WHO WE ARE

Eric Dragonetti

Founder and CEO of The CAVU Pilot

My passion for aviation began as a child. As I grew older, my fascination with flight grew. I pursued my flight training at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and graduated in 2016. Since then, I have accumulated over 2000 hours of instruction given.

I flew the CRJ series aircraft at a regional airline for four years before jumping into the corporate aviation world. Currently, I am flying the Embraer Phenom 300 and Praetor 600 for a private company based in Knoxville. While being a professional pilot is everything I could dream of, I love helping fellow pilots succeed.

I founded this flight school to share my experience, create the next generation of aviators, and provide everyone the opportunity to be the best pilot they can be.

Online Ground School & Flight Training Courses

We are totally committed to your goals & to provide extraordinary experiences.

You are more than a student to us, we strive to provide you with a personal experience that will help you reach your goals. With the option to tailor learning that works with your schedule, there is no limit to what you can accomplish with our flight training courses & ground school.

Our Core Values

Everyone here at The CAVU Pilot is committed to success. We want you reach your goals and our core values drive us to attain that!

Meet our CAVU Certified Instructors

Every instructor who works with Eric at The CAVU Pilot share the same passion for teaching and meet the strict standards that our core values require of them. 

Whoever you fly with, rest assured that you will receive the highest standard of training and professionalism in the flight training industry!

Eric Dragonetti

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Greg Young

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Paxton Cherry

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Meet our CAVU Certified Flight Instructors

Rick Graf - Assistant Chief Pilot

One of our first instructors to join the CAVU team, Rick is an experienced flight instructor who brings his charismatic enthusiasm to each flight lesson. As an Embry Riddle graduate, his standardized training background creates a safe learning environment for everyone. 

Rick will one day operate international flights for United Airlines.

Rick Graf - Assistant Chief Pilot

One of our first instructors to join the CAVU team, Rick is an experienced flight instructor who brings his charismatic enthusiasm to each flight lesson. As an Embry Riddle graduate, his standardized training background creates a safe learning environment for everyone. 

Rick will one day operate international flights for United Airlines.

Andrew Duncan - Flight Instructor

Andrew graduated from the University of Tennessee with an Aerospace Engineering degree. During his time at UT, he discovered his passion for flying. After completing a majority of his flight training at the CAVU Pilot, he now shares his advanced knowledge of the principles of flight with his students.

Andrew will also join Rick at United Airlines in the future.

Andrew Duncan - Flight Instructor

Andrew graduated from the University of Tennessee with an Aerospace Engineering degree. During his time at UT, he discovered his passion for flying. After completing a majority of his flight training at the CAVU Pilot, he now shares his advanced knowledge of the principles of flight with his students.

Andrew will also join Rick at United Airlines in the future.

Nick Golden - Flight Instructor

Nick completed his Private Pilot training with us before heading to ATP to finish his instrument rating, commercial certificate, CFI, CFII, and MEI. We welcomed him back to the CAVU Pilot as a well-rounded instructor whose relaxed personality makes you feel comfortable each time you take off.

Nick will eventually become a commercial airline pilot.

Nick Golden - Flight Instructor

Nick completed his Private Pilot training with us before heading to ATP to finish his instrument rating, commercial certificate, CFI, CFII, and MEI. We welcomed him back to the CAVU Pilot as a well-rounded instructor whose relaxed personality makes you feel comfortable each time you take off.

Nick will eventually become a commercial airline pilot.

Gage Sivley - Flight Instructor

Gage was one of our first students to walk through CAVU’s front door. Over the past few years, he completed his Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, and CFI Certificate. He is the epitome of the high standards that CAVU holds. Gage shares his real-world flying experience with his students as he molds them into professional pilots.

In the future, Gage will fly for a corporate flight department.

Gage Sivley - Flight Instructor

Gage was one of our first students to walk through CAVU’s front door. Over the past few years, he completed his Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, and CFI Certificate. He is the epitome of the high standards that CAVU holds. Gage shares his real-world flying experience with his students as he molds them into professional pilots.

In the future, Gage will fly for a corporate flight department.

Brent Farwick - Flight Instructor

Brent began flying as a hobby but soon realized that his hobby is a passion. He bought a Piper Archer to achieve true freedom of flight and has flown it all over the United States. During that time, he completed his Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, and CFI Certificate at CAVU. He is a pilot at a local Charter Company and a part-time flight instructor. He brings an optimistic attitude to each lesson and motivates students to be better each time the arrive to a flight lesson. 

Brent Farwick - Flight Instructor

Brent began flying as a hobby but soon realized that his hobby is a passion. He bought a Piper Archer to achieve true freedom of flight and has flown it all over the United States. During that time, he completed his Instrument Rating, Commercial Certificate, and CFI Certificate at CAVU. He is a pilot at a local Charter Company and a part-time flight instructor. He brings an optimistic attitude to each lesson and motivates students to be better each time the arrive to a flight lesson. 

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