Bert Overfield, In Memory – Bert Overfield Consulting
Bert Overfield, who passed away in 2010, was a veteran of over 42 years in the aviation industry. He has held senior management positions where he directed aircraft design, development, certification and manufacturing. Bert has been involved in program management for both military and commercial aircraft programs, from preliminary design through production. He has been a Division General Manager, Vice-President/Plant Manager and Vice-President/Operations for major business aircraft manufacturers. His most recent position was Executive Vice-President of a large subcontract aircraft machining and fabrication facility. Bert received a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Colorado.
1500 Lakeview Dr
Keller TX, 76248
Chester Schickling – Chester Schickling Consulting
Chester Schickling is a seasoned business jet marketing leader who has developed and successfully managed marketing efforts for over 30 years. His proactive energetic style of getting involved is evidenced by the profitable results at the airframe manufacturers and aviation distributors he has served. Chester provides clients with a wealth of experience that can be adapted to specific aviation marketing projects that include new aircraft, used aircraft and major component distributors. Chester’s knowledge, personal recognition as well as contacts in the corporate aviation market are among the best. He can advise on both domestic and international programs. Chester holds bachelor of science and master’s degrees. He served as a pilot with combat experience in Vietnam and is currently holds an Airline Transport Rating and CFI licenses.
15646 Robin Ridge
San Antonio TX, 78248
Voice: 210-492-2778 :: Fax: 210-492-1744 :: Cell: 210-859-4300
Dale Ruhmel – Flight Dynamics
Mr. Ruhmel has over 40 years of experience in aviation involving development, design, testing modifications, and operation of aircraft. This also includes engineering experience in aerodynamics, performance, stability and control, air loads, structures, dynamics, systems design, weights, ground and flight testing. He has been intimately involved in the design, development and certification of over 25 transport and general aviation aircraft. Dale is an FAA DER of Structures, Flight Analyst, and Flight Test Pilot. In addition to his technical skills, Mr. Ruhmel holds an Airline Transport Pilot’s rating with experience in flight testing, corporate flying, air taxi, flight instruction and overall evaluation of aircraft. Dale holds an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from Princeton University.
17140 Talbot Rd
Edmonds WA, 98026
Voice: 425-640-5874 :: Cell: 805-218-6660
Darrel Noland – Darrel Noland Consulting
Darrel Noland is a DER for Mechanical Systems and Equipment for FAR Part 25 aircraft. He has been involved in the design and installation of water, oxygen, air distribution, hydraulic, and interior completion items. He has been in the industry for over 30 years and has been involved in Part 23 and 25 airplanes and Part 29 helicopters. Mr. Noland is a graduate of Purdue University with a BS degree in management along with an aviation technical degree. He has been involved in managerial and program management positions for several years He has also been an accident investigator for Beech Aircraft and has attended accident investigation school at USC. He has been involved in aircraft crashworthiness research and has attended a crash investigation school from the human tolerance aspects at the International Center for Safety education (ICSE) in Phoenix AZ. Darrel has a SEL pilot certificate.
3022 E Alpine Dr
Bellingham WA, 98226
Voice: 360-527-3392 :: Cell: 360-961-2664
David McClenahan – McClenahan Engineering
Dave McClenahan is a Structures DER for FAR Part 23/25/27/29 as well as CAR 3/4/6&7. Mr. McClenahan is also a Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada for Mechanical Engineering. Dave’s company can perform aviation static analyses, damage tolerance analyses, structural repair engineering, prepare material and process specifications, perform finite element analyses and testing as well as perform structural CAD design. Dave is well versed in both metallic and composite structures. He has over 25 years experience and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University.
Sparks NV, 89436
Dennis Newton – Dennis Newton Consulting
Dennis Newton provides 34 years of industry and FAA experience in flight
test related matters for clients involved in development and certification
projects for light twins, turbo props and jet transports. Dennis is Also an FAA DER Flight Test Pilot with authorization for FAR 25, FAR 23 and CAR 3 airplanes. He holds Airline Transport Pilot type ratings in seven jet and four turboprop airplanes, and is instructor-rated in single- and multi-engine airplanes and gliders. He has been intimately involved in the design, development and certification of both general aviation and transport airplanes since 1969. He has done airline crew training and flown as a training captain in line operations with several foreign airlines. Although his particular specialties are icing development and certification and autoflight and avionics integration, he also has engineering and flight test experience in aerodynamics, performance, and stability and control. Dennis Newton holds a B.S. in Engineering and an M.S. in Meteorology from Penn State, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, A Centennial Fellow of the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He is the author of numerous papers and aviation magazine articles on icing and other weather topics as well as the book, “Severe Weather Flying”, now in its third edition.
