The People Behind Red Arrow

Our elite team at Doña Ana County International Jetport

Leadership Team

Founder and Owner Tomas Peralta at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Tomas Peralta

Chief Flight Instructor | Founder

Certificates & Ratings: FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, ATP, Commercial ASEL, AMEL, CFI, CFII

Tomas Peralta is the Chief Flight Instructor at Red Arrow Flight Academy, bringing with him over 20 years of experience and an extensive knowledge of aviation. Mr. Peralta fostered a love for flying, thanks in part to his family’s involvement in aviation. His dad, mom, and sister all hold private pilot certificates, so he began his training in 2001 while attending college. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology.

After returning to the El Paso area, Mr. Peralta became a founding member of Red Arrow Flight Academy. He holds an ATP single-engine land certificate, a commercial multi-engine aircraft certificate, and a Cirrus Vision Jet Type Rating. In addition, he is a CFI and CFII. Mr. Peralta has flown and owned a variety of aircraft for personal, training, and corporate flying purposes. Mr. Peralta’s extensive experience and expertise have earned him roles as both a FAASTeam Representative and an ABQ FSDO Designated Pilot Examiner.

He is also a dedicated warbird enthusiast and serves as a board member at the War Eagles Air Museum, where he shares his passion for aviation history. As an active volunteer, he has assisted with the maintenance and operation of a TF-51 Mustang. Mr. Peralta is also the President of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) 1570 Chapter. In the wintertime, Mr. Peralta is a certified National Ski Patroller and Outdoor Emergency Care instructor. He is often accompanied by his trusty German Shepard sidekick, Belka.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 702

Founder and Owner Elsa Peralta at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Elsa Peralta

Administrative Manager

Certificates & Ratings: Private Pilot Certificate, ASEL

Elsa carries the torch of her family's passion for flying. Drawing from her rich experiences, she has become a driving force behind the success of Red Arrow Flight Academy. Currently, Elsa holds a Private Pilot Certificate (PPC) for Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL), and her thirst for knowledge and skill in aviation continues to soar. She's set her sights on obtaining her instrument rating, an ambition that will further enrich her aviation journey.

Elsa's roots extend into the automotive industry. Her career in quality control, project management, logistics, and general administration has honed her skills in managing complex operations and teams. Her journey of academic excellence culminated in a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from ITESM, a master's in international business from Pepperdine University, and an MBA from EGADE.

One of Elsa's assignments involved a pivotal role at Daimler AG, the parent company of the prestigious Mercedes-Benz. Here, she oversaw the integration of the supply chain system during Daimler AG's merger with Chrysler, showcasing her ability to handle high-stakes endeavors on a global scale. Elsa's multifaceted journey, blending aviation passion with astute leadership and a diverse skill set, exemplifies the power of determination and dedication. Her unwavering commitment to excellence continues to chart new horizons for herself and the institutions she serves.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 705

Dispatch Manager Jazmine Anaya at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Jazmine Anaya

Dispatch Manager

Certificates & Ratings: Student Pilot

El Paso native Jazmine Anaya is a born adventurer with an insatiable passion for exploration. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Jazmine's heart has always been captivated by the allure of distant horizons and new frontiers. In her pursuit of wanderlust, Jazmine has taken a remarkable leap into the world of aviation by becoming an integral part of the Red Arrow team as a dispatcher. Here, her dedication and enthusiasm for the skies have found a perfect platform to flourish.

Jazmine's journey in aviation is marked by her tenacity and ambition. She is a proud recipient of the EAA Chapter 1570 flight training scholarship, a recognition of her unwavering commitment to taking flight. As a student pilot, she is in the process of transforming her dreams of flight into a soaring reality. Her introduction to the world of aviation represents a pivotal moment in her life, one that promises to open up a world of opportunities and adventures. Jazmine's journey is a testament to the power of following one's passion, even when the path may seem distant and uncertain.

