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Steve Desrosiers

Steve has had a life-long passion for aviation. As a kid, he read biographies of WWII fighter pilots such as Richard Johnson and Dick Bong. As soon as he was able, he was working as lineman at KEWB, learned to drive on a fuel truck (even before he had his driver's license), and has worked in or around aviation ever since. 

Working as Station Manager at KOWD, Steve is able to bring his varied aviation experience to Horizon, and he's thrilled to share in the enthusiasm of all the students and staff as they pursue their own love of flying!

Drew Mahoney

Drew 's father is a former A-10 Air Force Pilot and current Southwest Captain who passed his love of aviation onto his son. Drew grew up living near Luke Air Force Base, which also helped to solidify his interest in aviation. His family eventually moved to Rhode Island where Drew began his aviation training when he enrolled in the "Aviation Academy" program at East Greenwich High School. It wasn't much after Drew's sixteenth birthday, that he began his flight training and actually soloed before he had his drivers license. Drew took some time away from flying to pursue his college degree at the College of Charleston and do some traveling before returning to aviation to hopefully follow in his father's footsteps and become a commercial airline pilot. He's back now, covering the Station manger Desk in Norwood and Providence, and flying on his days off!


Vicky Kuo
Chief Flight Instructor

Vicky is a mother of four and a former researcher at Rhode Island Hospital. For Christmas 2005, she received a gift certificate to fly at Horizon. She had been up in the air in a GA aircraft once 20 years ago, but hadn't been up since. She finally used her certificate in October 2006. Little did she know she was going to have a life changing experience...the day after her first lesson, she went in for her second. By her third lesson she was completely hooked.  

When Vicky asked Zeke how she could fly more she learned that as a career student she could fly the most. Vicky was at a point in her life where she needed a change and flying was exactly what she was looking for. She has being flying about 30 hours a month - as often as she can. 

 What hooked her? "It was just the incredible feeling of taking off; it's hard to describe in words." On Horizon: "the staff are wonderful, they treat you really well, they treat you like family, I feel like it is a cohesive group [at Horizon]. If you have any questions you can turn to any instructor, and at any moment they will drop what they are doing and answer your questions."

"What does being a pilot mean to me? It means learning to fly new airplanes and to new places. It mean flying into the Washington DC SFRA or the New York City Corridor. It means flying to Oshkosh and landing on the orange dot one year and the green one the next or taking the warbird arrival. But most importantly, it means sharing these experiences with other pilots. So what is the newest adventure? This month it is learning to fly acro in an open cockpit biplane and the high performance Marchetti. This is what it means to be a pilot."


Daniel Skrip
Flight Instructor

In first grade, Dan's mother got him a pilot's handbook and a model airplane. He was hooked instantly. He frequently visited his local airport in Pennsylvania (KAVP) where he was in awe of the sights and the sounds of the large planes taking off and landing. Dan's original career path took him into law where he was a partner at a Boston law firm for many years. But he realized that his fascination for flying never left him, so he decided to make a change. Dan came to Horizon and dedicated himself to a career in aviation. He has earned multiple certificates and an instrument rating. He is now an instructor at our Norwood location.

  Brett Howden
Flight Instructor

Brett Has had a passion for aviation all his life. Soloed in a Cessna 152 before he had a driver’s license, he received his Private Pilot License in Danbury CT. He received a Bachelor degree at the University Of New Hampshire, and worked construction with his Father for a few years until he decided to be a career pilot. Researching flight schools, he found Horizon Aviation where he has since completed his Instrument rating, Commercial License.

Brett also enjoys bass fishing, biking and wakeboarding!

Jake Sasson
Flight Instructor

Jake was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and moved to the States in January 2015 following his dream to become a pilot. He got inspired by aviation at the age of 16 when he traveled to Europe. Jake saw a flight crew walking to their aircraft and immediately fell to that magic. From that moment it became the main goal in his life. Jake began his flight training in Florida where he earned seven different licenses including CFI, CFII and MEI in less than a year and a half of training.I Jake has also had the privilege to work in Florida as a flight instructor and help many students to complete their licenses. He moved to Massachusetts and has begun to work at Horizon Aviation to share his knowledge, experience and passion with the next generation of pilots.

Zeke Valtz

Zeke has owned and operated Horizon Aviation since 2002. He is an experienced pilot and instructor, with seven FAA licenses and qualifications including all CFI licenses and has the Airline Transport Pilot License. Unsatisfied with the corporate world where he was an executive, Zeke decided to pursue his passion of flying and dreamt of operating a flight school. He has brought his diverse business knowledge to bear at Horizon. The student's customer service experience is his foremost consideration. Under his watchful eye, the quality of instruction is consistent and top-notch. You are always welcome to contact Zeke and ask him how you can start flying with Horizon Aviation.

Zeke flies a Twin Comanche and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.