Aviation Editor John Kounis Dies

John Kounis Pia Bergqvist

John Kounis, editor of aviation magazine Pilot Getaways, died suddenly this week at his home in Glendale, California. Kounis was an avid pilot with several thousand hours of flight time and the proud owner of a Cessna 185. During his exciting career, he visited more than 50 countries in a variety of general aviation airplanes.

In addition to his work with_ Pilot Getaways,_ which he started about 17 years ago with his brother, George, Kounis was a regular speaker at aviation shows around the country. He spoke on a variety of subjects including mountain flying, touring Europe in a private airplane, flying through Africa and more. One of his greatest passions was flying in the backcountry, and he worked tirelessly along with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) to preserve threatened air strips and regain access in areas that have been closed to aviation.

Kounis also worked for many years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Kounis had recently returned from a delivery flight from California to Malaysia in a Cessna 185. Kounis was 51 years old. He will be sorely missed by many in the aviation community.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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