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 5000 hrs of instruction given.  He teaches aerobatics, gliders & multi-engine on the weekends, and is designated an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor.  William is the Chief Instructor Pilot for all 3 Sunrise locations (Jacksonville, Ormond Beach & Lakeland), 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 for Ormond Beach, but is based in Jacksonville and he conducts training for all courses of instruction.

Mark Boundy,  Asst Chief Instructor

Mark Boundy is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and is our Assistant Chief Instructor for Cecil Field.  Colonel Boundy conducts Stage Checks and teaches all courses of instruction.

**Mark Boundy is our CFI of the Year for 2018**

Bill Derr, Check Instructor

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

Steven Martin, Flight Instructor (Primary and Instrument)

Steven Martin is a Marine Corp veteran and joined Sunrise Aviation in 2019.  Steven was trained here in Jacksonville and teaches students in our Private, Instrument and Commercial courses.

Rory Martin, Flight Instructor (Primary)

Rory Martin originally joined our team in 2015 after serving in the Marines, then went to fly drones overseas for 3 years at as a private contractor.  Rory re-joined the team in 2019 to finish what he started.  Rory teaches students in our Private and Commercial courses.

Jake Jacquett, Flight Instructor (Primary)

Jake Jacquett joined our team in Fall of 2018 and teaches students in our Private and Commercial program.

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