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Our Leadership

Trey Walters
Trey Walters

Co-Founder & CEO • CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, DPE

Trey Walters and his wife, Kelsey, started Blue Line Aviation with one goal: to provide the highest quality flight instruction for your dollar. Trey is a decorated Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and former Raleigh Police Officer. Trey is an FAA Safety Representative and also holds multiple ratings including Instrument Ground Instructor, Gold Seal Flight Instructor Airplane Single Engine, Multi-Engine, and Instrument instructor certifications.
Kelsey Walters
Kelsey Walters

Co-Founder

As a co-founder of Blue Line Aviation, Kelsey brings over 10 years of small business experience. She served as our Vice-President and oversaw all administrative functions.
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Rich Laviano

President • CFI

As well as being a CFI, Rich has a significant amount of business experience.  He has held a number of Senior Management and Executive assignments at two Fortune 500 Companies. During his tenure, he has developed a number of organizations into high speed, efficient teams able to address the challenges they faced and produce high quality products on time.  His goal at Blue Line Aviation is to help staff, instructors and students reach their potential and to maintain a foothold as the greatest flight school in the industry.

Hannah Lingenfelter
Hannah Lingenfelter

Chief Flight Instructor • CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal

Hannah joined Blue Line Aviation in September 2020 after moving from South Florida to Raleigh with her husband and son. Hannah learned to fly almost 10 years ago and has been instructing for the past 6 years. Previously Hannah taught English as a second language to children and adults around the world! Hannah works with CFI Academy and students close to their private, instrument and commercial checkrides. Hannah is passionate about teaching and committed to developing Safety and Professionalism.
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Cody Richards

Chief Flight Instructor • CFI, CFII

Cody joined Blue Line in September 2021. He has over 10 years of management experience and has been flying commercially for the past two years. After attending Blue Line’s academy, he knew this talented team was something he wanted to be a part of. Cody works hand in hand with instructors and administrative staff to oversee and improve the flight training process, as well as preparing students for life as career pilots.

Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson

Chief Financial Officer

Megan has 10 years of experience in the financial industry and holds a degree from Liberty University in Accounting and Finance. She moved to Raleigh in 2014 when she met her husband Trey Robinson, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Blue Line Technical Services. Megan has been a member of our team since 2015. She came to Blue Line from the banking industry where she learned her financial skills that play so well in her role today.
Robert Rhew
Robert Rhew

Operations Manager

Robert has worked in the aviation industry since 2002. He started in the Civil Air Patrol program and went on to work in multiple operational positions at Landmark Aviation and Signature Flight Support. After earning his B.S. in Aviation Business Administration in 2017 he worked at Signature as Operations Supervisor. Robert brings his vast operational experience to Blue Line and oversees dispatching and scheduling aircraft maintenance.
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Josh Weber

Career Pilot Program Manager

Josh manages our Career Pilot Program. He is a Private, Instrument and Commercial rated pilot. Before joining the team at Blue Line, Josh worked for United Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.
Ashley Darling
Ashley Darling

Sales/Marketing Director

Ashley graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and moved to North Carolina a few years later. After dreaming of becoming a pilot her whole life, she decided to begin her flight training at Blue Line in the summer of 2018. After a few months of training and experiencing the Blue Line culture, she couldn’t wait to join the team! Ashley started as a Training Advisor and is now leading the team as the Sales Manager. Ashley and her team of training advisors are your guide to beginning your journey into the world of aviation. Regardless of your background, they will assist you in charting a course to achieving your aviation dreams.
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Sierra Hall

Scheduling Supervisor

Formerly our dispatcher for 2 years, now is an essential part to helping our students stay on time with one of the most efficient schedules in the industry! She is a huge dog lover and is a huge book worm!

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Andy Pate

Content Manager • CFI, CFII, MEI

Andy was a business architect before pursuing aviation, helping people develop a successful business around their skill sets. He also used to film weddings and military homecomings, and has been vlogging for over a decade. He brings his marketing/content creation skills to the Blue Line family to help shine a light on the hidden gem that is our flight school!