As she continues to explore the boundless skies, Jazmine Anaya serves as an inspiring example of someone who dares to chase their dreams and embrace the thrilling unknown of aviation. Her story is one of determination, ambition, and the endless possibilities that the world of flight has to offer.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 701

Dispatch Manager Danielle Nelson at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Danielle Nelson

Dispatch Manager

Certificates & Ratings: Private Pilot, ASEL

Danielle's journey into the world of aviation is a testament to the power of dreams and determination. Graduating high school just this year, she wasted no time in taking the plunge into the aviation industry, making a resounding impact at Red Arrow. Her journey towards the skies began when she met a U.S. Army helicopter pilot during her junior year. This fateful encounter ignited a spark within her, redirecting her life's course. Initially, Danielle had aspirations to pursue a career in the medical field, but the allure of aviation proved irresistible.

As a student pilot at Red Arrow, Danielle is taking her first steps toward realizing her dream of becoming a pilot. Her determination to learn and excel in the world of aviation is nothing short of inspiring. She is driven by a deep-seated passion for flight, and there's no looking back on the path she's chosen. Danielle has set her sights on an ambitious goal - to become an instructor right here at Red Arrow once she completes her flight training. Her commitment to passing on her knowledge and love for aviation to future pilots is a testament to her dedication.

While the exact direction her aviation journey will take her after instruction remains undecided, one thing is certain: Danielle wants to continue flying. Her desire and motivation to achieve her goals shine brightly, and Red Arrow is proud to have her as an integral part of the team. Danielle represents the embodiment of dreams taking flight, and her journey is a source of inspiration for all who share her passion for aviation.

Director of Customer Experience Vanessa Martinez at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Vanessa Martinez

Director of Customer Experience

Certificates & Ratings: Private Pilot, ASEL & Rotorcraft Helicopter

Vanessa is a dynamic leader in the nonprofit sector, currently serving as the Executive Director of the War Eagles Air Museum. With a deep-seated commitment to service and a genuine desire to effect positive change, she brings an entrepreneurial spirit to every aspect of her work, driving community engagement and fostering growth.

Outside of her responsibilities at the aviation museum, Vanessa devotes her spare time to enhancing the customer experience for student pilots at Red Arrow and providing mentorship to aspiring aviators.

She holds a bachelor of business administration from Baylor University. Vanessa is an active member of several aviation organizations, including Whirly Girls International and The Ninety-Nines. She also serves as the Vice President of the EAA Chapter 1570.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Vanessa's passion for aviation is evident in her pursuits outside the office. Holding certifications as both a private Fixed Wing Pilot and a Helicopter Pilot, she learned to fly Rotary-Wing in an original Vietnam-era OH-6 Loach (MD-500). Her adventurous spirit and a love for aviation and the great outdoors fuel her dedication to preserving aviation history and inspiring the next generation of enthusiasts.

Belka at Red Arrow Flight Academy



Meet Belka, the dynamic German Shepherd who has earned her wings as the beloved mascot of our flight school. With her keen sense of loyalty and boundless energy, Belka is more than just a furry face around here – she's part of the team!

Born to patrol the skies (or at least watch over them from the ground), Belka takes her role as Flight School Guardian very seriously. When she's not busy sniffing out treats or playing fetch with aspiring pilots, you can find her stationed at the entrance, greeting students and staff with her trademark wagging tail and infectious enthusiasm. Belka's responsibilities go beyond just being an adorable greeter.

She also serves as a source of emotional support for students, particularly before nerve-wracking checkrides. With her calming presence and gentle demeanor, Belka has a knack for easing pre-flight jitters and boosting confidence levels.

Flight Team

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor Robert Yadouga at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Rob Yadouga

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Certificates & Ratings: Commercial ASEL, CFI, CFII, MEI

Born and raised in the sunshine state of Florida, Rob's heart has always belonged to the open skies. His journey through aviation began in the welcoming skies of Georgia, where he learned to master the art of flight. With every takeoff and landing, his passion for aviation soared to new heights. Rob's unwavering love for the skies led him down the path of becoming an instructor, a role he embraced wholeheartedly. Sharing his knowledge and expertise with aspiring aviators became his mission, and his dedication to the craft of teaching is a testament to his commitment to aviation.

