While I’ve always been interested in aviation, it took me a long time to pursue my dream. I remember finding schematics online to build my own ultra-light when I was a teenager and even saving all of my earnings from a summer to do so, before my parents convinced me that I should probably wait until I was a bit older. Life had other plans, and I waited until I was a lot older! I spent 15 years building a career in corporate that was extremely rewarding, but aviation remained on my mind. Four years ago I took a discovery flight with a friend and was immediately hooked – I told my wife that for the second half of my career, this is what I wanted to do! I haven’t looked back since – sharing my passion for aviation and helping others achieve their dreams is the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done, and hardly feels like work. I’m truly the example that it’s never too late to start the life you want!
My first introduction to flying outside of an airline was when my brother-in-law took me flying after he got his Private Pilot Certification. I knew instantly that it was unlike anything I had experienced in the past but wasn’t sure if it was for me at the time. After a few years of sitting behind a desk, I knew I had to make a change in my career and was encouraged to look into becoming a pilot. I took a Discovery Flight in March of 2022, and have not looked back since. I completed all of my Flight Training in Florida, but I am originally from Lancaster and wanted to return to my home to instruct for ATS. Flying is unlike anything in the world and seeing the ground melt away below you, is nothing short of exhilarating.
>Hi, my name is Jon Robbins. Being the son of an aircraft mechanic, I grew up going to airshows fairly often and was totally mesmerized by the Blue Angels F18s. However, it wasn’t until later in life that I actually considered flying as a career. After working as an RN for about 10 years, I decided to jump in with both feet and pursue getting an office view up in the sky! I have really enjoyed the journey so far and I’m excited to have lots more flying in my future. To me, being a pilot is a great balance of manually operating a really fun machine and also being challenged mentally to complete the mission of a safe flight. I did all my training here at ATS, so it’s an honor to be working here helping other people achieve their flying goals!
With a passion for aviation that spans over three decades, my journey in the skies has been nothing sort of exhilarating. My aviation career took off in the United States Air Force, where I trained and certified airmen in weapons systems operation of the A-10 Warthog. This early experience instilled in me a love for flying that would shape my life’s path. After my time in the Air Force, I pursued higher education at the prestigious Embry Riddle University, where I honed my aviation knowledge and skills to new heights. My determination and dedication paid off, leading me to become a flight instructor in the same picturesque Arizona setting where my aviation odyssey began. For the past two decades, I’ve successfully navigated the world of entrepreneurship. But recently, I found myself drawn back to my first love: flying. It’s been a passion that’s been rekindled and has never burned brighter. I believe in sharing the joy of flight with others and helping aspiring pilots achieve their dreams. My mission is simple: to inspire and guide the next generation of aviators. Whether you’re a novice looking to take your first flight lesson or a seasoned pilot aiming for advanced certifications, Aero-Tech Services, Inc. and my teaching will be your destination for knowledge, guidance, and inspiration. Join me on this exciting journey through the skies, where success knows no limits. Together, we’ll reach new altitudes and celebrate the boundless freedom of flight.
Hi, My name is Serina Caruso, your dedicated flight instructor. I am a 2023 graduate of Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor’s degree in aviation, specializing in professional aeronautics. Ever since earning my private pilot license in 2020, my aviation journey has been fueled by a deep passion for flight, drawn from the profound sense of freedom and continuous learning opportunities in the aviation industry. As an instructor, my approach is anchored in collaboration and empowerment. I am committed to instilling a culture of continuous improvement and inclusivity within the aviation community. My goal is not just to teach flying skills but to inspire and guide students to become confident and responsible aviators. Being an instructor is incredibly rewarding because I get to share my love for flying with others. Witnessing my students’ progress and helping them overcome challenges brings me immense joy. I look forward to embarking on this flying journey with you, and together, we’ll reach new heights!
My name is Jon Sweigart. Since my first dirt bike at age of 5, I have loved operating equipment! Growing up on a farm, I had many opportunities to run new equipment and eventually, that love spilled into aviation. I call myself a Third Generation Flying Famer because both my father and grandfather were also pilots. I have been flying with my dad for as long as I can remember. In November 2015 I became a Private Pilot right here at ATS. Then in 2022 I finished my Certified Flight Instructor Rating here as well! I love the science of aerodynamics and weather and really enjoy mastering the aircraft. I feel I have a wide variety of flying and life experiences that will allow me to generate good relationships with my students. I look forward to watching my students grow in aviation just like I have!
