Charles (Charlie) B. Johnson is a veteran aerospace industry executive with a storied career of aviation and industry leadership. His career began in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot flying the F-105 in combat missions over Southeast Asia. In his civilian career, he was a pilot for golfer Arnold Palmer, Chief of production flight test for Learjet, Production flight test manager for Cessna Aircraft, Aviation manager for Koch Industries, and the President and Chief Operating Officer for Cessna.
Mr. Johnson has over 15,000 hours of flight time, including 5,000 hours as a test pilot. During his time at Cessna and Learjet he was involved with the certification of over 25 new models of aircraft. Mr. Johnson is also a well-known advocate for electric aviation and has worked in leadership roles at Bye Aerospace, the industry-leading manufacturer of the eFlyer 2 all-electric trainer aircraft.
As flight instructor, Mr. Johnson has helped many pilots solo on their 16th birthday and spread the love of flight to thousands of people through volunteer work at the Kansas Aviation Museum and Denver Wings over the Rockies Museum. He has been inducted into both the Kansas and Colorado Aviation Museum Halls of Fame.