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John has been an aviation enthusiast since the age of ten. After countless hours in front of the flight simulator on the family computer, he finally earned his fixed-wing license right before joining the Air Force. There, served as an F-15E Instructor Weapon Systems Officer for ten years, obtaining 1,600 flight hours over two deployments to Afghanistan and well over 100 combat missions flying Close Air Support. Once in the civilian world, John made the leap to helicopters, going all the way through CFI-I in the unforgiving flight training environment presented by the mountains around Lake Tahoe. John is an avid backpacker, sailor, and photographer; follow his non-flying adventures on his website, by clicking the button below.

Posts by John Peltier

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The Cessna T303 Crusader: Cessna’s Answer to Beech and Pipers Twin Trainers Cessna saw great success with their 1953 Cessna 310 light twin. For …

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Is Nikumaroro Island the Location of the Amelia Earhart Disappearance? Of all the mysteries and conspiracy theories making up a good portion of American …

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The Robinson R66 Helicopter’s Turbine Engine Brings the Power If there’s one major performance characteristic that the Robinson R44 could improve on, it’s operating …

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Remembering Aviator and Adventurer Steve Fossett Most adventurers would agree that it’s the crazy world record attempt that would kill you, not a walk …

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Bell 206 JetRanger: The Most Successful Commercial Helicopter Ever Produced It’s probably the most recognizable helicopter in the world. You’re familiar with it – …

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The Cessna 340: One Of General Aviation’s Most Popular Pressurized Twins Featured Image: Courtesy of Jessica Ambats Cessna had a great thirty-year run with …

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The Call of the A-10 Warthog The A-10 Warthog. Combat ground troops love it and Air Force leaders hate it, favoring the new F-35. …

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The Robinson R44 Helicopter: The Top Piston Helicopter Available The Robinson R44 helicopter is a four-seat follow-up to the highly successful R22 two-seat helicopter …

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What is Hypoxia, and What Causes It? True or False: As a general aviation pilot who never flies above 10,000 feet, you don’t need …

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The Legacy of the Rutan Brothers Nearly a century after the Wright Brothers made aviation history (or should I say, started it?), another team …

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