LT John ‘Big’ Banitt
John began his U.S. Navy career as an enlisted member, graduating from the Nuclear Power program. Earning his Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he was then selected to attend Officer Training School, and completed flight training in 1992. While in the Navy, John served in the TACAMO community flying the E-6A/B aircraft in numerous capacities, including Aircraft Commander, Mission Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Wing Evaluator. His experience includes military, commercial, corporate and private aviation, with over 25 years of flying experience. John transitioned from the Navy to the OARS team in 2008 and currently serves as the company’s Chief Pilot.