It was my time in the US Navy working on aircraft that help me decide to continue in this career path. After reviewing the many schools available at that time I decided on Spartan School of Aeronautics.
I attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK from January 1971 to September 1972, obtaining my A&P license with a second class FCC license.
While attending Spartan for my A & P, I also earned my private, commercial, multi engine, instrument and flight instructor’s ratings at the Tulsa Riverside Airport. Currently hold A&P with IA endorsement with over 2500 hours of flying experience.
After Spartan I returned to Minneapolis, MN and started with Honeywell Flight Operations in January of 1973 as an A&P maintenance technician. Aircraft at that time consisted of 2 Gulfstream G I’s, Jetstar-8 and a Cessna 310B model.
Very quickly I learned and realized that Spartan was the basis of a career to build upon on. My next 32 years at Honeywell Flight Operations was filled with great experiences, continuing education both professionally and personally.
I attended Minneapolis Community College in the evenings and graduated in the spring of 1979 with a degree in Supervisory and Management.
In 1979 I was promoted to the Manager of Aircraft Maintenance and Facilities for Honeywell Flight Operations, Minneapolis. Responsibilities include the asset management of company owned aircraft, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance requirements and long range planning as required. Aircraft have included Gulfstream II’s, III’s, IV’s Citation 650’s models III and VII’s. With the merger of Allied Signal and Honeywell in December 1999 transferred to Morristown, NJ. Responsibilities included two Citation X’s, Falcon 2000, Falcon 900 EX, Gulfstream IV’s and a Sikorsky S 76 B helicopter.
I also have had extensive management and coordination with the military, FAA, NASA and Honeywell engineers involving flight-test projects as required for equipment development, STC and certification programs. These have included programs with OH 58, Huey, Cobra, Blackhawk and MD 500 helicopters. Fixed wing aircraft have ranged from light twins, Citations, Gulfstreams and the F 20 Tigershark. The Citation 650 in Minneapolis was used for the space shuttle radar altimeter program, various military sensors and the early days of GPS testing and certification.
I retired from Honeywell in 2002. I started my aircraft consulting business in late 2002 and continue to work full time as an aircraft maintenance consultant.
John is married to Bonnie Bucher and they make their home in Minneapolis, MN. They have two children; Molly is in high school while Scott is married works for Gulfstream and lives in Dallas, TX.