~~John A. O’Brien, 69, of Deltona, FL passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL after losing his nearly two-year battle with cancer.
John was born in Cambridge, MA on March 15, 1948, the son of John and Mildred Dunn O’Brien.
John is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Patricia Sadowski O’Brien and daughters Shannon Brown and her children, Nicholas and Elizabeth; Bridget Marron and her husband John; his three sons, John and his wife, Sara and their daughter, Elaine; and Daniel and Thomas; stepsons, Jason Overton and his wife, Jill and their children Jordan and his wife Kara, Jadyn and her husband Kenyatee and Jayme; Casey Overton and his wife, Jessica and their children, Noah and Maya and three step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his four sisters and their husbands, Janice and Henry Fairman, Claire Kelley, Alice and Albert Lex and Christine and David Myette and several nieces and nephews.
John had a true love and passion for the aviation industry and flying. He was Vice President of Maintenance and Operations at Delta Connection Academy beginning 1999 until his retirement in 2010. Until recently, he was President of John A. O’Brien Aviation Consulting.
Prior to joining Delta Connection Academy, John developed and operated a Part 145 FAA and JAA approved Heavy Repair Station in Melbourne, FL and beginning in 1986 served as Vice President of Operations for Business Express, a regional carrier in the Northeast, overseeing its growth to 70 turboprop and turbojet aircraft, and in 1978 was Director of Operations and Chief Pilot at Allegheny Airlines where he also served as a Line Pilot and Check Airman.
Prior to his Regional Airline Career, John served as Vice President and General Manager of Technical Aeroservices, a Part 141 and 135 Operator. He taught Aviation Science classes at Harvard and Tufts Universities in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
John received his aviation training at Executive Flyers Aviation Academy, New England Aeronautical Institute, and the U.S. Army Aviation School. John had his pilot license before he had his driver’s license.
John had served as Chairman of the Regional Airline Association Training Committee, Beech 1900 Operators Committee, SD3 MMEL Advisory Committee, Flight International Ab Initio Advisory Board, and Massachusetts Flight School Committee. He also served as President of the Pennsylvania Airlines Pilots’ Association and served on the Broward College Advisory Board, as well as being Chairman of the Pilot Career Initiative. He had also served on the Administrator’s ARC to recommend new requirements for CFR FAR Part 121 First Officers. He was a member of the RAA, NBAA, AOPA, and NHA.
John has been featured in Aviation Daily, April 3, 1998 and September 22, 1995 editions as well as the Commuter Regional Airline News, September 4, 1995 edition. He was also featured in the cover stories of Professional Pilot Magazine, in July 1987 and June 1990.
John was an accomplished Airline Transport Pilot with over 19,000 flight hours and was type rated in N262, SD3, SF-340, and BAe 146 aircraft.
Celebration of Life Services will be held for John on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm at Lankford Funeral Home, 220 E. New York Avenue, DeLand, FL.
Donations can be made in his honor to Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612 or online www.moffitt.org Give.