Scotty Crandlemire – Director of Sales/Pilot Services
Scotty began his flying career in 1984. His first experience in aviation began flying sail planes, while stationed in England and serving in the United States Air Force. From then on, the aviation passion began to grow and flourish.
After 10 active duty years in the USAF, Scotty began participating in International Formula One Air Racing in 1994. It was hardcore thrilling, speeding by 30-foot-high pylons, with 8 other racers around a 3.1 mile oval race course, with speeds over 250 mph. He won many races over 14 years in two different highly modified F1 racing machines. Scotty also engaged to manage and grow the profession, serving many board and leadership positions, including CEO and President of the International Formula One organization.
Born in 1960 in California, his family moved to Hawaii when he was just 4 years old. A blessed upbringing right on the beach afforded a plethora of sports, activities and hobbies. Besides water sports, primarily surfing and sailing, Scotty got the bug of dirt bike riding from his father George, a passionate two wheel enthusiast, and he still rides today at 82. His Dad was also a pilot, and certainly was the one who planted the aviation seed in his son.
Aerobatics became an outlet to express the freedoms of flight, sometimes akin to riding an aggressive wave on Hawaii’s North Shore. Scotty’s first aerobatic experience was rooted in sailplanes, where the glider club he flew with had an aerobatic airplane. During the air racing years an opportunity was afforded to become a racing instructor pilot for rookie pilots aspiring to participate at the Reno National Championships. One of the requirements was aerobatic experience, and it was a great fit. To build on that passion, further mentoring came from Greg Poe, a world class aerobatic performer and friend of Scotty since 1992. Another mentor was Bob Finer who also imparted skills to flying an air show, including formation aerobatics. This was an achievement in and of itself, very demanding, with absolute discipline. It was Greg Poe who was Scotty and Bob Finer’s ACE (aerobatic competency evaluator) for the low level waiver cards. Sadly, both have been tragically lost too early in life, but have left their lasting impression with Scotty.
Today, and in between a handful of air shows in his Pitts S2B per year, Scotty spends time flight instructing and working a business he founded in 2008. He is married to Karen Crandlemire, also a licensed active pilot, architect, school teacher and mother. Four children, two boys (they love to fly) and two beautiful girls. Scotty is so blessed, Jesus is his commander and it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Andy Wilson – Director of Maintenance
Andy has been in the Aviation business for over 31 years. Andy holds an Airframe & Power-plant license, Inspection Authorization, Private Pilots license, and a BS Degree in Aviation Management from Florida Institute of Technology. Andy has had a wide range of experience from Pratt & Whitney, Avemco, Delta/Comair, Million Air – Salt Lake City, and more recently was a contractor working with the military in Afghanistan.
Originally from back East, Andy came out west 14 years ago from sunny Daytona Beach, Florida. He is outgoing, loves the outdoors, has a quick wit, welcomes challenge and is a great addition to our team.
Eric Uht – Director of Paint
Eric has over 15 years paint and body experience with multiple paint certifications. He worked at Columbia/Cessna for 7 years producing more than 800 planes during that time with notable clients such as NASA, Eric Lindbergh’s “New Spirit of St. Louis”, Greenmeyers Sport Legacy, and numerous custom paint jobs at a rate of 1 plane a day. After working in Aviation, he moved on to managing a high end classic car and hot rod shop producing 2 Sema show cars, a cover car for a very popular hot rodding magazine, and numerous show winning cars and trucks for clients from Las Vegas to Hawaii. Now he’s back in the Aviation industry producing the finest quality Aircraft Finishes available.
Jay Gilbert – Director of Build Shop
Jay has been building custom aircraft since 2002. From builder assistance, to composite layups, bodywork and fabrication of aircraft parts, Jay is qualified! As a research and development technician for the Lancair kit company from 1992 to 1995, he worked on numerous projects including the Lancair IV-P door development. Jay has worked on building all Lancair kits and most recently is involved in the Build Assist shop at CAM for the Lancair Evolution. As the research and development shop supervisor for the certified Columbia Aircraft Company (now Cessna), Jay was involved in the wing, fuel cell, fuselage structural and fatigue testing along with building of the proto-type aircraft. A highlight for Jay was when he supervised and performed modifications for the final assembly of the Eric Lindbergh Columbia 400 aircraft, used to trace his grandfather’s flight to Paris.
Robert Cloutier – Director of Interior
Bob has 25+ years experience in the upholstery trade. He specializes in auto, marine, and small aircraft, with many show quality projects and awards to show for. He has owned and operated three different interior shops, his wide range of knowledge in the trade is a real plus for our company. He believes communication and attention to detail are extremely important and the key to a successful final outcome of a project.
Frank Pancoast – Director of Avionics
Frank began his career in Aviation in 2007 with Lancair Avionics. While at Lancair, Frank was trained in the product line for most current avionics systems manufacturers and quickly became a huge asset to their repair station. Being a part of the manufacturing process for complete aircraft avionics systems equipped Frank with the skills needed to design, fabricate, install, operate, calibrate and troubleshoot nearly any current general aviation avionics system. When Bob Wolstenholme created Cascade Aircraft Management, Frank left Lancair and joined the new team as the lead of the Avionics department. The CAM team now focuses on troubleshooting and upgrading the avionics systems on any GA aircraft, as well as installing the Lancair avionics systems into their kit built aircraft during the build assist program. With the Avionics team in place at CAM, Frank is confident that his department has the skill set to tackle nearly any job to the highest quality standards.