JTAirshows provides aerobatic displays to charitable organizations for fundraising events. One of our goals is to foster interest and participation in both national and international competition aerobatics. We also are thrilled to share and preserve living aviation history, providing flights in historical aircraft by volunteering with several aviation museums.
Akroville International Airport - JTAirshows is located northwest of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. This aviation mecca was built in 2005 with 2 grass strips, 2 FAA approved aerobatic boxes.
Julia and Tony have decades and thousands of hours of aerobatics experience.
Julia has logged more than 22,000 total flying hours, with over 1800 aerobatic hours. She flies displays and airshows in the Pitts S-2B. She has been a member of the United States Advanced Aerobatic Team in 2002, which competed in Slovenia and in 2014. She was the manager of the United States Advanced World Aerobatic Team traveling to Sweden in 2004 and to Poland in 2006. She is also an aerobatic judge. She has flown all 3 seats in the Boeing 727, First Officer on the DC-10 and Boeing 747-400 and is currently Captain on the Boeing 787.
Julia began her aerobatic career in 1996 at Harvey and Rihn Aviation in La Porte, Texas. It was there where she met her instructor and mentor, Tony, who encouraged her to begin competing.
Julia began flying at 15 and soloed at 16 while a freshman in high school in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Earning her Private Pilot License at the age of 17, she then attended Purdue University where she earned the remainder of her ratings and licenses, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Technology. She flew for a charter airline in Minneapolis and a regional airline in Detroit before being hired by United Airlines. She has flown all 3 seats in the Boeing 727, First Officer on the DC-10 and is currently First Officer on the Boeing 747-400. Julia volunteers at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas providing flights in the PT-19 Cornell, the B-25, ‘Barbie’, and the Ce Havilland CV-2B Caribou. She also volunteers with the Collings Foundation on the Wings of Freedom Tour of WWII aircraft. She provides flights in the B-17G, ‘Nine-O-Nine’ and the B-25N, ‘Tondelayo’.
Tony has logged more than 18,000 total flying hours, with over 4000 aerobatic hours. He flies displays and airshows in the Pitts S-2B. He was an aerobatic instructor at H&R Aviation in La Porte Texas, the east side of Houston, where he taught all levels of aerobatics in the Extra 300, Pitts S-2A and S-2B, Decathlon and Citabria. He is also an aerobatic judge and an Aerobatic Judge Instructor. Tony graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Computer Science. He obtained his flying certificates and ratings from FlightSafety in Vero Beach, Florida. He carried skydivers, taught aerobatics and flew cargo in Houston, before being hired by a regional airline in Dallas. He is currently a First Officer on the MD-80 for American Airlines. Tony volunteers at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas providing flights and doing displays in the P-51D, 'The Brat III'; the AT-6, Texan; the PT-13 Stearman; the PT-19 Cornell; the Travel Air 4000; the AD-5 Skyraider; the C-47 Skytrain and the De Havilland CV-2B Caribou. He also volunteers with the Collings Foundation on the Wings of Freedom Tour of WWII aircraft. He flies their TF-51, ‘Toulouse Nuts’. Hired by American Eagle Airlines where he flew Captain on the ATR, Saab and Embraer and was an Instructor and Line Check Airman on the Saab and Embraer. He has flown as First Officer on the MD-80 for American Airlines and is currently a First Officer on the 757 and 767.