Master Certified Flight Instructor
Corporate, Airline & Charter Experience
John’s aviation career began at Butler Aviation at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, IL. After nine years in Airport Operations at O’Hare Field, he seized the opportunity to take on his first full-time flying job as a Tow-Plane Pilot and Glider Instructor at Hinckley Soaring. In the fall of 1986 John advanced to Britt Airways, initially based in Quincy, Illinois. As First Officer, he flew Swearingen Metro 2, a twin-engine turbo-prop. Flying the Metro throughout the mid-west presented unique challenges in varied weather conditions in and out of airports ranging from busy airline hubs to smaller outlying airports.
Eager to advance his aviation career, he advanced to ATR-42 and the EMB-120 at Continental Express, Houston, TX, and further advanced to Continental Airlines (CAL), flying the Boeing 727, Newark, NJ.
John subsequently spent more than four years primarily flying in Alaska. In the spring of 1992, he went to work for SouthCentral Air, a small family owned airline, in Kenai, Alaska. John also worked as an aircraft dispatcher for both SkyWest Airlines (1996 – 1999) and Polar Air Cargo (1999 – 2000). He joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) where he flew both floats and snow-ski equipped aircraft into remote Alaskan areas. This introduction to ‘bush flying’ contributed to John’s spirit of adventure and a focus on best-practice safety techniques.
John has long been intrigued with tail-wheel airplanes. Since 2004, he has been a proud owner/ partner/ operator of a 1953 tail-wheel Cessna 180. From the tie-down in Long Beach, California, John makes frequent short flights to meet fellow pilots for a quick breakfast at Chino, Riverside, Big Bear, and other destinations.
- Founding Member, Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)
- FAASTeam Lead Rep KLGB