Meet Us

Our Conviction

We were created with a love for people and a passion to serve.


Our Mission

To inspire and enable aviation dreams –
one relationship, one aircraft, and one flight at a time.


Because we love people and believe in aviation’s power to enrich and transform lives, we invest in helping people successfully integrate aviation into their lives so that they can realize the freedom, opportunity, beauty, adventure, community, and achievement that aviation brings.



Eric Hartwell

Flight Training Manager

My journey with Performance Aircraft began as a customer back in 2008. I started flight training in a Cessna 172SP Skyhawk during my senior year of high school at Lincoln East and completed my private pilot license that July. In February 2011, I started an internship at Performance which grew into a part time position.

In May of 2012, I became the Flight Training Manager. As the Flight Training Manager I am excited to help others understand the advantages of learning to fly at Performance Aircraft. I enjoy coordinating events for the Performance Pilot Club including seminars, local tours, and social events. I am also the Test Center Supervisor for the PSI Testing Center onsite.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trap shooting, and of course flying.

John Learned

Chief Flight Instructor/Listings Architect

$78/hr. club | $88/hr. walk-in | $550/day

Flying has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. When I was fifteen, I joined the local Civil Air Patrol in Wisconsin and began my flight training in a Cessna 172.

I soloed the day after my sixteenth birthday and completed my Private Pilot certificate the following summer. I attended Andrews University in southwestern Michigan, studying aviation flight and maintenance, where I obtained my airframe and powerplant certificates, commercial pilot single and multi-engine certificates, instrument instructor rating, and multi-engine instructor rating.

In 2013 I moved to Nebraska to be closer to family, I began working as an A&P at Silverhawk Aviation, and also as a CFI at Performance Aircraft. I enjoyed flight instruction so much I went full time in the fall of 2014 and received my CSIP (Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot) certification in 2015. I also hold a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate.

In my free time I enjoy camping, rock climbing, and biking.

Taylor Young

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

$68/hr. club | $78/hr. walk-in | $500/day

I grew up here in Lincoln, NE and graduated from Lincoln East in 2007. Ever since my first discovery flight in 5th grade, I knew I wanted to fly.

In 2013, I decided to make my dream of flying a reality, so I came to Performance Aircraft and earned my private pilot certificate. In 2015, I earned my flight instructor certificate, while also attending the University of Nebraska – Omaha. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in aviation and minor in math in May of 2016, and I became certified to teach instrument ratings (CFII) later in 2016.

In my free time, I enjoy reading anything aviation related, traveling, playing golf, hunting, and fishing.

I am very excited to share my passion for flying and aviation with all of my students.

Evan Reiman

Certified Flight Instructor

$68/hr. club | $78/hr. walk-in | $500/day

In 2010, I started my flying journey where I grew up in Des Moines, IA. I was just 15 at the time. From there I soloed and earned my Private Pilots Certificate and enjoyed flying many of my high school friends around.

After graduating high school in 2014, I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where I studied and received a bachelor’s of science in aviation with a concentration in Air transport administration. During my years in Omaha, I obtained my Certified Flight Instructor and Certified Flight Instrument Instructor licenses.

In addition to flight instructing, I am also part of the aircraft sales team.

Outside of flying my hobbies include computers, photography, and spending time with my friends and family.

Greg Love

Certified Flight Instructor

$58/hr. club | $68/hr. walk-in | $445/day

Aviation has been an enjoyable and challenging career for me since 1967. Flying allowed me to complete a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. I have been fortunate to fly airliners and military aircraft. I have an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot Certificate).

I am a Gold Seal Flight Instructor who is certified to teach Instrument ratings (CFII) and Multi Engine (MEI).  I am also an Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI).

I enjoy working with students at Performance Aircraft on a part time basis, and I hope to promote aviation to all interested future aviators.

Caleb Ullman

Certified Flight Instructor

$58/hr. club | $68/hr. walk-in | $445/day

My passion for flying was kindled at a young age. Some of my fondest memories are attending airshows and dreaming about being able to fly. In the fall of 2014, I was able to start working towards my dreams of being a pilot when I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a student in the Aviation Institute, where I obtained all of my ratings.

When I have free time, I enjoy camping, fishing, and just about anything outdoors. Flying is my favorite means of transportation, but I also enjoy riding my motorcycle and travelling to new places and experiencing new things.

My career with Performance began back in October of 2016, when I started working with their sales team. However, ever since getting my CFI, I have branched out into the flight training side of the company and also obtained my CFII.  Today, I am able to help people obtain their dream of being a pilot.

Brette Petersen

Administrative and Marketing Assistant

Brette serves our customers by connecting them with the specialized Aircraft Sales Representatives best suited for their needs. She also supports the Flight Training school with scheduling, FAA testing, and invoicing.

Brette received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May of 2015, and has a particular love for opera. She intends to pursue further education and a career in the field of Fine Arts Management. Before joining Performance Aircraft, Brette acquired several years of experience in customer service and is excited to assist all our clients with a helpful smile! She has a knack for organizing and an eye for detail.

In her free time, Brette enjoys attending concerts, extensive traveling, and spending time with her family.

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