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Parkland College Students Earn Spring Flight Credentials

Aviation Students Earn Spring 2022 Credentials

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The following students earned flight credentials from the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College during the college's spring semester.


Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Saurav Ahlawat, international
Shivesh Chatrath, international
Jack Cook, Naperville
Vincent Evans, Chicago
Derek Hicks, White Heath
David Keeler, Champaign
Matthew Klos, Champaign
Maxwell Kolarich, Niagara Falls, NY
Pat Kolis, Springfield
Miron Liu, Urbana
Francisco Salinas, Carpentersville
Lucas Schumacher, Franklin
Nathan Vale, Chicago

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Nicholas Anderson, Urbana
Cameron Baker, Savoy
Mya Cobb, Mattoon
Jacob Dunklau, White Heath
William Fonner, Effingham
Peter Gallagher, Chicago
Andrew Green, Arcola
Micah Hortega, Ottawa
August Stauffer, Urbana
Aiden Tilstra, Onarga

Earned the Instrument Airplane Rating
Benjamen Barker, Rantoul
Adrian Bituin, Rantoul
Coalton Camden, Mt. Zion
Charles Evans, Chicago
Maxwell Moews, Bloomington
Christopher Murphy, Chicago
Emily Plauck, DeKalb

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
Parker Allen, Galesburg
Robert Knight, Champaign
Zeth McCloud, St. Joseph
Maximus Torres, Park Ridge
Lukas Wright, Danville

Earned the Flight Instructor ASE Certificate
Leonardo Andrade, Houston, TX
John Dee, Champaign
Andrew Laub, Oregon
Paolo Kinsella, Bement

Earned the Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane
Armando Collazo Garcia, Champaign
Aubrey Glennon, Bement

Earned the Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Land Certificate
Zachary Chalk, Mahomet
Louis Farrakhan, Champaign
Peter Herrmann, Rockford
Amina Jackson, Chicago
Paolo Kinsella, Bement
Andrew Laub, Oregon

Parkland College assumed ownership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, leasing its aircraft and facilities at Willard Airport in Savoy to continue flight training. The College has continued the excellent instruction provided by the University's institute, which educated more than 13,000 pilots in its 70-year history. Many of its graduates are employed in the aviation industry around the world.

Along with the two-year degree in aviation, students can earn a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot ratings, including multi-engine land and flight instructor.


[photos from top: William Fonner, Jacob Fitton and Benjamin Barker, Emily Plauck, Amina Jackson]

Parkland College Students Earn Fall Flight Credentials

Aviation Students Earn Fall 2021 Credentials

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The following students earned flight credentials from the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College during the college's fall semester.


Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Eduardo Acosta, Alsip
Beau Atchison, Sullivan
Andrew Green, Arcola
Aiden Tilstra, Onarga
Daniel Crowe, Princeton
Cameron Baker, Savoy
Micah Hortega, Ottawa
Jacob Dunklau, White Heath
Victor Strong, Fairbury
Hunter Austin, Gerlaw
Mya Cobb, Mattoon
Matthew Zinchuk, Champaign
Peter Gallagher, Chicago
Rohit Khanal, Chicago
Elliott Clark, Chicago
August Stauffer, Urbana
Brody Doyle, Evergreen Park

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Benjamen Barker, Rantoul
Chris Murphy, Chicago
Mutawakkil Farrakhan, Chicago
Nathan Smith, Mahomet

Earned the Instrument Airplane Rating
Arthur King, Tolono
George Wilson, Champaign
Canyon Richardson, Durand
Carson Cuevas, Peoria
Kaden Clark, Mount Zion
Tyler Thomas, Chicago

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
Paolo Kinsella, Bement
Patrick Kehias, Bloomington
Zach Chalk, Mahomet
Tallon Myers, Clinton

Earned the Flight Instructor ASE Certificate
Aubrey Glennon, Bement
Armando Collazo Garcia, Champaign
Logan Dirr, Bloomington

Earned the Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane
Ian Kunz, White Heath
Lucas Charles, Sidney

Earned the Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Land Certificate
Landon Tate, East Peoria
Ian Kunz, White Heath


Parkland College assumed ownership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, leasing its aircraft and facilities at Willard Airport in Savoy to continue flight training. The College has continued the excellent instruction provided by the University's institute, which educated more than 13,000 pilots in its 70-year history. Many of its graduates are employed in the aviation industry around the world.

Along with the two-year degree in aviation, students can earn a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot ratings, including multi-engine land and flight instructor.


[photos from top: Mya Cobb, Patrick Kehias, George Wilson]

Parkland College Students Earn Summer Flight Credentials

Aviation Students Earn Summer 2021 Credentials

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The following students earned flight credentials from the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College during the college's summer semester.