Beyond his role in the world of aviation, Rob takes pride in being a loving father and a distinguished Air Force veteran. His experience in the Air Force undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping his aviation journey, instilling in him the values of discipline, dedication, and precision.

In addition to his instructional role, Rob also serves as a professor at El Paso Community College, further contributing to the education and development of future aviation enthusiasts. Among the many aircraft that have graced his aviation journey, one holds a special place in his heart - N4106C. This aircraft represents not just a machine but a vessel of dreams, adventure, and countless stories written in the skies.

Rob's impressive credentials include CFI, CFII, and MEI ratings, showcasing his mastery of multiple facets of flight. As our Assistant Chief Flight Instructor, he continues to inspire and guide aspiring pilots, nurturing their dreams and shaping the future of aviation. Rob is a steadfast member of the team, and his journey continues to inspire those who follow his flight path.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 706

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor Gilbert Rodriguez at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Gilberto Rodriguez

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

Certificates & Ratings: Commercial ASEL, AMEL, CFI, CFII

Gilbert, a seasoned aviator and retired First Lieutenant from the Mexican Air Force, has dedicated his career to the field of aviation. After an illustrious service in the military, he transitioned to civilian life and embarked on a new chapter in the United States.

In 2015, Gilbert made a strategic move to El Paso, Texas, where he set his sights on conquering the skies in a different capacity. His journey began initially as a commercial pilot specializing in general aviation and corporate jets. With his vast experience and unwavering commitment to excellence, Gilbert quickly became a respected figure in the aviation community.

Driven by a desire to share his wealth of knowledge, Gilbert took on the role of a Flight Instructor in 2019. As a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII), he finds fulfillment in guiding aspiring aviators through the intricate process of obtaining their certificates and realizing their aviation aspirations. His dedication to fostering a new generation of skilled pilots is evident in his patient and meticulous approach to instruction.

Gilbert's passion for aviation extends beyond the cockpit; it is a commitment to shaping the future of the industry. Through his mentorship and guidance, he continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the next wave of skilled and safety-conscious pilots. In his current role as a CFII, Gilbert embodies the values of discipline, professionalism, and a genuine love for the art of flying.

With a career spanning both military and civilian sectors, Gilbert's story is one of resilience, adaptability, and an enduring passion for aviation. Whether soaring through the skies or imparting knowledge on the ground, he remains a beacon of inspiration for those who aspire to reach new heights in the world of aviation.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 708

CFII Shane Lipson at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Shane Lipson

Flight Instructor | Check Instructor

Certificates & Ratings: Commercial ASEL, CFI, CFII

Shane Lipson began flying in 2000 while living in New York City. His first discovery flight, around the Statue of Liberty, had him hooked into aviation and he quickly progressed through training to become a CFII. Shortly after the World Trade Center attack in 2001, he joined the Civil Air Patrol as a volunteer pilot. He became a check pilot and then head of Standardization and Evaluation for Texas Wing after moving back to his hometown of El Paso.

Shane holds an MD Degree from the Paul L Foster School of Medicine and an MSE from the University of Pennsylvania. He's married with two sons and enjoys teaching others to fly.

(575) 201-6160 ext 707

CFII Jesus Bustamante at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Jesus Bustamante

Flight Instructor | Check Instructor

Certificates & Ratings: Commercial ASEL, CFI, CFII

From the age of 10, Jesus found himself captivated by the world of aviation, a fascination that would shape his destiny. It all began with the awe-inspiring spectacle of an airshow, and from that moment on, the sky became his true calling.

In 2016, he took his first steps into the world of flight, embarking on a journey that would define his future. His aviation education took flight at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, where he dedicated himself to honing his skills and mastering the art of flying. In the year 2020, Jesus's dedication reached new heights as he proudly graduated with a bachelor's degree in professional pilot technology. Armed with knowledge, experience, and a heart full of dreams, he stands on the threshold of an exciting aviation career. His aspirations are clear and resolute - to command cargo planes or join the ranks of the airlines.

