Sonrise Aviation Pilots

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Sonrise Aviation employs experienced pilots who have been in the industry for a combined total of 45 years.  Our pilots excellent track record in aviation, detail to safety and reliability, and dedication to customer service, provide our clients with an unforgettable and pleasurable flying experience.  Let’s meet the Sonrise Aviation pilots who will be joining you on your journey.

Sonrise Aviation Director of Operations and Pilot

Harold Stan Tavzel II

Pilots-HalMeet Sonrise Aviation’s Director of Operations and pilot Hal Tavzel.  Hal is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and received a Bachelors of Science in Professional Aviation and a minor in Aviation Management.  Hal’s professional career took off in 1998.  He has worked as a contract pilot since 2001, and is currently the manager of the Portland Municipal Airport.  Hal currently serves as Portland, Indiana’s local representative of the Federal Aviation Administration.  As a pilot, Hal has logged over 11,000 hours in the air with a variety of aircraft and has experience working in multiple large regional airports.  The following is a list of his pilot credentials:

  • Director of Operations and partner in Sonrise Aviation
  • Accident and incident free flying career
  • No violations
  • 8 years and currently FAA Part 135 certified
  • Airline Transport Pilot
  • Dispatched and managed a large cargo company (14 plane fleet)
  • FCC Licensed

Richard T. Nes

Richard T. Nes’s career in aviation began in 1981 while attending the Spartan School of Aeronautics. After graduating with a degree in Aircraft Maintenance, Richard served as the A&P Mechanic for Rosenbalm Aviation until 1988. From 1990 to December 2011, Richard worked as a pilot for Comair Airlines and served as a flight instructor and a charter pilot for the Fort Wayne Air Service. Since 2011 he has worked as a contract pilot for Maverick Services, Kodiak Consulting, and for the Franklin Electric Corporation. To date, Richard has logged over 23,174 hours of safe and reliable flying.

Erik Fisher

Chief Pilot

Tony Crawford

Charter Captain, CFII, MEII, AGII

Andrew Craw

Charter Captain

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