North Coast Flight School


Gregory S. Hayes - President/Owner

As the owner/operator of North Coast Flight School Inc. I feel it is my objective to train individuals in all aspects of aviation in order to make them the safest and knowledgeable pilots in the area.  I hope to meet and personally work with each of our students.

2018 Current Board Member of the Erie International Airport Board Authority


2018 Current Board of Director/Executive Committee for the Aviation Council of Pa


Current AOPA Liaison for Erie International Airport


2015-2016 Chairman of FSANA


2010-2016 Board Chair of the “Aero Camp” program within FSANA


1998 Founding member of FSANA (Flight School Assn. of North America)

Lester Zook - Chief Instructor

Lester has loved airplanes as long as he can remember and is still mystified by the fact that a small plane can fly over at 1000 ft. agl and some people don’t even look up! “It’s a thing of beauty and they ignore it!”

In 2001 Lester finally pursued his dream and learned to fly. In 2005 he earned his CFI certificate and has accumulated most of his 4,200 hours teaching others to fly.  He also holds CFII and MEI and does tail wheel training. 

Lester’s working hours are divided between flying airplanes and running Sunnyside Building Solutions, a small construction company.  The rest of his time is usually spent with his family or church activities.

Aviation dreams?  “I still hope to get a sea plane rating. And, someday… I want a Pitts to do some sky writing and banner towing.”

Fred Morrison - Flight Instructor SEL, CFI, CFII, Helicoptoter CFII

Fred is a retired Navy helicopter pilot who graduated from Commodore Perry High School in Hadley, PA.  While in the Navy, he earned his BS in Physics at the Naval Academy and completed Naval Flight School to receive his “wings of gold” in 1998.  He has flown a variety of missions including helicopter flight instruction, shipboard operations, logistics, external cargo, and Search and Rescue in both the maritime environment and the inland mountainous terrain of the Pacific Northwest.  In 2017, Fred became the newest helicopter pilot for STAT Medevac. His interests include flying, motorcycle riding, hunting, and tinkering with his old car.

William Colwell- AGI AG

Bill was born in Port Allegany, PA and he began his aviation career earning his private pilot license at Cherry Springs Airport (Potter County) in his early 20’s.

Bill attended flight training colleges in both Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and in Long Island, New York, where he received his Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine ratings.  

With a diverse career spanning over 7,000 flight hours and extensive travel.  Bill now focuses on his main passion, that of teaching others the knowledge and skills required to become a safe, responsible, efficient pilot whether they seek to fly on the private pilot level or as a career commercial pilot.

His personal interests lie in family, friends, and outdoor activities.  He grew up in the countryside hills of Pennsylvania where he learned hunting, fishing, camping, and enjoyed hiking the mountains and trains.  When he is not in the classroom, he returns to those passions.

Bill’s idea of a relaxing evening, if not spent around a campfire cookout, is “grabbing an airplane” and flying the still quiet air of a sunset summer evening.


Bryan Loomis - AGI IGII

Bryan is a local guy hailing from Edinboro Pa. He first began flying at the young age of 10 by taking some airplane rides and getting some stick time flying Piper Cubs at Dart Airport in Mayville, NY. Later in his late teens his aviation mentor Ken (Vern) Bittner helped Bryan get a job at North Coast Flight School where he worked to take flying lessons. Bryan earned his first pilot certificate in September of 2008 at the age of 19. After some time away from Aviation. Bryan  returned to NCFS as an AGI and now is pursing his instrument rating, as well as running the drone program, and also teaches some of the AERO ACADEMY classes as well. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys, hunting, fishing, playing with his band, as well as spending time with his wife and 9 year old daughter who is showing interest in flight and is beginning to fly with him, and is excited to meet his new daughter that he is expecting in July.

Aaron Wolf - CFI CFII

Aaron was born and raised here in Erie County. He grew up next to a small grass airstrip and has been fascinated by flying ever since. He was accepted into North Coast Flight School and Edinboro University’s Aeronuatical Science program and was in the first graduating class. Receiving his flight instructor rating in 2019, Aaron looks forward to an exciting career in aviation. 

Cylind Garrett- CFI

Cy has been a flight instructor for 1 year. He began flying in Seattle, WA where he was stationed in the U.S. Coast Guard. His love for aviation began to grow as he continued moving up the flying latter, the more he learned and practiced, the more he knew it was exactly what he needed to do. When he’s not savings lives in the Coast Guard or teaching people to fly planes, you can find him walking his two huskies with his beautiful dental hygienist wife. They enjoy flying to the Outer Banks, NC for a sweet get a way to the ocean for surf, sand, and sunshine.

Vincent Monticello- CFI

Vince is a 2019 graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he received his degree in Aeronautics.  Vince is from Ithaca, New York and has been flying since 2012. Before starting a career in aviation, Vincent worked in emergency services. Outside of flying, Vince enjoys fishing and traveling.