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Ray Walters

Safety and Compliance Officer • CFI, CFII

Ray brings his years of experience in the aviation industry to make sure our #1 goal is complied with at all times: Safety. His know how of the industry allows him to assess and mitigate risk so Blue Line maintains a healthy work environment.

Cindy Davis
Cindy Davis

Executive Assistant

Cindy is the Executive Assistant to our President and CEO, and an active member of several internal teams.  She is pivotal in making sure the Blue Line office runs smoothly, and that members of Team Blue Line have a happy and productive environment to work in (as well as keeping everyone well in check!).  Cindy is active in the community and volunteers her time in different organizations.

Our Administrative Staff

 

 

Thomas Schmeltz
Thomas Schmeltz

Training Advisor

Daniel Hewes
Daniel Hewes

Training Advisor

Abbey-Bracken
Abbey Bracken

Administrative Coordinator

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Paul Leoniak

Dispatcher

William Wood
William Wood

Dispatcher

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Angelo Belmonte

Programmer

Dean DiCerbo
Dean DiCerbo

Training Advisor

Our Academy Managers

 

 

Franklin Steele
Franklin Steele

Private Academy Manager • CFI, CFII, MEI

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Rob Mendez

Instrument Academy Manager • CFI, CFII, MEI

Ryan Gray
Ryan Gray

Commercial & Short Course Academy Manager • CFI, CFII, MEI

Alex Hephner
Alex Hephner

CFI Academy Manager • CFI, CFII, MEI

Our Instructors

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Jackson Fischer

CFI, CFII, MEI

Corey Schmoldt
Corey Schmoldt

CFI, CFII

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Steven Cobb

CFI, CFII

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Denver Jones

CFI, CFII, MEI

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Robert Kirby

CFI, CFII, MEI

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Brandon Campbell

CFI, CFII, MEI

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Ty Branson

CFI, CFII, MEI

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Lake Tucker

CFI, CFII

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Josh Bracken

CFI, CFII

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Trevor Garrard

CFI, CFII, MEI

Melanie Aparicio - Flight Instructor
Melanie Aparicio

CFI, CFII

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Rigsbee Goodes

CFI, CFII, MEI

Bret Munson  - Flight Instructor
Bret Munson

CFI, CFII

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Amy Isola

CFI, CFII

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John Woodruff

CFI, MEI

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Nicholas Athans

CFI, CFII, MEI

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Adam Hope

CFI, CFII

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Michael Farrell

CFI, CFII, MEI

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Marcus Dunlop

CFI, CFII

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Jarod Estep

CFI

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Grant Fulbright

CFI, CFII, MEI

Check out the fleet…

Diamond DA42-VI

The Diamond DA42-VI features FADEC controlled Austro Turbo Diesel engines,G1000 NXi avionics, GFC 700 autopilot, synthetic vision, air conditioning, and more! It is simply a beautiful, comfortable flying experience!

Diamond DA40 NG

The Diamond DA40 NG seats four people while cruising over 140 KTAS! Designed with safety in mind, this Technologically Advanced Aircraft features composite construction, a passenger airbag system, G1000 NXi avionics with integrated autopilot and synthetic vision, and air conditioning.

Cessna 172 JT-A

Made in America, the Cessna 172 JT-A is the best selling training aircraft ever, and has recently been reimagined an updated to Blue Line standards. Our Skyhawk is equipped with a FADEC controlled Turbo Diesel Engine, G1000 NXi avionics, synthetic vision technology, GFC 700 autopilot, and many other features.

Cessna 172

Back by popular demand, we've added brand new gas powered Cessna 172s to the Blue Line fleet. Our Skyhawks are equipped with all glass Garmin G1000 cockpits and Angle of Attack Indicators to provide you peace of mind during every flight.
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