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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



John Clough

Growing up in Southeastern Massachusetts during what was then called “the space race”, John spent a lot of time glued to the television watching the latest launch of Gemini and Apollo missions and hanging on the fence at the local airport, watching airplanes come and go. Many years, and nearly eleven thousand hours of flight experience later, he still looks up to find the airplane that just went overhead. John holds CFI, CFII and MEI certificates as well as an ATP with a few type ratings. Providing training towards achieving the Instrument Rating is his passion but he also enjoys introducing new students to the exciting world of flying.






Sam Rannochio

When Sam was 19 when he and a buddy packed a U-Haul trailer and drove out to Tulsa OK to learn how to fly. After getting his private pilot license out there, he came back to the Chicago area to finish all of his ratings at 06C. Sam instructed there full-time from 1990 to 1992.  Sam works full-time for a North Shore Police Department and is getting ready to retire in June. Since becoming a CFI in 1990, he has always kept his instructor certificate current and loves to teach.
Flight Qualifications include: CFI, CFII, MEI, AGI, ATP



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 :-)



Clara Prouty

Clara Prouty is a First Officer at Skywest Airlines on the ERJ 175 dedicated to Delta Connection and United Express. She has a passion for aviation and is an experienced instructor in a wide variety of GA aircraft. She received her flight training in Scottsdale Arizona where she then worked for Fresh Aircraft Sales transporting airplanes for maintenance and sales and ATP Scottsdale as a flight instructor. BA The University of Chicago, MEd DePaul University
Flight Qualifications include: CFI, CFII, ASEL, AMEL, ATP



Mitchell Kaufman

Mitchell started his flying career at age 15. His geometry teacher at Niles North High School was also a ground instructor, she was looking for students to enroll in her Private Pilot Ground School Course. Mitchell enrolled and completed the class. Mitchell then started his flying lessons at Palwaukee Airport in 1974. Before graduating high school Mitchell obtained his Private Pilot License. Then he completed his commercial license, instrument rating and Airline Transport Pilot Certificates. He served in the military, in the Naval Reserves. Mitchell also works for a part 135 and part 91 jet management and charter company.
Flight Qualifications include: CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP multiengine land and sea, ATP single engine land and sea. Type rated as PIC in the Cessna Citation 500 series and type rated SIC in the Learjet.



Cameron Morrow

Farm raised in north central Indiana, Cameron started flying lessons when he was 15 and got his private license when he was 17 at Kokomo Municipal Airport. After high school, he attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and pursued a 4 year degree in Professional Flight Technology. While at Purdue, he attained his instrument and multi-engine ratings and a commercial pilot certificate. Due to the curriculum, he was given the opportunity and attained over 17 hours of corporate pilot life experience in an Embraer Phenom 100. He also worked 3 and a half years as a line technician at Purdue Aviation LLC, Lafayette's FBO. After college he attained his CFI and started job searching. His future destination is a Part 121 air carrier.
Flight qualifications include: CFI, multi-engine rating, complex aircraft, high performance aircraft, high altitude endorsed.


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