“There's a big difference between a pilot and an aviator: one is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight.”
— E. B. Jeppesen
Jon was practically introduced to aviation from the womb — his father had the presence of mind to bring his first pilot's logbook to the hospital delivery room, putting his ink footprints on the blank front page. Having been taught to fly an airplane long before learning how to drive a car, he has been enthralled with all aspects of aviation throughout his entire life. Jon is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he earned a NROTC Scholarship, Commercial Pilot License with Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings, and Bachelors Degree of Aeronautical Science in 2010. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where served with the 2d Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Sangin, Afghanistan, and completed Army Airborne School. During his combat deployment to Afghanistan, he served as a Personnel Advisor to an Afghan Nation Army Infantry Battalion, which equipped him with skills that he continues to rely on as an instructor and consultant.
Jon learned how to fly paramotors at Aviator PPG in 2014, before leaving the Marine Corps as a Captain in order to join the team as an instructor in 2016. There, he contributed a wealth of instructional skill, leadership, knowledge, and customer service acumen, and was also instrumental in bringing the first ever paramotor aerobatics event to a major U.S. air show at EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh, WI. After a year of working apprenticeship, Jon received his USPPA Instructor certification from the legendary Eric Dufour in 2017, and has been featured in Aviator’s Instructional DVD on Ground Handing and FliteTest’s YouTube Series on learning how to fly paramotors. He also completed the 2018 Icarus-X Florida race, where he proudly represented Resurgence PPG, a 501c non-profit established for the purposes of guiding wounded military veterans to overcome life challenges through the sport of powered paragliding.
Today, Jon has trained more than 250 students to date (April 2019) at schools such as Aviator PPG in Lake Wales, FL, ParaCosta in Jaco, Costa Rica, FlyMiPPG in St Johns, MI, Skyfield Flightworks in Ridgeland, SC, and various schools throughout the United States. In addition to being a USPPA certified Paramotor Instructor, Jon is also an FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).