Welcome Flight Training Director Donn Stoner
February 14, 2018
Donn’s love for aviation started at age 9 when he enjoyed his first flight with a local aircraft owner. Since that day, the desire to be involved in aviation has never left him. Spending 4 years in the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller fueled his adventures in aviation while serving stateside, as well as abroad with aircraft carrier operations at sea. After the Navy came a career with the FAA as a Controller in Waterloo Iowa, Lincoln Nebraska, and Chicago O’Hare airport. Working with all kinds of aircraft from military, commercial airliners, to general aviation aircraft has caused great appreciation for the industry with it’s many different facets.
A dream was realized at age 50 when Donn obtained a private pilot certificate as well as an instrument rating through Performance Aircraft. In 2018, Donn joined Performance Aircraft as Director of Flight Training with a passion to impact the aviation industry by leading alongside a team dedicated to make a difference in the lives of people. Increasing the pilot ranks to address the growing deficit of pilots in the US and Internationally seems a worthy pursuit in the years to come. Serving to impact the people on our team, the communities where we live, the industry we are in, and the world we are a part of, gives a framework for living with purpose.
Prior to joining the Performance team, Donn was People Resource Director for an Auto Group that spanned 3 markets. Responsibilities included creating a people development culture with clear mission and cultural values. This occurred through leadership development of managers, and identification and development of emerging leaders. In short, working in a team based environment while encouraging and developing people to their full potential is a life motive for Donn.
Favorites include: spending time with his wife Mary and their family including 6 grand-kids, archery hunting, woodworking, outdoor activities, driving anything John Deere, and of course flying as often as possible.
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