Meet the People Turning Dreams into Reality!

Every great adventure starts with a mission to reach an intended destination. We invite you to meet the team who have volunteered to take up the challenge of determining the roads that will lead us there. Personal and professional summary's are included in each profile. Please direct all inquiries regarding interviews, events, and public appearances via email to publicrelations@burlasaviation.com.

Note: Personnel profiles are being added daily. All Team of Hope profiles are expected to be added by June 2017.

Flight Crew

Joe Burlas

Summary

Joe Burlas is one of two named Mission Pilots for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Joe was born in Frankfurt, West Germany on July 20, 1985. He spent a lot of his childhood traveling with his family during his father’s career as a U.S. Army Officer, living in Germany, Oklahoma, California, and multiple places in Maryland before turning 18. Joe is father to a 9 year old son, Joseph Earl Burlas V, who is also very excited about the upcoming endurance flight.

Professional Background

Burlas has a Master’s of Science in Aviation Transportation Management having graduated from Lewis University in 2015. He is a veteran of the United States Army and served the nation with a tour of duty during the Operation Iraqi Freedom II & III in 2004-2005. Burlas is a co-founder of Burlas Aviation Inc. and The Hope 100 endurance flight having drawn inspiration from the loss of his father to pancreatic cancer in 2015. While he currently has his Private Pilot’s License (Airplane, Single Engine Land), for the purpose of encouraging others to get into the aviation field, Joe will be documenting the process of obtaining his Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot’s License in the summer of 2017.

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Kazimierz Dyduch

Summary

Kazimierz “KC” Dyduch is one of two named Mission Pilots for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Kazimierz Dyduch was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 21, 1992 to Polish immigrant parents. He has dual citizenship with both the United States of America and Poland, where he visits family as often as possible. He is fluent in English and Polish, and is working on perfecting his Spanish before taking on German and French. Born with a desire to explore the world, KC knew that working in the transportation industry would be a logical career choice. When asked what got him into aviation, he said that watching airplanes fly into his native O’Hare International Airport as a child sparked an interest that remained unattended until high school, where he made the decision to go to flight school and become an aviator.

Professional Background

Dyduch graduated with Honors from Lewis University in August of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Flight Management and a minor in Aircraft Dispatching. After finishing college, KC applied for work in the aviation industry and worked as a riverboat deckhand on the Mississippi River. Upon hearing back from an aviation freight company he left the riverboat and is currently working as a flight engineer on a Boeing 727. He is in possession of an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate (Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea, Multiengine Land, Instrument Airplane), Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate, and a Flight Engineer Certificate.

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Michael Mazzoni

Summary

Michael Mazzoni is the selected Backup Mission Pilot for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Michael Mazzoni is a Chicago land native, born July 17, 1989, and raised on the south side of Chicago and its suburbs. Aviation has been a part of his life since he can remember. Around the age of five his Grandfather, who was a veteran World War II aviator, took him to his first air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Oshkosh trip instilled a love of aviation in Michael and was an eagerly awaited annual summer event up until his sophomore year of high school. That year Michael’s Grandfather passed away. Inspired by the loss of his Grandfather, Michael decided to pursue a career in aviation. He applied to the Lewis University Flight Management program and was accepted in the fall of 2007. On August 30th, Michael logged his first hour of flight from Lewis University Airport (KLOT) in a Cessna 172M.

Professional Background

Mazzoni graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Administration Management with an accompanying FAA Commercial Pilot’s License (Airplane, Single Engine Land) and Instrument Rating. During his time in college and immediately after, Michael worked as an Assistant Practice Manager for Burkhardt Services Ltd which sparked his interest in business. He decided to start a career in the transportation industry and accepted a job with ReTrans Precision Logistics as a Logistics Coordinator in Memphis, Tennessee. During his four years in Tennessee, Michael worked to become a Logistics Manager and oversaw his original team. While still in Tennessee Michael co-founded Burlas Aviation Inc. and The Hope 100 where he has played a vital part in the planning, administration, and coordination efforts made for the upcoming flight. Michael currently works with AIT Worldwide Logistics as a Global Key Account Specialist. He is able to utilize his business knowledge and experience to help both his client and company grow. Michael’s future plans include adventures in flight and obtaining a FAA Multi-Engine Land rating.

