Board of Advisors

Saying that AirVault has expertise in the aviation industry is an understatement. Consider that AirVault's highly valued advisory team has over 250 years of direct experience in the aviation industry leading some of the worlds largest aviation companies. 

William Ashworth

President, Aviation Partners, Boeing, and President, retired, BF Goodrich (now ATS). Forty years' experience in commercial aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, including aircraft modifications, manufacturing, and FAA Type Certification. Career includes fifteen years Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Certification leadership and five years military aviation flight test engineering.

James G. Brunke

With Boeing since 1995, Jim Brunke was promoted in 2003 to Vice President, Supply Chain Services for Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). In this position, he was responsible for spares, repairs and component overhauls for all of Boeing’s defense products and services. During his leadership, the spares unit grew to over $1 billion in gross sales. Following this, he was named Vice President, Advanced Logistics for Integrated Defense Systems. Transferring to the Seattle area in 2006, Brunke returned to the commercial side as Vice President Global MRO Services for Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Services (CAS). He successfully led Boeing’s Commercial Aircraft AOG repair teams, created the MRO strategy for Commercial Aviation Services and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Inc. Brunke’s final assignment at Boeing was Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Inc., a Chinese joint venture company. In that role, Brunke led a multi-national staff of over 350 technical professionals in the construction and start-up of an MRO facility. This facility, located at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, totals 500,000 square feet and is capable of MRO services on all types of commercial airplanes. In early 2009, Brunke retired from the Boeing Company to expand his career as a management consultant.

Peter Bull

Peter Bull was most recently Executive Director on both the Airclaims Limited and Airclaims Group boards, responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of their risk and asset management businesses worldwide. Prior to Airclaims, he headed the aviation risk consulting team at Willis Global Aviation and has also worked for five different airlines, holding a range of senior management positions. These included Duty Engineer, Aircraft Leasing Manager for an Asian Flag Carrier and Production Group Leader at British Airways’ flagship B747 and 777 maintenance facility. An EASA, multi-licensed, multi-type rated aircraft engineer on both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, he has been a qualified pilot for twenty years. Peter holds an MBA and a second Masters in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Directors and Chartered Management Institute.

Dave Cann

Dave began his aviation career as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force where he worked on C-124, C-130, C-133, and C-135 aircraft. Following his enlistment, Dave joined Trans International Airlines, later renamed Trans America Airlines, where he served as both a flight engineer and a mechanic. Dave was an aircraft mechanic for Flight International Inc. in Newport News, Virginia before entering service with the Department of Defense (Air Force Reserve) in Youngstown, Ohio. Dave is retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve and is a Viet Nam War veteran. Dave entered the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1986 as an Aviation Safety Inspector in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Air Carrier District Office (ACDO). He became the Assistant Principal Maintenance Inspector and later the Principal Maintenance Inspector (PMI) assigned to US Air in the Pittsburgh Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). In 1995 he was the Acting Manager of the Washington FSDO located in Dulles, Virginia and then became Manager of the Allegheny FSDO in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. In 1996, Dave was a member of the FAA "90-Day Safety Review" team and in 1997, Dave was the Acting Manager of the Aircraft Maintenance Division, AFS-300, in FAA Headquarters, Washington D.C. After leaving the Allegheny FSDO, he was assigned to the position of Regional Evaluation Manager for the Eastern Region Flight Standards Division in Jamaica, New York. In November 2001 Dave was admitted to the Federal Aviation Administration Executive Service when he was selected to the position of Manager, Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Division, AFS-300, in FAA Headquarters, Washington D.C. In 2002, the name was changed from the Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Division to the Aircraft Maintenance Division. He has been involved with negotiations of the Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIPs) associated with Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASA) between the FAA and several foreign national aviation authorities. He holds a FAA Mechanic certificate with Airframe and Powerplant ratings and a FAA Flight Engineer certificate. Dave retired from the FAA in January of 2008 and started DC Aviation Consulting, LLC shortly thereafter. 

James Davey

VP Engineering, retired, Continental Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Mr. Davey's consultancy specializes in engineering services: Boeing, Goodrich, Cavok Oliver Wyman, Evergreen and American Airlines, ATS MRO, Kaman and Structural Integrity Engineering. He was VP Engineering for Alaska Airlines from 1993-2003; Managing Director Technical Services for Lockheed MRO from 1991-1993; Director of Engineering at Continental Airlines, 1986-1991; and President of Dover Hydraulics from 1981-1986. At Continental Airlines and Rockwell International, he was an aircraft structures and flight controls engineer. He earned the M.A. in mathematics at Loyola University, Los Angeles.

Jeffery Hillis

Senior Director Technology, Southwest Airlines; formerly Senior Director, M&E Support Southwest Airlines; Senior Director, Technology, Southwest Airlines; Director, Computer Sciences Corporation; Director, Hogan System.

Stephen Hudson

Serves as President and founder of Aviation Information Management, Inc. He's been involved in aircraft maintenance since 1981 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the aviation industry to the company. Stephen started his aviation career in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief on the B52-G Bomber, F-4, F-16, and KC-10. His responsibilities included all line and hanger maintenance to assigned aircraft and he received the Air Force Meritorious Service Award and Honorable Discharge for his service. Stephen has more than 25 years of management and leadership experience in aviation related fields. In July of 2005 he received his certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. Stephen also holds a valid Airframe and Powerplant License.

Ron Utecht

Ron Utecht spent 35 years of his professional career at United Airlines supervising and directing maintenance and engineering activities, culminating in his service as the Senior Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering, where he managed an annual budget of over $2 billion and supervised over 16,000 employees. For 15 years, he served as the aircraft recovery team leader. This activity included hands-on recovery and accident investigation. While at United, Utecht applied his expertise in maintenance roles at the U.S. Navy and at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Upon retiring from United Airlines in 2003, Utecht became President and COO at TIMCO. In 2011, he retired from TIMCO as CEO, President, and COO. He remains a senior advisor to TIMCO today. Additionally, during his career, Utecht has been honored with several MRO industry awards, including the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, an award from the Engineering Maintenance and Material Council of the Air Transport Association, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from MRO Overhaul Americas, 2011.