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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 and management team 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


Chief Flight Instructor

Location: Valparaiso, IN and Lansing, IL

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 is qualified on just about every light general aviation aircraft, as well as 7 different corporate jets and airliners.  His job mostly entails running the business but occasionally you’ll find him out teaching in taildragger and multi-engine aircraft.

Brad enjoys swimming, camping, traveling, scuba diving, skiing, and riding and fixing motorcycles.

Tony Rose

Ground School Instructor

Location: Valparaiso, IN
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. 

In Tony’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, playing a MEAN guitar, and of course flying!

Contact Tony for details on all things related to ground school.

Barry Moore


Location: Valparaiso, IN

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

Billy Coe


Location: Valparaiso, IN

From an early age, Billy has always been fascinated with space and with flying.  A Region Flyers graduate, he further pursued his training and graduated from Purdue University with an aviation major.

When Billy is not flying and instructing, he likes to spend time with family and friends, hike and swim at the Indiana Dunes, and play video games.

Billy has aspirations to start a career with the Major Airlines.  He’d also like to own his own airplane and continue instructing throughout his life!  He is very passionate about flying and instructing.

Gwynn Hammermeister

Executive Assistant

Location: Lansing, IL and Valparaiso, IN

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Keith Walatka


Location: Valparaiso, IN

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Owen Patrick


Location: Lansing, IL

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Maddi Johnson


Location: Valparaiso, IN

Maddi’s dad exposed her to aviation at a pretty young age.  Her dream of becoming an airline pilot led her to get her private pilot certificate at Region Flyers.  She then attended Purdue University where she earned her Aviation Technology Bachelor’s Degree, and she’s currently working on her Master’s Degree in Aviation and Aerospace Management.  

Maddi was a Division I Athlete on Purdue’s swim team where she competed against other rival major Universities around the country.  When she’s not poking holes in the sky, Maddi likes to swim for fun.  She is an avid reader and always loves to wind down relax with a good book! 

Beth Wenzl


Location: Lansing, IL

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