John ‘Rider’ Kanuch retired from the United States Air Force (USAF) with 23 years of service and over 15 years of developmental and operational flight test experience in the F-35, F-15, F-16, and T-38. Throughout his career, he served as the F-35 site director and Joint Strike Fighter test pilot during the System Development and Demonstration phase at Lockheed Martin Aerospace in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, John instructed and served as Deputy Commandant at the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California. His last USAF assignment was coordinating all Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) testing at the Nellis Test and Training Range in Las Vegas, Nevada.
John has over 2,800 hours of flight time in 30 different types of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. His experience also includes combat flight time in Iraq and deployments to other overseas locations. He served as the senior US official in Saudi Arabia as part of a Joint Task Force advising and assisting the Royal Saudi Air Force senior leadership on air operations in the Middle East.
After his military career, John joined Tactical Air Support, Inc. as a Senior Tactical Analyst and provides direct Subject Matter Expert (SME) support to Navy TOPGUN, USAF Fighter Weapons School, and the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron. He is also the Project Manager for F-35 aircrew flight publications and is the Deputy Program Manager for Tactical Air’s Navy F-5 modernization program where he directs all Test and Evaluation efforts. John also serves as a Legislative Liaison and routinely meets on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and their senior staff.
John specializes in providing consulting services in the fields of program management, test and evaluation, human factors, unmanned systems, risk analysis and mitigation, safety programs, and technical writing.
He has a BS in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee. He is also graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and USAF Air War College.