Elizabeth has over 25 years of technical, administrative and management experience in the aviation industry. Her career in aviation began in her father’s Instrument Repair Shop where she worked for several summers during her high school years. Elizabeth has extensive experience in aircraft maintenance ranging from Heavy Maintenance Representative to Director of Technical Services of a FAR 121 Airline working at an executive level. She has interfaced with the Major Aircraft Leasing Companies, Aircraft Repair Facilities, Aircraft Manufacturers and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Elizabeth’s experience in executive level decision-making began with her education. She attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and graduated in 1986 with a B.S. in Air Transportation Management. She has attended many industry related conferences and seminars, including several FAA courses in which she was invited to participate as an industry observer.
She started her commercial airline career with World Airways as an aircraft records analyst in 1987. World Airways is a FAR 121 Operator of DC10 and MD11 aircraft. While at World Airways, she achieved the position of Heavy Maintenance Planner in 1989; also in 1989 she became a member of the heavy maintenance team that represented World Airways aircraft. As a member of this team, she traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East working with many different repair facilities.
In 1993, Elizabeth accepted the position of Maintenance Programs Manager with TIMCO, a FAR 145 Repair Station. She was responsible for the initial development and implementation of the “Total Maintenance Support” Department. This department was an added-value services group within the TIMCO organization. Her responsibilities included the recruitment and training of personnel, budgets, contracts, profit/loss, marketing/sales of the TMS product, and development of maintenance databases. She has worked various customer projects ranging from aircraft records review/set-up, MSG3 analysis, job card development, maintenance program development, SSID program development and review, MRB presentations, development of reliability programs and development of operational manuals.
In 2001, Elizabeth accepted the position of Director, Technical Services with Pace Airlines, a FAR 121 Operator. Pace Airlines operates B737, B757 and B767 aircraft. She was responsible for the following departments: Aircraft Records, Maintenance Programs, Reliability, Planning, and the Technical Library. She was also responsible for the aircraft acquisitions and returns. Elizabeth was a member of the teams that implemented the 145 Repair Station and the ETOPS program for the B757 and B767 aircraft. She is also a member of the team that reviews and provides the bid proposals for the 145 customers.
Also in 2001, Elizabeth started her aviation consultant business Wingspan Aero, LLC. Since the inception of this company, she has taken advantage of her work experience by assisting many different aviation organizations on various aircraft and engine projects.
Elizabeth has worked in various managerial capacities throughout her career. She has built departmental infrastructures by recruiting specific top caliber professionals and instituted a system of team leaders to develop, organize, operate and mentor production organizations. Her teams are proficient in all levels of maintenance, administration and technical operations.