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Director of Operations

Robert Valle began flying in his home town of St. Croix , U.S. Virgin Islands. After graduating high school he attended Florida Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in Flight Technology. At 21 years of age, he took a few semesters off from college to fly charters throughout the Caribbean with Air St. Kitts-Nevis in Piper Aztecs and Cessna 402s. He then attended Florida State University and earned a BS degree in Meteorology. While attending college, he co-founded the FSU Aviation Club where he gave flying lessons part-time.

In 1994 Robert joined the U.S. Air Force and through 2006 flew F-16s, with combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Northern Watch (Iraq), Operation Southern Watch (Iraq), and Operation Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense). He currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s license (ATP), and single and multi engine instructor ratings. He has more than 8,000 hours of flying experience with more than 5,000 hours in the local flying area. Robert trains all Air Key West pilots to the exacting standards you would expect from an Air Force fighter pilot.

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Director of Maintenance

Anthony Dauito graduated from Marathon High School in the Florida Keys in 1979. He joined the Army immediately after graduation where he served with the 32nd Army Air Defense Artillery. Tony is a second generation mechanic possessing the FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic’s license since 1985, and Inspection Authorization since 1989. He has operated his own FAA-certified airplane maintenance facility since 1998, and is a licensed private pilot who enjoys flying his restored BT-13 WW II trainer aircraft.