Valley Aviation is the largest flight training center in Northeast Pennsylvania specializing in both FAA "Part 61" and "Part 141" Flight Training.

We strive to make your flight training experience rewarding and fun. With over 40,000 hours of combined flight experience, our training staff has the expertise to take you from basic flight, all the way to Aerobatic and Upset training. Our fleet consists of the following: Decathlon, Stearman PT-17, North American AT-6, Cessna 140/172/210 and a Huskey A-1. We recently added a Robinson R-22 to the fleet.

But here at Valley Aviation we realize that there is more to good instruction then just the amount of hours. For someone to progress in this challenging endeavor a student and an instructor need to connect on many levels .

Below is some information on our very skilled flight training staff:

Joseph Pacifico
Chief Flight Instructor Part 61 and Part 141 instruction

Our Chief Flight Instructor (Call sign "Bahama Joe") is a CFI-I, he holds a multi-engine, helicopter and seaplane rating. Joe teaches in the Marywood University and Luzerne County Community College Aviation degree program, in addition to instructing students that sign on under Valley Aviation. Joe's aviation goal is to help our students reach their aviation goals


Joseph Scrobola
Asst Chief Flight Instructor Part 61 Part 141 instruction
(Bio Coming soon)

Ron Semanski
Instructor: Part 61 and 141

Not just your average aircraft enthusiast that enjoys flying. He has devoted most of his life around aviation with 26 years under his belt in the United States Air Force.

Ron has a certification in Commercial single engine - land and sea, instrument flight and ground instruction. He has accumulated over 7500 hours of flight time in addition to 17oo hours of instructor time.

Ron claims to be one of the most fortunate aviators around, he resides down the street from the airport. He says its like having your own airport in your backyard!

Jeremy Morris
Instructor: Part 61 and 141

Jeremy teaches in the Marywood University and Luzerne County Community College Aviation degree program, in addition to instructing students that sign on under Valley Aviation.

A 1989 graduate of Scranton Central High School and a 1993 graduate of The University of Pittsburgh with a BA in political science, Jeremy met his wife Julie while in Pittsburgh and they married in 1995. He then co-founded Fratelli's Pizza and Pasta House in Scranton in 1995.

He has been flying since 2004 and became a certified flight instructor in 2013. He currently teaches two classes in aviation for LCCC and resides in Clarks Summit with his wife and two daughters, Tori and Halle.

Tyler Bater
Instructor Part 61 Part 141

Commercial Airplane Single Engine Land


Tyler's interest in the aviation industry started as a child listening to his Grandfather's stories about flying in the United States Air Force, and visiting numerous air shows.  He then started his aviation career at Marywood University where he studied Aviation Management and earned his commercial pilots license. He then went on to become a Certified Flight Instructor to share his passion for aviation in a challenging and rewarding environment. Tyler hopes to use the experience he has gained to further his career goals of flying for the airlines.

Lou DeFazio


Part 61; Part141

Lou Defazio has been a certified flight instructor for over 44 years. He is qualified in single and multi engine aircraft land or sea. In addition he is qualified to give instruction in Helicopters and Gliders along with instrument instruction as well.

Lou served in the United States Air Force flying the F4 Phantom to which he was well known as Stormy 6. After leaving the Air Force he joined the US Army where he flew the Uh-1 Huey as a Med-Evac Pilot.

Lou then went on to fly and retire as Captain for Continental Airlines where he was type rated in the Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767.

Now Lou just enjoys flying our Stearman PT-17, doing aerobatics in the Decathlon and, when the cold air starts to blow. He enjoys driving his RV all over the south.