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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 4,500 hours. He attained his formal training from Purdue University and went on to fly for a National US Airline. He currently flies corporate business jets all around the world.

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

Meredith Malczewski


Meredith is from Crown Point, Indiana and is a graduate of Purdue University’s Professional Flight Program.  She’s been flying since she was 21 when she discovered her love of flight while studying biology at Purdue University.

Meredith believes that flying should be, not only safe, but fun.

Ryan Delahunty


Ryan began his flight training, while in high school, at KVPZ where he received his private pilot license.  Ryan is currently studying for a B.S. in Astronautical and Aeronautical Engineering, a B.S. in Professional Flight and a minor in math.

Ryan has logged over 500 hours in a wide variety of aircraft ranging from single engine piston airplanes to small multi-engine jets.

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 corporate business jets as well.

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

B.J. Slater

CFI / CFII / MEI / Gold Seal

B.J. grew up knowing he wanted to become a pilot and made that dream a reality in college.  After becoming a flight instructor in 2001, he went on to fly the Alaskan Bush and for a cargo airline on the west coast.

He’s excited to be back in NW Indiana teaching people to do what he loves.  B.J. has approximately 3400 hours of flight experience with over 1900 hours as a flight instructor. 

Josh Wittmer


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

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

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.

Russell Polsky


Russ was born and raised in Alaska into an aviation family. He spent his childhood flying the wilds of Alaska with his family where both parents were licensed pilots. Russ followed his parents into the Civil Air Patrol, and later attended the University of Alaska – Anchorage, where he obtained his professional pilot ratings. He then began his aviation career bush flying in Alaska.

Russ has flown International Operations in large cabin business jets, has extensive sea plane and tail wheel time, worked as a contractor for the Department of Defense, and held both Chief Pilot and Director of Operations positions in Part 135 Charter operations. Russ is an ATP and holds 6 type ratings, as well as sea plane ratings. He teaches private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine flight.

In his free time, Russ likes to play guitar, play hockey, hike, sail and ski.

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


VA Approval

We are now approved by the Veterans Administration!  We love our Veterans and are pleased to say they can now use their GI Bill to pay for flight training with Region Flyers! Call today for more details. 1-844-I-FLY-NWI       ...

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Billy Szura’s first solo!

Never too cold for this guy... Congratulations to William Szura on his first solo! He's one of the hardest working students out there, and it shows! He made 3 perfect landings today, while his instructor Meredith Malczewski watched from the...

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