Our Staff Print

Jackie Burant, Chief Instructor

Ratings and Endorsements: CFI, CFII +3000 total time +2500 dual given

Jackie caught the flying bug after her first introductory flight in Ohio in 1999. By Fall of 2003 she moved to Florida where she attended and then graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor's of Science in Aeronautical Science and as a Commercial ASEL, AMEL; CFI and CFII. She taught for over 3 years in the Daytona Beach area then relocated to Colorado and began working at WAFA. Jackie has a passion for flying and teaching, so stop by the school - she'd love to meet you and share in her love of flight!



Howard McClure, General Manager & Assistant Chief Pilot

Ratings and Endorsements: Instrument, Hi-Perf, Complex, Tailwheel Commercial Pilot, CFII w/ 5,008 PIC hrs (5 Multi, 25 Tailwheel), Mountain Flight Training Part 141/G1000 CFI, CFII, Cirrus Instructor

Howard started his flying career in 1973 at Cape Central Airways, Cape Girardeau, MO, received his private certificate in March of that year. He received his Instrument, Commercial, Advanced Ground Instructor, Flight Instructor and Instrument Flight Instructor in 1979. He then filled the position of Staff Instructor/Transport and Charter Pilot at that same facility. Howard has been a flight instructor and a check pilot airman with the Colorado Wing of the Civil Air Patrol since 1996, and has been an Instructor Pilot since 1993. He is certified to train CAP members in search and rescue operations in the Colorado Rockies, and conduct flight examinations in all phases of search and rescue in accordance with FAA and CAP regulations. our General Manager and Assistant Chief Instructor is Cessna factory Garmin G1000 qualified.



Lou Jendras, Instructor

Ratings & Endorsements: Typed in EMB 120,BE1900/300, B737, A319/320ATP / CFIAIME Gold Seal / AGII / FE Turbojet, CFII, ATP,AGI, 22,300 hours + 4,000 dual given.

Lou Jendras soloed in 1968 in Peoria, IL. A flight instructor since 1976, he has attained ratings for airplane single and multi-engine land, instrument airplane, and advanced ground instructor - instrument. From 1979 to 1982 he served as chief flight instructor for Mt. Hawley aviation in Peoria, IL. Joining Britt Airlines in 1983, he flew Metroliner II and Beech 99 aircraft. Britt became Continental Express and Lou moved to mainline Continental where he acquired experience in the Boeing 727, 737, and McDonnell-Douglas MD-80. He retired from Continental in 2007 as B737 Captain. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with type ratings in Beech 1900/300, Brasilia EMB-120, Boeing 737, and Airbus A319/320, as well as Flight Engineer - turbojet. He has given almost 4,000 hours of flight instruction and holds the coveted Gold Seal on his certificate.




Maddie Wilbanks, Instructor

Ratings and Endorsements: CFI, CFII, MEI, Instrument Ground Instructor, Tailwheel Endorsement, Type Rating SA-227, 1415 Total Time, 125 Turbine, 1000+ Hours of Dual Instruction Given

Maddie began flying in the Appalachian Mountains of northeast Georgia. She earned her private and instrument ratings in the southeast, and then traveled to eastern Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma seeking various flight opportunities until she earned her commercial certificate. In the summer of 2013, Maddie traveled back to Georgia and began instructing flight students at Falcon Aviation Academy. In the fall of 2014 she made her way to Denver to fly cargo in the Metroliner II and III before making the choice to come back to full time flight instruction.



John Blum, Instructor
Ratings and Endorsements:  CFI, Tailwheel, 5,500 Total, 4500 Dual Given
John runs New Attitude Aerobatics which is located within the Western Air building and specializes in instructing basic aerobatics, spins and tailwheel endorsements.   In 1988, John took a Pitts aerobatic adventure flight while visiting California.. He was so positively influenced by the experience that he immediately started working on his private pilots license and soon bought a Pitts aerobatic biplane.  Several years later he had obtained his commercial and CFI ratings and began sharing his passion for aerobatics with students. He is a believer in the motto “flying aerobatics makes you a better, safer pilot while having fun!”



Justin Parrow, Aviation Mechanic


Justin was born in Vermont and was always tinkering on dirt bikes and power sports equipment as a teen so he knew he wanted to do something mechanical with with his life.  His parents pushed him into aviation and he absolutely loved it!  Justin got his A&P in 2005 and instantly started building experience.  He moved to Florida in 2006 and then to Colorado in 2008 and opened his company in June of 2010 and it has been growing tremendously since.  He loves working on aircraft and is excellent at it, and says that nothing gives him a greater sense of accomplishment then fixing a problem.  In his free time Justin enjoys riding motocross, hiking, camping and spending time in the mountains. www.rockymountainaircraftservices.com






Western Air is now part of the Aspen Flying Club family with three locations to serve you!

Aspen Flying Club
Centennial Airport
13000 E Control Tower Rd Unit K16
Englewood, CO 80112

Phone: 303-799-6794
Fax: 303-662-1050
Centennial ATIS: 303-799-6722
Western Air Flight Academy
Rocky Mountain Metro Airport
11915 Airport Way, Suite 4
Broomfield, CO 80021

Phone: 303-466-6998
Fax: 303-466-6991
Metro ATIS: 303-466-8744
Alliance Flight Training
Front Range Airport
37350 Astra Way
Watkins, CO 80137

Phone: 303-261-4041
Front Range AWOS: 303-261-9104