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Premier's Flight Instructors

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  1. Michael Berlin, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI

  2. Robert Chase, CFI, CFII, ME

  3. Timothy Chase, CFI, CFII, AGI, ME

  4. Howard Fields, CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP

  5. Anthony Giovanetti, CFI, CFII, AGI, IGI

  6. Terry Keller, Jr., CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, ATP

  7. John Lampson, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, ASES, ATP

  8. Ray Laramie, CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, ATP

  9. Ian Macala, CFI, AGI

  10. Rafal Rogalski, CFI, CFII, ME, ATP

  11. Ryan Snyder, CFI, AGI


Michael Berlin


Mike started flying in 1978 eventually earning his Private, Instrument, Commercial, Single and Multi-engine pilot certificates and ratings. He became an instructor in 1995 and an FAA Safety Counselor in 1997. In 1999 Mike was awarded the FAA’s coveted "Gold Seal Instructor" status. He went on to earn the National Association of Flight Instructors "Master CFI" designation. In 2006 Mike was selected as the FAA’s Windsor Locks District and Eastern Regional "CFI of the Year". Mike has logged thousands of "Instructor" hours, has served as a Check Pilot/Instructor for the Civil Air Patrol and has been an aircraft owner.

Mike holds a Masters Degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University where he is also employed as an Engineer for the Information Technology Services Department. Mike has published several articles for AOPA Flight Training and NAFI Mentor Magazines. His General Aviation/Ham Radio website can be found at http://www.qsl.net/wu1m.

Robert Chase

Bob entered the world of aviation while in his senior year of college at the University of New Hampshire in 1962-1963, courtesy of the US Army ROTC, which offered such training in preparation to be a US Army pilot. He obtained his private license prior to graduation in 1963. Circumstances intervened in the form of a late call to active duty date, and in the interim, he embarked on legal training, finished law school, and spent 4 years in Army JAG. After some years away from aviation, Bob gained currency, and continued training, while he engaged in the private practice of law. He obtained his instrument rating, commercial certificate, multi-engine instrument rating, followed by CFI and CFII certificates. He has accumulated over 1700 total hours, with over 90 hours of multi-engine, and over 90 hours of actual instrument flying, some of which was in a Part 135 environment. He has over 750 hours of primary and advanced instructor time. He is proficient in Cessna 152, 172 182 and 182RG. He has accumulated time in Piper Six, Warrior, Archer, Lance, Arrow, Saratoga, Seminole and Navajo Chieftain aircraft, also in Mooney 201, and Beech Bonanza.

Timothy Chase


Tim’s flying career began in 2003 at Daniel Webster College, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Tim was the first in his graduating class to earn his flight instructor certificate, which he accomplished in the fall of his senior year. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Flight Operations, and began teaching at Daniel Webster the following semester. While instructing, Tim continued his personal flight training earning his instrument flight instructor certificate in 2008 and his multi-engine flight instructor certificate in 2009.

Tim’s career has exposed him to several types of aircraft from gliders to wide body jets. He has corporate and commercial flight experience. Tim now has over 3,500 hours of flight time and 2,000 hours as a flight instructor. He holds several type ratings in various sized aircraft from a Hawker to a Boeing 747!

Howard Fields


Howard began flying many years ago in the Aeronca Champ, a mid 1940’s Piper Cub look-a-like with no electrical system, no instruments and no starter. In fact, the fuel gauge was a wire stuck in a cork that protruded out of the top of the cowl! Then Howard’s flying came to a near stop until graduate school, where he joined the University of Michigan Flyers, an organization that had a diverse offering of airplanes including straight tail Beech Bonanzas, Grumman Cheetahs and a light twin.

After graduate school, Howard acquired additional licenses and ratings and began teaching. Through a series of “fortunate circumstances”, he has had the opportunity to become part of corporate flight departments and Part 135 air charter operations, which he says gave him “exceptional flying experiences and the chance to learn from some of the best pilots in the region.”

Howard has more than 2,700 hours of flight time and has given over 1,300 hours of instruction. He is type rated in the Citation Excel XLS+, and has flight experience in the Hawker 700, Lear 31A, King Air 200s as well as other corportate aircraft. He earned his bachelor degree in Physics from Oakland University in Michigan, and his Masters of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan. He continues to work as an engineer designing commercial power systems.

Anthony J. Giovanetti


Tony is a versatile pilot who instructs students of various ages and diverse backgrounds. He holds a Ph.D. From Massachusetts Institute of Technology and works full-time as an engineer for a world wide aviation manufacturer. He is at true asset to Premier Flight Center.

Tony has authored twenty-five technical publications and symposium presentations and holds two patents. Dr. Giovanetti has over twenty-eight years as a research, project and development engineer, program manager and college adjunct lecturer. He is tailwheel rated and has an airplane restoration project he will be happy to discuss with other pilots who appreciate vintage aircraft.

