Experience Counts

Meet Our Team of Experienced Aviation Professionals

Experienced Air Crew

At Your Service

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

    Mary Shad

    Flight Operations Manager

      Mary brings over ten years of aircraft management exerience to the North Central Air Charter Team. She's held positions in flight operations, flight training, managed aircraft, and corporate flight department consulting. Mary oversees all North Central Air Charter flight operations and is available to help book your perfect charter flight.

      Ken Phlamm

      President and Director of Operations

        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. All under one roof and under Ken’s leadership, Travel Express Aviation (TEA), Travel Express Aviation Maintenance (TEAM) and North Central Air Charter (NCAC) provide aircraft rental, instruction, maintenance, management, sales and charter. Ken’s professional, philanthropic and business affiliations include memberships with NBAA, AOPA, NAFI, FSANA, EAA and the Shriners.

        Mike Halko

        Chief Pilot

          Mike Halko has spent the last 20 plus years working in the fixed wing aircraft charter business. He has worked at various airports in the Chicagoland area, including Aurora, Chicago Executive and DuPage. Mike is an accomplished pilot with an Airline Transport certificate and has over 7,500 hours of flight time logged. He holds type ratings in four different business jet aircraft. He also has Certified Flight Instructor certificates for single and multiengine airplane. He is the Chief Pilot at North Central Air Charter.

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