Meet Our Team of Experienced Aviation Professionals

Our crew has significant aviation experience and the best training available.  Our jet crews are constantly trained in-house and with annual visits to Flight Safety International, a 60 year old training and testing company with the most advanced training systems in the industry.

Ken Phlamm


Ken earned his Private Pilot’s License in 1988 and has since logged more than 8000 hours total time. Combining his passion for aviation with an entrepreneurial drive, Ken purchased Travel Express Aviation in 2000. He has steadily expanded the company from its roots as a small local flying club to a larger well-respected FBO in the Chicago market. With his vision, Travel Express Aviation (TEA), Travel Express Aviation Maintenance (TEAM) and North Central Air Charter (NCAC) combined, provide aircraft rental, flight instruction, aircraft maintenance, management, sales and charter all under one roof. Ken’s professional, philanthropic and business affiliations include memberships with NBAA, AOPA, NAFI, FSANA, EAA and the Shriners.

Mark Johnson


Mark Johnson’s aviation journey began as a young boy. He had a fascination for anything aviation related. Several model airplanes hung from his ceiling as he dreamed of a day that he would fly. Prior to aviation Mark graduated from University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana with a bachelor’s in music education and worked as a musician for 25 years. His love for aviation never faded and when he heard there was a need for pilots in this industry he decided to follow his dream and worked to get his Private Pilot’s License in 2000 has since logged more than 3000 total hours.

Throughout his aviation career he has earned respect as not only a private pilot, but also a flight instructor. He also worked as the head of a Part-91 flight department and later flew for a Part-135 operation. Mark is certified to fly Pipers, Cirrus, L-39, Citation Bravo, Citation Ultra and Hawker 800s.  Mark is passionate about humanitarian projects and has been involved in several housing rebuilds after natural disasters.