About Skyline Flight

Our Planes and You

Safety is important to all of us.

We at Skyline have families too, and we take the utmost consideration for our passenger’s safety as well as our own. Skyline aircraft are purchased new and direct from Cirrus, the gold standard in manufactured aircraft. Our Cirrus SR-22 planes are rigorously maintained over and above FAA regulations. Our pilots have thousands of flying hours over decades of experience flying both commercial and personal aircraft. Our expert pilots fly with state-of-the-art communication systems, with NEXRAD weather radar to back them up every step of the way. The Cirrus SR-22’s unique safety features add additional peace of mind to Skyline passengers. Your safety, the pinnacle of Skyline Flight.

Your comfort matters.

Skyline passengers can relax and enjoy their flight in the temperature controlled cabin with luxury leather seating. All of Skyline flights include entertainment options that are available as part of the standard package, with no additional fees. Passengers can watch a DVD, listen to the plane’s XM radio, or hook their iPod into Skyline’s Bose quiet comfort headsets. A laptop power port is available for business travelers who want to make those finishing touches to their presentations or catch up on a few emails.

Skyline Flight Staff

Michael Farquharson

Mike Farquharson

Director of Operations

Mike has been flying since he can remember. His father was an RAF pilot, later becoming an Air Canada Captain. Mike was originally licensed in Canada, but moved the United States in 1996. Accumulating over 5300 hours, his career has ranged from being a Senior Flight Instructor at East Coast Aero Club at Hanscom Airport (KBED), to Chief Pilot and Director of Training for Linear Air in their Eclipse Jets. Mike is jet type rated in the Eclipse 500, Citation Encore/Ultra/V, as well as the Embraer Phenom 300 (which he flies for FlexJet when not flying for Skyline). He is proud and excited to be the Director of Operations for Skyline Flight and looks forward to a great future with the company as the business grows and expand

Al Arcese

Al Arcese

Chief Pilot

Al started flying while studying Civil Engineering at the University of Massachusetts.  He has flown for two airlines, and most recently for another charter jet operator where he served as a Captain, Instructor, and Check Airman.  Currently, he also works for the FAA as a lead engineer and project manager in the Navigation and Landing Aids group.  Al is an FAA local Safety Representative and serves on a national voluntary safety reporting program team.  He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, sports and cooking.  “I am thrilled to be joining such a highly talented team of aviation professionals and to be a part of the future here at skyline flight”.

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Ken Brown

Co-Founder, Pilot

Ken learned the value of personal flight back in the 90’s. With family in Massachusetts and business in Pennsylvania – an airplane was the only way to make it work. Now with advanced FAA licenses and thousands of flying hours under his belt, Ken is the number one advocate for using advanced aircraft for smart business travel. He has owned and managed several businesses and appreciates all the advantages that personal flight gives to the savvy business traveler. Ken can’t stay away from mechanical things. Today’s sophisticated aircraft and yesterday’s classic cars and buses keep him going.

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Devan Weibe

Pilot

Devan has been an active pilot for more than ten years. He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license as well as Commercial Glider and Sea Plane ratings and is a Certified Flight Instructor. Devan has flown more than 5,000 hours in many different aircraft. He also is a member of the FAA Safety Team, or FAAST, in the Boston area. In addition to flying passengers, Devan enjoys teaching beginner and advanced students at a flight school in MA, towing gliders, and ferrying planes across the country for private owners. On the rare occasion you can find Devan on the ground, he can be found teaching firearms classes as a MA State Police certified instructor, or directing and designing lights for a musical theater production company in Concord, MA. Devan enjoys riding his motorcycle, target shooting at the range, and spending most of his day in airplanes.

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Ed Ritchey

Pilot

Ed has been a lifelong aviation enthusiast. He retired from a career with the FAA as an air traffic controller in 2014. Ed holds FAA Air Transport, Commercial, Instrument, and Flight Instructor Pilot certificates, has been flying for over 30 years, and has more than 2600 hours of flight experience in a variety of aircraft including gliders. When he’s not flying, Ed and his wife enjoy road biking, kayaking and traveling.

