Aviation Students Earn Fall 2020 Flight Credentials
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Aviation Students Earn Fall 2020 Flight Credentials

Institution of Aviation students earn credentials for fall semester

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.

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