Our Team

Passionate Aviators Obsessed With your Success

Chris Burkle

Certificated 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

Certificated 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.

Mike Demers

Certificated Flight Instructor

Mike was fascinated with aviation at a young age, watching airplanes takeoff and land near his childhood home in Maine. After a career in law enforcement and private security, he knew flying was the only thing he wanted to do. Mike obtained his PPL here at Horizon Aviation and now holds his CFI, CFII and MEI. His goal is to someday work in the corporate aviation field.

Mike Descoteaux

Certificated Flight Instructor

Mike loves sharing his passion for flying. Before making a second career out of aviation, he was a communications and creative arts teacher for 15 years, thriving on helping folks step out of their comfort zones. As a CFI-I, Mike combines his previous education experience, nonprofit leadership, and joy of connecting with people who dream big. 

Evan Hultstrom

Certificated 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

Certificated 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.

Ryan McCarthy

Certificated Flight Instructor

Ryan watched the Blue Angels fly when he was in 4th grade and knew he was going to be a pilot. His ambition led to a collegiate career at Purdue University where he was able to become a Certificated Flight Instructor. After serving as an officer in the United States Navy, Ryan is once again on a trajectory towards the skies and a career as a professional aviator.

Jacob Wolf

Certificated 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

Vicky 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.

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.

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.

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.

Matt McMerriman


Matt became fascinated with aviation because of a school presentation he saw in 5th grade. Ever since that day he has been focused on becoming a professional in the aviation industry. As a college graduate with a Private Pilot certificate, Matt is well on his to having a career in the sky. 

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.


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