Instructors

David Gillingham
Cheif Flight Instructor

David was hooked on flying from his first flight at the age of six and logged his first flying lesson in a Piper J-3 Cub at the age of fourteen. Combining a life-long enthusiasm for flying, training as a historian, experience as a writer, and many years study of and research in aviation history, David has developed plans and exhibits for military and civil aviation museums throughout the nation.

Colleen La Plata
Flight Instructor

Colleen has been flying for over 20 years and has touched many areas in the aviation field throughout her professional career. She has gained valuable experience through years of real world flight training scenarios, airline flying: both passenger and cargo, and employment as a FAA Inspector.

Wes Lundsberg
Flight Instructor

Wes received his private license at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation and his commercial from Greater Kankakee School of Aeronautics before graduating with a degree in education.

Matt Kulma
Flight Instructor

Matt grew up and currently resides in Dekalb Illinois. After graduating high school, he studied business management for 2 years at Elmhurst College. The thought of having an office job for the rest of my career shied him away from the field. Correspondingly, he transferred to Kishwaukee community college earning his associate's degree. Meanwhile, he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot and began flight training at Dekalb airport.

Jeff Kohlert
Flight Instructor

Jeff has over 40 years experience in aviation with more than 17,000 flight hours. He is also a graduate of Southern Illinois University.