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Region Flyers is an FAA Approved Part 141 Flight School



Meet the Region Flyers Crew

Our staff is comprised of individuals who have stood out among the crowd. Flying isn’t just a job for these folks – it’s a passion. That’s something that sets us apart. There’s nothing that makes us happier than being in the cockpit and transferring our knowledge to our students. Each instructor carries their own personal experiences which they are excited to share. Furthermore, our instructors will work together to ensure that your lesson plan is picked up right where you left off and that no lessons are repeated! Meet the crew!

Brad Detert


Brad is the founder of Region Flyers. He started flying at age 19 and has since logged over 9,200 hours. He attained his formal training from Purdue University and currently flies the Airbus A320/321 for a Major US Airline.

Brad enjoys swimming, camping, traveling, and riding and fixing motorcycles.

Jake Kenworthy


Jake came to Region Flyers to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot, and he loves being able to train new pilots and help them fulfill the same goal!  Jake has completed all of his ratings with the Region Flyers team including his Private, Instrument, Commercial and CFI ratings!  Jake is a CFI/CFII/MEI.

When Jake isn’t flying, he is a real estate broker in Michigan and Indiana, he loves to travel, and he participates in many sporting activities like sailing, golf, tennis, skiing, hiking and fishing.

Neal Runkle


Neal is from Iowa.  After taking 25 years off from instructing to raise a family, he completed his multi engine instructor training at Region Flyers.  He instructed part time until he retired.  He is happy to be back at Region Flyers instructing full time.

Tyler Dean


Tyler grew up in the region and graduated from Lewis University’s Aviation Flight Program. From there he began working in various positions at a local FBO and Charter company. Tyler currently flies Canadair Regional Jets for a busy regional airline.

Tyler enjoys fishing, hiking, playing hockey and softball in his free time. 

Tim Earles


Tim has been obsessed with the physics of flight for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until after college that he decided to pursue the dream of becoming a professional pilot. He has done all of his training here at VPZ. Tim is a CFI/CFII and is working on becoming an MEI.  

In addition to flying Tim teaches Algebra 2 and Physics at a local high school. 

Josh Wittmer


Josh is studying Professional Flight at Purdue University.  He began flying at Valparaiso, where he received his Private Pilot License.

Josh is a CFI/CFII.

Josh enjoys flying, traveling, volunteering on the Fire Department and working on his family farm.

Andy Dessuit


Andy comes from a family of pilots.  His father and both brothers are pilots, and Andy grew up around airplanes.  Flying is in his blood.  Andy was trained by Region Flyers for all of his ratings, from Private on up through CFI.  His enthusiasm for flying is matched by his dedication to his students.  With Andy, your goals become his goals.
Andy enjoys riding motorcycles and traveling in his spare time. 

Barry Moore


Barry grew up in the Chicago area and earned his initial ratings in California over 30 years ago. While currently an engineer for a chemical company, he is always looking to fly.  His 4000 plus hours of flying experience ranges from flight instruction to regional airline captain.

Barry is a CFI/CFII/MEI.

He is excited to share his passion for aviation while helping others achieve their own goals


Larry Welsh


Larry has been flying for years. His wide array of experience spans more than 1,500 hours flying anything he could get his hands on.

Larry is also a proud volunteer in the Civil Air Patrol. His wife Jan is also a pilot and they share their love of flying together.

Tony Rose

Ground School Instructor

Tony, a veteran pilot, former public school teacher and principal, is our Advanced Ground Instructor.

He offers ground school classes twice a week in sessions that last 12 weeks each.  His goal is to prepare prospective private pilots to pass their required FAA written exam.

Contact Tony for details.


4205 Murvihill Rd.

Valparaiso, IN 46383

PHONE: 844-435-9694