Training in your airplane in NW Chicagoland and SE Wisconsin

Learn to fly, get and stay current, add an advanced rating, or simply stay up to date with a flight review!  Providing training for private pilot, instrument rating, and commercial ratings at most airports in the Chicago area and southeast Wisconsin. Instruction available at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Waukegan National Airport (KUGN), Kenosha Regional Airport (KENW), and other area airports.

Already a certificated pilot? Want to get out and see more of the world beyond the range of a single tank of gas?  Join us on our next guided flight tour around North America!  We help with the logistics and the planning, and fly as a group for camaraderie and support!  Past trips have included the great American southwest, National Parks, and advanced mountain training in Colorado.  Check back for future trips, or drop me a line with suggestions!  I can help you design the most epic aviation adventure!

*NOTE* Thank you for your interest in flight training. As the aviation community copes with the fallout from COVID-19 virus, many pilots are flying less.  If you have reduced your flying activities and are in need of a Flight Review or an Instrument Proficiency Check, please reach out for a special $125 flat rate "return to proficiency" program.  Includes IPC, Flight Review, or Wings Phase training in your airplane.

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I take you from zero time to the private pilot checkride, one-on-one. My scenario based private pilot syllabus will challenge your skills and enhance your decision making process.  You will take the controls on the very first flight, and progress through a customized 5 stage program with clear objectives, feedback, and hands on experience!

Primary training is available in your personal airplane at many airports in the Chicagoland area (Chicago Executive KPWK, Waukegan KUGN, etc.).


Take your private pilot certificate to the next level with an Instrument Rating! If you want to be a safer, more proficient pilot, an instrument rating is a must!

In the Instrument Rating course, you'll learn how to fly "in the system," controlling the aircraft without outside visual reference.  The utility of your airplane will increase, and your knowledge-base will expand!  

This program is designed to give you "real world" experience filing and flying actual IFR flight plans and talking to air traffic control.  Traditional and accelerated programs are available.


Contact me for special flat rate pricing for your next Flight Review (aka BFR).  Includes at least one hour of ground and one hour of flight instruction.

For ongoing proficiency, I will help implement your personal progressive training syllabus on the FAA's WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.  

Taking a trip and looking for an added level of confidence? Would you like a boost in managing the complexities of planning a big cross country excursion? I can accompany you on many trips, domestic and international, and I can help with pre-flight and in-flight planning.



John started flying in 1995, and has logged more than 1900 hours in a variety of single engine piston airplanes, ranging from Cessna 150's and Diamond DA40's, through a variety of high performance, TAA, and complex airplanes, including the Cirrus SR22T with Garmin Perspective.

John's passion is GA travel, and he strives to share his knowledge with pilots of all experience levels.  John has landed a single engine airplane at more than 400 airports in 46 states and 8 countries on two continents.  John has flown to Alaska three times in a Cessna (2013 & 2017) and a Cirrus (2019). John's transatlantic experience includes two North Atlantic crossings, (2017 & 2020) from Canada to Europe through Greenland and Iceland in a Piper Saratoga and a Cirrus SR22.

John holds a commercial pilot certificate and Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument rating.

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John's specialty is long distance cross county flying in a variety of single engine aircraft models.  Whether you need your plane moved 200 miles or 2000 miles, John can help.  From coast to coast and across the Atlantic ocean, he specializes in Cessna, Diamond, and Cirrus singles, including Garmin G1000 and Perspective equipped late model planes.  Ferry pilot services are available for many airplanes (if John can't fly it, he may connect you with someone who can!) Reasonable daily rates, call or e-mail for a quote.  

Is your flight for a "new to you" plane? Are you still working on your pilot certificate? In select airplanes, combine your ferry flight with a checkout or transition training.



To find out more information about flight training, ferry flights, or guided flight adventures, contact me today.

(224) 286-4359 / (224) 286-IFLY

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