Thrust Flight’s

Airline Industry Advisory Board

Our mission is to provide the best pilots our airline partners will hire.

In order to accomplish this, Thrust Flight developed our Industry Advisory Board, consisting of active senior airline pilots currently working in the industry. Ranging from checkairmen to DPEs, these airline pilots are some of the best in the industry, and their experience and advice is available to all Thrust Flight students.

At any point when a student is about to graduate from Thrust Flight, they have the option to schedule a meeting with one of our board members and go over their resume, receive best practices to implement during time building, and exchange contact information to stay in touch during their time building.

Students that go on to instruct with Thrust Flight have access to this resource throughout their time-building.

Patrick Arnzen

As the CEO and founder of Thrust Flight, Patrick is the only member of our Industry Advisory Board that is not a current pilot active in the airlines. Patrick flew as an airline pilot until 2010, is an A&P with IA and a DPE. In 2012 Patrick started Thrust Flight, accomplishing his long-time goal of opening a flight school. Patrick continues to fuel his passion for teaching at Thrust Flight.

Airline Advisory Board Member:  Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson

Joe is a DPE and a senior captain at a legacy airline. Joe conducts many checkrides at Thrust Flight and works with our Chief Flight Instructors to continually refine our curriculum, helping us make small adjustments to improve results. Joe often spends time teaching and advising students of Thrust Flight about current industry trends and status.

Bill Peterson

Bill is a checkairman and senior captain for a legacy airline and a part-time ground and flight instructor in Thrust Flight’s world-famous CFI Academy. Bill has been working with Thrust Flight’s students for several years and has seen many of his previous students make their way to the airlines.

Airline Advisory Board Member: Tres Cushing

Tres Cushing

Tres is a senior captain at a legacy airline and has been involved with Thrust Flight for over 5 years. Tres works with students from Thrust Flight’s CFI Academy and is our multi-engine assistant chief instructor.

Airline Advisory Board Member: Wally Pitts

Wally Pitts

Flying since he was 19, Wally is completing his 36th year as a senior Captain for a major airline flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner worldwide. He also currently serves as a 787 Check Airman training and certifying pilots in the simulator and in the airplane. During his almost 20 years in the airline’s training department Wally has served as a Check Airman, Standards Coordinator, Lead Check Airman, and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (Aircrew Program Designee) for the Airbus A320 series as well as the Boeing 757/767 aircraft. Additionally, Wally was an instructor in the Airline’s Human Factors Safety Training Department for 14 years.   On the volunteer front, Wally was involved in various pilot mentor programs within the airline as well as volunteering for 9 years with the pilots’ union in various capacities. Wally was also proud to volunteer for the Civil Reserve Air Fleet flying our troops worldwide when needed. He has also enjoyed flying Professional and College sports teams throughout the years.

Prior to his airline career, Wally was active in General and Corporate Aviation as an Instructor, Check Airman, Director of Training, Chief Pilot and Director of Operations for FAR Part 141, 135 and Private flight departments managing Turbo Prop and Jet aircraft.

Always active in general aviation, Wally has maintained his CFI with Instrument and Multi Engine Instruction Privileges throughout his career. He is a private aircraft owner and has logged time in over 100 types of aircraft.

Wally says, “I am proud to be associated with Thrust Flight. The staff, equipment and training programs are top notch.  Helping new pilots navigate their training and mentoring their future career choices is something I really enjoy doing.”