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World class and razor focused. Meet your faculty.

Instructors at the Institute of Aviation—with decades of combined flight mastery—provide rigorous, hands-on training to give you the critical experience and knowledge to succeed.

Chief Instructor and Director
Jon Moore - CFI, CFII, MEI
Flight Instructor since 2007


Jon dreamed of learning to fly since childhood but didn’t take his first lesson until age 37. He has given over 3000 hours of flight instruction, and has over three years’ experience as a regional airline captain and first officer.

Flight Instructors:

Assistant Chief Instructor
Mandy Briggs - CFI, CFII, MEI
Flight Instructor since 2003

Mandy started flying in August 2001 at the Institute of Aviation, and graduated from UIUC in December 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering. Mandy’s worked in several areas of aviation including flight instruction, flight department, and even aerial photography! She began instructing at the Institute in August 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, traveling, and keeping up with her two daughters. Fun fact: Our fearless Mandy has also climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Cullen Brucker - CFI, CFII
Flight Instructor since 2019

Bryson Chancellor - CFI, CFII
Flight Instructor since 2019

Bryson started as a full-time instructor for the institute in the Spring of 2020. He dreams of flying as an airline pilot around the world. When he’s not flying Bryson enjoys going to the gym, hanging out with friends, fishing, and playing basketball. Bryson is currently working on earning his bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Louis Farrakhan - CFI, CFII
Flight Instructor since 2020

John Fitzpatrick - CFI, CFII, MEI
Flight Instructor since 2020

Started flying in 1994 at Saint Louis University. Earned my B.S. in Aeronautical Sciences. Went on to flight instruct at Westwind School of Aeronautics in Deer Valley, AZ and then for a short duration at Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO. I was hired by Trans States Airlines in 2000. I was assigned the EMB 145 and flew it for four years as a First Officer and one year as Captain. I took a small break to focus on family. I was only planning to be gone for one year but, that turned into about 14 years. In January 2020, I decided to get back into flying. In December 2020, I was offered a position as a flight instructor at Parkland College. I am enjoying my time at Parkland College. I look forward to the challenges ahead and working with the bright students enrolled in our flight courses. 

Jake Fredericks - CFI, CFII, MEI
Flight Instructor since 2018

Ever since I was young I always wanted to be a pilot, I never knew the correct route to ensure id become a pilot. Once I  graduated college at Illinois State University I decided to chase my aviation dream. I packed up and moved to Nashville. After a year and a half I had achieved my lifelong dream of becoming a commercial pilot along with being a flight instructor. Since becoming a pilot I have traveled/lived in 4 different states including Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and Ohio. After spending a year of traveling and living in different locations flying airplanes I decided to come back home and instruct at Parkland. In my free time outside of work I enjoy hanging out with friends and attending local outdoor events such as live bands and concerts throughout central Illinois.

Ivan Guan - CFI
Flight Instructor since 2019

Kyle Lyons - CFI, CFII, MEI
Flight Instructor since 2000

Brian Schertz - CFI, CFII, MEI
Flight Instructor since 2012

Kyle Schum - CFI, CFII
Flight Instructor since 2019

Kyle took his first flight at the Institute in the Spring of 2017, and joined the Institute as an Instructor in Summer 2019. He fell in love with aviation at airshows he visited as a child with his Dad. Now he enjoys helping students achieve their goals of taking to the sky. Kyle graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School in December 2016, where he played Football, Basketball, and Baseball. When he isn’t flying, Kyle is normally working on finishing his Bachelor's Degree or spending time with his girlfriend Sydney, an interior design major at Illinois State University. The most unique plane Kyle has ever ridden is a B-25 Mitchell Bomber. Future aviation goals include: earning his gliders certificate, and flying to destinations outside the United States


Wendy Evans
Aviation Program Manager & Recruiter

Jim Kiser
Technical Support Specialist
Clark Sorensen
Administrative Assistant

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