My name is Zach Millen and I have loved birds from a very young age and am fascinated by anything that can fly. While most of my flight training has come from right here at Aero-Tech Services, Inc, I also fly recreationally in a SR22 that my dad partners in. I also enjoy gaining flight time in a flying club at the Smoketown Airport. I love the feeling of the wheels lifting off the pavement, the way the world looks from up above, and the challenge of completing the “perfect” flight (which has yet to happen). My goal as an instructor is to pass the gift and joy of flight on to my students.
My name is Andy Fowkes. I have been interested in flying for as long as I can remember. My Father flew P-38s in WWII and that was probably the biggest influence that got me interested in aviation. When I graduated from college, I entered the Air Force as a Missile Launch Officer and though I always wanted to learn to fly, life seemed to get in the way. When I moved to Alaska, my wife helped us save enough money for me to get my Private Pilot License and its been non-stop ever since. I earned my Single Engine Sea, and Instrument ratings while living in Alaska, then I finished up my Commercial and Instructor ratings here in Lancaster County with ATS. I have always enjoyed teaching and coaching and being a CFI seems to go right along with that. I am excited to be a part of ATS and to help others earn their wings.
My name is Matthias Burkholder. I’ve loved aviation since I was a kid. I remember going to air shows and being unable to tear my eyes away from all the old warbirds. In 2019 I decided to pursue aviation as a career and started training here at Aero-Tech Services, Inc. I’m excited to help people realize their own aviation goals and share what I love about flying.
Like many others, my love for aviation started after a Discovery Flight here at ATS. Since that initial flight, I’ve been captivated with learning everything I can to better myself as a pilot, and an instructor. I am currently a student at EMU, finishing a LOM-Aviation Concentration Degree and have completed all of my flight training with Aero-Tech Services, Inc. Talking about aviation, teaching others, and spending time flying are a few of the reasons why I love my job as a Flight Instructor!
My name is Stephen Crump. When I was younger, I went to the Reading Air Show with my family and fell in love with the idea of aviation. I didn’t actually get any experience with aviation until my senior year of high school, when I obtained an internship at Reading Airport. I started my bachelor’s degree at Eastern Mennonite University and flight training at Aero Tech in 2020. My favorite part of aviation is the adventure and the fact that no day or situation is the exact same. I received my flight instructor certification in 2022 and I am excited to start training the future of aviation!
My name is Mark McCowan. Ever since I can remember I’ve always been in love with flying. As a kid, my dad would take me to Lancaster Airport to get breakfast every Saturday morning. Then we would be allowed to walk out to the commuter plane and check it out! Hey, it was the 80’s where we could still do stuff like that. When I was 18, I joined the Air Force and was an aircrew member on the KC-135R as a Boom Operator and served all over the world including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. What I enjoy most about flying is the sense of freedom it gives. Especially when you are above the clouds, and you feel like you are the only one up there. I think what makes me different from other instructors is my ability to put students at ease and help them relax during stressful phases of their flying education. My favorite part of instructing is seeing students that I’m instructing attain the certificate, rating, or endorsement they were going for. I do have my CFI and may use it occasionally, but I mostly use my MEI.
As a child I was fascinated with anything motorized, especially with the airplanes that would fly over our house. After my first flight lesson in an Aeronca Champ I knew I wanted to learn how to fly. I did most of my flight training right here at Aero-Tech Services including ATP and Helicopter ratings. I began flying professionally in 1994 and after a short time in corporate aviation and another season as an airline pilot I’ve been flying at Aero-Tech Services since 2000. I appreciate the value that aviation brings to the lives of so many and I enjoy the challenges and adventure of traveling to new destinations. I am thrilled to be a part of helping our customers and employees achieve new milestones in their aviation journey.
The ability to bring distant people and places within reach, the opportunity to experience a perspective we’ve had for only a little more than a century, the thrill and satisfaction of operating a unique piece of machinery: these are all reasons many of us enjoy flying and I’m no exception. I was first introduced to airplanes through repeated travel to and from my childhood home in Kenya. As a kid, I loved driving any kind of vehicle I could get my hands on. This and plenty of exposure to airplanes led me to pursue a career in aviation which started with training at Letourneau University. Since then, I’ve worked as a pilot and/or aircraft mechanic in rural Alaska, Washington, Virginia, and now Pennsylvania with Aero-Tech. I love the rewards and challenges flying provides and seeing firsthand how an invention like the airplane can serve both our local and global community.
