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Nick Retterer


My journey into the world of aviation began with a family legacy, as both my father and grandfather proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. My father, a helicopter crew chief, completed multiple tours of duty in Iraq during the 90s, while my grandfather, a seasoned helicopter pilot, flew missions in Vietnam. He later transitioned to flying Navy trainers and fixed-wing aircraft in Memphis, TN. Inspired by their remarkable careers, I knew from an early age that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. However, it wasn't until college that I embarked on this path. I pursued my Bachelor's degree in Aerospace with a Professional Pilot Concentration at Middle Tennessee State University, where I obtained all my ratings from Private Pilot to CFII, laying the foundation for my own aviation journey

Since then, I've earned my stripes as a Gold Seal Flight Instructor, achieving a perfect pass rate with 18/18 checkrides. As a Chief Instructor, CSIP, CFII, and Commercial Multi-Engine Rated pilot, aviation is more than just a job—it's my passion. Realizing my aptitude for aircraft sales and acquisition, I founded R3 Aviation. With my industry background and experience in Nashville, I offer personalized services you can count on. I'm dedicated to helping you make your aviation dreams a reality. See you out there!

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Professional Aircraft Broker

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Gold Seal Flight Instructor 100% pass rate (18/18)

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Chief Flight Instructor

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Commercial Multi Engine Rated 

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