Meet Our Instructors

Adam Valencic

Adam started flying with his Uncle in 1992. At the age of 19 Adam began taking flying lessons and earned his Private Pilot’s License in July of 2005. Adam came to Orlando, FL to attend the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. While at UCF Adam began plans for First Landings Aviation, earned his Flight Instructors certificate, and now focuses on sport pilot instruction. Adam has amassed over 1300 hours of flight time, with over 800 hours of instruction given.  His outlook on flying is simple...have fun and show the students the safe way to fly an airplane. He is dedicated to sharing his love of aviation with others through affordable, quality flight training, which is the driving force behind First Landings Aviation.

Aside from teaching people to become Pilots, he is also a licensed Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and enjoys working on the planes that he flies. Adam is also an Eagle Scout and in his off time enjoys playing racquetball, golfing, hiking, camping, and competing the occasional Pentathlons.

Kyle Pack

Kyle began flying at the age of 13, eventually earning his Private license in 2007. After moving to the Daytona Beach area in 2008, he took up flying gliders, earning a commercial glider license. Most of his free time is spent instructing in gliders or flying the tow plane, or participating in glider cross-country competitions. When not at the airport, he can usually be found at another airport. When he does escape from the airport, he can generally be found rock climbing or hiking.

Franklin Burbank

Having flight instructor/flight school operator parents, Franklin was practically born at the Orlando Country Airport where his parents had a sailplane operation. There, at the age of 2 weeks he had his first glider ride and at six weeks, his first airplane ride in a Ford Tri-motor. He continued on to solo a sailplane at the age of 14 and, on this 16th birthday, he soloed a L-2 Taylorcraft and passed his private pilot glider rating. He is a Commercial Flight Instructor for Gliders and Light Sport. He is also working on his Commercial, Flight Instructor (Airplane), and Instrument ratings.
In addition, he works as a golf pro at the Mount Dora Golf Association in Mount Dora; plays in several golf tournaments each year; and is a tow pilot/glider instructor for several local glider operations.

Jim Shoemaker

Jim Shoemaker became an air traffic control specialist with the United States Marines. After five years he went on to other things but his love for aviation would never leave him. He then went on to school in Kentucky to get his commercial, instrument, multi engine, and instructor ratings. When Jim isn't flying you can find him at the beach, hanging out with friends or taking pictures.


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