain

Dan, Cal-Ore CEO & Arizona Type Ratings Instructor became a pilot while still in high school. He is an ATP pilot rated for a variety of business jets, a licensed helicopter pilot, certified Flight instructor, FAA designated PART 135 Check Airman, FAA Safety Team Representative and a certified EMT.

Pilot / Instructor

“I get to work in the industry that is my passion” – Dan shared, adding “and I fly in my free time too.” He is widely known for his community involvement, which includes serving on a numerous of boards, both industry and philanthropic.

Ivan Milosavljevic

Ivan recently graduated from Arizona State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Aeronautics. He holds his airplane multiengine land, CE 500 and 525 SIC Type Ratings. He is also actively involved in developing Learning Management System (LMS) for Arizona Type Ratings.

Pilot/LMS Developer

Ivan recently graduated from Arizona State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Aeronautics. Ivan holds his airplane multiengine land, CE 500 and 525 SIC Type Ratings. He is also actively involved in developing Learning Management System (LMS) for Arizona Type Ratings.