Meet the Team
Our mission is to provide our partnered airlines with the best pilots they will hire. Every day we get to do what we love, living our lives off the ground. We want to give you the opportunity to do the same.
Patrick Arnzen – Chief Executive Officer
A former airline pilot, and designated pilot examiner (DPE) since 2012, Patrick has built and run several aviation businesses over the course of his career. He currently serves as the CEO of Thrust Flight, a multi-location flight training organization that has trained thousands of pilots from around the world. This rapidly expanding flight school operates the popular Zero Time to Airline program that trains future airline pilots.
Nathan Rausch – Senior Admissions Advisor
Nathan has been with Thrust Flight for 10 years operating a few different roles before becoming the Senior Admissions Advisor. Prior to joining Thrust Flight, he spent several years in the high-end hotel industry before becoming a hotel manager on cruise ships and private yachts. Having always wanted to become a pilot, he came back to land and joined Thrust Flight in March 2013.
Hunter GravLEy – VP of BUSINESS Operations
Hunter is a native Texan from the DFW area and worked for 10 years in video production before coming to Thrust Flight as a Videographer in 2019. He rapidly rose through the ranks here at Thrust Flight through various additional positions in Marketing and Operations to become extremely knowledgeable and proficient in the management of student flight training, culminating in his promotion in 2022 to Director of Operations. He sits on the Prosper ISD Industry Advisory Council and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.
Bryan Miles – VP OF Operations
Bryan Miles has been with Thrust Flight for over five years. He began as a dispatcher before working his way up to becoming the Director of Operations, he has played an integral role in the development of the Zero Time to Airline program. His warm personality and sense of humor make every student feel welcome. The level of generosity, care, and effort put into everything he does has been a gift.
Mike FisCher – Director of Maintenance
Mike has over 32 years of experience in aviation with a broad knowledge of the industry. Prior to joining Thrust Flight, Mike owned and operated a large aircraft maintenance facility. He was the Director of Maintenance for two 135 charter certificates. He has effectively and professionally led large aviation teams for the last 25 years. Mike is an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic with Inspection Authorization (IA) privileges.
Mike has also been a pilot for 30 years, he holds a commercial certificate, multi-engine rating, and ground instructor certificates. Mike recently received his Flight Instructors certificate at Thrust Flight. Mike is an exceptional leader that has a true passion for aircraft, his team, and the industry.
Jon Dillenberg – Director part 147
Jon is a skilled airframe and powerplant technician with an inspection authorization. He has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, having started his career as a UH-60 Crew Chief in the US Army. In this role, he was responsible for maintaining and repairing the aircraft, as well as training other crew members. Jon also served as a Standardization Instructor in the Army, sharing his knowledge and expertise with his colleagues. After leaving the military, he worked as a Technical Instructor at the Bell Helicopter Training Academy, where he taught type training for the Bell 412 to students from around the world, and was promoted to Manager, Technical Training, leading the entire global technician training business. Jon has conducted training in over 20 countries, making him a well-rounded and highly qualified professional in the field.
Ready to become an airline pilot? Get started with our Zero Time to Airline program today. Give us a call or fill out our contact form and we’ll help you determine if this program is right for you.