FCA Flight Center Staff


Charley Valera - Owner

Charley Valera is President and owner of the FCA Flight Center. He was also the Past President of the Fitchburg Pilots Association for 5 years. Charley is a licensed pilot with an instrument and commercial rating, high performance and tail wheel endorsements. Charley flys a Cessna  Skyhawk, Cirrus SR-20, and Cirrus SR-22. He averages over 125 hours flying time per year.

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Jim Powell - CFII, MEI

Jim is Chief Pilot/Instructor of the FCA Flight Center and comes to us with an incredible aviation background. Jim was Chief Pilot and Aviation Manager for National and Worldwide Fortune 500 companies. He has started, owned, and operated successful Part 135 Air Charter companies, flying many highly prominent clients including the Kennedy Family, Presidential Candidates Michael Huckabee and Mitt Romney, the President of Liberia, and the music group Boston and Natalie Cole, to name a few. Jim has accumulated over 7000 hrs with approximately 3000 hrs of which is dual given in various single-engine and multi-engine aircraft with instruction from Private through CFII candidates and maintains a 100% pass rate. Jim was one of the first instructors in the country that went through the Cirrus Standardized Instructor Training (CSIP) and assisted Cirrus with the development of the instruction manual that is currently used worldwide today. Schedule him for flight training and enjoy your lessons with another very qualified and fun FCA instructor. 


Bryan Gonzalez - CFI

Bryan is the newest member of the FCA team. He is excited to join us and begin teaching all of our future pilots. He looks forward to sharing the greatness of flying with anyone that wants to learn about general aviation. He is from Lawerence, MA, and completed his flight training down in Florida at Aerosim Flight Academy where he graduated from the Professional Pilot Program. When he is not in the air having fun he enjoys spending time with his family and loves to watch movies. During, the cold New England winters you can find Bryan hitting the slopes on his snowboard (when he isn't flying). He is a level 1 AASI Professional Snowboard Instructor and can help teach you to snowboard. Bryan is all about having fun and sharing his love of flying with his students. Book a lesson with him soon.

Jim McEachern - CFII

Jim soloed at Taunton on his 16th birthday and has been flying for over half a century. His first airplane was a J-3, followed later by Cessna 140’s, a 150, and a Mooney, but most of his time is in Cessna 172’s and 182’s. He served in the Army as an Air Traffic Controller, and has instructed at several CAP National Flight Academies. Jim graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Northeastern and has a degree in Acoustics from Penn State. He retired after 35 years as a civilian with the Naval Air Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research.  


Bob Dube - CFII, MEI

Bob Dube is a CFII and an MEI. Bob's love for flying is obvious to all those that get to fly with him. He's fun, smart, can fly just about anything, but likes to sing. Book him if you can.


Alex Roman III - CFII, MEI

Alex Roman is a CFII and MEI. He is a great flight instructor who has plenty of real life flying experience and enjoys the dual time with his students. One of the best you'll find anywhere! Alex graduated from University of Virginia and has experience in over 30 different aircraft and has flown extensively throughout the eastern US. Alex is comfortable with primary and instrument students.


Richard Riley - CFI

Richard, nicknamed "Bo", has been an active pilot for more than 10 years. He has flown over 4000 hours including 1000 in a Cirrus SR20 and 2000 in a Cirrus SR22. He flies the Cirrus SR22 for Skyline Flight charter. Bo knows the Garmin and Avidyne systems to a T. Over 1800 hours of dual instruction given to students of all levels. Bo’s interests don’t stop at flying. Not only is Bo a professional musician who plays the French Horn, he also handcrafts harpsichords. Bo has performed as a soloist, played with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic, and nearly 20 other orchestras. When not flying or performing, you can find Bo riding his BMW motorcycle, target shooting, or vacationing at his island home in Maine.


Steve Bennett - CFII

Steve is more than just an active pilot and instructor. He flies charter flights regularly for Skyline Flight throughout New England. He once owned a Skyhawk, then a Bonanza, and now flies Cirrus. He's been in the air for over 20 years. You'll be glad you trained with Steve for you primary or Instrument ratings in one of our planes or yours.


Gary Rabidou, Jr. - CFII

Gary is one of those flight instructors who loves all things aviation. He began flight lessons in April 2007 and earned his flight instructor certificate in April 2009, followed a few months later by an instrument instructor certificate. An enthusiastic pilot, he'll often be found flying his own Arrow N1415X when not teaching in one of our aircraft. He's very knowledgeable and comfortable in actual IMC. I wonder if he has more actual than VFR flight time?


Chris Borowicz - Administration

Chris is a private pilot with an instrument rating who achieved his private pilot certificate in 42 hours in 2012. He has been flying regularly ever since. Including trips down the Hudson River corridor, visiting friends and family or just a fun flight with the Fitchburg Pilots Association. Chris helps "fly the front desk" to help finance his hobby and is happy to help you with any of your aviation goals or questions.


Evan Rist - Operations

Evan is a newly certified pilot here at the FCA flight center. He enjoys spending his time in the skies in our Cessna 152 learning the basics needed for his Private Pilot FAA Checkride. Evan is usually around on Sundays working the front desk and tending to customers and instructors. He’s a great resource on getting to know about life as a student pilot, and loves sharing his stories.  


Tim Reynolds - Operations

Tim is a Certified Multi-engine Commercial pilot. He starting flying at the young age of 13 and works at FCA while studying to become a Flight Instructor. His future plans are flying for an airline.