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About Charlie McMannis

An experienced air transport pilot, Charlie McMannis has flown a total of 7,000 hours in jet aircraft and helicopters. He has flown the Boeing 737 and the Hawker 800, as well as Gulfstream and Falcon models. In addition to the 4,500 hours he has flown as pilot in command, Charlie McMannis has clocked 2,500 hours as second in command, and he logged 6,000 of his experience hours on multi-engine and jet aircraft.

Charlie McMannis has flown Gulfstream 450 planes as a corporate pilot and senior captain in which role he has overseen safety assessments of foreign aircraft (SAFA) and other safety protocols. He has built expertise flying helicopters through service with the air-and-sea rescue unit of the Chicago Fire Department. He comes to this work backed by experience as a commercial pilot with Delta Airlines and as a corporate pilot for such prominent companies as Bank One and Chrysler.

A fitness enthusiast in his free time, Charlie McMannis also enjoys reading and watching educational programming on The History Channel. He is an avid traveler and enjoys learning about history in person while visiting such destinations as Belize, Peru, Norway, and New Zealand.

Work experience

Oct 2001Present


Chicago Fire Department
Jan 2008Present



Aug 1986Jun 1989


Southern IL University