Terry Keller, Jr.  -  Chief Flight Instructor


While in high school, Terry worked for a business much like Premier Flight Center. He used most of his money for his flying lessons and earned his private pilot license when he was 17 years old. He is one of those pilots who literally “flew an airplane before ever driving a car!” Terry’s other passion has always been teaching. He tutored classmates in high school and has since taught math, science, GED and reading skills to people of all ages.

Terry earned his initial flight instructor certificate in May 2007, and he has been a full-time flight instructor since then. In that time, he has logged more than 6,300 hours as a flight instructor. He has taught students pursuing multi engine and instrument instructor certificates as well as ATP candidates! He has flown and taught in a variety of single and multi engine airplanes.

Terry is a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. He writes a monthly flight training column for Aviation Digest, teaches FAA sponsored safety seminars, and is the author of many of the training articles in our Digital Media Center.

John Lampson


In 1994, well into the pursuit of a career as a guitar player/songwriter John discovered another passion on par with music, aviation! He earned his commercial, multiengine, and instrument certificates and ratings, in addition to advanced ground instructor rating and flight instructor certificate. John is also rated in single engine sea planes!

John earned flight experience working as a jump pilot for Connecticut Parachutists and Boston-Providence Skydiving, and he flew aerial photography missions throughout the northeast. In 2001 John was recognized by the FAA as a “Gold Seal” Flight Instructor.

John established himself as a factory-authorized instructor and demo-pilot for Flight Design USA during the emergence of light sport aircraft and the sport pilot certificate. He continues to fly for the leader in the LSA industry.

John has accumulated more than 9,000 flight hours, nearly 8,000 logged as a flight instructor. At Premier Flight Center, he has found a place to share his passion for flight, while he continues to perform with the rock cover-band, LA's Backstage Pass.

Ray Laramie


Ray attributes his desire to become a pilot to his uncle, a World War II pilot, who flew the B-26. As a surrogate father-figure to Ray, Ray’s uncle had exposed him to a museum’s worth of vintage aircraft by the time Ray was a teenager. Initially, Ray attended college and dedicated the first 5 years of his professional life to using his computer science degree.

Ray first soloed at Chicago’s Midway Airport in 1968 before moving to Connecticut, where he finished his private pilot certificate at Hartford-Brainard Airport. After earning his commercial certificate, he transferred to a corporate flight department as a dispatcher. Ray, ended up flying a variety of business jets including Challengers, Sabreliners and eventually the Folker F27 for a commercial carrier.

Ray has logged more than 10,000 hours as a pilot and has returned to flight instructing now that he has retired from teaching high school mathematics. In his limited spare time, Ray is an instructor pilot for the Civil Air Patrol.

Ian Macala

At an early age, Ian was fascinated with airplanes – in fact, one of his earliest memories is being detained by the Air Force’s Military Police when he was 2 years old after he was found wandering alone down the flight line at the base where his father worked as a maintenance technician.

Ian embodies the passion for perfection that is characteristic of Premier’s instructors. Ian is an entrepreneur who has owned and managed a small manufacturing company since 1986. He earned his private pilot certificate in 1995 and has continued to pursue new ratings since then. His enjoyment for providing technical training to his employees and his experiences coaching led to his desire to become a flight instructor. Ian has logged more than 800 hours in Cessnas and Piper Cherokees and in his all-time favorite airplane, the Piper Cub.

Rafal Rogalski


Rafal began his flying career and obtained his private pilot certificate in 1995. He immediately completed his Instrument Rating and Commercial Certificate. In 1997 he earned his Flight Instructor Certificate. Rafal currently has over 5,200 hours total time with over 1,000 of dual instruction given. Mr. Rogalski also has a wealth of experience flying Part 135 cargo for Airnet Systems and over three and one half years experience flying Part 121 with United Express and Independence Air in Washington D.C. Rafal currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science with a minor in Meteorology. He is currently working toward an Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Mr.Rogalski is currently employed at Pratt & Whitney as a Flight Operations Engineer and is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of various engine models.

Ryan Snyder


It is never a surprise to find a flight instructor who has been passionate about aviation since they were a child, and Ryan certainly has had that spark for as long as he can remember. What is surprising is for an instructor to have had so much experience working in aviation prior to becoming a flight instructor. Ryan worked line services at both Bradley International Airport (he was a baggage handler for an airline) and at Harford-Brainard Airport. In 2014, Ryan accepted a job at Premier working the front desk for us, all the while he was enrolled in college studying to earn his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Even before finishing his flight instructor certificate, Ryan proved himself to be as passionate about teaching as he has been about flying. Ryan earned a reputation as a true asset to our students during multiple flights as a safety pilot with many of Premier’s instrument students. As a ground instructor, Ryan has provided many hours of tutoring to students at all levels of training. We are excited to have Ryan join the ranks as a full time flight instructor.