Growing up on a farm in northern Colorado gave Dan Johannes a strong foundation in discipline, hard work, and persistence.  A natural aptitude for mechanics combined with his interest in aviation led him to Colorado Aero Tech where he obtained an Aircraft Mechanics License.  From there, he headed to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina to continue his aviation training.

At that time, Bob Jones University had its own FBO with a full service maintenance department.  The school needed an aircraft mechanic, and Dan needed a job.  They hired him to work full-time while he earned his degree and ratings, and it was there that he first became involved with business jets.

After graduation Dan moved back to Colorado.  Once again, his mechanical skills helped him land a job– this time at a local MRO (Maintenance Repair Organization).  Dan enjoyed his job but he longed to fly.

In 1989, Dan finally obtained his first flying job with a client in Billings, Montana.  The position called for a co-pilot/maintenance tech.  The transition was seamless, but Dan still wasn’t getting enough piloting experience.

Finally, in 1990, Dan applied for a job with a charter operator.  For the next five years, he amassed flying time by transporting freight throughout the Pacific Northwest.  At last his goal to fly full-time had been met.

When a financial services company in Great Falls, Montana decided to start a flight department, Dan became their consultant before being hired on full-time.  Dan’s mechanicals skills once again proved invaluable as their Director of Operations/Chief Pilot/Director of Maintenance, overseeing all aspects of their flight department for over 13 years.

Leaving was difficult, but the opportunity to fly Lear jets for Kiewit Corporation – the second largest construction company in the world – was too good to pass up.  The company, which is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, has a fleet of ten jets and was an early IS-BAO Stage III recipient.  Dan was based at their satellite flight operation in Portland, Oregon.

Early this year, Kiewit announced that it would be closing its Portland flight operation and moving the aircraft back to Omaha.  Dan knew that it would be difficult to move his family.  His wife is a third grade teacher in Troutdale, Oregon, his teenage son is doing well in high school, and his daughter recently completed her master’s degree in music.  So, Dan reached out to his contacts in the industry.

That’s where Mike Turoski and Global Aviation come in.  Mike is a pilot for Global and has known Dan since Great Falls.  One thing led to another, and in May, Global Aviation extended an offer.  He recently returned from flight training to fly the Hawker 800 that Global operates on its certificate and will also be flying the Lear 45.  With his varied skills and experiences, Dan is already proving to be an asset to Global Aviation’s team.

 

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