PO Box 3793
Kent WA, 98089
Donald Bruss (In Memory)- – D. Bruss & Associates
For those aviation friends who may not have known, Don Bruss past away in December 2000 from complications during an operation. Don Bruss had a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and has 48 years experience in aircraft engineering at 5 major airframe manufacturers and his consultant engineering firm. His activities, that were predominantly in landing gear, include over 70 aircraft landing gear, wheels, brakes, tires, and or skid control projects, covered by FAR Part 23, Part 25, US Air Force or Navy requirements. He had been a member of the SAE A-5 Aerospace Landing Gear Systems Committee since 1956 (chairman 1966-1977) and had been an FAA Consultant DER in Structures since 1964 for landing gears, wheels, brakes, tires and skid control. Don and his consultant firm performed landing gear configuraiton studies, preliminary designs, detail production designs, analytical drop test reports, landing and ground handling loads reports, proposal and procurement specs, drop test proposals, drop test reports, and aircraft tire flotation analysis. Don’s wife, Mary, resides at the following address. We will miss you, Don.
14216 E. Boston
Wichita KS, 67230
Gary Nakagawa – GKN & Associates, Inc.
Gary Nakagawa, President of GKN & Associates, Inc., is a consultant specializing in aviation safety and certification. He is an aeronautical engineer with more than 34 years of experience in aircraft safety matters. As an official in the FAA Aircraft Certification Service, he held key management positions within the Continental U.S.; the Asia-Pacific Region; and Europe, Africa, and the Middle East Regions. At the executive level, Gary participated in high-level domestic and international strategic planning and negotiations. He was also responsible for the issuance of type design approvals and continued operational safety for domestic as well as foreign manufactured aircraft approved in accordance with provisions of U.S. International Bilateral Airworthiness and Aviation Safety Agreements. During his tenure with the FAA, he was directly involved with major type certification programs, complex supplemental type certification projects, aircraft airworthiness certification and, airworthiness directive safety actions. The programs and activities covered a wide range of aircraft and related aeronautical products (small airplanes, gliders, balloons, helicopters, transport airplanes, engines, and propellers).
8800 Bonta Court
Las Vegas NV, 89134
Voice: 702-256-8536 :: Cell: 702-683-3873
Glen Mills – South West Aero Group
Glen Mills is a Flight Analyst DER for FAR Part 23/25 aircraft and is authorized to witness and approve data for FAR Part 36. Mr. Mills has 25 Years of experience in performance and flying qualities, avionics, air data, noise and icing flight test, and 15 years certification program management. Certification management includes airline/executive interior and avionics reconfigurations, and special mission modifications supporting aerial reconnaissance for US and foreign military organizations. South West Aero Group associates have OEM program management experience in heavy structural modification programs and airline support. South West Aero Group supports PMA certification projects and conducts quality audits for companies working to obtain PMA authorization. Mr. Mills received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Glen is a commercial instrument pilot and is also a flight instructor.
42348 La Gabriella Drive
Lancaster CA, 93536
Voice: 661-943-0920 :: Fax: 661-943 1381
Jack Sledge – Alamo Aerospace, LLC
Jack Sledge is a DER for propulsion systems (reciprocating engines); flight analyst and acoustics. He has over 15 years experience in the installation of reciprocating engines in CAR 3 and FAR 23 aircraft as well as program management of aircraft certification projects. Jack’s company can provide compliance checklists, drawing review and approval, test plans, test witnessing and final reports. He routinely conducts FAR 36 acoustical tests on propeller-driven aircraft and also conducts analyses to show “no acoustical change”. Jack is experienced in coordinating projects that involve numerous entities and stays actively involved with physical modifications on the certification test aircraft. Prior to starting his own company in 2000, he was employed by The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. and Ram Aircraft, Inc. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University and is also a private pilot.
1687 CR 1790
Sunset TX, 76270
:: Cell: 940-399-8060
James Brooks – Praxden, LLC
James Brooks is a Senior Electrical System Design Engineer with over 20 years in the aircraft industry. Jim provides electrical design integration with liaison support for both small and large projects. He has extensive experience in design, testing, certification of aircraft electrical/avionic systems and equipment for part 23 & 25. He specializes in custom power systems, medical power systems including coordination and development of equipment racks, circuit breaker panel layout and control panels. He has supported numerous projects and is also skilled in AutoCAD, CatiaV5, MS Office, MS Project and MS Access. Jim is well known for his attention to detail.