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Rich Brachold

Pilot

Rich has been a pilot since 1975. He holds Airline Transport, Commercial, Instrument and Flight Instructor ratings. He also has a type rating in Cessna Citations. His long time passion for flying started in a 1946 Cessna 140 “tail-dragger” at a grass strip on Cape Cod. When Rich isn’t flying, he’s busy running the family ski shop in Franklin or playing in the classic rock band “Bigelow Station”. Rich started Village Ski & Snowboard in 1988. The shop has grown from a small start-up to one of the largest ski specialty shops in the area. Bigelow Station has been playing together since 2005 and organizes an annual fall event that has raised thousands of dollars for various veteran’s causes.

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Kurt Traffie

Pilot

Kurt has been an active pilot for the last 20 years and holds FAA Commercial and Instrument ratings. He knows first-hand the benefits of using private aviation for business travel – as a principal in his family’s construction business, Kurt has often flown his own plane to out-of-the-way places to support projects. “Whether it’s a university library in western New York or a private estate in coastal Maine, delaying a construction project costs money. Using these airplanes lets me visit the job sites quickly and efficiently to resolve disruptions and keep things moving,” says Kurt. Having piloted a variety of small airplanes, Kurt appreciates the safety and comfort of our Cirrus aircraft. He adds, “The sophistication of the Cirrus equipment far surpasses anything I’ve seen before. This is a serious traveling airplane.”

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Gary Rabidou

Pilot

Gary joined Skyline in 2015 after an extremely intense ten years of building his aviation skills. He has been very active as a flight instructor, both for people first learning to fly and for advanced instrument work as well. He disguises himself as a Program Manager for a local high-tech company during the week, but Gary comes back to life at the airport. Skyline’s clients and Gary’s own students both benefit from his aviation knowledge and his mastery of the art of flying. Gary, his wife and two small children enjoy traveling around New England in their own Piper Arrow.

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Marc Catanese

Pilot

Marc is an engineer by trade and currently works full time as a sales director for a data storage software company.

Flying, however, is Marc’s passion and he has been an active pilot for over 23 years. He always loved aviation ever since living under the approach path to an airport as a kid. His first lesson got him hooked! He’s now accumulated over 2,400 hours of flight time in various types of aircraft. Marc has a commercial certificate with instrument, multi engine & flight instructor ratings. He enjoys teaching others to fly and also using aviation for humanitarian purposes.

When not flying for Skyline, Marc can be found spending time with his wife and two beautiful kids. He also enjoys playing baseball, golf, tennis, poker or flying his classic Beechcraft V-Tail Bonanza.

Marc adds: “Flying for Skyline gives me the opportunity to meet some good people and also fly safe, well equipped aircraft all over the Northeast.”

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Robin Merlo

Flight Coordinators

Robin has worked as an administrator in aviation maintenance for the past fifteen years. She has worked closely with Skyline since our inception and joined our staff in late 2014. Robin and her husband have raised three great children and are enjoying their ever-growing family. Robin also enjoys cooking, reading and gardening.

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Sean McGrath

Pilot

Sean McGrath grew up in Cumberland, RI and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving 12 years as an avionics technician on UH-1N and AH-1W attack helicopters. After the Marines, Sean attended FlightSafety Academy and earned his pilot ratings. Sean then went to work for FlightSafety International in Dothan, AL, where he instructed Army fixed wing pilots in both single and multi engine aircraft for the next 13 years. As an Army Upset Recovery instructor in the Zlin-242L, Sean has performed over 4,000 spin recoveries. Sean and his wife Patty moved back to their hometown of Cumberland last year. Sean is now the Chief Instructor at AirVentures Flying School and flies a Citation CJ2 part 91. Back on the ground, Sean is an avid adventure motorcyclist, camper, runner and HAM radio operator