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 16,500 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.

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Eric Earle

Aviation Sales
My journey into aviation is a young one.  I have recently completed 7 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and my family is settling in our hometown of Jacksonville, TX.  My lovely wife, Lena, and I are the parents of two wonderful children.  During my time in the Army, I have been fortunate to be around quite a bit of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft through training and during my time as part of the Airborne community and have always found the concept of flight to be fascinating.  While in the Army, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to become Jumpmaster and Ranger qualified, completing a total of 39 static line jumps.  I am currently working towards my private pilots license and am greatly looking forward to every adventure along the way.
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.

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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Darwin Haines

CFI ASEL, CFII ASE

Helicopter Commercial/Instrument

I always knew I wanted to fly. Growing up in northwest Wisconsin, we had a small airport near our home. It was at this little airport, where I took the first flying lessons as a teenager and earned a private pilot certificate just a few days before leaving for the US Military Academy at West Point.

 

After graduating from West Point, my decade-plus long career in the Army took me all over the US and to Europe, where I flew attack, scout, and small assault helicopters, including along the now-defunct East-West German border. Once back in the US, I traded my flight suit for a business suit. After receiving an MBA from the University of Chicago, I spent the next twenty years leading technical and business teams in a variety of industries, and ultimately running the international division of a Midwest-based IT equipment manufacturer. While extremely interesting and rewarding, my international travel schedule left very little time for flying on my own.

In 2019, after serving as Chief Operating Officer of the West Point Association of Graduates for two years, I retired and returned to my passion of flying airplanes. I bought a PA46 Mirage and I became a CFI/CFII to pass along my love of flying and knowledge to others. The PA46 has been an amazing machine.

My wife, Jana, and I have five grown boys and a granddaughter. We split our time between Southwest Michigan and St Petersburg, FL. Whenever possible, we ski, scuba dive and travel internationally.

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Deanna Wallace

Gold Seal 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 northwest Georgia. After starting, there was no keeping me out the sky and no other career path considered. All additional 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 almost 25 years and over 8,000 flight hours thus far, has taken me from being a flight instructor at Auburn University, 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 Gold Seal CFI/CFII/MEI certificates, and instruct in all PA46 piston & turbine variants. I also fly & mentor in all King Air variants and ferry aircraft worldwide.

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.

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