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.
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.
David Reinbolt - CFII, MEI
David comes to us from Buffalo, NY and brings with him a joy and love of flying. Dave is a full time instructor and is comfortable in VMC or IMC. He also has a strong passion for music; especially the piano, which he's been playing since he was 3 years old, and the organ, which he's been playing since he was 16.
Pete Coolidge - CFII
Pete learned to fly in Colorado and flew with FCA for 3 years. After taking a short break to fly the Twin Otter, he's back here having fun with the FCA.
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 - Operations
Chris is a private pilot who achieved his rating 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 instrument rating and is happy to help you with any of your aviation goals or questions.
Evan Rist - Operations
Evan is a current student 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.