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 11,500 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 15,500 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.

My wife (Becky) and I have been married for more than 30 years, we have 3 grown sons, and we’ve lived in Jacksonville, TX for more than 20 years.

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. As 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 an instrument rated commercial pilot who loves helping people move up in an airplane. My wife Chelsea, who is the Director of Operations at Casey Aviation, and I have three amazing kids. We moved to Jacksonville, TX fourteen years ago and love it. I received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and a BA from the University of Central Oklahoma.

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.

Bests

Chelsea Best

Director of Operations

I feel truly blessed that I get to combine my passions for helping others, planning and organizing with one of the most fascinating professions in the world – aviation.  While you will not find me in the left seat anytime soon, you will often find me sitting right seat to my husband, Josh Best who also works here at Casey Aviation.

As the Director of Operations, you will have a lot of communication with me.  I will work hard to ensure that every person that comes in contact with Casey Aviation feels truly taken care of.  You will communicate with me for scheduling, the flow of money and any other administrative functions.

I earned a Bachelors degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin University and taught first grade for 6 years before joining the team at Casey Aviation.  When I am not out at the airport, you can find me with Josh and our three kiddos or out for a run.  I have completed a full marathon, numerous half marathons and am working to add more to that list.

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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