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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 Pilot
Jon Moore
217/353-2171
jemoore@parkland.edu
Jon took his first flying lesson at age 37—finally taking the first step toward fulfilling a lifelong dream to learn to fly.  By the time he retired from the US Navy five years later, he had earned his flight instructor certificate and was eager to begin a career as a pilot.  Today he has given over 2500 hours of flight instruction and has over three years’ experience as a regional airline captain and first officer.  He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with CRJ and ERJ-170/190 type ratings as well as a flight instructor certificate with all the usual ratings.  He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate school.  In his spare time Jon enjoys spending time with his family, reading history and biographies, and cooking.  His future aviation goals are learning to fly a seaplane and glider, and teaching his teenage daughter to fly! 

Flight Instructors:

Mandy Briggs
217/353-2171
abriggs@parkland.edu
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
217/353-2171
cbrucker@parkland.edu

Bryson Chancellor
217/353-2171
bchancellor@parkland.edu
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
217/353-2171
lfarrakhan@parkland.edu

John Fitzpatrick
217/353-2171
jfitzpatrick@parkland.edu

Jake Fredericks
217/353-2171
jfredericks@parkland.edu
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
217/353-2171
iguan@parkland.edu

Kyle Lyons
217/353-2171
klyons@parkland.edu

Brian Schertz
217/353-2171
bschertz@parkland.edu

Kyle Schum
217/353-2171
kschum@parkland.edu
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


Staff:

Wendy Evans
Aviation Program Manager & Recruiter
217/353-2173
wevans@parkland.edu

Jim Kiser
Technical Support Specialist
217/353-2175
jkiser@parkland.edu
 
Clark Sorensen
Administrative Assistant
217/353-2171
csorensen@parkland.edu

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