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Nicholas Anderson, Winthrop Harbor
Nathan Smith, Mahomet
Remy Smith, Rantoul

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Dawson Kostenski, Decatur
Emily Plauck, DeKalb
Coalton Camden, Mt. Zion
Abel Verbeek, Crete
Evan Blakey, Findlay

Earned the Instrument Airplane Rating
Parker Allen, Galesburg
Zeth McCloud, Saint Joseph
Maximus Torres, Park Ridge
Robert Knight, Champaign
Benjamin Williams, Downs
Amara Rahman, Springfield

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
John "Hans" Dee, Champaign
Andrew Laub, Oregon
Peter Herrmann, Rockford

Earned the Flight Instructor ASE Certificate
Lucas Charles, Sidney

Earned the Flight Instructor-Instrument Airplane
Dongjin Shin, Champaign
John Kolis, Springfield
Daniel Wyckoff, Buckley


Parkland College assumed ownership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, leasing its aircraft and facilities at Willard Airport in Savoy to continue flight training. The College has continued the excellent instruction provided by the University's institute, which educated more than 13,000 pilots in its 70-year history. Many of its graduates are employed in the aviation industry around the world.

Along with the two-year degree in aviation, students can earn a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot ratings, including multi-engine land and flight instructor.

[photos from top: Remy Smith, Parker Allen, Amara Rahman]

Aviation Students Earn Fall 2020 Flight Credentials

Institution of Aviation students earn credentials for fall semester

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The following students earned flight credentials from the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College during the college's fall 2020 semester.

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Benjamin Barker, Rantoul
Jacob Beuttel, Decatur
James Boyd, Tuscola
Coalton Camden, Mt. Zion
Rylee Defebaugh, Clinton
Charles Evans, Chicago
Arthur King III, Tolono
Dawson Kostenski, Decatur
Zachary Megginson, Springfield
Christopher Murphy, Chicago
Juan Portillo, Champaign
Abel Verbeek, Crete
George Wilson, Urbana

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Adrian Bituin, Rantoul
Zeth McCloud, St. Joseph
Albert Mowatt, Oakwood
Anna Nielsen, Mahomet
Logan Threlkeld, Benton
 
Earned the Commercial Instrument Rating ASEL Certificate
Daniel Filips, Gurnee
Paolo Kinsella, Bement
Tallon Myers, Clinton
Julia Williams, Northbrook
Nicholas Wolff, Mattoon

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
Leonardo Andrade, Champaign
Timothy Arp, Decatur
Lucas Charles, Sidney
John Kolis, Springfield
Ian Kunz, White Heath
Daniel Wyckoff, Buckley

Earned the Instructor-Instrument ASEL Certificate
Jake Fredericks, Danville

Earned the Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Land Certificate
Jeffrey Stimson, Park Ridge

The Fall 2020 students are the last to achieve certifications under the leadership of Chief Pilot Don Talleur before his retirement, effective at the end of 2020.

Parkland College assumed ownership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, leasing its aircraft and facilities at Willard Airport in Savoy to continue flight training. The College has continued the excellent instruction provided by the University's institute, which educated more than 13,000 pilots in its 70-year history. Many of its graduates are employed in the aviation industry around the world.

Along with the two-year degree in aviation, students can earn a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot ratings, including multi-engine land and flight instructor.

Parkland College Students Earn Spring 2020 Flight Credentials

Parkland students earn spring 2020 flight credentials

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After a temporarily halt at the mid-point of their spring semester training due to the pandemic shutdown, the following students returned on June 1 to earn their flight credentials from the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College during the college's spring (and into summer) semester. 

Soloed for the First Time in a Piper Archer
Anna Nielsen, Mahomet
Stephen Harkness, Platteville WI
London Rouley, Elliott
Adrian Bituin, Rantoul
Conner Dircks, Bartonville
Zeth McCloud, Sidney
Ryan Hauge, Bartlett
Canyon Richardson, Durand

Earned the Private Pilot Airplane Single-Engine Land (ASEL) Certificate
Bongkyun Park, South Korea (completed January 31)
Maxwell Moews, Bloomington (completed February 7)
Patrick Kehias, Bloomington
Taylor Watts, Champaign
Zachary Chalk, Mahomet
Andrew Perry, Effingham
 
Earned the Commercial Instrument Rating ASEL Certificate
Aubrey Glennon, Bement
Evan Burge, Mahomet
Andrew Laub, Oregon
Logan Dirr, Bloomington
Amina Jackson, Chicago
Cody Pankau, Tuscola
Landon Tate, East Peoria
David Ghantous, Bloomington
Alexander Ashworth, Downs
John Dee, Champaign

Earned the Commercial Pilot ASEL Certificate
Andrew Greene, Champaign

Earned Certified Flight Instructor License
Maxwell Neville, Geneva (completed March 13)
Heather Czech, Champaign
Jeffrey Stimson, Park Ridge
Louis Farrakhan, Crete

Earned the Instructor-Instrument ASEL Certificate
Louis Farrakhan, Crete

Earned the Commercial Pilot Multi Engine Land Certificate
Bryson Chancellor, Tolono
Andrew Greene, Champaign (completed in July)
Cullen Brucker, Melvin

Photos of the flight students who earned awards are available on the institute's Facebook page. [Pictured: Amina Jackson (main image), Zachary Chalk, Louis Farrakhan, and Heather Czech]

Parkland College assumed ownership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Institute of Aviation in fall 2014, leasing its aircraft and facilities at Willard Airport in Savoy to continue flight training. The College has continued the excellent instruction provided by the University's institute, which educated more than 13,000 pilots in its 70-year history. Many of its graduates are employed in the aviation industry around the world.

Along with the two-year degree in aviation, students can earn a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot ratings, including multi-engine land and flight instructor.

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