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From The Left Seat


My name is John M. White, also known as JetAviator7. As an ATP pilot my career spanned many jobs and years – from student pilot to flight instructor, from charter pilot to corporate pilot and eventually to aviation insurance specialist.

Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting and working with people from all walks of life who have been involved in aviation in one form or another. Their stories and my experiences have led me to be a full time blogger and my goal is to bring you those stories in this blog.

Cessna Bravo and JetAviator7

Cessna Bravo and JetAviator7

From Hobby to Profession

I decided to learn to fly many years ago when I was in high school, and after graduation from high school I joined the Air Force, not as a pilot, but became a Russian linguist.

However, during my time in the Air Force I did learn to fly and earned my Private Pilot Certificate in 1961. After I left the Air Force I attended Michigan State University where I became involved in the Winged Spartans Flying Club. It was during this time that I began to acquire additional pilot certificates and ratings, and by the time I graduated I held a Commercial Pilot Certificate with multi-engine land and instrument ratings, a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate for airplanes and instruments and a Ground Instructor Certificate.

I then went to work in Battle Creek, Michigan – first with a Fixed Base Operator and then for a corporation – during which time I earned my Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and several type ratings. After a 7 year career as a corporate pilot I started a very successful aviation insurance agency in the Lansing, Michigan area.

When I sold my aviation insurance business back in 2004 I looked for some way to continue to be involved in my passion: aviation. After a few years of business consulting my urge to return to aviation took over, and I began looking for a way to express myself and provide value to my fellow pilots.

Whether you are a student pilot, a corporate pilot or just fly for pleasure you will find we share those same interests. I have learned from everyone I have met over the years, and those acquaintances and friendships have broadened my knowledge, experience and interest in aviation.

Why the “All Things Aviation Blog”?

On the right you see an image of the Douglas DC-3, my favorite airplane to fly. It stands there, proud, ready to fly and just inviting you to climb aboard, slip the bounds of earth and travel to places unknown.

And that is what aviation is really all about. The pure joy of being free, of challenging the elements, of testing our skills and rewarding us with experiences we will never forget.

If you share this passion for aviation, are curious about a few of the people who have made a difference in aviation or simply would like to learn more about this wonderful hobby and avocation, then spend some time on our website, follow our blog posts and by all means participate in the conversation by commenting as often as you can.

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Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!

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