Call us and schedule your lessons today!  

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
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.

Justin Seng


Justin is our Assistant Chirf Flight Instructor.  He grew up fascinated by airplanes and the magic of flight, but never thought the daydreaming could actually be hiding a possible career.  After trying many other paths, he decided to take a chance and dropped everything to give it a shot. Ever since that first taste of flight he still can’t get enough and loves every moment he can spend helping others to chase their own dreams in the sky!

When he isn’t flying or nerding out about aerodynamics, Justin loves traveling, reading, sailing Lake Michigan, and backpacking the great outdoors.

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 is currently a Captain on several business jets out of the Gary Airport.  He is a natural and very patient teacher!

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

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

Phil DePaolis


Phil has been obsessed with all things aviation related since he was a small child. Growing up, he spent many hours building model airplanes and badgering anyone who would listen with obscure details of aviation history or design.

After graduating college, he earned his CFI certificate and began working as an instructor alongside the rest of the Region Flyers crew.

Phil brings that same childhood love of aviation into the classroom and cockpit each day. His passion is to help each of his students achieve their own dreams of flight. When he’s not flying and teaching, he spends his time with his wife Jenny, who is also a teacher, and their dog Lola. 

Luke Sebring


Luke has always been fascinated by anything to do with airplanes since a very early age.  His Grandpa was a pilot in WWII and would frequently take Luke to airshows where his interest would become borderline obsession.  

Luke obtained his Private Pilot lincense at Region Flyers and would then go on to earn the rest of his ratings and graduate from Purdue University’s flight program.  

In his free time, Luke enjoys going to baseball games and playing shows with his band in which he’s the lead singer!

Tim Peters


Tim has a little brother that’s a pilot, and he wasn’t going to be outdone by the younger sibling!  

Tim was a doctor for 25 years and has recently caught the bug for flying and is pursuing a full time career path in aviation.  His main goals are to inspire his students while honing his own flying and teaching skills to a laser-sharp degree of precision.

In his spare time Tim enjoys running, reading, theatre, and musicals.

Welcome aboard Tim! 

Gabe Benavides


Gabe is originally from Idaho.  His mom is a flight attendant for a major US airline, and he grew up traveling the to a lot of cool destinations using those benefits.  

When he’s not teaching his students, Gabe enjoys go kart racing, skeet shooting, and spending time with his wife.

Gabe has always dreamed of becoming an airline pilot and hopes to one day own his own seaplane to go island hopping in the Carribean.


Billy Coe


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.

Michael Holland


Michael grew up listening to his Great Uncle’s stories of flying fighter jets.  As a kid, he took a flight on a commercial airliner and was instantly hooked.  He knew at a very early age that this was his calling in life.

Michael earned many of his flight certificates at Region Flyers.  He is currently a student at Purdue University majoring in aircraft mechanics.  He hopes to someday have a plane of his own.

In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with family, working out, hiking, teaching swimming lessons, flying drones, and skydiving.

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. 

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.


4205 Murvihill Rd.

Valparaiso, IN 46383

PHONE: 844-435-9694