An Old Friend Heads West

AlIt’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our own, E. Allan Englehardt, a past Chairman of the Airport Board of Directors. Al died yesterday in Lake Bluff at the age of 69.

In addition to the years Al served on the airport board, he was, of course, a retired United Airlines pilot having flown his last airline trip in 2009. Al was also an active flight instructor all his life, having brought thousands into the world of aviation through his Flight Standards weekend ground schools during aviation’s heydays in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. As an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, Al Englehardt tested hundreds of new pilot applicants around Chicago for nearly every fixed wing rating. His annual flight instructor refresher clinics also kept many area teachers on their toes when it came time to renew their instructor credentials.

Al was an active member of the Leading Edge Flying Club at PWK and could be found at the club’s breakfast each and every month to meet new and old pilots and do what he was best at … gabbing. Everyone that knew Al will remember he was never shy about an opinion on anything related to the industry. He was also inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame in 2009.

He will be missed. BTW, if you have a fun remembrance of Al, why not share it here as a comment.

Visitation for Al is this Thursday May 12 from 3 pm to 8 pm at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave (Rt. 176), one block west of Milwaukee Ave in Libertyville.

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