My name is Derlyn and I was born and raised in beautiful Lancaster County! When I was in my early 20’s I volunteered with an international mission organization that gave me the opportunity to travel around the world. Through my travels I noticed a great need for airplanes and pilots to access remote areas that have no road systems. Upon returning home from that educational experience I soon began my training here at Aero-Tech Services, Inc. It has been a wonderful journey working from Private Pilot to Commercial Pilot and now Flight Instructor. During my training at Aero-Tech Services, Inc. I met many wonderful people along the way who shared the same passion as me and they are now serving in places like Brazil, Alaska and Africa! In Spring of 2016 I became part of the ATS team and I am looking forward to helping others to fulfill their dream of becoming a pilot. I feel blessed to be able to share the freedom that being a pilot offers with my students and watching their skills grow with each lesson.
My aviation journey started early. It began with flying model airplanes and progressed to helping my father work on airplanes at the local airport. Occasionally I got an airplane ride, but everyday I dreamt about becoming a pilot. I furthered my education and began a career as an aircraft maintenance technician, then earned a pilot’s license and additional ratings. The technical foundation has allowed me to enjoy flying more because I understand what keeps an aircraft safely in the air. As a charter pilot, my greatest fulfillment comes from providing a service that takes our customers wherever they would like to go, leave whenever they want to leave, and bring whoever they would like to take along!
My name is Dale Wintersteen. As a child I always wanted to join the military. After high school, I joined the Army and spent six years active duty with the 101st Airborne Division. After my time in the military, I was able to pursue my passion for Aviation. My first Discovery Flight was right here in Lancaster County with Aero-Tech Services. I decided to attend Middle Tennessee State University for their Professional Pilot Degree program where I received my Pilot Ratings. After graduation in 2016, I was lucky enough to get hired by Aero-Tech Services, Inc. as a Charter Pilot and haven’t looked back since. I love being able to do something so few get a chance to do, and providing a great experience for our passengers. Because of this job, I have seen many places I never would have even thought to go. I look forward to seeing where it may take me in the future. I’m proud to provide an enjoyable Charter experience one flight at a time!
I have always had an interest in aviation ever since I was a kid and my parents gave me a book about different types of planes. I ended up going to college and graduating from Saint Francis University with a degree in Exercise Physiology and Health Science before ever believing that a career in aviation could be a possibility for me. Once i did a Discovery Flight, I knew aviation was what I was looking for! Since then, I did my initial training in Florida but earned my CFI here at ATS. Flying continues to allow me to have new experiences, travel to new places, and to make connections with people. I love being able to share the excitement of reaching goals and learning new things with students.
My name is Ben and I come from a family of aviation enthusiasts. One could say I am extremely talented at keeping the blue side up and very passionate about flying. When not at the airport I can often be overheard talking about airplanes or unsolicitedly informing others that I am a pilot. This has been a dream come true of mine from childhood, greatly thanks to a supportive family. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Aero-Tech team; also admired since childhood. For anyone out there on the fence considering the next step I’d be happy to bore you with the details anytime, but once you experience the joys of flight… you know… the sky’s the limit and all that warm fuzzy stuff.
Hello, my name is Evan Ballard. My love for flying began with my childhood in Senegal. Regular transatlantic flights made me fascinated with air travel. Because of this I studied aviation at LeTourneau university where I became a pilot and an aircraft mechanic. I am so grateful that I have already gotten some experience on both large and small aircraft. I have had the opportunity to help people experience the thrill of flight while flying skydivers, as well assisting in people’s travels while I helped to maintain airliners. I love that I get to help people experience flight and travel in such a unique way.
Hi, I’m Bronson Haller. I have lived in Lancaster, PA my entire life and have been interested in aviation for as long as I can remember. I grew up flying remote control airplanes around the back yard and my parents gifted me a Discovery Flight for my 14th birthday. After that flight, I knew I wanted to be a pilot. When i was 16 years old i took my first flight lesson and completed all of my flight training here at ATS. I began working as a flight instructor, and now I’m living out my dream as a charter pilot. Having the opportunity to discover and explore new places and taking people wherever they want to go, captures everything great about being a pilot!
My name is Paul Hadfield. I have had my head in the sky looking at airplanes ever since I can remember. When I was a child I spent a year in central Africa while my parents served in a missionary boarding school. This experience afforded me the opportunity to fly on many missionary airplanes, something I knew I wanted to do later in life. I grew up in Bucks County PA, then attended and graduated from Millersville University followed by West Chester University. My wife and I settled in Southern Chester County where I worked as a public school teacher for 12 years. The aviation bug bit me hard and we moved to Spokane Washington so I could train for missionary aviation with Moody Aviation. I served in Alaska as a missionary pilot and mechanic for 10 years. I now live in Lancaster County with my family, and i look forward to serving our clients to get them where they are going safely and efficiently.
