Our Experienced Flight Training Professionals and Aircraft Management Crew

What is V1? It is the carefully calculated velocity at which you are committed to takeoff. It is your decision speed. Our crewmembers make that same commitment to you as you takeoff to achieve your aviation goals.

Together, our flight training professionals have more than 30,000 flight hours. They are experienced professionals, who specialize in instruction and cater to your individual needs. From flight training for busy professionals and commercial students to aircraft management, V1 Aeronautical identifies your needs and develops a custom plan to provide you with a personal, one-on-one aviation experience.

V1 flight training professional David Wallace

David Wallace

David has been active in the local aviation community for more than 10 years and has logged over 8,500 flight hours as a corporate pilot, flight instructor and commercial pilot. He also flies Learjets and King Air. While David earned his ratings and certificates, he also worked as a line technician for two fixed base operators. 

V1 flight training professional Caitlin Farley

Caitlin Farley

Caitlin is a member of the Cirrus flight training network and is the only Platinum factory-trained Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot (CSIP) in the Tampa Bay area. She has served the Cirrus community for the past eight years. She is also typed-rated as Captain on the Lear 60 and as a first officer in the Dassault-Falcon 50.  Caitlin has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida State University, and she is currently earning a master’s degree from the University of Florida.

V1 flight training professional Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Chris is a local corporate pilot and flight instructor, who has more than 20 years of aviation experience. With more than 2,000 hours flying Cirrus aircraft, he is a Cirrus CSIP, who also provides Cirrus flight training. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and their daughter.

V1 flight training professional John Brereton

John Brereton

John has been working as a pilot since obtaining his bachelor’s degree in aviation management in 2003. He has extensive flying experience working in Part 91, 135 and now 121 operations. John currently flies an Embraer 175 and enjoys assisting V1 Aeronautical as a flight instructor.




Our Aircraft

V1 Aeronautical caters to all pilots, renters and students alike. Whether a private pilot or commercial pilot, we feature a wide range of aircraft to help you achieve your aviation goals. If you are looking for a more technologically advanced aircraft or for a more cost-effective, traditional aircraft, our fleet delivers.

Cirrus SR-22T - N780MD for learning to fly

Cirrus SR-22 - N882DF
2017 Normally aspirated sr-22

  • Seating Capacity: 4 Passengers, 1 Crew
  • 310 Horsepower
  • Fuel Capacity: 92 Gallons
  • Useful Load: 1292 Pounds
  • Cirrus Perspective+ by Garmin Cockpit
  • 60/40 FlexSeating - Fits up to 5
  • Spectra™ Wingtip Lighting
  • GMA 350c All-Digital Bluetooth® Audio Panel and QWERTY Keyboard Controller
  • Air Conditioning
Cirrus SR-22 - N834SR for learning to fly

Cirrus sr-22 - n952rt
2006 Normally Aspirated SR-22

  • Seating Capacity: 1 Crew, 3 Passengers
  • 310 Horsepower
  • Fuel Capacity: 84 Gallons
  • Useful Load: 983 Pounds
  • Avidyne Entegra Flight Deck
  • Avidyne DFC 90 Autopilot
  • Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System
  • Air Conditioning
Cirrus SR-22 - N952RT for learning to fly

Cirrus sr-20- n315AR
Normally Aspirated SR-20

  • Seating Capacity: 1 Crew, 3 Passengers
  • 200 Horsepower
  • Fuel Capacity: 56 Gallon
  • Useful Load: 983 Pounds
  • Avidyne Entegra Flight Deck
  • S-Tec Autopilot
  • Cirrus Aircraft Parachute System
Cirrus SR-20 - N44YP for learning to fly

touch trainer aircraft simulator
Configured for all cirrus aircraft

  • FAA-Approved Touch-Screen System
  • Log IFR Currency without an Instructor
  • Glass Cockpit or Analog Capable
  • VisX Visual System - 180 Degree View


V1 Aeronautical offers numerous pilot ratings to satisfy your objectives, which include:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Multi-Engine
    • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate
    • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate
  • Cirrus Transition Training
  • Cirrus Advanced Transition Training


Get started on your aviation journey with an introductory or discovery flight. Fly in our fully-equipped SR-22, which includes air conditioning and XM Satellite Radio. You will receive a tour of our operation and briefing of what to expect on the flight. After, you will head to the flightline for a flight along the scenic coastline of Pinellas County. 

We will answer your questions about learning to fly, earning a pilot license and pilot license cost. The experience is $159 and lasts approximately one hour. Get behind the controls and decide if aviation is an adventure you are ready to take!

Want to find out how to become a pilot and learn to fly?

We are conveniently located to serve the Clearwater, Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg areas. Contact V1 Aeronautical flight school about how to earn a pilot license and to learn about our customized aircraft management services.