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Senior Instructors


Jim Kwasek

Jim is the Owner and Chief Pilot at Chicago Executive Flight School. An active member of the flying community at Chicago Executive Airport, Jim was president of PAPA at Chicago Executive for four years. PAPA is the largest pilot organization at Chicago Executive Airport (formerly Palwaukee Municipal Airport). Jim started flying at Palwaukee in 1988, then went on to Southern Illinois University for his degrees in Aviation Management and Aviation Flight. When not flying, Jim enjoys teaching Tae Kwon Do.
Flight Qualifications include: CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, IGI, Flight Engineer Turbojet


Dave Klopfleisch

Dave started flying in 1966 at Roselle Airport, now called Schaumburg Airport in Schaumburg, IL. He served in the Navy 1968-1974 with his last duty station at Miramar, CA. In the Navy, Dave flew the TA-4, single engine attack jet. Afterwards, Dave worked for various corporate flight departments and served as the Safety Officer at the NAS Glenview Flying Club from 1993-1996.
Flight Qualifications include: CFI and MEI, ATP, Part 121 Flight Dispatcher, current Safety Officer at Chicago Executive Flight School






Matthew O'Reily

Aviation has always been a passion for Matt. At a young age he enjoyed watching planes fly into and out of O’Hare and flying remote control planes in the field near his house. Matt began his flight training here at Chicago Executive Airport when he was only 16 years old and earned his Private Pilot License in 2018. Matt attends Lewis University in Romeoville, IL where he is continuing his education to earn a Masters Degree in Aviation. Flight Qualifications include: CFI




Madeleine Monaco

Madeleine started flying in 1977 right here at Palwaukee (now known as Chicago Executive Airport). Her flight qualifications include CFII, MEI, and Seaplane. With more than 3600 hours, ownership over the years of a 172, M20J and 150, she has spent most of her time flying locally. "I decided to become a CFI on the day I soloed" she says. Instrumental in the founding of the Chicago Executive Pilots Association, and a long time active member of the Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots, she describes herself as an airport activist, as well as an Instructor Pilot. Her preference is introducing new students to aviation, and on occasion refers to herself as the flare whisperer :-)



Dan Corcoran

Dan was introduced to flying back in high school where he took an introductory flight through a summer honors program. He then decided to pursue a future as a pilot and went to Western Michigan University to earn his certificates and ratings. He earned his private pilot license in 2018. At Western Michigan, Dan earned two bachelor’s degrees: Aviation Flight Science and Aviation Management. He is passionate about teaching new pilots and watching them progress into future professional pilots. Flight qualifications include: CFI



Logan Duda

Logan’s first flight lesson was at KPWK airport over 10 years ago, and since that day he knew what his new passion was going to be. Being an educator for 15 years who had dealt with piano students, he knew how to customize and apply different teaching techniques into the aviation world; hence, he decided to become a Flight Instructor. Logan came to the United States from Poland at the age of 17. In 2012, he graduated from DePaul University with a degree in applied linguistics (French, Spanish and Italian). His qualifications include: CFI.



Christian Alvarado

Christian began his flight training as a teenager in his hometown of Guatemala City. As a young adult, he moved to Florida and later Maryland to complete his training. Later he moved to Chicago to pursue an airline career and is now a pilot for a regional airline. Christian enjoys instructing on his days off. He has his CFI CFII MEI ratings and is a Gold Seal CFI. He is also an AGI and an IGI.