FCA Flight Center Staff
Jim Powell - President/Co- Owner, 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 9000 hrs with approximately 4500 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.
Eugene Novacek - Co-Owner & CFO
Gene was born and raised in southeastern Michigan, he travels back there frequently to visit family, friends and his company's headquarters. He attended M.I.T. and earned both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in engineering. Gene is Founder and CEO of ENCO Systems, Inc. a software company catering to the international professional broadcast industry (radio and television) since 1983. It was Gene's travel back and forth to Michigan that sparked an interest in general aviation. Two years ago he took his first Discovery Flight here at FCA and was hooked. He now has his PPL and is working on his instrument rating. He is the proud owner of a beautiful Cirrus SR-20 with his signature tail number of N44EN. FCA is lucky to have someone so excited and passionate about flying on board.
Bryan Gonzalez - CFI
Bryan is a full-time CFI, and available six days a week here at FCA. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Kim Deveney - Operations
Kim works in the office at FCA Monday thru Friday. She has over 10 years of management experience in both large international companies and smaller local firms. She has a passion for travelling and loves learning about general aviation. When Kim is not at FCA, she can be found on the hiking trails or at the local dog park with her husband, Patrick and their two rescue dogs, Trooper and Bravo.
Dave Ross - CFI
Dave has been flying for more than 30 years. He has a BS degree in Safety Management and carries that focus on safety into the cockpit as an instructor. He is passionate about sharing the joy of flying with others. Whether it is a Discovery fight, a rusty pilot who wants to get back into the cockpit or a pilot looking for some tailwheel time, Dave would be happy to fly with you. When he is not in the cockpit, Dave is a VP in a local biopharmaceutical company.