Meet the Crew / About Us
Our name is our approach to training.... The goal being, to go "Beyond" aviation, and create a warm, friendly environment that is conducive to learning and fellowship.
After noticing a fundamental gap in the number of quality training options available in the area, we set out to launch an innovative, new approach to flight training. The result is a prescribed, comprehensive approach to flight training, that unites professionalism, structure, and quality. Taking the best concepts of a flying club, without the dues or membership fees, and combining the structure and process of a learning institution, we feel we have created the perfect environment in which to learn and grow from your training experience.
Led by former military and airline flight crew, with a rich heritage in general aviation, BA is uniquely positioned to help train aviators from all walks of life, and goals.
Ron Tornese - Chief Flight Instructor
Ron Tornese has spent most of his life living and flying in New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University where he studied Computer Science and attained his USAF commission through Air Force ROTC. He attained his private pilot’s license before attending USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training.
He served 10 years on active duty and another 12 in the reserves. In the Air Force he flew the C-141B, T-34C, T-6A, and KC-10. After active duty he became an airline pilot for a legacy US airline where he has flown the Boeing 737 and 777. Ron has more than 8,500 hours of flight time and has his Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate with single engine, multi engine, and instrument ratings.
JoAnna Marmon - Chief Operating Officer and Flight Instructor
JoAnna is a Philadelphia native who attended The Baldwin School for girls from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. While in middle school she began taking flying lessons. In high school JoAnna worked behind the front counter at Hortman Aviation every weekend and in the summertime in return for flying lessons.
Upon graduation from high school she had already earned her Private Pilot’s License, her Instrument Rating and her Commercial License.
JoAnna was hired by American Airlines in 2017 and started flying their Airbus 320 fleet which was comprised of A319, A320 and A321 aircraft. In 2018 JoAnna transitioned to flying the Boeing 757 and 767. Currently, JoAnna is on leave while the world fights and recovers from COVID-19. JoAnna is a Certified Flight Instructor Instruments, Multi Engine Instructor Instruments, tail dragger qualified and Single Engine Seaplane rated pilot.
Bill Diamond - Chief Executive Officer
Bill is a south Jersey native who soloed his first airplane at 19, and who's vision helped create Beyond Aviation.
Bill is responsible for the overall strategy for the flight school, and is passionate about introducing high school students and minorities to careers in aviation. Prior to Beyond Aviation, Bill held various sales, marketing and engineering positions with some of the worlds leading cybersecurity firms, and consulted with the United States government and Airbus Industries on the need to secure aircraft flight systems from hackers. Bill also holds an Airbus A320 Type Rating.
When not playing with airplanes and running the school, Bill enjoys spending time with family and friends, and maintains an extensive saltwater reef aquarium at his home.
Dan Kofman - Certified Flight Instructor
Dan is local to the South Jersey area where he has spent most of his life. He attended Arizona State University where he graduated in May 2021 with an aviation degree while earning his certificates through the Part 141 program there. Prior to that, he began his flying journey at the young age of 11 in South Jersey where he would continue flying through high school before finishing his training in Arizona.
After graduating, Dan began flight instructing in Arizona and then later back in the northeast before moving to Texas to be a Pipeline Patrol Pilot surveying hazardous threats to the pipeline system across Texas and New Mexico for numerous oil and energy companies. In late 2021, he began his career as a First Officer on the CRJ 200/700/900 at SkyWest Airlines which is a regional airline operating under contracts with Delta, American, United, and Alaska. In the future he hopes to fly for Fedex or UPS.
When not flying, Dan enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Hailey Collins - Certified Flight Instructor
Hailey collins is a native of central Florida, and currently enrolled at Middle Georgia State University's on-line program and will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Science and Management this fall. She obtained her various pilot certificates through MGAs Part 141 flight program. She is passionate about aviation and loves sharing the enjoyment with others. In the future she hope to work for either a charter company or the airlines.