Our Team

A team of wisely selected professionals who love nothing more than to share their knowledge of flying and help grow the aviation community.

Flight Instructors

John M Levy

CFI, CFII, MEI
JohnL@ActivePILOT.com
(310) 916 8693

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

CFI, CFII, MEII
Ryan@ActivePILOT.com
(805) 223 0763

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.

Joseph Ferrer

CFI, CFII
Joseph@ActivePILOT.com
(808) 779 0604

Joseph is an experienced flight instructor looking to teach others the joy of flying while advancing his own knowledge. His love for flying is visible through his unique teaching style and continuous positive reviews received from his students.

Maxi Macen

CFI, CFII
Maxi@ActivePILOT.com
(626) 615 0087

Maxi graduated from Mt. Sac with an Associate’s degree in Arts and Science and transferred to Cal State Los Angeles to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration while completing an internship with the National Transportation Security Board. After graduation, Maxi enrolled at International Tour Management Institute (ITMI) in San Francisco to complete her certification as a tour guide and traveled through Europe as a Spanish-speaking tour guide for a few years. Maxi loves and enjoys being a volunteer for Women In Aviation LA Chapter and the San Gabriel ninety nines chapter. She also prides herself in helping to rescue animals for the Wings of Rescue nonprofit organization.

Rumi Koizumi

CFI, CFII
Rumi@ActivePILOT.com
(310) 367 5147

Rumi describes herself as a Japanese American who grew up at the foot of Mount Fuji and loves flying, which shows as her knowledge and approach to flying are filled with a sense of adventure. Rumi teaches with purpose in a nurturing way and takes caring for her students to new heights. She has been flying and teaching for 8 years strong and instructs in both English and Japanese. Rumi always works towards being at the best of what she does and puts joy and loyalty at the core value of her teaching.

Sevak Sarkissian

CFI, CFII, MEI
Sevak@ActivePILOT.com
(818) 421 8098

Sevak started his pilot career at an early age and soloed by the time he was 16. He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Aviation Maintenance Technology, became an Airline Transport Pilot, and earned his certificate as an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic before starting his career as a flight instructor. Sevak has been a Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument rated, and Multi-Engine Instructor for the past 25 years and has a lot of knowledge and experience under his name. When asked, he claims his passion is to spread the love of aviation to the future generation.

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Experience Matters!

Active PILOT has some of the finest instructors in the world. Ari & Leo, both highly distinguished airline pilots, established ActivePILOT 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 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.

Management

Ari Hovnanyan

Chief Operating Officer, CFI, CFII, ATP
Ari@ActivePILOT.com
(818) 378 0416

Ari has been flying for over 25 years and has experience with flying various aircraft. As Director of Operations, Ari oversees 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.

Leonardo Aristizabal

Chief Training Officer, CFI, CFII, ATP
Leo@ActivePILOT.com
(210) 314 0409

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.

Amin Siavush

Chief Marketing Officer, IA, CFI, CPL
Amin@ActivePILOT.com
(424) 469 7900

Amin is a certified flight instructor with two bachelor’s degrees in Business Communication and Organizational Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara and a certificate in Business Leadership from the UC Santa Barbara Extension. His immersion in the field of communication arts has enhanced his capabilities and strengths in marketing and has featured extensive experience in venture capital projects. Additionally, his experiences in the aviation sector have given him great insights and passion as to where he intends to devote his strength.

Jean Carlo Diaz

Assistant Manager, Student Pilot
Jean@ActivePILOT.com

Jean is the muscle of operation at ActivePILOT. While being a student pilot, Jean oversees the day-to-day operations of the school, and nothing gets passed him unchecked. His love for flight training and bright thinking has made him a valuable asset to our team and his generosity to help newcomers into the flight training programs has made him a devoted resource to his fellow students.

Thea Kassabian

Secretary, Student Resource Manager
Thea@ActivePILOT.com

Thea is the youngest member of our administration team and works closely with the students and clients to direct them to the right resources on campus. She brilliantly speaks 4 languages including English, Arabic, French, and Armenian, and single-handedly bright up the room by just walking into it with her smile.

Geny Haase

Secretary, Commercial Student Pilot
Geny@ActivePILOT.com

Geny is a commercial pilot student from Guatemala and a member of the Ninety-Nines Women Pilots at the VNY chapter. She has an Associate in Science degree in Aviation and Transportation and a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics with a Minor in Aviation Safety. In her free time, she volunteers for the Aviation Explorer’s Post at Whiteman airport as a treasurer where they provide scholarships for young adults between the ages of 14-21 to help them obtain their Pilot Certificate and Advanced Training.

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