It’s all about Thrill, High Speeds
and Top Level Risk

You are only as good as your employees

Kilo Charlie Aviation represents the finest assembly of flight professionals you will find anywhere. From certified flight instructors to experienced mechanics to a seasoned support crew, our staff represents the best knowledge, the most intense focus, and the finest professionalism.

Our curriculum incorporates volumes of flight knowledge with a rigorous program of classroom, simulator, and in-flight training. When you leave us, you are steeped in skill, experience, and safety—all the elements of a confident pilot. You will never truly leave, though. At Kilo Charlie Aviation our students always come back for more instruction.

We are a diverse group of individuals with a passion for flight training and instilling that passion in others.

Leadership Team

Robert Renfro
Robert RenfroChief Operations Officer
Drew Konicek
Drew KonicekChief Business Officer
Chris Distin
Chris DistinChief Pilot
Greg Laudick
Greg LaudickAdministrative Director
Greg Warton
Greg WartonDirector of Maintenance

Flight Instructors

John Stefansen
John StefansenChief Pilot
Zach Peck
Zach PeckAssistant Chief Pilot
Thomas Murphy
Thomas MurphyCFII
Andrew Finkelstein
Andrew FinkelsteinCFII
Treyton Coats
Treyton CoatsCFII
Baron Chen
Baron ChenCFII
Lane Hamm
Lane HammCFII
BJ Smith
Tommy Biddlecombe
Tommy BiddlecombeCFI
Seth Hays
Seth HaysCFI
Alex Staley
Alex StaleyCFI
Ryan Botz
Ryan BotzCFI
Hillary Kuklenski
Hillary KuklenskiCFI
Sarah Deaton
Sarah DeatonCFI
Mat Edwards
Mat EdwardsCFI
Rick DeatonCFI
Jake ThurmondCFI
Tyson LambdenCFI

Flight School Administration

Hayley Grove
Hayley GroveDigital Marketing Specialist
Ethan Rushing
Ethan RushingDispatch
Mason Beam
Mason BeamDispatch
Bailey Andrade
Bailey AndradeDispatch
JJ Waller
JJ WallerLine Service
Brendon LankerDispatch

Aircraft Maintenance Department

Trenton Kinney
Trenton KinneyBusiness Development
Jill MasonParts Manager
Joshua Kennedy
Joshua KennedyA&P Mechanic
Logan Baker
Logan BakerMechanic
Landon Reeder
Landon ReederTechnician

From the Crew at Kilo Charlie:

“Becoming a member of the staff at Kilo Charlie Flight School is a statement on your career and abilities, whether you are a Certified Flight Instructor, a seasoned mechanic, or part of the support crew. We only bring on professionals who show a passion for creating the best pilots. Everything we do is directed towards that goal.”— Drew Konicek, Chief Business Officer, Kilo Charlie Aviation

Chris Distin
Chris Distin
As Kilo Charlie’s Student Advisor, Chris and his team of training advisors are your guide to beginning your journey into the world of aviation. Regardless of your background, they will assist you in charting a course to achieving your aviation dreams.

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Our goal at Kilo Charlie is not only to be the best flight school in the Midwest, but the preferred flight school of pilots all over the U.S., and all over the world. Visit us today. We’ll show you why we are the fastest-growing flight school in the area

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A Dynamic Group of Enthusiasts and Professionals