About Berichi Aviation

Berichi Aviation was created by pilots, for pilots.

Taking over the world

Berichi Aviation was created by pilots, for pilots. Our mission is to be the best flight school in the country. Our flight school model was built on the foundation that we would lead the world of flight instruction through innovation. We have successfully cut out the frustrating factors that most students have felt over the years while training at many other flights schools. Berichi Aviation is the only flight school in the country that has brand new aircraft in their fleet.

We are hangered at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE). FXE is a 40 minute drive from downtown Miami and South Beach. We are also just a 15 minute drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale shares warm and lapping waters with its Gold Coast neighbors Boca Raton, Pompano Beach and Hollywood. Fort Lauderdale has miles of beach along the temperate Gulf Stream and is perfect for any aviator. We are surrounded by Gold Coast attractions, sports and entertainment. Virtually any recreational activity one could desire is all within easy access. We are in the best part of South Florida!

Charlie Berichi, MPA

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Charlie Berichi is currently a Professor at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, where he teaches criminal justice. Berichi is also doctoral candidate at FIU. Berichi completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Master of Public Administration degree at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, where he was elected Student Body Governor of the Boca Raton Campus. He enjoyed enjoy making positive contributions that bettered the life of his fellow students.

This quickly manifested into Berichi opening his very own flight school, bettering the lives of his fellow pilots and upcoming student pilots. Berichi Aviation allows pilots to rent new airplanes at affordable prices. The Flight Instructors at Berichi Aviation are comprised of former U.S. Military and Airline Instructors, exclusively. The team at Berichi Aviation has created a successful corridor for student pilots to enter a career as a professional pilot with the best training possible, at an affordable price.

Donnie Ditty

Chief Flight Instructor

FAA Qualifications

  • ATP-SEL/SES/MEL/Helicopter
  • CFII- SEL/SES/MEL/Helicopter
  • A&P Mechanic

Type Ratings

  • DA-2000
  • CE-650
  • BAE-125
  • G1159

Work Experience

  • Berichi Aviation Chief Flight Instructor 2016—Present
  • Contract pilot & A&P Mechanic self employed 2012 – Present
  • Corporate Pilot Aviation, Chief Pilot / Director of Maintenance (International) 1997- 2012
  • Abu Dhabi Air force, Contract Pilot / Instructor / Technical Writer (Middle East) 1992 – 1997
  • US Army , Pilot / Instructor Pilot / Flight Examiner / Maintenance Test Pilot 1972 – 1992
  • USMC, Aircraft Maintenance Technician / Aviation Electronics Technician 1967 – 1972


  • Bachelor of Science, Major – Professional Aeronautics Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • US Army Pilot / Instructor Pilot / Flight Examiner / Test Pilot (Airplane & Helicopter)
  • Senior and Advanced Officers Course
  • Naval Air Technical Training Command Aircraft Maintenance

Other Awards

  • Meritorious Service Medal-2
  • Army Commendation
  • SW Asia Bronze Service Star-2
  • Kuwait Liberation Legion of Merit

Daniel Diamond

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor

As a teenager, Daniel built and flew remote control airplanes and helicopters as a hobby. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to take it to the next level with full scale aircraft. He took his first flight in a GA airplane at the age of 15 and immediately became hooked. Although he was not able to start flight training until after graduating high school. While in college, Daniel started taking his first lessons and shortly after received his wings.

Addition to flying, Daniel also enjoys other aspects of aviation. Graduating Lynn University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration specializing in Aviation Management, he knew he couldn't stop there. Daniel currently holds several FAA certificates and ratings including:

  • ATP
  • ADX
  • A&P/IA
  • sUAS

Daniel intends to continue adding to his FAA repertoire in addition to going back to school to achieve an MBA degree in the near future.

Chad Barber

Competition Aerobatic Instructor

Chad is a first generation aviation entrepreneur, commercial pilot, and industry game changer born in Fond du Lac, WI and residing in Palm Beach, FL. He uses aircraft for many purposes including aerosports, aerial production, aerial applications, touring, advertising, and transportation. He flies his Pitts Special and the Berichi Aviation Extra 300L weekly and keeps active in a variety of aircraft through contract jobs. Since the summer of 2011 he has been involved and working with many companies, clubs, and organizations in general and business aviation. His undertakings are focused around advocating the utilization of aircraft for business, entertainment, personal use, recreation, innovation, and even health. Chad changes the way business is executed and understood through planning, consultation, professionalism, relationships, leadership, innovation, experience, expertise, and skill. Through aerobatics, he is expanding his flight skills and will be performing worldwide through sponsorship opportunities. He is always looking for ways to reinvent the aviation industry and connect innovative ideas to the industry.

Johnmark James

Certified Flight Instructor

Johnmark has had an eye for aircraft throughout a humble upbringing in South Florida. Over the course of his adolescence he has turned that passion into a career. As a full time student pilot at the age of 17, he juggled both high school, prerequisite college courses, and flight training. Years later, his love for aviation has not subsided, as he now juggles both flight instructing and his education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. As a single engine commercial pilot, instrument rated, flight instructor, remote pilot, and advanced ground instructor, he has gained over 600 hours of experience within the aviation industry.

Johnmark currently uses this experience to help teach the next generation of aviators.