John began building and flying radio control airplanes at the age of 11. He received his pilot’s license at the age of 18. While studying for his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas, he bought a Cessna 150 and started the KU flying club where he began teaching and generating interest in civil aircraft. John then went on to earn his Air Transport Pilot license, Multi Engine Instructor, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics certificate and holds an FAA Inspection Authorization. John also has earned an MBA from Dowling College in Aviation Administration
John has accumulated almost 4,000 hrs of flight time ranging from small aircraft to corporate jets to competition aerobatics. John has always had a desire to push the envelope of technology in small aircraft. While at Kansas University, he worked to develop separate surface stability augmentation systems, worked with Cessna and Honeywell during the development of display technology for the Cessna Citation X. Most importantly, he was part of a team working under a NASA program for the development of the Advanced General Aviation Transport. The aircraft designed by his team went on to become the basis for the NASA AGATE program which concluded studies in 2001.
John was Director of Engineering for Adaptive Propulsion Systems (APS) where he was responsible for the development of an advanced engineering department to develop next generation piston engine technology for the military. While at APS, John completed his Six Sigma Black Belt training and implemented lean methods. John then went on to work as a consultant and engineer for Proxy Aviation where he was involved in the design and development of UAV airframe modifications for the incorporation of sensors and weapons packages. John has been a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and sat on committees responsible for the certification and operational requirements of UAVs.
Most recently, John has been with Signature Flight Support where he was operations manager at the West Palm Beach facility which saw typical daily operations of over 100 aircraft per day. John returned to his Kansas City Roots in 2010 as Director of Maintenance for the new Signature TechnicAir Aircraft Maintenance facilities at both Kansas City Downtown airport and New Century Air Center where he worked on turn around strategies.
Gary Scholtz retired after 27 years as a staff investigator and litigation legal assistant with the Vasos Law Offices. He investigated numerous cases involving transportation negligence, product liability, insurance claims, and utility power line cases. Prior to that, he was an investigator with the Kansas Department of SRS for 4 years and a commissioned police office with the City of Kansas City, Kansas for 12 years. He is a Board Certified Legal Investigator, conferred by the National Association of Legal Investigators. He was a charter member and past State Regional Director for the Kansas Association of Licensed Investigators and a member and National Regional Director for the National Association of Legal Investigators having published several articles on investigations. He was also a member of the Kansas Association for Justice and American Association for Justice Paralegal Affiliate. He is currently serving as an Officer for the Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council No. 11126, Shawnee, Kansas.
Gary is married to his wife Cindy for the past 43 years. They reside in Shawnee, Kansas and have one son and two grandchildren who live in Mora, Sweden.
Gary obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Administration from Ottawa University following a Paralegal Certificate from Rockhurst College, and an Associate of Arts Degree from KCK Community College. He is a Vietnam Army Veteran and a licensed fixed-wing and helicopter pilot with approximately 1,200 hours.
Gary joined the NAHM and is active in organizing all the publications, manuals, and documents pertaining to the Connie, DC-3, Martin 404, and the L-1011.
Brig. Gen Ben Robinson, USAF Ret