ABOUT CASEY AVIATION

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Joe Casey, Casey Aviation

Joe Casey

Founder/Chief Pilot/DPE/CPIIMHG/ATP

My aviation story began in 1990 with my first flight near Nacogdoches, TX in a Cessna 172.  From lift-off, I knew I’d have a lifetime passion flying just about anything that will leave the ground…I was completely hooked.  Along with being an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), I’m also an ATP/CFI-AHMG and Commercial Rotorcraft/Glider Pilot, seaplane pilot,  and a recently-retired UH-60/AH-64 Pilot-in-Command/Instructor/Examiner Pilot in the US Army Reserves, but my passion for the last 20 years has been the PA-46 , Socata TBM, Beechcraft King Air series of airplanes and those that fly these wonderful machines.  I’ve amassed over 10,500 hours in these various airframes and believe them to be one of the finest flying machines available for the serious cross-country pilot with an eye for efficiency.

Now, I’ve flown more than 15,000 hours of flight time in just about every imaginable environment.  Whether providing initial/recurrent training in the PA-46’s, TBM’s or King Air realm, giving a check ride to someone moving up in credentialing, flying an airplane to the other side of the world, giving tailwheel endorsements, or taking kids flying for the first time, I simply love flying machines and the people who fly them.

Deanna Wallace

Deanna Wallace

CFI/CFII/MEI

My aviation career began in 1997 when I learned to fly the summer before my senior year of high school, near my hometown in Georgia. After starting, there was no keeping me out of the sky and no other career path considered. All ratings and certificates were earned in conjunction with a Bachelor of Aviation Management from Auburn University and I later added a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

My career path, spanning more than 2 decades and over 7,000 flight hours thus far, has taken me from being a flight instructor at Auburn, through a brief stint as a pre-9/11, airline First Officer, then into the corporate aviation world I chose to settle in. I have flown and instructed in more than 50 distinct aircraft types, hold CFI/CFII/MEI certificates, and instruct in all PA46 piston & turbine variants, in conjunction with my duties flying King Airs  managed by Casey Aviation. As a career instructor, I love sharing my love of flying with others, with an emphasis on safety, currency, and competency for owner/pilots of high performance aircraft.

Chad Fortenberry

Chad Fortenberry

CFI/CFII/MEI

As a Dallas area native, professional pilot, and flight instructor, I have been doing work for Casey Aviation for the past five years. I’ve logged over 7,400 hours in the sky as a professional pilot while always actively teaching in aircraft. I also have over 3,200 hours of dual given in the Cessna 400 (COL-4), PA46 series aircraft as well as the TBM 7, 8, and 9 series aircraft. I conduct both owner and professional training in Aircraft as well as in avionics. My passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm for teaching/flight instructing has made Casey Aviation a perfect fit for me.

I’m based in Dallas, at Addison Airport, which is also where I learned to fly. My full-time job is flying a Challenger 300 and Citation X. My resume includes ATP SEL, ATP MEL, CFI, CFII, MEI and I hold PIC Type Ratings in the BE-300, CE-680, CE-750, and the CL30, and an SIC rating in the CE-525 series aircraft.

Outside aviation, I enjoy running, lifting weights, snow skiing, and bass fishing. One of my favorite shows is Deadliest Catch. I enjoy watching these guys in the wheelhouse Captain their ships in weather I wouldn’t even dream about flying in. I find it simply amazing.

Ben Casey

Ben Casey

CFI/CFII

I’ve been in and around aviation for as long as I can remember, but didn’t start logging hours in a logbook until late 2017. Before that, I earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Communication from Dallas Baptist University and worked in various business and communications positions in the DFW metroplex.

Once I started flying, aviation quickly became a passion of mine and I ran through certifications as quickly as I could, and am now a CFI/CFII training primarily in the PA46. I’ve worked for Casey Aviation for three years now, and it’s been a pleasure to help fellow pilots see and experience for themselves the PA-46 airframes.

Joshua Best

Joshua Best

Aviation Sales

Flying has always been a piece of my life, but I didn’t know I had a passion for it until recently. The more information and knowledge I gain, the more intriguing and fascinating aviation becomes. A previous public education administrator, I’ve found that my previous career dovetails nicely into the “heart-of-a-teacher” requirements for anyone that works at Casey Aviation. I’m in instrument rated private pilot who loves helping people move up in an airplane. My wife Chelsea and I have three amazing kids. We moved to Jacksonville, TX thirteen years ago and love it. I received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a BA from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Zach Woodson

Zach Woodson

Aircraft Manager

For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about service. With that in mind, my daily goal is to ensure that every person who comes in contact with Casey Aviation truly feels taken care of. So, you will see lots of communication from me as you schedule, manage administrative functions, and deal with the flow of money. And yes…I’ve already begun learning to fly. Everyone at Casey Aviation is a pilot or is working to become one. Everyone here lives, eats, and breathes aviation!

I earned a BA from Dallas Baptist University and then spent the next seven years in the DFW area serving at a Christian camp in many capacities. My wife and I have two children and recently moved back to our hometown of Jacksonville, TX.

Jon Hullsiek

Jon Hullsiek

CFII/ATP/A&P

Aviation has always fascinated me.  Perhaps I was inspired by my grandfather, who flew P-38s in WWII, or by a family member who had a career in the airlines.  Regardless of the inspiration source, flying remains an essential part of my life.
My aviation training began in the early 2000’s where I completed up through CFII and an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic certificate.  After college, I served in the Air Force for twelve years as an F-16 pilot.  Since then, I’ve been enjoying general aviation through corporate flying, instructing, soaring, paragliding and building a Carbon Cub.
I have been fortunate to participate in a wide variety of training programs, ranging from CFR Part 61 to some of the most challenging environments the USAF has to offer.  Whether flying professionally or at the local soaring club, this diversity has provided me with a well-rounded set of skills and airmanship.
As a flight instructor, my goal is to share the skills and experiences I’ve learned along the way.  My priority is cultivating safety through building awareness, understanding and confidence.  No matter what your motivation for flying, I look forward to helping further your aviation education and adventures.

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