The world-class flight instructors and staff at High Flight Academy are eager to schedule your first lesson, help you develop your skills as a professional pilot, or anywhere in between.
With more than three decades of experience teaching people to fly, Chris enthusiastically leads our team in the air and on the ground. Chris is a Mars Area High School alumni who later earned his Associates Degree in Applied Science at Beaver County Community College and then continued his education at LaRoche College. Since 1982, Chris has been employed in the aviation industry in all aspects of operation working from the ground level up. Most recently, he’s been at the helm of a Citation V Ultra. Having earned his Certified Flight Instructor rating in 1986, Chris has more than 5,000 hours of instruction time and believes every hour was rewarding in its own way. Chris is the youngest of three brothers who all are aviation professionals. When he’s not flying, Chris is passionate about cars. Muscle cars, classics, hobby projects … Chris’s enthusiasm for all things on wheels nearly rivals his love of sharing the experience of flight with others.
“I truly enjoy the interesting people you meet, the places you can travel … being a pilot, to me, means freedom,” Chris said. “My desk is always in the air.”
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Diana also is founder of “Thee Wine Club,” which has raised thousands for local charities.
Diana, who has held a private pilots license since 2010, is excited about expanding her knowledge and love for the sport. She lives in nearby Center Township.
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Andy Allen, who grew up on the bicentennial seventh-generation Armstrong Farms in Saxonburg, earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautic Technology from Purdue University. While there, he interned at Kennedy Space Center, specifically studying human factors in shuttle maintenance.
Roy is a retired Brigadier General and former commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing at Pittsburgh International Airport. A rated command pilot with more than 5600 military hours, he served in numerous operations from Desert Storm in 1991 to Operation Unified Protector that enforced the no-fly zone over Libya in 2011. A graduate of Lehigh University, he currently owns and flies an airplane based at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport.
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After graduating with degrees in Broadcasting & Theater, Ashley began searching for jobs in different film projects that came to the Pittsburgh area. While she loves the excitement of being on film sets and on stage, she absolutely loves using her down time to travel and see old Disney friends.
One winter during a hiatus on filming, she began an ancestry search on her family tree, and she once again quickly began racking up those travel miles by flying to all the different countries where her family roots originated, always picking up a souvenir along the way.
Whether on location for a project, traveling with good friends, or sitting on the couch researching family history, Ashley absolutely loves the crazy unconventional chaos that comes with her very spontaneous work. While she doesn’t always know what the next step will be, she’s loving the adventure.