Our Staff

William Walker, Chief Instructor Pilot

William K. Walker is a retired Navy pilot and has been flying since 1989.  He has over 8,500 flight hours including 800 combat hrs and well over 4000 hrs of instruction given.  He teaches aerobatics and gliders on the weekends, and is designated an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor.  William is the Chief Instructor Pilot, Manager, and Check Instructor for all courses of instruction.

David Cuttino, Asst Chief Instructor

David “Cut” Cuttino joined Sunrise Aviation in October 2017 and is a retired Navy Commander.  Cut is our Assistant Chief Instructor and he conducts training for all courses of instruction.

Mark Boundy,  Senior Check Instructor

Mark Boundy is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and is our Senior Check Pilot.  Colonel Boundy conducts Stage Checks and teaches all courses of instruction.

Mike Saylor, Flight Instructor (Primary and Instrument)

Mike Saylor is a retired Naval Flight Officer and joined our program in December 2016.  While in the Navy, he accrued over 2300 hours as a P-3 and P-8 Tactical / Sensor Coordinator with over 700 combat hours.  His hometown is Stephensport, KY and he now lives in Bryceville with his wife, Stephanie and 3 children.  He teaches Private, Instrument and Commercial courses of instruction and is our 2017 Flight Instructor of the Year!

Stacy Hanna, Flight Instructor (Primary and Instrument)

Stacy Hanna is a graduate of the FSCJ Flight Training program and joined our cadre in April 2017.   He’s a retired Navy Quartermaster and teaches Private and Commercial courses of instruction.

Bill Derr, Flight Instructor (Primary)

Bill Derr comes to us from the Jax Navy Flying Club and is a retired Navy Commander. Bill teaches Private and Commercial and joined our cadre in May 2018.

Mike Wallen, Dispatch Operations Officer

Mike Wallen is the leader of the Dispatch Operations Team and comes to Sunrise after 27 years at American Airlines as a ramp agent.  Mike is also a Private Pilot and has been at Sunrise since Spring of 2014.

Vicky Wallen, Dispatcher

Carmen “Vicky” Wallen is our afternoon Dispatcher and is married to Mike.  She comes to Sunrise after 26 years at American Airlines as a ramp agent. Vicky has been at Sunrise since Spring of 2014 and she holds a Student Pilot Certificate.

Marcela Sipos, Dispatch Officer

Marcela Sipos joined Sunrise Aviation in April 2018. Her previous experience as a customer service representative makes her a perfect addition to our Sunrise family.

John Carmen, A&P Mechanic / IA

Dr. John Carmen is our airplane mechanic and has both his A & P certificate and his I.A. He is also an instructor at another major aviation university.

Your 2017 Distinguished Flight School Staff