Our flight crew are all passionate aviators who regularly fly long cross country trips as each pursue their own adventures.
Charlie Rockwell, CFI
Commercial Pilot Charlie Rockwell is a graduate of Middlebury College and has spent several decades serving as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Professional Ski Instructors of America – the group which train and certify ski instructors. Presently the Director of Teacher Education at nearby Bromley Mountain, Charlie has spent much of his life teaching skiing. Also an accomplished aviator, Charlie has owned both a Cessna 182 and Beechcraft Bonanza which he has used to travel extensively both coast to coast as well as to locales ranging from Canada to Florida. He presently flies a Piper Aztec Twin Engine Aircraft. Charlie is a deeply dedicated educator who strives to maximize student learning within a fun and relaxing learning environment.
Paul T. Carroccio, CFI
To hear Paul talk about his flying experience, one wonders why he waited until he was nearly thirty years old for his first airplane ride when he boarded an L-1011 for a trip to Florida. “I never had any reason to be on a plane before that”, says Paul, “but even before the wheels were up, I told my wife ‘I am going to learn how to fly’”. It took him a few years to find the time but in early 1982 he started lessons at Danbury (CT) airport. After obtaining his Private Pilot License in August 1982, Paul went on to get his Commercial, Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings at Danbury. In between, he ventured to Vermont and met Dick Bovey, CFI and Flight Examiner, one of his mentors and to this day a good friend, who taught him the finer points of short and soft field operations. Paul credits his first lessons with Dick for his desire to become a CFI himself. Twenty plus years later, in May 2007, Paul obtained his Certified Flight Instructor Rating. Paul has flown as a First Officer in DC-s hauling everything from chickens to missiles; has a Single Engine Seaplane Rating and really enjoys tailwheel planes. He is a member of the State of Vermont Aviation Advisory Council and strongly endorses the AOPA where he has been a member for over 30 years.
Kyle Hartman, CFII
Kyle grew up learning to fly at Middlebury State Airport, and at the age of 16 had gained enough experience to fly solo before he was able to drive a car. At age 17, he acquired his Private Pilot License and completed his instrument rating and commercial pilots license at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. At age 19, he completed his flight instructor training and taught in Glens Falls, NY while completing his professional aviation degree. He has given over 2,000 hours of instruction and has over 4,500 hours total flying time, including captain in a Cessna Grand Caravan and first officer in Cessna Citation Ultra. Kyle is available to train students for private, commercial, instrument and flight instructor.