For Jesus, the sky is not the limit; it's the beginning of an adventure that he's destined to explore. What propels Jesus forward is his unwavering passion for aviation, a fire that burns brightly within him. With each flight, each new challenge, he is forging a path toward the boundless skies, where his dreams will take flight.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 703

CFI Spencer Christian at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Spencer Christian

Flight Instructor

Certificates & Ratings: Commercial ASEL, CFI

Since childhood, Spencer's heart has soared with a deep-seated passion for aviation. His journey through the clouds began in 2012 when he first took flight in the Lone Star State of Texas. Little did he know that these initial experiences would chart a remarkable course for his future. Driven by his aviation dreams, Spencer set his sights on the University of North Dakota's prestigious Aerospace program in North Dakota. There, amidst the northern winds, he honed his skills, gained invaluable knowledge, and immersed himself in the world of aviation.

This pursuit of excellence culminated in his graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Sciences, a testament to his commitment to mastering the art of flight. With his wings of knowledge and a heart brimming with enthusiasm, Spencer eagerly embraces the role of a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). His desire to impart his aviation wisdom to others reflects his deep-rooted passion for flying, and he thrives on the opportunity to inspire the next generation of aviators.

But Spencer's dreams extend beyond the classroom and training grounds. His ultimate ambition is to take to the skies alongside warbirds, embracing the historical and heroic narratives that surround these remarkable aircraft. As he embarks on this thrilling journey, Spencer carries with him not just a pilot's license but also the indomitable spirit of an aviator fueled by an unwavering love for aviation.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 704

CFI Nasir Ibrahim at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Nasir Ibrahim

Flight Instructor

Certificates & Ratings: Commercial ASEL, CFI

Nasir's journey through life has been rooted in the heart of Iowa, where he spent most of his days. However, his aspirations knew no bounds, and he sought to spread his wings far beyond the Hawkeye State. Opportunity called, and Nasir heeded it by pursuing his flight training in the sunny skies of Florida and the aviation-rich atmosphere of Indiana. These diverse locations became the backdrop for his aviation odyssey, enriching his experience and knowledge of the skies.

Nasir's initiation into the world of aviation was as a ramp agent for Envoy, where he witnessed the hustle and bustle of aircraft up close. This hands-on exposure only deepened his passion for aviation and set him on a path that he couldn't ignore. Fueled by his unwavering love for the skies, Nasir embraced the role of a flight instructor with enthusiasm. His desire to share his knowledge, experiences, and love for aviation with the next generation of aspiring pilots became his driving force. In the role of an instructor, he found not just a career but a calling.

Nasir's excitement knows no bounds as he prepares to guide and mentor the future aviators who will follow in his flight path. With his dedication and passion, he is poised to inspire and shape the dreams of those who aspire to soar through the endless blue yonder, just as he did.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 710

CFII Shihran Pathy at Red Arrow Flight Academy

Shihran Pathy

Flight Instructor

Certificates & Ratings: Commercial ASEL, AMEL, CFI, CFII

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Shirahn has expressed his passion for aviation in many different ways since the age of four. Whether it was with the mechanics of a jet engine explained with a balloon, math’s relation to aircraft and flight, or writing essays about aviation disasters on his own time, he always had a story to share about his love of flying.

A graduate of Aeronautical Science with flight honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, Shirahn holds additional ratings in addition to his CFI such as Commercial Seaplane, Multi-Engine, and CFII ratings. Shirahn believes sharing his knowledge in earnest with someone to get better every day is an important value of a human being.

Outside of aviation, Shirahn is passionate about the world of Electronic Dance Music. He is an accomplished DJ and continues his passion through performing at various live events across Texas and Washington.

(575) 201-6160 ext. 711

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Located at Doña Ana Country International Jetport (KDNA) in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Red Arrow Flight Academy is the go-to flight school for pilot training in the greater El Paso area. We have students from all over the region visiting us to take part in our extensive training programs. As the only Part 141 school in the area, we are poised to be the premier training facility for Fort Bliss, Santa Teresa & Las Cruces, NM, El Paso & Midland, TX, and Juarez, Mexico.

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Doña Ana County International Jetport (KDNA)
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