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B.J. Slater

B.J. grew up wanting to be a pilot for as long as he can remember.  In college, after years of hanging around air shows, fly-ins, and hitching airplane rides whenever possible, he finally made that dream a reality.

Always fascinated by how people learn, B.J. has been a lifelong student of psychology.  Being a flight instructor has given him the unique opportunity to explore both of these passions together.  A true geek, he loves diving deep into technical subjects and finding the best ways to teach that information clearly to others.

A graduate of Purdue University’s Aviation Technology program, B.J. holds a commercial pilot certificate and has been a flight instructor since 2001.  Having flown over 3,000 hours of which nearly 2,000 hours is flight instruction, he is no stranger to the traffic pattern. During his career B.J. has flown passengers and cargo in the Alaskan Bush, served as Safety Director for a regional airline, and logged time in Cessna 208B Caravans and Douglas Super DC-3s.

B.J. lives near Chicago with his wife and daughter.

“I love helping people learn new things and achieve something that months earlier was only a dream.”

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