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Meet The Team

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Alex Kelley

Owner

CFI, CFII, MEI

Alex grew up in Glen Allen, Virginia and first moved to the Harrisonburg area in 2010 to attend James Madison University. Upon graduating in 2014 with a degree in history he decided to attend flight school. After completing flight school in 2015 he came back to Harrisonburg to be a flight instructor at Blue Ridge Aviation and has been here ever since. In 2017 he became owner and manager of Blue Ridge Aviation and Charlottesville Flight Center. When Alex isn’t flying he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats, Maddie and Millie, and two dogs, Teddy and Callie.

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Braxton Via

MANAGER

CFI, CFII

Braxton is from Waynesboro, VA. He joined our team in 2018 as a high school intern and moved his way on up into a multi-faceted aviation career. Braxton was self-motivated and completed all of his training in house with us! He leads our team at CFC, helps customers buy or sell airplanes, and is a certified flight instructor. He enjoys spending time with his German Shepard named Maverick.

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Harlan Walters

CFI, CFII

Harlan was born in Winston-Salem, NC and grew up in Williamsburg, VA. He enjoys flying and spending time outdoors with family and friends. His grandfather inspired him to embark on an aviation career. He flew 747 for Northwest, and Harlan's first flight was with him in an Aeronca Chief. His grandfather also raced in air shows and was a stunt pilot. Harlan completed all of his training at CFC from new pilot all the way through to certified flight instructor!

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Daniel Carr

CFI, CFII, MEI

Daniel was born in Colorado Springs, CO and lived there until 2017 when he moved to Berkely, CA. He swam collegiately and internationally for five years. After graduating, he got married and embarked on his aviation journey which culminated in them moving to Charlottesville, VA. He was inspired to start flying by both his father and father-in-law, both were pilots.

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Quinn Arbogast

CFI

Quinn was born and raised in Harrisonburg,VA. He joined the Navy at 20 years old. After finishing, he traveled the world teaching yoga. Places he traveled include France, Brazil, Costa Rica, Spain, and South Africa. After this, he attended flight school which brought him back home to Virginia where he now is a part of our CFC team.

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Matt Ehlers

CFI, CFII

Matt was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He attended UVA starting in 2018 and graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2022. In 2023 he decided to begin his aviation career and completed all of his pilot ratings up through CFI in six and a half months here at CFC! He is passionate about flying and enthusiastic to have the opportunity to train others! In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and hiking.

Jacob Gimnich

CFI

Jacob grew up in Louisiana and came to Virginia in 2021 to attend Liberty University. He started flight training in 2020 and finished with us here at CFC.  He completed his Commercial and CFI in 2024 and is now a part of our instructor team! While flight training, he worked at the airport for Signature Flight Support as a Line Service Technician where he gained valuable aviation experience. He enjoys fishing when he is not up in the air flying!

Former instructors

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Alex Wilay

in April of 2024, Alex reached the next step of his aviation career by being hired by Republic Airlines!

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