Flight Instructors


William “Bill” Fritsche

IMG_0355 Bill has been around aviation all of his life.  He manages the flight operations at Alexandria Field. His father and uncle built N85 in 1944.  Bill graduated from Rutgers University in 1966 with a B.A., in Business Administration.  He became a 35 year veteran in the commercial airlines starting with TWA and ending with the merger of TWA and American Airlines. Certificates and ratings held: basic, advanced, instrument, ground instructor; SMEL, Instrument, Instructor Commercial SMEL; ATP, MEL.  Rated in Boeing 727, 757, 767, 747; Lockheed L1011; Turbojet Flight Engineer experienced on B727, B707, L1011.  Bill spends time in local government: Mayor from 1982-84; Planning Board member since 1979 (vice-chairman); involved in township Master Plan revisions; involved in Highlands activities, current chairman of the Open Space and Farmland Retention Committee. Throughout his life Bill has taught students of all ages to fly and understand the fun, privilege and responsibilities of being a pilot. 

Flight Instructors

Loren Schuette

After introducing my daughter Blake to flying through Alexandria’s Aviation camp, I decided it was time to fulfill my own desire to become a pilot. I finished my private pilot certification at Alexandria Field in August of 2006 and my instrument rating in November of 2007. Over the next years our family purchased an Archer and I enjoyed getting my tail wheel rating, spin training, and completing an advanced bush pilot training in a Piper Top Cub. Then I received my commercial rating in 2011 and in September of 2012, earned my CFI rating. Blake has grown up now and is a senior at Auburn University where she is Captain of the Flight Team. I enjoyed learning about flying and hope to transfer that love to new students.

American Flyers Academy August 2012, Rich Stowell EMT March 2007, Bush Pilot Course 2008, Judge National Intercollegiate Flying Assoc. September 2012
Birth Date 1967
Ratings Commercial Single Engine Land Instrument; CFI, High Performance, AGI, Tailwheel Endorsement

Andy Phillips

At my day job, I am a VP of Finance for a publishing company (paying the bills) with flight instructing being my weekend relaxation time. Teaching students with no previous flying experience, checking out experienced licensed pilots, I enjoy it all. I gained many of my own ratings with previous instructors from Alexandria Field, so now I am carrying on that tradition. Who knows, a future Neil Armstrong or Eileen Collins may pass through my hands.



Education Bachelors degree in Economics, Associate in Management & Financial Accounting; working at John Wiley & Sons since 1997
Birth Date 1957 in Liverpool, England
Ratings Commercial Single Engine, Land Instrument Airplane; CFI; High Performance

Todd Cooper

imagesDuring the day my full time job is Information Technology for Verizon with flight instructing being my weekend passion. Teaching students has been a part of my life for 25 years.  I learned tail wheel or stick and rudder flying from Pete Billow, a Gold Seal CFI & Chuck Taylor a well-known and respected flight instructor in the Northeast.  I have also been a glider pilot since 1991 and hang glider pilot since 1999.  Now at N85, I am realizing one of my life’s goals, to help kids who have been “under exposed” become all that they can be through the lens of aviation.   Along with being a weekend flight instructor I hope to create excitement in students of all ages.  I am pleased to become a part of the core of instructors at Alexandria Field, and welcome continuing the schools “growing pilots” tradition.

Education Bachelors Degree in Applied Science & Technology with emphasis in Aviation from Thomas Edison State College and pursuing a Graduate Degree from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall.
Birth Date USA
Ratings Commercial Single Engine Land and Sea, Land Instrument Airplane; CFI/II; High Performance, Complex, Tail Wheel, Tow Endorsement AGI, IGI, and Glider Private Pilot

 Torkel Tellefsen

FAAST  TEAM representative for N85