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Meet Bill

Bill Macon, Ideal Aviation’s Managing Partner, has a background in manufacturing, but he comes from a family with a long history of aviation in St. Louis. Bill began his flight training when he acquired Ideal Aviation in 2011, and he has since earned his private, instrument, and multi-engine ratings. He uses Ideal's planes for business and for personal trips … it’s been a fantastic opportunity to combine work with pleasure!

Our Leadership Team

Bill Houska

Director of Operations

Bill Houska comes from a family of aviators. Bill is a Helicopter CFI with over 20 years of experience with over 15,000 hours of flight time. In 1970 his father, Bill Houska, Sr. founded Metropolitan Helicopters, St. Louis’s first helicopter flight school. Growing up around the business his first helicopter ride was when he was 6 months old and then around the age of 12 he got his chance to start “hold the sticks”. After high school he became a Commercial helicopter pilot and a Flight Instructor eventually stepping in to run the family company after the untimely death of his father. In 2002 he was offered the opportunity to become the Newschannel 5 Pilot/Reporter for Chopper 5. During the next 18 years he worked his way through the company holding the different job titles from Line Pilot to Check Airman to Director of Training to Chief Pilot. Bill is excited about getting back to his family roots in the Helicopter Training Industry to help move Ideal Aviation into the future.

Becca Sewell

Office Manager

Becca Sewell has lived in the Saint Louis area her entire life. She graduated from Southwestern Illinois College’s Pilot Training Program and Southern Illinois University’s Off-Campus Aviation Management program. Currently, she holds her Commercial ASEL rating and CFI with 500 flight hours. Becca has been training at Ideal Aviation since 2016 and has held the position of Office Manager since May 2019.

Colin Foppe

Chief Flight Instructor

Colin began his aviation career jumping out of helicopters while serving in the Marine Corps. He then became a St. Louis County Police Officer where he was trained to fly airplanes and then helicopters for the force. After leaving the Police Department, Colin spent four years as an FAA Inspector. Colin has worked for multiple Part 135 operators flying both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft; for the past twenty years he has flown with EMS, airborne news, and charter services with titles including Line Pilot, Check Airman, Director of Training, and Chief Pilot. Colin is currently an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner in both helicopters and airplanes.

Doug Keck

Director of Maintenance

Doug earned his A&P from Belleville Area College (now SWIC) in 1986, and he became an A&P-IA in 2001. He has been a fixture in the St. Louis aviation maintenance world, working at Boeing, TWA, Flight Express and others before joining Ideal in 2012. Doug is factory trained in Cirrus and Diamond aircraft, and he has extensive experience with Cessnas, Pipers, Beachcraft, and other makes. Doug also earned his private pilot’s license in 2009! In addition to being an excellent mechanic, Doug has a natural desire to serve – he bends over backwards to make sure our customers are happy with the work performed on their planes.

Some History

In the 1930s and ‘40s Macon’s family owned Von Hoffmann Aircraft Corporation and Von Hoffmann Flying School.  Major Albert Lambert (for whom Lambert International Airport is named) was president of the company in its early days.  Macon’s mother obtained her pilot’s license in 1943, just past her 18th birthday. 

She reveled flying her Stinson during her days at Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri, often taking friends on weekend outings to St. Louis and beyond.

Macon’s father (Bill Macon, Sr.) was also a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  “Big Bill” is pictured here after completing his flight training at Cimmaron Army Airfield in Oklahoma in 1943.  Macon, Sr. went on to teach radio communications at Scott Field during war, just down the road from where Ideal Aviation is now.

 

Today, Ideal Aviation is a full-service aircraft rental, flight training, fractional aircraft ownership, aircraft maintenance & avionics facility that has been serving both present and future pilots at St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS).  Their facilities span over 3 hangars with 8 available aircraft.

Amazing planes and service as always at Ideal Aviation

Mike P.

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Excellent FBO with great people, excellent service, flight instruction, and aircraft rentals!

Cecilia E.

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Great instructors, nice facilities. Highly recommended

Blake V.

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The people that work there are very nice and helpful And make it a very relaxing atmosphere

Don B

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