Our Leadership

Trey Walters
Trey Walters

Co-Owner & CEO • CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP, DPE

Trey Walters and his wife, Kelsey, started Blue Line Aviation with one goal: to provide the highest quality flight instruction for your dollar. Trey is a decorated Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and former Raleigh Police Officer. Trey is an FAA Safety Representative and also holds multiple ratings including Instrument Ground Instructor, Gold Seal Flight Instructor Airplane Single Engine, Multi-Engine, and Instrument instructor certifications.
Kelsey Walters
Kelsey Walters

Co-Founder

As a co-founder of Blue Line Aviation, Kelsey brings over 10 years of small business experience. She served as our Vice-President and oversaw all administrative functions.
Adam Walters
Adam Walters

Chief Pilot • CFI, CFII, MEI

Adam has had a fascination with aviation since a very young age. He put this dream on hold to serve his country in the Army. After returning from a deployment to Afghanistan, he began his flight training at Blue Line. He now holds Commercial, Instrument, and Flight Instructor, and Instrument Instructor Certifications for single engine and multi-engine airplanes and keeps our operations running smoothly.
Lance Belben
Lance Belben

Chief Operations Officer

Lance Belben is the Chief of Operations, responsible for the flight training, CFI academy, staff development, student and maintenance scheduling. Prior to arriving at Blue Line he was a Coast Guard Captain, with more than 25 years of service, flying both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft with an extensive background in aviation maintenance management and overhaul.
Megan Robinson
Megan Robinson

Chief Financial Officer

Megan has 10 years of experience in the financial industry and holds a degree from Liberty University in Accounting and Finance. She moved to Raleigh in 2014 when she met her husband Trey Robinson, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Blue Line Technical Services. Megan has been a member of our team since 2015. She came to Blue Line from the banking industry where she learned her financial skills that play so well in her role today.
Ray Walters
Ray Walters

CFI Program Manager

Ray was intrigued by the dream of flying and began training in 1984. After completing his training he flew with the Civil Air Patrol for 25 years, including three years as the squadron commander in Raleigh, he went on to volunteer with the Coast Guard auxiliary. Ray has spent most of his career in management and leadership roles. He helped get Blue Line started and now manages the CFI Program.
Robert Rhew
Robert Rhew

Operations Manager

Robert has worked in the aviation industry since 2002. He started in the Civil Air Patrol program and went on to work in multiple operational positions at Landmark Aviation and Signature Flight Support. After earning his B.S. in Aviation Business Administration in 2017 he worked at Signature as Operations Supervisor. Robert brings his vast operational experience to Blue Line and oversees dispatching and scheduling aircraft maintenance.
Alison Ortman
Alison Ortman

Scheduling Supervisor

Ever since attending air shows at the local Air Force base as a kid, Alison has had a love for aviation. She joined the Army as a Flight Operations Specialist and after a tour in Iraq, she continued as a Flight Operations Contractor for another six years. After her husband attended Blue Line for the Rotor Transition Program, Alison decided to return to the aviation industry as Blue Line's scheduling supervisor.
Carrie Newkirk
Carrie Newkirk

Customer Service Manager

Carrie’s passion for aviation sparked at a young age - growing up with both parents working in the industry. After attending Georgia Southern University, she developed a love of design sales management and customer service, which has accredited her with over 15 years of experience that she brings to the Blue Line management team. Responsible for all student and staff onboarding, billing, administrative organization and customer service; Carrie wears many hats and always a smile around Blue Line and is our tagged “go-to girl” for just about any information, inquiry or even a little student encouragement.
Josh Weber
Josh Weber

Career Pilot Program Manager

Josh manages our Career Pilot Program. He is a Private, Instrument and Commercial rated pilot. Before joining the team at Blue Line, Josh worked for United Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, and Alaska Airlines.
Tabor Hutchins
Tabor Hutchins

Senior Training Advisor - Education Coordinator

Ashley Darling
Ashley Darling

Senior Training Advisor

Thomas Schmeltz
Thomas Schmeltz

Training Advisor

Annabelle Morphonios
Annabelle Morphonios

Junior Training Advisor

Sierra Hall
Sierra Hall

Dispatcher

Cindy Davis
Cindy Davis

Executive Assistant

Our Instructors

Alex Hephner
Alex Hephner

CFI, CFII, MEI

Stuart McLeod
Stuart McLeod

CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

Hannah Lingenfelter
Hannah Lingenfelter

CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal Flight Instructor

Rich Laviano
Rich Laviano

CFI

Michael McCullough
Michael McCullough

CFI, CFII

Lee Wong
Lee Wong

CFI, CFII

Noah Scott
Noah Scott

CFI, CFII, MEI

Ryan Franklin
Ryan Franklin

CFI, CFII, MEI

Jackson Fischer
Jackson Fischer

CFI, CFII, MEI

Jamison Powell
Jamison Powell

CFI, CFII, MEI

Steven Cobb
Steven Cobb

CFI, CFII

Jon Schlaff
Jon Schlaff

CFI, CFII

Andrew Bryson
Andrew Bryson

CFI, CFII, MEI

Corey Schmoldt
Corey Schmoldt

CFI, CFII

Ryan Gray
Ryan Gray

CFI, CFII, MEI

Kevin Stefanich
Kevin Stefanich

CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI

Franklin Steele
Franklin Steele

CFI, CFII, MEI

Chad Norville
Chad Norville

CFI, CFII

Kennedy Paylor
Kennedy Paylor

CFI, CFII, MEI

Robert Mendez
Robert Mendez

CFI, CFII, MEI

Jacob Morphonios
Jacob Morphonios

CFI, CFII, MEI

Check out the fleet…

Diamond DA42-VI

The Diamond DA42-VI features FADEC controlled Austro Turbo Diesel engines,G1000 NXi avionics, GFC 700 autopilot, synthetic vision, air conditioning, and more! It is simply a beautiful, comfortable flying experience!

Diamond DA40 NG

The Diamond DA40 NG seats four people while cruising over 140 KTAS! Designed with safety in mind, this Technologically Advanced Aircraft features composite construction, a passenger airbag system, G1000 NXi avionics with integrated autopilot and synthetic vision, and air conditioning.

Diamond DA20

The Diamond DA20 is an outstanding and exciting airplane to fly for primary and advanced training, as well as rental and time building. With a cruise speed of 130 KTAS, the DA20 is safe, fast, and affordable! Our DA20s feature Garmin avionics units with traffic alerts.

Cessna 172 JT-A

Made in America, the Cessna 172 JT-A is the best selling training aircraft ever, and has recently been reimagined an updated to Blue Line standards. Our Skyhawk is equipped with a FADEC controlled Turbo Diesel Engine, G1000 NXi avionics, synthetic vision technology, GFC 700 autopilot, and many other features.
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