Pilot, Flight Instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner
About Michele Keilman
Michele was born and raised in central West Virginia. She moved to Tampa, Florida just out of high school. In 2003, she earned her private pilot certificate. She enjoyed the challenge of flight training so much, she continued through her flight instructor certificates and ratings. In 2006, she opened a flight school in South Carolina. She expanded it into a multi-location Part 141 school over the next several years before selling out to the first person she endorsed for a private pilot certificate many years before. While operating her flight school, Michele served on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Aviation Safety Council and as a Lead Volunteer for the Annual General Aviation Fly-In at Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00).
Michele has been a FAA Safety Team Lead Representative for over 10 years, personally conducting or coordinating over 100 seminars in her local areas.
After selling her flight school, Michele moved back to Tampa.
Her love for teaching wouldn’t allow her to fly General Aviation alone. So, when the opportunity arose, she couldn’t help but be a part of opening a flight school at Tampa Executive Airport. Once the school was up and running, she sold her shares to her business partner and continued to pursue her Designated Pilot Examiner designation.
Michele has lead many cross country and international trips. Trips from Tampa to Death Valley California, around the Rocky Mountains, to the Grand Canyon, the Bahamas, Island hopping, Oshkosh, Fly-In and Camp Out events and more than we have time to post here.
Many years later, with thousands of hours of instructing, Michele understands the hard work and dedication it takes to obtain each certificate and rating. She enjoys providing a challenge to students and applicants and also enjoys the challenge they provide her.
In 2020, she received her Designated Pilot Examiner designation. Michele continues to teach, examine, consult and, well, do whatever someone will pay her to do so she doesn’t have to get a ‘real job’.
Michele Keilman - 2021. - Updated 1/13/2023