There seems to be no connection between my first name and my last name, but the important part is that most of my professional life has been spent in the aviation industry! I started my career in South Florida working for international airliners. Granted, always in the Finance area, but loving aviation. So much so, that in my free time, I took it upon myself to obtain my license to fly gliders. Unfortunately, such a hobby is extremely expensive and at some point, I had to choose between flying and golf; the family chose for me: Golf. I joined the ATS team in 2022 not only for my love of aviation but also for the corporate values, and the team’s dedication to excellence. Back to my name. I am originally from South America but schooled at the University of Texas in Austin. Hook’em Horns!!!
Hi! My name is Peyton Jaquis and I joined the Aero-Tech Services, Inc. accounting team in the summer of 2023 after my graduation from Duquesne University. I have called Lititz, PA home for most of my life and am happy to be back in such a beautiful small town. I was a little hesitant to join the industry having no aviation background, but I knew it would be an exciting challenge and a great step in starting my professional career. I have loved every moment since and am eager to learn more about such a fascinating industry! If I am not here at Aero-Tech Services, Inc. you can most likely find me coaching basketball, cheering on the Eagles, going on long walks, or traveling to new places!
While working as a bank teller in 2007, one of my customers wearing “Top Gun” sunglasses approached me and asked if I would like to try something different. Having no aviation background, I was a little nervous but found the subject challenging and exciting. I have not been disappointed in my decision! On my very first day I practiced the aviation alphabet and have continued to learn more each day. I truly enjoy the relationships I’ve made here and watching people grow as pilots.
My name is Meredith Kauffman. I enjoy baking, reading, running, and going for walks with my family. One of my favorite things to do is just to be with our pets, Abner and Marty. My absolute favorite place to be is home, but Maine and Kansas are close seconds. I am not a pilot, nor do I have a desire to command an airplane, but I have learned my fair share about the flying world over the years being married to a pilot. I may not want to fly the plane, but I certainly do enjoy the utility of flying for travel. The best part of working at ATS is the people I get to work with and the people I get to meet. That’s saying a lot for an introvert like me!
My name is Brian Bitler. As a kid, my dad’s job gave me the opportunity to ride in the cab of a train locomotive. I took my first ride on a helicopter as a young teenager, and my first airplane flight as a young adult. There has always been something special to me about seeing the world from the air, or the front of a train. That different perspective has always fascinated me. Years later, after careers in the faith-based hospitality, church, and community service worlds, I am excited to join ATS. I enjoy problem solving, helping people, and learning. With lots to learn, I am enthusiastic about this new adventure.
My name is Angie Lucabaugh – one of the members of the ATS Flight Coordination Team for Charter Operations. I grew up in York County and have lived there all my life, so far. I have two children, three dogs, and three cats. I love to go camping with family and friends, I enjoy traveling, gardening and hiking, and I love going to the beach as much as possible. I began my career in aviation in 2011 as a Flight Attendant for a regional carrier. I remember always thinking to myself during my trips that I wish I could be flying the airplane instead of working in the back of it. Life took me in other directions in the travel industry and back to the aviation world, but I never gave up on the thought of becoming a pilot. Then, in 2020, I took my first Discovery Flight at ATS and I was hooked! I love being up in the air just looking down on the earth below, it’s a great feeling commanding the operation of an aircraft. I am the first in my family to fly an airplane and now my daughter is following in my footsteps by attending college in Florida for Aviation Science. I can’t wait to someday fly with her! I enjoy being a part of the ATS family and can’t wait to help you with your next charter flight!
Hello! My name is Amanda Bojako. I’m a mom to five and have lived in Lancaster County for over 30 years. I came to Aero-Tech Services, Inc. in 2018 with no experience in aviation. I first started working here in customer service to help fund my husband’s flight lessons. Over the past few years my knowledge in aviation has come a long way and I have grown to love it! One of the reason’s I enjoy working at ATS is meeting new people and hearing their story!
My name is Jonathan Hopkins. Throughout my entire childhood, anytime I would go on a family vacation, my favorite part of the trip was going to the airport. It wasn’t until February of 2022 that I took a Discovery Flight here at Aero-Tech Services and from the moment I first took the controls I was hooked. Being the first pilot in my family, I found it challenging to research all of the necessary information needed on how to become a professional pilot. Only after talking to people in the industry was I able to make an informed decision on how I would like to achieve my goals. What I love most about my job is being able to help others take that first step into the world of aviation. I am always more than happy to answer any questions that people may have about flight training and help them on the same path that I took myself!