Certified Flight Instructors

Certified Flight Instructors at TCA

Third Coast Aviation LLC (“TCA“) is proud of our Certified Flight Instructors (“CFI“) corps, and we believe it is one of the most qualified and fun group to learn to fly in Houston!  Take a look at who will be available to help you along your journey to secure your pilots licenses…


TCA’s Certified Flight Instructors

Costa Papanicolaou (Chief Pilot) | Ed Pataky | Arthur Hale | Mohammad Akif


Costa Papanicolaou, Chief Pilot and CFI / CFII / MEI

Certified Flight Instructor

Costa Papanicolaou

As our Chief Pilot, Mr. Costa Papanicolaou oversees all instructional services at Third Coast Aviation as well as the quality of delivery.  Previous to TCA, Costa was the owner and Chief Pilot of Quality Flight Training with thousands of hours of flight time as well as thousands of hours of instructional training time.  Costa will be the one who ensures the quality of your training as well as your satisfaction with your training experience.  If you have any questions, feel free to email him directly at costa@thirdcoastaviation.com.  Costa’s certifications include:

  • Commercial Pilot,
  • Certified Flight Instructor (“CFI“),
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (“CFII“), and
  • Certified Multi-Engine Instructor (“MEI“).

Ed Pataky, CFI and Master Ground School Instructor

Certified Flight Instructors

Ed Pataky (CFI, MGI)

Mr. Ed Pataky CFI, a Certified Flight Instructor with over a thousand hours of instructional hours given, is one of aviation’s true intellects. Recently awarded the coveted Master Ground Instructor distinction, Ed will not only be providing flight instruction but will also be providing regularly scheduled ground school classes for Private, Instrument and Commercial Pilot Programs as well as spearheading our UAV program (aka Drones).  Ed holds a Masters of Political Science,  a Masters in Economics, and has taught at the college level.  Additionally, Ed served the aviation community as a flight dispatcher.  Ed’s certifications include:

  • Commercial Pilot,
  • Certified Flight Instructor (“CFI“), and
  • Master Ground Instructor accreditation.

Arthur Hale, CFI / CFII / MEI

Mr. Arthur Hale is a Certified Flight Instructor with thousands of hours of flight time and flight training experience spanning third five years.  Arthur’s certifications include:

  • Commercial Pilot,
  • Certified Flight Instructor (“CFI“),
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (“CFII“), and
  • Certified Multi-Engine Instructor (“MEI“).

Mohammad Akif, CFI

Mr. Mohammad Akif is a Certified Flight Instructor that focuses on flight training in a precise and methodical process.  Mohammad’s certifications include:

  • Commercial Pilot, and
  • Certified Flight Instructor (“CFI“).

Abinadi Milligan, Advanced Ground Instructor

advanced ground instructor

Adinadi Milligan (AGI)

Mr. Abinadi Milligan is an ADVANCED ground instructor, certified in June 2018, currently working on his commercial pilot’s license and then onto his Certified Flight Instructor certifications.  Abinadi’s certifications include:

  • Private Pilot License, and
  • Advanced Ground Instructor (“AGI“)

About Third Coast Aviation LLC

Founded in January 2017, Third Coast Aviation LLC is a general aviation company serving the Texas Gulf Coast region, providing CFR Part 61 flight training, aircraft acquisition services, and  aircraft sales services.  With ranks of seasoned Certified Flight Instructors (CFI, CFII, and MEI), we deliver services to student pilots, from Discovery Flights through their Private Pilot License (PPL) and beyond – creating safe, competent pilots!  We don’t stop there, but continue serving pilots with TCA Group Ground School Workshops, BSA Aviation Badge Workshops, and a TCA Student Association.

Third Coast Aviation EFD / headquarters
11200 Blume Avenue, Houston, TX 77034
info@thirdcoastaviation.com
(979) 473-9822


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