Dante Marinelli - Dante along with his brother Darren opened Havasu Air Center and Northstar Aviation Services in 2008 to serve the aviation community of Lake Havasu City. Havasu Air Center provides FBO services and Northstar provides maintenance services. Over the last ten years Northstar has narrowed its focus to King Airs and light Citations

Jack Braly - After graduating with an MS in Physics from Colorado State University, Mr. Braly went to work for Martin Marietta in Denver.  While there he worked on various NASA space programs.   In 1978 Mr. Braly joined Beech Aircraft as a manager of the plant which produced the piston aircraft.  He held various positions in his career including VP of Production, VP of Manufacturing, SVP of Operations and in 1990 was promoted to President.  Over 25 models were put into production during this time and production reached a King Air every five hours and a Bonanza every four.  Jack is an active MEI pilot with 4000+ hrs and currently owns an F90.

"Gathering of King Air Owners, Pilots & Enthusiasts"

Chip McClure - Chip’s love of aviation started in a most unusual way, the generous contribution of a Learjet owned by Clayton Williams proved instrumental in the rescue of his daughter Jessica McClure (Baby Jessica) and a decade later he would enter aviation as a career. Chip has spent most of the last twenty years operating, managing, upgrading, refurbishing and reselling King Airs. He has experience with every King Air model and has managed the installation of every available modification from Blackhawk, Garmin and Raisbeck. He is recognized as a market expert on King Air values and the value of modifying and modernizing all models of King Airs. In 2015 Chip founded Jet Acquisitions and represents buyers in the acquisition of turbine aircraft.

James Zollo - Mr. Zollo’s 25+ years of business jet and corporate aviation aftermarket experience is deeply rooted in the areas of avionics & instruments. He founded his business as a small instrument shop and built it into a solutions provider including repair & overhaul, modifications and installations, test equipment and aircraft maintenance. Avionics custom installations, cockpit modernization including ADS-B solutions is also been cornerstone of experience.

Paul Sneden - Paul has been involved with General Aviation since 1972 in numerous roles including aircrew and maintenance. After spending early years serving as a co-pilot and maintenance manager for an E90 King Air, a four-year hiatus with the US Air Force gave him the formal training for both instruction and Avionics. Paul has a diverse background including Line Maintenance, Avionics, Project Management, and Quality Assurance. He has been instructing in King Airs, Aircraft Wiring, and Maintenance FARs since 2006.

Dr. David Strahle- Dr. Strahle’s early interest in aviation, beginning in 1965, led to his becoming an avid pilot and flight instructor. By the age of 21, he had already taught numerous people to fly. Expanding on his extensive aviation background, Dr. Strahle graduated cum laude with a degree in aerospace technology in 1972, which included studies in aeronautics and advanced computer systems. During his senior year, his research paper won first place at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Research Forum. It presented a new concept for identifying and tracking thunderstorms, which was installed nationwide in 2000. 

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Dean Benedict - Beech hired Dean in 1975, straight out of A&P school. He cut his teeth on the earliest 90s and “grew up” with the 200, the B200 and subsequent models. He went from line mechanic to facility manager, but customers never let him stray far from his toolbox or their aircraft. In 1985, as DOM for a corporate flight department, he maintained King Airs, Barons, a turbine Beaver (converted by Dean) and an Aerobat. These gave way to Citations, Bell and Astar helicopters, and assorted twins and singles. In 18 years, no flights were missed for maintenance reasons. Meanwhile, customers from his Beech days dogged him on evenings and weekends. Finally, Dean opened his own shop. Word spread quickly and Honest Air Inc. became the place to take your King Air for maintenance. “Excellence at a Fair Price” was the motto. After a lease buyout by the landlord, Honest Air closed its doors in March 2016. In his new venture, BeechMedic LLC, Dean consults with owners, pilots, managers and mechanics on all their King Air concerns.

Capt. Chuck ‘Sly’ Magill, USMC – With a career spanning multiple military engagements, carrier operations, civilian pilot and airline executive, Chuck has seen and done most all aviation has to offer.
Military Service:  Naval aviator in both Desert Storm & Desert Shield - Led 68 aircraft strike into Iraq, Day 1 of Desert Storm - Over 48 missions including Carrier operations - Combat Awards including the Distinguished Fly Cross and Air Medal - Graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapons School - Instructor (T34C, T2C, TA-4J, VT 2, F18’s)

Civilian Life:  Pilot for Southwest Airlines - VP Flight Operations & Chief Pilot, Southwest Airlines 

Kim Burton - Kim leads Textron's Turboprop product support department (Team Turboprop). Located at Wichita's service center, this passionate team of experts fields thousands of calls and emails every month providing technical assistance to King Air owners, pilots, operators and mechanics all around the world. Kim is a private pilot and electrical engineer who joined Textron 16 years ago to integrate and certify new avionics systems on production models. She jumped at the chance to join the ever-growing King Air community and help keep this reliable fleet up to date and in the air.

Tom Clements - Tom has been flying and instructing in King Airs for over forty-six years, first at the Beechcraft factory and, since 1979, with his own company, Flight Review, Inc. Along the way, he has been a corporate pilot and has flown worldwide.  Tom has over 23,000 hours with more than 15,000 in King Airs. He is type-rated in the BE-300, BE-1900, Learjet, DC-3. He is a Gold Seal CFI. He is the author of The King Air Book and the Director of Training for the King Air Academy. He and his wife, Pam, live in Cave Creek, Arizona, and spend summer months in Westcliffe, Colorado. 

Robert Winchomb Mr. Robert Winchcomb has been with Pratt & Whitney for over 24 years. He began his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician and with the PT6A since 1985. He joined P&WC in 1994 as a Field Support Representative in Brisbane, Australia and moved within P&WC in various Customer Support Departments including; Field Support, Warranty, Service Center, Fleet Manager, DPHM and now PT6A Customer Manager. Robert's specialities include P&WC Engine Diagnostics and PT6A Engine control rigging.

Jim Allmon became interested in aviation as a teenager growing up on a small ranch near Livermore, Calif. At age 18 he enlisted in the US Air Force and finally realized his dream to become a pilot through the base aero club while stationed at RAF Lakenheath England. He attended the University of Maryland and Community College of the US Air Force, majoring in Business with a minor in Criminal Law. He eventually attended the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK receiving his advanced pilot ratings in late 1980. Beginning in 1981, Allmon flew as a corporate pilot on a multitude of corporate jets, turboprop, and piston aircraft. He has accumulated over 9000 hours flying time and has flown throughout the western hemisphere from as far north as the frozen tundra of Northern Canada to the jungles of the Amazon as well as a North Atlantic crossing and all points in between.  Along with his wife, Lynnette, and two business partners, Allmon co-founded Blackhawk Modifications in 1999.