8517 Merriman Farm Rd
Oak Ridge NC, 27310
:: Cell: 336-682-6921
James French – James H. French Consulting
As a senior financial executive, Mr. French was the Budget Director for Howard Hughes Summa Corporation and a former Budget Manager for Hughes Helicopters. His other experience includes ten years as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for a large transportation firm and experience as the Controller of an aircraft R&D project. Jim has extensive experience in modeling, budgeting, risk analysis and forecasting, as well as comprehensive financial expertise. He possesses excellent communications skills and years of experience in proposal preparation to share with clients. In addition to his business skills Jim was a Marine Corps aviator.
6233 SW Timber Ridge Dr
Corvallis OR, 97333
John Piper – John Piper Associates
John Piper is a seasoned member of aviation with over 30 years of key experience; Piper Aircraft (14 years), Beech Aircraft (9 years) and as an independent consultant since 1991 as JOHN PIPER ASSOCIATES. Mr. Piper has “hands-on” and management experience in all aspects of aircraft manufacturing operations, program management (military / commercial, aircraft development & certification programs), international programs, site selection, facility planning and layout, feasibilty studies, marketing, and senior management. John’s international aviation assignments primarily involve South America and Western Europe, but also include Russia, Poland, Japan, Uzbekistan and Taiwan. His aviation heritage prompted flying at an early age as a multi-engine and instrument rated commercial pilot. John has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School.
688 S Ridge Dr
Perrysburg OH, 43551
Joseph Bauer – Assignment Adventure
Joseph C. Bauer is an accomplished writer, producer and voice for national and international productions and corporate video. Mr. Bauer has produced highly effective and creative videos for corporations to communicate, improve their image and create new business. All videos are professionally shot, scripted, edited, narrated and produced, providing clients with an impressive “turn key video project.” In addition, Mr. Bauer is the host and producer of “ASSIGNMENT ADVENTURE” a syndicated radio and television program.
PO Box 6703
Orange CA, 92863
Mark Ostendorf – Starline Aircraft Co
Mr. Ostendorf has 33 years experience in aircraft design and certification. This includes work with Lockheed [L-1011], Ted Smith Aerostar [the Aerostar series], Tracor Aviation, Sundstrand [TransCom], Lucas Aerospace and innumerable contracts with various firms involving electrical, electronic and avionics systems design and/or certification. Mr. Ostendorf has been an FAA DER in Systems & Equipment, Electrical, Part 23/25 since 1975 and has been involved in various types of certifications including TCs, STCs and PMAs. Mark is a pilot with multiengine instrument ratings and is a sport airplane enthusiast as the owner of a Long EZ.
P.O. Box 6765
Santa Barbara CA, 93160
Voice: 805-683-0799 :: Fax: 805-683-8912
R. Douglas Marwill – Marwill & Associates
Doug Marwill is a DER for Propulsion Systems and Engines with over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry. Prior to opening his business 15 years ago he was employed by Lockheed Missiles and Space, Beech Aircraft and Fairchild. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and a graduate of Wichita State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Besides his broad propulsion system capabilities he is a self established expert in crash resistant fuel system designs meeting the new FAA standards and is well versed in propulsion / fuel system litigation in support of airframe manufactures.
14004 Mint Trail
San Antonio TX, 78232
Robert Homan – Robert E. Homan Consulting
Robert Homan is an experienced member of senior management for quality assurance and manufacturing. Bob has over 35 years of aviation related electronics and airframe manufacturing experience in various positions which prepared him for his director and vice president leadership roles. Bob’s practical approach to establishing quality and manufacturing procedures for new aviation companies has led to several TC, STC and PMA certifications. He has maintained Certified Quality Engineer credentials from the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Supporting his aviation manufacturing profession, Bob is an instrument and multi-engine flight instructor and has type ratings. Bob attended Memphis State University and San Diego City College.
3535 Hunters Circle
San Antonio TX, 78230
Voice: 210-479-2113 :: Cell: 210-378-5838
Robert W Honzik – The Drake Group Incorporated
Robert Honzik is the president and founder of THE DRAKE GROUP INCORPORATED, formed in 1990 as an aeronautical engineering and seminar company. He is also an FAA DER for Mechanical Systems and Interiors for FAR Part 23 & 25 aircraft. Mr. Honzik has 43 years of continuous aviation employment, the last 36 years have been in major FAA Certification efforts. His aviation experience includes engineering of Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft as well as special mission aircraft. Bob is also the creator of The Drake Group’s series of aviation seminars focusing on industry’s understanding of the FAA certification process. He is a BS technical graduate of Purdue University and has an MBA from Nevada University-Reno. Bob is a SEL pilot with a commercial, instrument rating.
