Rick Bodee – – President of Chicago Aviation and Head of Aircraft Sales

Email Rick: rick@chiav.com

Call Rick: 630-728-9651

Graduated in Spring 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Completed all flight training at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation.

Holds the following licenses and ratings:

  • ATP
  • CFIA
  • CFII
  • CFIMEI
  • Gold Seal Flight Instructor
  • All ground instructor ratings
  • Logged 16,000+ hours

1974 – 1983

Worked for one of the largest light single engine Cessna/ Mooney dealers in the United States, based at Midway Airport in Chicago

Accomplishments included:

  • Chief Pilot for dealership and Cessna Pilot Center (CPC)
  • Chief Instructor FAR 141 Flight School
  • Chief Pilot and FAR 135 Charter Service
  • Obtained Veteran’s Administration (VA) Approval for the Flight School
  • Aerobatic Instructor
1983 – 2001

Founded Chicago Aviation In February 1983

Highlights included:

  • Large rental fleet consisting of: (5) Cessna 152’s, (5) Cessna 172’s, (10) Complex/High Performance aircraft, (7) Line CFIs
  • Pilot supply store with hundreds of items in stock
2001-Present

Chicago Aviation currently concentrates solely on sales, brokerage, and acquisition of pre-owned aircraft.

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Sheila Cronin Bodee – – Secretary of Chicago Aviation and Aircraft Sales Agent

Email Sheila: chiavsheila@gmail.com

Call Sheila: 630-728-9652

Graduated in 1984 from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Completed all flight training at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation

1984 – 1986

Flight Instructor/Charter pilot and aircraft sales for Chicago Aviation

1986 – 1987

American Eagle First Officer on Shorts SD360 based at Chicago O’Hare

1987 – 1989

Midway Airlines Captain on Dornier 228 based at Chicago Midway

1989 – 2006

United Airlines First Officer on Boeing 727 and 737 based at Chicago O’Hare

2006 – Present

Aircraft sales agent for Chicago Aviation