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COPA Flight 44

February Meeting: Peter Zaccagnino of Supersonic Productions and the High Performance Aircraft Group

  • 14 Feb 2024
  • 19:00

Our February speaker is Peter Zaccagnino of Supersonic Productions and the High Performance Aircraft Group.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30, and the talk begins at 7pm.


The session will be held at the SMS Training Facility at 75 Tiverton Court.  This is just off Allstate Parkway just short of the old Nav Can tower on the southwest side of the field.  Google Maps link.

Come North up from Hwy 7 on Allstate Parkway just past the sign that says No Exit after the 2nd or 3rd stop sign and Tiverton is on the left follow it west to the end (only 100 meters or so) and go to the Toshiba Building that is 75.  Go left into the parking area (you may recognize a number of Ambulances parked there).  The door for the Training Center is at the basement area on the South side of the building.  The door is normally closed but we will have someone letting people in.  Call Dave Sprague if you need assistance -- his cell phone number is posted in the BFC-News announcement of this meeting.  Or, ask in the WhatsApp group.

About Peter:

Since earning his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and restoring five airplanes and building three others (including a Lancair Super Legacy), Peter has flown over 23,000 hours in more than 270 aircraft types and flight tested over 685 aircraft. Peter’s company manages several corporate jets, and he spends 3-4 months each year on custom-tailored world tours for his customers. 

His fifteen years of racing at the National Championship Air Races have included four championships, including the 2019 Jet Gold Champion, 2015 Jet Gold Champion, 2013 Jet Gold Champion at 509 mph and the fastest qualifying lap at 529 mph, and 2007 Gold Champion in the Sport Class. In 2005, he won his first race in his first year of professional competition. Peter is also the owner of High Performance Aircraft Group, which performs flight test services for several manufacturers, including the U.S. and foreign militaries. Peter holds several licenses and a variety of type ratings in several jets and former military aircraft. In 2019, Peter was inducted into The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey.

Peter’s latest endeavors include writing, film production, and aviation filming. His first book, Relevant: A Military Thriller Inspired by True Events, was released in March 2020. He has produced and been involved with multiple Discovery Channel and Smithsonian Channel productions (including as lead talent on Dangerous Flights), various documentaries, and several shorts and race productions. When not flying or at work on his creative projects, Pete is an avid skier and loves most outdoor activities. Pete’s philanthropy includes Wounded Warriors, the National Ability Center, various orphanages in Central and South America, and Christian Service projects for children in remote locations worldwide.”
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