Blue Line Graduates

Meet the people we are most proud of: Our Blue Line Graduates. They joined our BL family in Raleigh, learned to fly, worked incredibly hard, and earned their wings faster than anyone else. Learn their stories and follow their progress in the most rewarding and exciting jobs in the world. Welcome to the Blue Line Nation.

Joe
Joe

Diamond Factory Instructor

Joe came to Blue Line as a flight student in June of 2019 after a long career as an EMT. He chose Blue Line because of our team’s foundations in U.S. Military and Law Enforcement. Within 5 days of his graduation from our Career Pilot Program he was hired as a ferry pilot by Diamond Aircraft and sent to deliver a plane to a new owner. Shortly after landing, he was shipped international to Bangladesh as a test pilot and factory instructor for the local military. He is currently a flight instructor in his home state of Washington, but he never seems to stay in one place for too long!

Advice for others interested in flying:
Sometimes it seems impossible to start something new and commit to an accelerated time intensive program in the midst of your life. Just go for it. During my first month of training, my wife called to tell me about a house fire. I took some time off of my training to take care of my family, but came back as dedicated as ever and finished on time. Just one year after starting this pilot adventure, my life is completely different. I get to fly for work, enjoy spontaneous change of scenery, and could not have been happier with my decision to start my career in aviation.

Favorite Flight:
Flying my first bovine passenger was definitely the most memorable. I flew from Kentucky to Georgia in a Beech Baron to pick up a newborn cow who I endearingly referred to as “butterfly.”

Jin
Jin

Flight Instructor

Jin was born in South Korea, grew up in Raleigh, worked at the Pentagon after Grad School, but always felt drawn to teaching. After 6 years as a high school teacher, he decided to try something completely new and learn to fly. Jin came to Blue Line at the end of 2019 and was a Certified Flight Instructor 4 months later. He’s currently a CFI in Janesville, Wisconsin teaching brand new pilots to fly over the miles of grassy fields and wildlife. Because of his love for the outdoors and teaching, his ultimate goal is to be an Instructor or DPE in the wild backcountry of Alaska.

Advice for others interested in flying:
Don’t be afraid to fail or of the unknown. I was airsick on my very first flight and really struggled to prepare for checkrides in the beginning. Just keep trying, don’t give up, and never lose hope even if the future seems unpredictable. There will always be a place in the skies for determined pilots. Seriously – If I can do it, anyone else can!!

Favorite Flight:
Flying to Ashe County with the beautiful mountains – so memorable!

Matt
Matt

Republic Airways Pilot

Matt’s aviation story began in high school in Lynchburg, VA. Before his first flight lesson he already completed Kings online ground school, and read the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge. Matt received his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics at Arizona State University. He came to Blue Line in 2017 to become a flight instructor, so he could start making money doing what he loved. His goal came to fruition 2 weeks later, after finishing his CFI, CFII, MEI and getting hired on to the Blue Line team as an Instructor Pilot. Matt was picked up by the airlines 2 years later and has been flying for Republic Airways in the E170 the past few years. His dream job is to be a Captain at the legacy airlines or cargo operations.

Advice for others interested in flying:
I cannot think of another situation that could have equipped me better than my time at Blue Line. If you are interested at all, just try it! Even if you find out it’s not for you, it beats wondering what could have been every time you look up and see an airplane.

Favorite Flight:
My favorite flights were always out to the coast, but this one in particular was really awesome. Several instructor-student pairs at Blue Line took an “excursion” from RDU out to Ocracoke Island, where we walked from the aircraft tie downs straight to the water. We walked from there to get a seafood lunch at Howard’s Pub, then flew up the outer banks to First Flight Airport in Kitty Hawk. It was really cool to walk around the Wright Brothers monument there where aviation all started.

Ray
Ray

Blue Line Instructor

Ray grew up in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois. Before learning to fly, he studied Food Science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He followed his food science career from Wisconsin, to NorCal, to LA, building a successful career in the beverage industry. There was only one problem, as a child he would visit his grandparents in Japan and that planted a seed that never died out. He wanted to fly and travel the world for a living, although he felt swayed into a more standard college education. After spending 5 years in his original career, Ray went searching for an accelerated flight program to reignite a former dream. The new aircraft, fast timeline, and lower training costs won him over and Ray joined the Blue Line pilot family in December of 2019. Just over 5 months later he graduated our Career Pilot Program and was hired on as a Blue Line Flight Instructor. His eventual goal is to work for an international airline to travel the world. Beyond that, maybe settle down with his own animal farm.

Advice for others interested in flying:
Take some lessons early on and determine if this is what you really want to do as a career. If you love it, then go for it! For people who went down a similar route that I did, it's never too late to follow your dreams. It's only too late when you're dead.

Favorite Flight:
The favorite flight I did was the last flight of the pilot program, where I had the chance to fly my first real passengers: my parents. It was so rewarding to show them everything I learned in the past few months and also show them appreciation for all the support that they've given me.

Christian
Christian

Flight Instructor

Christian is from Burlington, North Carolina and has always loved aviation. He studied mechanical drafting and political science in college, subsequently working for a variety of different companies. He realized he only had one life and decided to pursue aviation not only as a passion, but as a career. He came to Blue Line in the fall of 2019 because of the professional training environment, and proven success as an accelerated pilot program. Less than 6 months later he left Blue Line as a Multi Engine rated CFI/CFII and started his career as a flight instructor in Virginia Beach. He plans to join the legacy carriers one day flying the international routes.

Advice for student pilots:
Trust the process.  While it can be like drinking from a fire hose sometimes, the experience is one of the most rewarding you can have. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in a short amount of time. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re not fully prepared, but then you get in there and surprise yourself. Also – STUDY. STUDY. STUDY.

Favorite Flight:
There are two flights that were the most memorable: The first was my long cross country to Cape May, NJ where I was vectored around restricted airspace and the SFRA in Washington, DC.  The other was my flight to First Flight, where the Wright Brothers made the first powered flight!

Lee
Lee

Blue Line Instructor

Lee is a South Dakota native that changed his entire career overnight to become a pilot. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Dakota State University in Network Security and Information Assurance. After college, he moved to Washington DC and worked as a systems architect for the Marine Corps. 6 years into his original career, Lee grew tired of working at a desk indoors and started searching for a different path. He found Blue Line through an online pilot forum, spoke with a current student, and enrolled in the CPP program in the fall of 2018. Lee’s been a Blue Line Flight Instructor for over a year, with his sights set on sitting left seat at a cargo airline.

Advice for others interested in flying:
Stop daydreaming and make it happen.

Favorite Flight:
One of my favorite flights was a long cross country with a commercial pilot student. So much of flight training and instructing is local maneuver flights out of RDU, I love any chance to get out and explore. On this 300 nm flight we took off from a snowy Raleigh airport, cruised above the clouds at 10,000’, stopped at the UGA airport in Athens, flew towards the mountains for a pit stop in Ashville, NC and made it back to Raleigh in time for my favorite Pad Thai dinner.

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