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Committed to Meeting Your Training Requirements

The Prevailance Aerospace Team is made up of highly experienced aviation professionals from various military and general aviation backgrounds. Our strength is derived from our breadth of aviation experience and our cohesiveness. We work and act as a team, taking full advantage of our unique flight experiences and areas of expertise to provide the customer with an unmatched product. Prevailance Aerospace maintains its reputation for professional excellence by demanding the highest standards from its pilots.

All of our aviators have:

  • Thousands of flight hours in a wide variety of aircraft types and models
  • Multiple aviation combat tours of duty while serving in our military
  • Significant experience in tactical jet aviation including the F-14 Tomcat & the F-18 Super Hornet
  • Graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), and bring that professionalism to the forefront of their instruction and flying
  • Extensive experience in the dynamic regime of Navy aircraft carrier operations and day/night carrier landings
  • Real world experience managing 'Startle' and 'Surprise'
  • A safety focus that supports everything we do
At Prevailance Aerospace we know that successful aviation endeavors are accomplished through an uncompromising commitment to safety, a solid vision, impeccable professionalism, tremendous attention to detail, and constant improvement. We look forward to bringing our aviation services to you.

Aerospace Team

John Owens
President & CEO

John is a 24-year career aviator with multiple combat tours and over 3,500 hours of total flight time...

Larry Slade
Operations Manager

Larry spent 23 years in the US Navy, primarily in tactical aviation. After flight training he flew the F-14...

Vanessa Christie
VP Strategic Development

Vanessa is a US Navy combat veteran who spent the majority of her active duty time flying the F-14 Tomcat...

Audrey Kovesci
Instructor Pilot

Audrey is a former F/A-18 combat Naval Aviator and Flight Instructor in the T-45 Goshawk...

Our training effectiveness is derived from thousands of hours of UPRT/Spin instruction

John Owens
Chief Executive Officer

John is a 24-year career veteran of the US Marine Corps and Navy, serving primarily as a carrier-based tactical aviator with combat tours in Iran, Bosnia, Somalia, and Iraq. He has over 3,500 hours of total flight time, including 2,500 hours in the F-14 Tomcat and over 500 carrier arrested landings. He has pilot-in-command time in the F-14 Tomcat A and B+ models, the A-4 Skyhwak, T-2 Buckeye, T-34C and Piper Seminole, and an additional 700 hours of Flight Officer time in the S-3A Viking. John is a Top Gun graduate and served as the Operations Officer and an Instructor at the Navy’s Strike Fighter Weapons School. John has been the CEO and President of Prevailance Aerospace since its inception. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors for the Virginia Beach Chamber; and Board of Directors for the Tidewater Science Council. John was the recipient of the 2013 Entrepreneurial Excellence award for Hampton Roads.

Larry Slade
Chief Operating Officer

Larry spent 23 years in the US Navy, primarily in tactical aviation. After flight training he flew the F-14 Tomcat operationally, but also has time in the F-5 Tiger II, the F-18 Hornet, the F-15E Strike Eagle, and the F-16 Falcon. Larry was a qualified aerial reconnaissance aviator and Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) graduate. His operational deployments included 3 combat tours in Iraq and Bosnia. On his first combat tour Larry was shot down, captured, and held as a prisoner of war. Larry retired as a qualified strike-fighter Mission Commander with over 2400 flight hours and 470 carrier arrested landings. His aviation career awards include Naval Flight Officer of the Year, Radar Intercept Officer of the Year, and the Admiral Allen Precision Strike Award. His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross (Combat V), Purple Heart (2 awards), Air Medal (2 awards), the Prisoner of War Medal, and several other personal, campaign and unit awards.

Vanessa Christie
Vice President, Strategic Development

Vanessa is a U.S. Navy combat veteran who spent the majority of her active duty time flying and instructing in the F-14 Tomcat. She has more than 2,000 hours in military and general aviation platforms, including the F-14 Tomcat, T-39 Sabreliner, T-2 Buckeye, T-34, Cessna 150, Cessna 172 and now the Extra 330LX. Vanessa is a qualified Forward Air Controller (Airborne) and Night Vision Goggle instructor. She joined Prevailance, Inc. in 2007 after combat aviation tours in Afghanistan and has played a key role in the development of Prevailance Aerospace since its inception. She was selected as one of Hampton Roads' 2012 honored ‘Women in Business', appointed to the Prevailance Board of Directors in 2013 and awarded the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.

Audrey Kovesci
Instructor Pilot

Audrey joins Prevailance Aerospace after serving as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy. Prior to her combat deployments flying the F/A-18 Super Hornet with the Black Knights of Strike Fighter Squadron 154, she graduated from the Naval Academy and earned her private pilot and glider certificates while still in high school. Audrey flew combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and subsequently became a Navy and Marine Corps advanced jet training instructor in the T-45 Goshawk. Her instructor tour focused on Out of Control Flight (OCF), Basic Fighter Maneuvering (BFM), and the Carrier Qualification (CQ) phases of training. Audrey also has experience with her own RV-6, a CAF Stearman and carrying skydivers. She has a CFI, CFII, MEI, Commercial and ATP rating.
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