Christopher Hayden

Operations Manager

• Type-rated CE 500 Series
With more than three decades of experience teaching people to fly, Chris enthusiastically leads our team in the air and on the ground.Chris is a Mars Area High School alumni who later earned his Associates Degree in Applied Science at Beaver County Community College and then continued his education at LaRoche College.Since 1982, Chris has been employed in the aviation industry in all aspects of operation working from the ground level up. Most recently, he’s been at the helm of a Citation V Ultra. Having earned his Certified Flight Instructor rating in 1986, Chris has more than 5,000 hours of instruction time and believes every hour was rewarding in its own way. Chris is the youngest of three brothers who all are aviation professionals.When he’s not flying, Chris is passionate about cars. Muscle cars, classics, hobby projects … Chris’s enthusiasm for all things on wheels nearly rivals his love of sharing the experience of flight with others.

“I truly enjoy the interesting people you meet, the places you can travel … being a pilot, to me, means freedom,” Chris said. “My desk is always in the air.”


Diana Wulff

Office Manager

• Private Pilot

Along with a vast knowledge of organizational and office managing skills from prior experience working at a Fortune 500 company, Diana also strives to give back to her community through community service and advocacy. Specifically she’s active with Fishbone Ministries, an anti-drug organization based in Butler, the American Communication Association and the Giving Tree.

Diana also is founder of “Thee Wine Club,” which has raised thousands for local charities.

Diana, who has held a private pilots license since 2010, is excited about expanding her knowledge and love for the sport. She lives in nearby Center Township.

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Advisory Board

High Flight Academy is proud to have three well-experienced pilots on the Advisory Board.

Jim Harjer

Jim took his first flying lesson in 1959 and continues to fly today. He worked as a pilot for PSA/USAir for 33-plus years. Then, he continued to work as a contract pilot instructing in Airbus 320/330 and ERJ 170/190.

Andy Allen

Andy Allen, who grew up on the bicentennial seventh-generation Armstrong Farms in Saxonburg, earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautic Technology from Purdue University. While there, he interned at Kennedy Space Center, specifically studying human factors in shuttle maintenance.

Andy worked his way through college as a mechanic at a local airport, and in the process also earned his commercial pilot’s license.

For more than a decade he was a commercial pilot, opting to retire in 2013. He joined the Butler County Airport Authority Board in 2017.

Roy Uptegraff

Roy s a retired Brigadier General and former commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing at Pittsburgh International Airport. A rated command pilot with more than 5600 military hours, he served in numerous operations from Desert Storm in 1991 to Operation Unified Protector that enforced the no-fly zone over Libya in 2011.  A graduate of Lehigh University, he currently owns and flies an airplane based at Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport.