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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.