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John gained his PPL in 1975 whilst doing an M.Sc. in Geology at MacMaster University in Canada.
He then joined Shell International for a 30 year, mainly expatriate, career before retiring in 2000.
He has a total of 1300 hours and owns an American registered Piper Warrior operating out of Henstridge Airfield in Somerset.
He has organised the AOPA Flight Instructor Refresher Seminars for almost 20 years and also represents the owner pilots on AOPA’s Executive Committee.
He was a magistrate in Dorset for 10 years and his hobbies include wine collecting and P.G. Wodehouse novels.