Jetwhine Publisher’s Bio — Robert P. (Rob) Mark

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    In the left seat of Dassault’s                           Falcon 8X

Rob Mark, Pilot, Aviation journalist, Editor, and a Video & Audio Producer

A lifelong pilot and flight instructor, Rob began flying as a single pilot for small companies in aircraft like the Piper Seneca and Navajo Chieftain. He later flew for the original Midway Airlines until that company closed its doors in 1991. The majority of his flying career has been spent as an ATP-rated business aviation and charter pilot in both Part 91 and Part 135 operations having logged nearly 7,000 hours. He holds Certified Flight Instructor and seaplane ratings. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Rob also spent 10 years of his career as an air traffic controller and supervisor for the FAA in both VFR towers and TRACONS.

Until August 2021 Rob was Flying magazine’s senior editor. He’s now a contributing editor for Business and Commercial Aviation, part of the Aviation Week Group. He’s also written feature stories on operations, safety and training stories for Aviation International News, Air & Space, AOPA Pilot-Turbine, Air Line Pilot, Career Pilot, P1, The Chicago Tribune, The Northwestern magazine, and others. He was twice awarded the Airbus Aerospace Journalist of the Year at the Paris Air Show and also twice awarded the National Business Aviation Association’s Gold Wing Award for Outstanding Journalism, one while at Aviation International News and another when he was with Flying. Rob Mark was inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame in the fall of 2021. During his career as a journalist, Rob has authored four aviation books published by McGraw-Hill and also published the award-winning industry blog, Jetwhine.com. Jetwhine’s new podcast – Stories About Flying – is expected to premiere in March 2023.

An audio producer, Rob co-hosts the Attitude Adjustment show each day on EAA Radio during AirVenture, the nation’s largest airshow in Oshkosh Wisconsin. He has also served as an on-air aviation expert for CNN, Fox News, NBC-TV, WGN-TV, the BBC, and a number of radio outlets. He delivered on-camera analysis for some of his own stories such as for P1 when he flew Gulfstream’s G550.

Rob wrote, produced, and narrated the “Alone in the Cockpit.” safety video about single-pilot aircraft operations for the NBAA in 2017. He wrote and produced a safety video – “Before You Fly Your Drone.” – in the early days of droning for operators not familiar with how their flying could interrupt operations for regular aircraft. While on assignment in France, Rob was invited to fly the mighty A380, an experience he later turned into a video, “Flying the A380,” with the help of his friend Pete Combs.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Mark served five years as an adjunct faculty member when he returned to teach at his alma mater in that same graduate program.

Rob Mark is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Business Aviation Association, the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Flight Safety Foundation, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the American Bonanza Society and the Chicago Executive Pilots Association.

E-mail: rmark@commavia.com

Twitter: Jetwhine

Base: Evanston Illinois just north of Chicago

Phone: 847-864-9780 (office), 847-644-1575 (cell)