• 7 Aug 2019 2:04 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    CABAA annual golf outing at Kemper Lakes honors the next generation of Chicagoland business aviation professionals

    Aug 6th the Mai Tais and mulligans were early and often yesterday at the annual CABAA Golf Classic.  160 golfers, 50 sponsors and 20 volunteers could not have asked for a better day to spend on the course at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer.  Another 60 CABAA members joined the fun at an extended networking “19th hole” happy hour and dinner.

    As with past years, the major goal of this year’s Golf Classic was to fund the Business Aviation Scholarship. With the support of CABAA members and sponsors, the CABAA Educational Foundation, along with FlightSafety International and CAE Simuflite, raised almost $90,000 for scholarships and jet training opportunities.  Over the history of the event, CABAA is closing in on $1,000,000 in aviation scholarship awards.

    “This day is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Sandy Frentz of The Duchossois Group. “It is satisfying to know that when we get all of these aviation professionals together at this event, we are doing our part in promoting business aviation by funding some outstanding next generation aviation professionals.”

    For some of the serious golfers, it was an opportunity to play the same course that many greats like Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer have, as Kemper Lakes is one of only three Chicagoland golf courses to have hosted a PGA Major Championship. For others, fun games like golf pong at the 1st hole, putting contests with a driver on the 15th tee box, and a chipping contest into the pond at the 18th hole kept the mood light.

    “I look forward to this event every year.  Not only is it a ton of fun, but it’s amazing how many aviation professionals from Chicago and across the country show up year after year,” said Ray Lang, Director at Chicago Executive Airport.  “Especially with the NBAA conference only a few months afterwards, it’s a great opportunity to meet people in a relaxed environment.”

    The winning fivesome, with a score of 55, or 17 under par, was led by Brett Forrester of JetSense Aviation, and included Barry Stone, Pat Harvey, Chris Brenner, and Mark Zakula.

    Upon completing their rounds, golfers eagerly awaited raffle prize drawings led by Pam Kavanaugh of Signature Flight Support while being thanks by Jim Guerin, Chair of the 2019 CABAA Events Committee. “It is your generosity through the day and the entire year which help financially support the next generation of business aviators and maintenance experts.  Thanks to all who make the CABAA Golf Classic a first-class experience.”





  • 29 Jul 2019 12:37 PM | Mark Quandahl (Administrator)

    Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is accepting applications through September 1 for 11 scholarships totaling more than $60,000 in value. The organization, which opened the application process last week, will announce the recipients on September 15 and then present the scholarships during its Scholarship & Networking Luncheon to be held October 23 during NBAA’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Applicants must be members or join WCA by August 25.

    This year’s scholarships and values are: CAPS Aviation FAR 135.331 crewmember emergency training and pilot emergency training (two offered, valued at $750 each); DaVinci Inflight Training Institute Elite five-day course ($4,775); Executive Jet Management training scholarship ($2,000); FlightSafety International Pilatus PC-12NG pilot training scholarship ($36,200); FlyGirl Sporty’s advanced pilot training scholarship ($3,100, plus lodging); Jetstream aviation law scholarship ($1,000); KAL Aviation Services maintenance technician training ($1,000); StandardAero maintenance technician scholarship ($3,000); Susan Friedenberg corporate flight attendant training ($4,200); Universal Weather & Aviation dispatch scholarship ($3,695); and Women In Corporate Aviation career scholarship ($2,000).


  • 21 Jun 2019 6:05 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    Washington, DC, June 21, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today applauded Bob Quinn, the association’s Central regional representative, who will retire June 30, after 13 years of service on behalf of NBAA members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    Since joining NBAA in 2006, Quinn has been a tireless advocate for the interests of business aviation in the Midwest. His significant communication talents and extensive knowledge of the business aviation industry have made him a highly credible and knowledgeable advocate for aviation at state legislatures, regulatory agencies, airport organizations and more.

    “Bob’s networking skills have been highly effective in bringing a variety of interests together and in facilitating successful programs and partnerships,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His strong operational background and understanding of airspace and airport issues have greatly benefited business aviation operators in the Central region.”

