John grew up in the co-pilot’s seat of airplanes and flew solo before he learned to drive. (Hint: The right rudder pedal in cars doesn’t work like it’s supposed to.) He got his Private Pilot certificate in Houston, and his Instrument rating, Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor (including Instrument Instructor), and Ground Instructor certificates in the Dallas area. He’s done most of his flying in Texas, but also some in the Northern Virginia and Los Angeles areas.
In addition to flying with Above & Beyond, John is finishing his Ph.D. in computer science at UT Austin. At UT, he performs research on programming languages. Also at UT, he has taught computer science, which he enjoys teaching almost as much as flight instruction. Prior to UT, John was an information technology (IT) engineer, consultant, and program manager.