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Maintenance Team

Joshuah DeHart

Summary

Joshuah DeHart is the Project Manager for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Josh DeHart was born on June 3rd, 1993 in Harvey, Illinois and has remained an Illinois resident all of his life. Josh has had a passion for mechanical applications from a young age. He was introduced to aviation at the age of three year when he took his first flight in a Cessna 310 that was owned and operated by a family friend. Josh says he’s been hooked on aviation ever since and holds a student pilot certificate having flown over 50 hours. In high school he found himself involved in as many technical classes as possible including automotive and small engine maintenance. As a result of his drive to learn, DeHart was able to attend the SkillsUSA Competition Championship for Power Equipment Technology in both 2010 and 2011. The championship tested opposing students on “all areas of power equipment technology” with an emphasis in two and four cylinder engines. DeHart place second place both years and claims it is what confirmed his aspirations to continue his education in pursuit of becoming a professional mechanic.

Professional Background

DeHart graduated from Lewis University’s Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Program. He is currently a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and spent two years working on general aviation aircraft. Currently he works within the commercial aviation industry as an A&P mechanic for a regional airline. Outside of aviation Josh was heavily involved in maintenance intensive projects and had worked with Joe Burlas on a number of them. In 2015 when approached by Burlas for The Hope 100, Josh happily agreed and was then chosen as the Project Manager for his attention to detail, passion for aviation, and belief that aviation can be used to inspire others. When asked what he most looks forward to in the future, he answered: “Making this dream a reality”.

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Michael MacNaughton

Summary

Michael MacNaughton is the Aircraft Maintenance Team Lead for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Michael MacNaughton was born on January 6, 1992 in Chicago, Illinois. Mike lived in the city until 1998 when his family moved into the southwest suburbs where he resides to this day. He remembers deciding on aviation as a career at a very young age having originally wanted to become a Naval Aviator and fly the F-14 Tomcat. In high school MacNaughton considered becoming an aeronautical engineer but after much thought he set his sights on flying instead. He enrolled in Lewis University’s Flight Management program and earned his Private Pilot’s License (ASEL) before deciding that he was also interested in the maintenance side of flight and switching into the aviation maintenance program. Mike still loves flying but says that he is very happy to be working on airplanes today.

Professional Background

MacNaughton graduated from Lewis University’s Part 147 maintenance program in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management. He is currently a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and Private Pilot (Airplane, Single Engine Land). Mike delivered pizzas to help pay for tuition and gas during college and was also active in community service with student organizations. He is an alumni of both Sigma Delta and the International Aviation fraternity Alpha Eta Rho. Currently Mike works within the commercial aviation industry as an A&P mechanic for a regional airline and is the Maintenance Team Lead for Burlas Aviation Inc.’s The Hope 100 endurance flight.

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Joshua Butz

Summary

Joshua Butz is an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Joshua Butz was born on August 24th, 1993 in Skokie, Illinois, and has lived in the Northern suburbs of Chicago for most of his life. His interest in aviation was first sparked as a young boy when his father took him flying in their Cessna 172 based out of Schaumburg Regional Airport (06C). In high school Josh found himself unsure about what the future held for him. When looking at colleges he remembers seeing the degree programs at Lewis University and being genuinely interested. He decided to apply and was accepted into the Aviation Administration program where he took classes for two years before being exposed to the aviation maintenance program. Butz discovered his real passions for aviation were found in the hands on applications required of the maintenance classes and decided to switch into the Aviation Maintenance Management program. Josh says that he found that the maintenance classes, specifically his sheet metal class, reminded him of his experience working with his father’s business as a fabricator.

Professional Background

Butz graduated from Lewis University’s Part 147 maintenance program in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management. He is currently a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. While in college Josh worked for his father’s business as a fabricator and went to work as a contractor maintaining Aircraft In-flight Entertainment and WiFi systems immediately after graduation. Currently Josh works within the commercial aviation industry as an A&P mechanic at O’Hare International Airport (KORD). He specifically works on the Airbus A320 series of aircraft with V2500 and PW-1100 NEO engines. When asked why he volunteered with The Hope 100 endurance flight he says that he “hopes to leave behind an inspirational path into aviation for the future of the industry”.