    Bolen noted that Quinn’s input for airspace redesign efforts – including RNAV arrivals and departures – in the St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas was instrumental to their successful implementation.

    “Bob has ably represented a large region of the country, and his knowledge and advocacy for business aviation will be missed,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA regional programs senior director and Southwest regional representative. “We wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life.”

    Quinn is a past president and 30-year member of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA), considered to be the second-oldest regional business aviation group in the nation.

    After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial administration, Quinn began his aviation career as a design engineer with McDonnell Douglas, later working for the Trane Company and Emerson Electric in engineering and marketing positions.

    Over his more than 50-year aviation career, he has accumulated almost 17,000 hours with eight type ratings on his ATP, plus an A&P and Inspection Authorization, and has 25 years of experience as a business aircraft pilot.

    Prior to joining NBAA, Quinn was a Gulfstream captain with TAG Aviation, and has flown an array of Gulfstreams from the G-2 thru the G-550, operating them in every continent except Antarctica. He is still flying his Christen Eagle II biplane, which is based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport.


  • 17 Jun 2019 1:12 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    There is still time to support this amazing team as they race from Tennessee to Canada in this all-women event that has taken place since 1929.  Please join us in sending a strong vote of support for these young women aviators!

     #womeninaviation  #support 

    Click the link to the Crowdfunding Page:   http://give.lewisu.edu/airrace19


  • 7 Jun 2019 2:32 PM | Mark Quandahl (Administrator)

    Again this year we have an exciting opportunity to host the Annual Rock Valley College Aviation Program Job Fair at our Aviation Career Education Center located at 6045 Cessna Drive, Rockford, IL 61109 and we are looking forward to your participation whether it is your first time here or if you are returning once again seeking our Aviation program graduates for positions you may currently have available or will have available in the near future.

    The event this year will be held on Thursday, June 20th 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and we are excited to have approximately 60+ of our graduating A&P students attending this event as well as current students from our program.

    It will be a great opportunity to find individuals to fit your company’s particular needs or to support our program by offering hiring advice, industry insight, etc.

    Students will come with resumes, and if interested, we would love for you to be able to conduct interviews on sight in private areas that we will be making available.

    Our Job Fair has become a popular event and we are space limited to twenty tables, so please RSVP as soon as possible when your certain that you can attend.

    We hope you consider taking part in this very important event for our students and look forward to your participation!

    Thank you in advance for your support and please RSVP to;

    Maria Salazar M.Salazar@rockvalleycollege.edu or 815-921-3016.

    Mark Adolphson
    A&P, DME
    Assistant Professor, Department Chair
    Aviation Maintenance Technology
    Rock Valley College
    815-921-3015

    1978 RVC-AVM Program Graduate


  • 5 Jun 2019 6:45 PM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    On May 30th the Boler Company Director of Maintenance, Derek Popp (center of the back row) and Director of Aviation, Dan Walton (far left) welcomed Career Trek Program students from Main South, East, and West.   The tour included the hangar, aircraft and ATC Facilities.



  • 29 May 2019 10:33 AM | Wendy Quandahl (Administrator)

    CABAA is very excited to be sponsoring the Lewis University Women's Air Race Classic Team. You can also be a sponsor! CABAA will match gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $4,000!

    Click the link below to Donate Today!

    http://give.lewisu.edu/airrace19


    2019 Women's Air Race Classic

    The Women's Air Race Classic is an annual event that has been taking place for 90 years. This four day, twenty-five hundred-mile journey starts in Tennessee and ends in Canada and is an opportunity to encourage the pioneering nature of many young female aviators. Historic women in aviation including Louise Thaden, Phoebe Omlie and Amelia Earhart have competed in the prestigious race. 

    Sponsoring the Lewis University Air Race Classic Team allows our students, Megan Shaffer, and Mickael Ashworth, to participate in this historic race. This is vital for the continued development of our program and will help to keep Lewis at the forefront of promoting women in the field of aviation. 



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