instruction, air tours, and aerial banner advertising services. In order to provide all of these flight
services we employ a team of highly trained and dedicated pilots. Over the next few blog posts we are
proud to introduce our expert team.
John Eric Midyette, 31, of Engelhard, North Carolina began flying in High School. He took flight lessons
with his Dad and it was “love at first sight.” John completed his flight training at OBX Airport with Jenny
Hawk, the owner of OBX Airplanes. Like other flight students at OBX Airplanes, John learned to fly on our
fleet of Cessna Aircraft. A dedicated pilot, he now works as a flight Instructor at OBX Airplanes. In
addition to flight instruction, John also tows banners and provides air tours to tourists and locals alike.
John’s favorite plane to fly is a Citabria, a light single-engine, two seat aircraft designed for flight training
and utility and capable of sustaining aerobatic stresses of +5g to -2g. Citabria is truly a sports plane
designed for aerobatics. In fact, “Citabria” spelled backwards is “Airbatic” and that is no coincidence.
John loves this aerobatic and high-g style of aviation. When asked what aircraft he would most like to
fly, he came back with two answers: the Extra Flugzeugbau EA 300 and the Space Shuttle. The Extra 300
is capable or ±10g with one person and ±8g with two. It was designed to be the ultimate aerobatic
In addition to flying, John also loves “piano, guitar, volunteering with [his] church, and Daddying.” We
are happy to have John as a member of our team at OBX Airplanes and hope that you will come fly with
him soon! When it comes to John’s aviation career “the sky’s the limit.”