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Meet the Team
David Silchman, Founder & CEO
David holds Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, Advanced Ground Instructor and sUAS Certificates.
Founded the Nebraska Flight Center in 2003 out of the North Omaha Airport, soon moved to the Blair Municipal Airport where operations were conducted from a “portable office” since no other buildings were available. At the end of 2007 the NFC had to interrupt activities, and re-started by early 2014, this time from the TAC Air facilities at Eppley Airfield.
David dreamed of flying since he was a little boy and finally in the 1990s got his wish and enrolled in the Cochise Community College flight school in southeastern Arizona, where he earned his Private Pilot’s Certificate. After moving to Omaha, David passed the IFR checkride after expert instruction from Jenn McIntyre at the then Omaha Flight Center, here at Eppley. The next step was to earn Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificates after two years at Iowa Western Community College.
Robert V Meder, Chief Flight Instructor
Robert is a CFII with single, multi-engine and instrument privileges, and holds also an sUAS certificate.
Bob has been with the Nebraska Flight Center since the beginning, when we were at 3NO.
Among his many accomplishments, he was named the St. Louis FSDO 2009 CFI of the year, the Lincoln 2010 FSDO CFI of the year, and the 2010 Central Region CFI of the Year.
Bob is a published writer with contributions to several aviation magazines. He regularly and frequently writes articles for Mentor and eMentor magazines He has been a check airman for a Part 141 operation, an active FAASTeam Lead Rep and is active in volunteer activities at EAA AirVenture each year.
Bob serves as the Chairman of the board of the National Association of Flight Instructors and is also an operating department manager with one of the largest railroads in the United States. Bob is a multi-faceted aviation professional who is highly respected locally as well as nationally.
Jay Ruhnke, CFII
Jay Ruhnke is a CFII civilian flight instructor and also a pilot with the Air National Guard. His addiction to aviation began at a very young age flying with his grandfather in his Piper Cherokee 140, the same color as our Cherokee 140, Lovely Miss Juliet!
He earned his private rating at age 18 at Rosecrans airport in St. Joseph, Missouri and continued to pursue his love of flying into a career by graduating from Kansas State University with a professional pilot degree in aeronautical science. Two years and 1200 hours of dual instruction given later, Jay was blessed enough to be hired by the St. Joseph ANG to fly the mighty Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Now, he resides with his wife and son in Bellevue and continues to live the ever adapting life of an aviator. "I love flight instructing and overcoming the challenges it brings, it's always rewarding", says Jay.
Unfortunately, Jay moved with his family to Montgomery, Alabama, and is no longer available for instruction with us. We wish him the best of luck!
James Kokesh, CFI
The newest member of our team, in his own words:
"My interest in aviation started at a young age.
In 2004 I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a degree in aviation administration.
In November 2009 I earned my Commercial Pilot certificate, and I flew for fun until I received my Certified Flight Instructor’s certificate in January 2015.
In addition to learning the many challenging aspects of my new role as a Flight Instructor, my future plans in aviation are to earn my Certified Flight Instructor Instrument rating (CFII) and, in time, my multi-engine rating."