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 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
Matt DavisMatt got the flying bug at the age of twelve with the help of a family friend. Ever since then, he has been dedicated in his goal of becoming a well-traveled individual and set his sights on aviation. He has a passion for flying, flight instructing and helping others achieve their dreams. Flight qualifications include CFI and CFII.
Jordan CostabileJordan is a third-generation aviator in his family. Growing up around the airlines, his favorite part of a vacation was always the flight. He took his introductory flight at the age of 16 and never stopped looking skyward. He served in the U.S. Navy from 2012 to 2018 with tours of duty at NSA Mid-South and the Navy and Marine Corps Mortuary Affairs in Guam. After deciding to pursue his love for aviation professionally, he was accepted to the Forces to Flyers program and trained in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Flight qualifications include CFI, high performance aircraft, and complex aircraft endorsements.
Madeleine MonacoMadeleine 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 :-)
James CheesemanJames learned to fly at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Ever since James was young, he knew exactly what he wanted to do and that was to fly. He is passionate about teaching what he loves to future flyers. His flight qualifications include CFI and CFII.
Jordan VesselsJordan began his aviation journey in early 2017 when he avidly started training for a private pilot’s license, but in truth his passion for all things flying extends deep into his childhood. Having instructed since 2018, he finds no greater joy than being fully immersed in the life of a pilot and continuing the never ending quest to achieve knowledge therein. Jordan Vessels is an FAA awarded Gold Seal Flight Instructor who has been helping students achieve their flight dreams for close to three years. As a Certified Flight Instructor for Instrument aviation, he has guided many students from having never piloted a small aircraft to being certificated to fly confidently under Instrument Flight Rules. Jordan has a wide ranging background in aviation spanning to an Airline Transport Pilot rating and certification for turbojet aircraft. Flight Qualifications Include: CFI, CFII, AGI, ATP
Spencer KleinSpencer has been flying for over 20 years. After receiving his initial flight training in the busy airspace over Southern California and then instructing over the deserts of Arizona, he found his way to Chicago during his thirteen-year career at the regional airlines. As a First Officer and Captain on the EMB-145 regional jet, he spent nine years based out of ORD (with previous bases at IAH, LAX, and EWR) flying all over North America and logging over 7,000 hours. In 2021, he decided to return to his first passion: sharing his love of aviation through flight instruction. Spencer has been awarded the FAA "Gold Seal" for excellence as a flight instructor. Flight qualifications include ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI. He also holds an advanced ground instructor certificate and a PIC type rating on the EMB-145.
Caleb MayhornCaleb logged his first flight hour ever at Chicago Executive Flight School in 2013 and continued his love for flying by completing his Private Pilot License at flight school. Caleb continued his flying career at Purdue University and returned to PWK as a CFI, now instructing students like he was many years ago. He hopes to inspire many young aviators to continue flying. His qualifications include CFI, Complex Aircraft, Multi Engine Aircraft endorsements and currently working on his CFII.