Our Staff

We have some amazing staff at Fly Applacahian – qualified instructors and pilots who love what they do. We make it our goal to provide the most professional and quality flight services in the area.

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Randy CarpenterRyan Walderman, originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina (Home of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base), displayed passion for aviation at a very young age. Following high school, he enrolled at Wayne Community College to study Aircraft Maintenance; receiving an Associates Degree, in Aviation Systems Technology, with airframe and powerplant certificates.

Dedicating himself to a career in aviation, Ryan obtained his private pilot’s license, and moved to North Carolina for a position as a Maintenance Technician. While working in his field of study, he also obtained his Commercial, Multi-Engine, and Instrument ratings; an achievement, which earned Ryan a position performing: Aerial Advertisement and Flight Instruction. This demanding role in aviation has given Ryan strong ”stick and rudder” skills, as well as great experience in his abilities to perform both as a pilot and communicate as an instructor.

Ryan has joined the Appalachian Flying Service team, with great enthusiasm and vigor, delivering the next generation of professional pilots and weekend flyers the absolute best in flight training.

Randy CarpenterRandy Carpenter began his life in aviation, after a career change in 2007; when his life-long desires of flying, out-weighed a successful career in another industry. Through hard work and determination, he achieved his goals, commanding respect in many positions throughout a well-established flight school. With nearly 3000 hours of total experience, Randy holds a U.S. FAA ATP AMEL license, with a PIC type rating in the Beechcraft, Premier 1A as a Part 135 Captain; as well as his AGI, IGI, CFII, and MEII. Having more than 2000 hours dual instruction given, Randy maintains his full list of ratings, as chief instructor, of Appalachian Flying Service; passionately imparting his knowledge to the next generation of pilots.

Charlie Belcher IIICharlie Belcher III literally began his life in aviation; just 8 days old, he was placed in the right seat of a KingAir 200 and brought to Bluefield, West Virginia. There was never a question about what Charlie wanted to do, or what he was born to do, he loves aviation! From the time he could reach the instrument panel and speak, he was begging to learn. Charlie credits his dad (Charlie Belcher Jr. – owner of Allied Jet International), for all he did to provide: instruction, resources, networking, and a seamless entry into a career; pursuing his passion for flying. This passion has held no limitations, and brought Charlie through some of the most demanding of situations. He has flown a variety of aircraft for: businesses/corporations, civilian military solutions, and various aircraft deliveries worldwide. All of these combined experiences have brought him to a directing position, at Appalachian Flying Service, and role of chief pilot within our flight department. As a current Part 135, Elite Pro-Pilot (FSI), Charlie holds a U.S. FAA, ATP- ASEL and AMEL, as well as a South African ATPL. He has command privileges and/or type ratings, in the King Series (Including 200, 300/350), Beechcraft 1900 Series (Single Pilot), Westwind-Astra IA-1125, Gulfstream 100, and Beechcraft Premier RA-390 (Single Pilot).

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