3230 E Flamingo Rd #365
Las Vegas NV, 89121
Voice: 702.796.0911 :: Fax: 866.422.0873 :: Cell: 702.682.0911
Ronald Harvey, In Memory – Ronald H. Harvey & Associates, Inc.
Ronald H. Harvey, a long time member of The Drake Group, has has past away in 2007 in Carson City, NV. Ron was a pragmatic generalist that was involved in the design and development of prototype twin turbine powered aircraft for over 35 years. As a designer he had over 18,000 hours of CAD design. Ron will be missed.
PO Box 20123
Carson City NV, 89721
Stephen Bowyer – ThistleGreen Technologies
Steve Bowyer is a structures DER with a diverse technical background. His FAA delegation includes FAR 23 & 25 airplanes, with special designation for repairs & alterations. His experience includes OEM and airline structural repair design, military modification design, corporate jet structural mods, avionics installations, test rig design and corporate interiors installations. Steve has a Bachelor of Engineering degree and is also a SMELS pilot. This wide range of skills, coupled with a powerful network of associates, can provide your firm with the experience and expertise it needs for its projects.
Steve’s company, ThistleGreen Technologies, is conveniently located in the Southwestern US. Specific capabilities include:
·Approval and design of structural repairs.
·Approval and design of structural modifications.
·Finite element analysis of structures using Nastran software.
·Designing and performing structural tests.
·On site damage assessment and liaison support for aircraft repairs.
·Development of process specifications, drawing standards and engineering document procedures.
·Representing customer’s interests at meetings with regulatory authorities, OEMs etc.
Please direct all business inquiries directly to Mr. Bowyer at the following addresses.
10241 N Hardage Lane
Tucson AZ, 85737
:: Fax: 520-572-8289 :: Cell: 520-490-0405
William Ackerman, In Memory – William Ackerman Consulting
Mr. Ackerman,who past away in 2008, had over 39 years experience in aircraft engneering and certification. This includes engineering experience in systems design, flight deck design, interior design and aircraft systems certification to FAR 23 and FAR 25 requirements. Bill had extensive experience in analysis of systems to achieve low cost and light weight to achieve reliable and simple systems. Included were safety analyses to achieve the safety levels required by FAA and customer requirements. Also included in Bill’s experience was over 30 years experience in supervision and management of aircraft design and certification programs. This experience included cost and manpower estimation of airplane design programs. Bill had worked over four years as a technical advisor for aircraft design and certification in Asian countries. Bill’s wife, Patty, still resides in Reno. Bill will be missed
2050 Joy Lake Road
Reno NV, 89511
Voice: 702-849-2743 :: Cell: 775-843-9030
William Wailes – Wailes & Associates, LLC
Bill Wailes is a creative and versatile aerospace professional with over 25 years experience in the aerospace and aviation industries as a manager, engineer, designer, and pilot. He has a solid track record of aviation/aerospace program management in both R&D and manufacturing modes. He has served as President of a composite aerospace structures engineering, certification and manufacturing company with FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval. Bill’s recent consulting assignments include drafting of PMA Manuals for clients gearing up for complex aircraft modification work.
Bill holds a Degree in Aerospace Engineering Science from the University of Colorado. His background includes a broad mix of Dept. of Defense and Commercial programs in both aviation and space arenas. As a test engineer, he gained extensive working experience at US Gov’t test ranges including Edwards AFB, Dugway Proving Ground, NAS El Centro, Yuma Proving Ground, White Sands Missile Range and Sandia Labs as well as the Woomera test range in Australia. His many years of space launch experience includes on-site work at NASA’s space centers including Kennedy Space Center, Marshal Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, Ames Research Center and launch sites including KSC, Wallops Island and Vandenberg AFB. His management credentials include R&D, production, operations and general management responsibilities. Some of his work has required that he hold a US Govt. security clearance. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, he is an FAA licensed Commercial Pilot with multi-engine, instrument and Flight Instructor ratings.
1104 South Townsend Ave
Montrose CO, 81401
Voice: 970-252-1992 :: Fax: 970-252-1993 :: Cell: 970-417-9075