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Christopher Artwohl

Summary

Christopher Artwohl is an Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Personal History to come.

Professional Background

Professional Background to come.

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Operations Team

Joshuah DeHart

Summary

Joshuah DeHart is the Project Manager for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Josh DeHart was born on June 3rd, 1993 in Harvey, Illinois and has remained an Illinois resident all of his life. Josh has had a passion for mechanical applications from a young age. He was introduced to aviation at the age of three year when he took his first flight in a Cessna 310 that was owned and operated by a family friend. Josh says he’s been hooked on aviation ever since and holds a student pilot certificate having flown over 50 hours. In high school he found himself involved in as many technical classes as possible including automotive and small engine maintenance. As a result of his drive to learn, DeHart was able to attend the SkillsUSA Competition Championship for Power Equipment Technology in both 2010 and 2011. The championship tested opposing students on “all areas of power equipment technology” with an emphasis in two and four cylinder engines. DeHart place second place both years and claims it is what confirmed his aspirations to continue his education in pursuit of becoming a professional mechanic.

Professional Background

DeHart graduated from Lewis University’s Part 147 Aviation Maintenance Program. He is currently a licensed FAA Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and spent two years working on general aviation aircraft. Currently he works within the commercial aviation industry as an A&P mechanic for a regional airline. Outside of aviation Josh was heavily involved in maintenance intensive projects and had worked with Joe Burlas on a number of them. In 2015 when approached by Burlas for The Hope 100, Josh happily agreed and was then chosen as the Project Manager for his attention to detail, passion for aviation, and belief that aviation can be used to inspire others. When asked what he most looks forward to in the future, he answered: “Making this dream a reality”.

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Michael Mazzoni

Summary

Michael Mazzoni is the selected Backup Mission Pilot for The Hope 100 endurance flight. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Personal History

Michael Mazzoni is a Chicago land native, born July 17, 1989, and raised on the south side of Chicago and its suburbs. Aviation has been a part of his life since he can remember. Around the age of five his Grandfather, who was a veteran World War II aviator, took him to his first air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Oshkosh trip instilled a love of aviation in Michael and was an eagerly awaited annual summer event up until his sophomore year of high school. That year Michael’s Grandfather passed away. Inspired by the loss of his Grandfather, Michael decided to pursue a career in aviation. He applied to the Lewis University Flight Management program and was accepted in the fall of 2007. On August 30th, Michael logged his first hour of flight from Lewis University Airport (KLOT) in a Cessna 172M.

Professional Background

Mazzoni graduated from Lewis University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Administration Management with an accompanying FAA Commercial Pilot’s License (Airplane, Single Engine Land) and Instrument Rating. During his time in college and immediately after, Michael worked as an Assistant Practice Manager for Burkhardt Services Ltd which sparked his interest in business. He decided to start a career in the transportation industry and accepted a job with ReTrans Precision Logistics as a Logistics Coordinator in Memphis, Tennessee. During his four years in Tennessee, Michael worked to become a Logistics Manager and oversaw his original team. While still in Tennessee Michael co-founded Burlas Aviation Inc. and The Hope 100 where he has played a vital part in the planning, administration, and coordination efforts made for the upcoming flight. Michael currently works with AIT Worldwide Logistics as a Global Key Account Specialist. He is able to utilize his business knowledge and experience to help both his client and company grow. Michael’s future plans include adventures in flight and obtaining a FAA Multi-Engine Land rating.

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Non-Aviation Support Personnel

Summary

Below are the names and professional links to all non-aviation support personnel for The Hope 100 endurance flight. Each play a vital role in it’s successful planning, execution, and completion. The flight will attempt to break the standing Flight Endurance Record set in 1959 and raise money for cancer research. The record currently stands at 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes. The flight envelope for The Hope 100 endurance flight is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Non-Aviation Support Personnel

List of personnel to come.