Passionate aviators obsessed with your success

Passionate aviators obsessed with your success

Juan Barco

Certified Flight Instructor

Juan discovered aviation at a young age in the form of Microsoft Flight Sim. He logged thousands of hours flying virtually, but didn’t start flying real airplanes until after college. With his undergrad in hand, Juan realized that his future career would be in aviation. He looks forward to flying large airliners in the future and with any luck he’ll find himself behind the controls of a Boeing 787 crisscrossing the globe.

Bill Burke

Senior Certified Flight Instructor

Bill is enjoying aviation as a second career. A licensed pilot since a young man, Bill has operated a successful small business for many years. Eventually, he chose to pursue his instructor licenses and work as a professional instructor in addition to running his business. Bill has amassed enough experience to qualify as a senior flight instructor.

Chris Burkle

Certified Flight Instructor

Chris has always been fascinated with fast machines; cars, dirt bikes and airplanes. After completing his undergraduate degree he realized he was only going to be happy if he pursued something he really loved. That decision lead him to choosing a career as a pilot. As a CFI, CFII, and an MEI he is well on his way to a long successful career. His goal? Own and fly a G36 Bonanza.

Trey-Shaun Dembert

Certified Flight Instructor

Growing up in Manhattan, Trey had little access to aviation. A chance encounter with an airline captain inspired a young Trey to dream big. He hopes to one day fly for an international cargo carrier on long haul trips all over the globe. As an instructor he relishes the opportunity to get better every single day.

Evan Hultstrom

Certified Flight Instructor

Evan got his start in aviation flying gliders in Vermont. That experience led Evan to pursue a collegiate aviation education which he will complete in 2019. He looks forward to one day flying Boeing 777’s to Europe and being able to build his own Carbon Cub and explore the backcountry from the air.

Darin Larabee

Certified Flight Instructor

Darin holds a degree from the University of North Dakota where he studied aeronautics. After spending years managing FBO’s and airports around the country, he decided that he needed to be in the cockpit rather than an office. Originally from Maine, Darin is both tailwheel and seaplane qualified and would love nothing more than to own a DeHavilland Beaver on amphibs.

Peter Lin

Certified Flight Instructor

Peter came to Horizon Aviation after spending time teaching in the Las Vegas, NV area. Originally from Chicago, Peter is a huge Bears fan which means the Horizon staff will be sure to point out the New England Patriots jet, and the 6 Lombardi trophies on its tail, every time it is at PVD. Perhaps one day he will be flying that 767 as he hopes to one day fly the largest jets he can find.

Scott McCoy

Senior Certified Flight Instructor

Scott first began teaching at Horizon in 2002. He has gone on to fly for the airlines and is currently a captain flying a King Air 350 for a nationwide charter company. When he isn’t criss-crossing the country, Scott continues to instruct with us. He truly enjoys teaching, imparting the knowledge he has learned during his 10,000 hours of flying.

Ben Raizen

Certified Flight Instructor

Ben has always known that he wanted to fly. It wasn’t until after college that he acted on his passion. He took his first flight lesson and immediately committed himself to becoming a professional aviator. There isn’t anything in aviation that Ben doesn’t want to explore, but he hopes to one day own a classic Cessna 195.

Jacob Wolf

Certified Flight Instructor

Jacob was bitten by the aviation bug when he attended the Dayton, OH air show as a young child. Seeing the military jets flying across the sky wowed him like nothing else before or since. Dreams of flying inspired a collegiate career designed to turn him into a professional aviator and he hopes to one day fly for Southwest Airlines

Vicki Kuo

Chief Flight Instructor

Vicky was given an introductory flight as a gift several years ago. She was instantly hooked and devoted herself to her training. She completed all of her flight training in only a year and a half and has amassed close to 7,000 hours of providing flight instruction to students. When she is not instructing, she may be found exploring southern New England in her Falco F.8L.

Ray Collins

Senior Flight Instructor

Ray has amassed over 33,000 flight hours in his career and has flown everything from airlines, to Learjets, to Citation business jets. He flies with our students as a check airman, ensuring that they are meeting the goals of their training and progressing as pilots. Flying with Ray is nothing short of flying with a master pilot.

Larry Whipple

Director of Maintenance

Larry is a second generation aircraft technician, following in the footsteps of his father. He is an accomplished IA and has helped teach aircraft maintenance to hundreds of students throughout New England. Not only a technician, Larry has been flying his entire life and is a part owner of a classic 1965 Beechcraft Musketeer.

Julian Natale

Mechanic Apprentice

Pursuing aviation professionally was never a thought for Julian, it was just something he knew he would do. He began flying at Horizon Aviation when he was just 15 and obtained his private pilot certificate at only 17 years old. Now a graduate with a degree in aviation management, Julian is working to complete his A&P as well as his commercial pilot certificate.

Brian Shippee

A&P Technician

Brian is a veteran of the US Navy where he served as an aircraft mechanic working on F/A-18 Hornets. His quick wit and mechanical expertise have made Brian a beloved member of the Horizon Aviation family for over 10 years. When he isn’t maintaining our airplanes, he can be found serving as a member of the T.F. Green Airport fire department.

Steve Derosiers


Steve grew up near the New Bedford Airport and remembers watching airplanes come and go as a child alongside his father, also a pilot. An invitation to explore an early Gulfstream I cemented a lifelong fascination with flying. The airplane that continues to consume Steve’s imagination is the 7-ton, P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bomber from World War II.

Alex Greenlee


Alex has been obsessed with flying ever since his family brought him to an air show in Maine when he was a child. It inspired a lifelong fascination with the history of aviation, something that still drives his flying pursuits. He is determined to not only enjoy a career as a professional pilot, but to also fly some of the world’s rarest vintage aircraft and warbirds.

Tori Kennedy


Tori discovered aviation while on a search for a new career path. Having spent many years in retail management, she needed something new and exciting with a real promise for adventure. After beginning her flight training, Tori made the jump onto our team as location manager.

Zeke Valtz


Zeke has been surrounded by aviation his entire life. After years spent flying throughout the midwest, Zeke acquired Horizon Aviation in 2002. Flying is his life’s passion and is matched only by his love of teaching new pilots the art of flying, and providing a path for people to realize their dreams of flight.


Warwick, RI: 401-736-5115

Norwood, MA: 781-762-7600


Warwick, RI:  401-736-5115                Norwood, MA:  781-762-7600


You can fly. We can teach you.