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Our Pilots


Active PILOT has some of the finest instructors in the world. Ari & Leo, both highly distinguished airline pilots, established Active Pilot to train students the same way airlines train. They incorporated FAA approved simulator utilization into their syllabus, making flight training far more intuitive and cost efficient. The team established a systemic approach to flight training by following an airline style training syllabus with online videos, study courses and progress tracking. This allows all of their certified flight instructors to follow a standardized flight training program with each student. Their aircraft fleet is standardized, incorporating the latest in aviation technology and maintained to the highest FAA standards. They have been successful in creating an “Aviation Community” feel to their flight school where everyone feels like they are part of the family.

Our mission is to provide quality flight training in a standardized manner while creating an aviation community

100,000+ Total Hours

Our instructors have the highest certiifcations and training. You can feel safe knowing we have the best of the best sitting beside you.

Career Pilots

Train to be a career pilot, from your first day in the simulator to flying your dream jet.

1500+ Graduates

Our students leave our course feeling completely ready to take on any flying challenge they might encounter.

Talented & Friendly

Our staff treats every student like part of the ActivePILOT family. Learning should be both informative and fun.

Meet our team

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Ari Hovnanyan

Director of Operations

Ari has been flying for over 25 years and has experience with flying various aircraft. As Director of Operations, Ari is in charge of managing multiple aspects of the organization. Some of his tasks include aircraft management, student relations, program development and recruitment. However, what gives him the most enjoyment is flying with students and conducting stage checks throughout their flight training. “It gives me great pleasure assisting students develop their skills and sharing their joys of fulfilling their dreams of becoming aviators.”

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Leonardo Aristizabal

Director Of Training

Leo was born in Cali, Colombia, and was accepted to the Colombian Naval Academy where he graduated as an officer and earned a bachelor’s degree in Naval Science. After 11 years of service in the Navy, he moved to California in 2009 and served in the US military.

John M Levy


John M Levy has been flying forever. Born and raised in California, John has spent his career flying in different roles. From flight instruction in the 80s, to flying delivery, to corporate pilot, John has done it all. John is a people person, and believes what really makes the pilot industry great are the people. An avid surfer, boater, and fisher, John is always ready for a good time. After being with ActivePILOT for a year now, John says “I’m back at my roots teaching and loving every minute”. When you fly with John you will love every minute too!

Ryan Sharp


Ryan is a Southern California native who is passionate about flying. Having achieved many certifications such as Commercial Pilot Multi Engine (CMEL), Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and Complex Endorsement, Ryan excels at all aspects of pilot training. In his free time, Ryan likes to go out with friends, build engines and race cars, and do computer aided design. Ryan has been flying for over 10 years and is ready to give you world class pilot instruction.

What our students have to say...

Thanks to this awesome course, I am now a certified pilot who is allowed to train other pilots and issue flight permits! I appreciate the hard work that your team does for the trainees – the course went smoothly with tons of useful information. You are great!

Matt Woodson

Matt Woodson

Los Angeles

It was a truly amazing experience for me and my groupmates who came to get their CPL’s at this flying school. The training was professionally organized, and the crew who helped us study worked hard to make it as much effective as possible. Thanks a lot!

Ashton Parks

Ashton Parks


It was fun and exciting to learn at your flying school! The instructors know exactly what they do, and I was fully aware of the risks and the trust that the students put in this training. I completed my license and night VFR fast and effectively. Thank you!

Ella Mason

Ella Mason

New York