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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


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.
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.

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Cody Richards

Chief Pilot • 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.
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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!

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!

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 - Employee Photo
Thomas Schmeltz

Training Advisor

Daniel Hewes Employee Photo
Daniel Hewes

Training Advisor

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Dean DiCerbo

Training Advisor

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Abbey Bracken

Administrative Coordinator

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William Wood


Mark Rogerson Employee Photo
Mark Rogerson


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Angelo Belmonte


Our Academy Managers



Franklin Steele
Franklin Steele

Private Academy Manager • CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal

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Rob Mendez

Instrument Academy Manager • CFI, CFII, MEI

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Ryan Gray

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

Our Instructors

Hannah Lingenfelter

CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal

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Corey Schmoldt


Robert Kirby


Brandon Campbell


Ty Branson Employee Photo
Ty Branson


Lake Tucker Employee Photo
Lake Tucker


Josh Bracken Employee Photo
Josh Bracken


Trevor Garrard


Rigsbee Goodes - Instructor Photo
Rigsbee Goodes


Bret Munson  - Flight Instructor
Bret Munson


Amy Isola Instructor Picture
Amy Isola


John Woodruff Employee Photo
John Woodruff


Nicholas Athans Instructor Picture
Nicholas Athans


Adam Hope - Instructor Picture
Adam Hope


Michael Farrell - Instructor Picture
Michael Farrell


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Marcus Dunlop


Jarod Estep Instructor Picture
Jarod Estep


Grant Fulbright Instructor Picture
Grant Fulbright


Vito Mokhtar Employee Picture
Vito Mokhtar


Anthony Giacobello Instructor Picture
Anthony Giacobello


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Thomas Griffith


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Lee Crohan


Tatiana Johnson Employee Photo
Tatiana Johnson


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.