William Weeks – COO & General Manager
Bill has been in aviation for over 20 years. Working in both the general aviation sector and military sector designing avionics installations, software (DO-178) requirements and mechanical installations as well as performing the installations. Bill has a background on both fixed and rotor wing platforms. He was instrumental consulting for Lycoming in developing, installing and testing the iE2 engine. Bill has a FAA Part 145 Repair Station, managed engineering groups and owned his own engineering consultant firm before becoming a partner in VBA Aero in Vero Beach, Florida. Bill has a BAS in Software Engineering, AAS in Electronics/Avionics, Private Pilot Licence, A&P/IA, FCC and certifications from Bendix/King, Northern Airborne Technologies, Cirrus and DO-178B training.
Matt Brannon – Director of Maintenance
Matt is a FAA certified A&P mechanic with Inspector authorization privileges. He has been in the general aviation field for 10 years and flying since he was 14 years old. He has both fixed wing and rotor wing experience. As Director of Maintenance at Cascade Aircraft Management he ensures safe operations are performed within the guidelines set forth by the FAA, EPA, OSHA, company policies and procedures, and applicable aircraft manuals. He has worked for aircraft manufacturers such as Piper and is factory trained on all current Piper models. Matt participated in developing new STC’s and implementing them in extensive modifications for several general aviation companies. He currently holds an Instrument Pilot Certificate, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Certificate with Inspector Authorization, FCC, and multiple OEM certifications.
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 – Senior Build Tech
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 a Lancair Evolution built for Anthony Lacavera serial#026.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.
Phill Hebener – Director of Body and Composite
Phill has been in the aircraft industry for over 23 years. For 16 years he was the Supervisor of Mold and Composite for Lancair specializing in custom fabrications and speed modifications on Legacy race planes. He helped with the creation of Steve Fossett’s “Spirit of America” Jet Car known for breaking multiple world records; one of the biggest being the land speed record. Phill has experience in prepreg, polyester, vinyl esters, and epoxies; he’s a skilled man of his trade. “If You Dream It, He Will Make it”.
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.