Meet the Executive Director

John Dorcey, Executive Director

John is an aircraft pilot, aviation mechanic and aviation historian. He works as an aviation consultant for Skyword Communications, LLC.

After serving as a Missile Systems Analyst in the US Air Force for over 6 years John returned home to Wisconsin as a flight instructor, aircraft mechanic, and corporate pilot.

John served Wisconsin’s aviation industry as an aviation consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics for 22 years. He left WisDOT in August 2007, moving to Oshkosh and worked as the Operations Manager at Wittman Regional Airport for five years. He retired in 2012 and joined his wife Rose in their aviation consulting business.

A pilot with over 9000 flying hours and more than 4000 hours of flight instruction given, John holds the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate and is a Certified Flight Instructor with airplane single-engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings. Dorcey is also a certified aviation maintenance technician holding the Aircraft Mechanic Certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings. Additionally, John has served as an Aviation Safety Counselor and Airmen Certification Representative and is currently a lead rep for the FAA’s FAASTeam.

John has given more than 600 presentations to pilots, flight instructors, aircraft mechanics, various aviation organizations, local government groups and service clubs. He is a trained facilitator, conducts Train the Trainer courses, was active in the Boy Scouts of America and has performed in his local community theater. John has served as master of ceremonies for various functions on numerous occasions. He is regularly asked to make banquet presentations on a multitude of topics.

John sits on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (WAHF), serves as its treasurer, and maintains the organization’s website. A charter member of the Society of Flight and Aviation Educators (SAFE), John currently serves as their executive director. John has been a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) since 1972.