John is a certified airplane ‘Nerd’. He started flying when he was just 14 years old and soloed on his 16th birthday. He has a degree in commercial aviation from the University of North Dakota, as well as King Air 300/350, Beechjet and Citation X type ratings. He has accumulated over 5,000 hours of total flight time, with 3,000 hours in turboprops and jets. John was awarded “National Top Pilot” after leading the University of North Dakota’s Flying Team to First Place at the 2001 NIFA National Championships. John has loved airplanes his entire life, and enjoys flying and competing in aerobatics. He has a way of making students feel comfortable with his easy-going nature and enjoys the challenge of making difficult concepts easy to understand. He is now a corporate pilot flying a Citation X for a local company and continues flight instruction at Mach 5 Aviation in order to share his love of aviation with others.