With more than 3,000 hours of GA PIC
in his log book, Les has been flying most of his life
flying a variety of aircraft including early Mooney and
Cessna aircraft, numerous Grumman singles, a Meyers 200,
and a Partenavia P68C (pictured) but logs most of his
recent time in his newly completed Vans RV-10.
Father of three and grandfather of one, Les spends increasing
amounts of his time visiting the New Mexico mountains
and the South Texas coast, but still spearheads the
strategic direction of Sky-Tec, Product Development and
FAA Certification projects.
With more than 2,500
hours of PIC in his log book, Gene is also an
experienced GA pilot having owned numerous aircraft
including an early C172, Bellanca Super Viking, C210T,
Comanche 180 and a 1946 Ercoupe 415C-D which he still
enjoys flying to the shop on pretty days. Father
of two pilots and grandfather of five (one of whom is
already a pilot and three others are in training!), Gene spends free time
RV'ing with is wife, Carol when he's not designing
engineering improvements and future products for
Rapidly approaching 1,000 hours of PIC
in his log book, Rich has been flying most of his life
owning a variety of aircraft from his first Cessna 150,
Cessna 172, Beechcraft Musketeer Super III A23-24, and
most recently, an award winning Starduster Too.
When he's not flying the Partenavia P68C with his wife
and three children, or training in gliders with his
teenaged sons, you can most likely find him at the
lower flight levels in a red and white Breezy.
When Rich isn't busy managing all aspects of Sky-Tec's
business and flying, Rich stays busy coaching baseball,
playing music and serving various Granbury community
Since soloing and
earning his license in 2005, Richard is the employee
most like to abscond with any aircraft that his rating and endorsements permit him to fly. Richard joined Sky-Tec in
2004 having earned multiple degrees in Aeronautics and
Management from Embry Ridell University. Richard
is responsible for all matters of Quality and
Certification for Sky-Tec and when he's not working or
'borrowing' aircraft, Richard can usually be found
restoring a Talon Ultralight, accessorizing his Jeep
whatever it is "kids" do these
Katherine has been with Sky-Tec as
long as any of us can remember. Luckily, Katherine
is one of the few Sky-Tec employees that does not fly
which means she is always present, competent and focused
on business matters even when the rest of the crew is
distracted with flying. Katherine handles all
matters of the daily operations and interaction with
customers. Although she is neither a pilot nor an
aircraft mechanic, thanks to her 10+ years of experience
with Sky-Tec, Katherine has the answers when it comes to
Sky-Tec starters. Katherine is mother of two.
Design & Production
Garrett earned his
private pilot license shortly after joining Sky-Tec and
is rapidly filling pages in his logbook. As
Sky-Tec's resident master of all trades, Garrett handles
the gamut of day-to-day operations for Sky-Tec from
product design to material sourcing to production &
final inspection. When not working, Garrett can be
found restoring the Talon Ultralight, flying or sitting
in on drums for any number of country music acts traveling
through the greater Hood County area.
Dale's career spans decades in the
aerospace industry. Recently retired from Lockheed
Martin, where he worked since 1988 as Senior Design
Engineer, Dale is responsible for materials for Sky-Tec
including inspection, conformance, storage and many
other day-to-day duties. A private pilot since
1994, Dale often flies the Van's RV-6 he built to
commute to the factory from his private Hood County
ranch airstrip (marked "Parker" on the
Abel's expertise lies in
a multitude of related manufacturing industries from
which we leverage his years of experience in creative
design, promotion, manufacturing operations, production
and quality. Also a master of all trades, Abel's
most appreciated skill is probably his inherited ability
to please his friends and family with the mastery of
cooking - usually classic dishes from Northern Mexico
and West Texas.
is a dedicated husband and father of six.
When not answering phones and handling
technical and sales inquiries from Sky-Tec dealers,
Donna spends time flying with husband, Damon in their
Van's RV-6. Damon and Donna are both retired from
Western (Delta) airlines where they met when Damon was
Captain and Donna a Flight Attendant. Now that's
one compatible crew! Donna is a mother of two and
proud grandmother of four.
Sales & Support
When not answering
phones and handling sales inquiries from Sky-Tec
dealers, Betsy spends time flying with husband, Marty in
their Van's RV-7, Thorp T-18 and/or Piper Archer out of
Borland Field (located between Granbury and Ft.
Worth). Betsy is a mother of four and proud
grandmother of two.
Buddy has been running Sky-Tec's three
CNC machining centers for nearly eight years.
Buddy is responsible for the machine work on every
Sky-Tec starter that leaves the factory and pours his
heart and soul into each component.
Sales & Support
Richelle is our resident
"Jill of all Trades" handling everything from
final inspection & pack-out to telephone customer
support to facilities. Richelle is one of those
people that never has a bad day and is always
smiling. Sorta makes ya sick, don't she?
Besides being wife to Abel (above), Richelle is also mom
to two college-aged daughters and two young, active boys
who keep her busy and youthful.
Sky-Tec family was very happy to have Richelle join us
Gene has been building starters for
Sky-Tec for nearly ten years. Gene also has the
distinction of being the only Sky-Tec employee to have
successfully landed an aircraft in a tree and is happy
to be able to tell the story of his last flight as pilot
in command of a light aircraft. Gene is father of
two and proud grandfather of four and great grandfather
Don's been building
starters Sky-Tec starters for more than eight
years. Don started learning to fly in 1960 and
took only 23 short years before earning his private in
1983. Since then, Don has owned a
long list of aircraft most of which he purchased in
pieces, restored, flew and traded. Don's
experience also includes ownership of an auto, truck and
farm implement dealership in northern Texas. Don
is father of one, grandfather of 3 and great grandfather
The latest addition to the Sky-Tec
starter team, Uel Copeland brings more than 35 years
mechanic experience in vehicle, farm implement and small
engine repair. Uel is a father of two.
When not building
starters for Sky-Tec, Craig can be found serving the
local Catholic church community as Deacon. Craig's
career in ministry includes more than 25 years in prison
ministry making him exceptionally well qualified to deal
with the working conditions at Sky-Tec.
The Sky-Tec Rebuild Department Team:
Ken has been working in Sky-Tec's FAA
Repair Station since 2004 not only handling all aspects
of day-to-day starter rebuilds and overhauls, but also
the creation, implementation and ongoing maintenance of
Sky-Tec's proprietary starter service database
application, Skybase. Ken has 25 years experience
as a mechanical engineer and 15 years experience as a
computer software consultant. When not getting his
hands dirty repairing and overhauling starters, Ken can
be found on the golf course working on his handicap at
his home course of DeCordova Bend Country Club.
Ken is a father of five and grandfather of eight.
Larry has been a private
pilot since 1963, inching up on 2,000 hours in his
logbook, and has owned various aircraft
including a C150, Ercoupe 415C and the 1966
Cessna 172 he has been flying for more than forty years. When not flying his 172 to the factory from
his home at Pecan Plantation Airpark, Larry helps manage
his family's farm in Ohio and laments for the return of
his Ercoupe; relentlessly punishing himself for having
ever sold it.
Howard is best known as the only Pepsi
drinker in the factory (we are a Dublin
Dr. Pepper shop). A retired sales executive of
Pepsico, Howard has been living out his retirement
dreams getting his hands exceptionally dirty repairing
starters part time when he's not working on his golf handicap
at Pecan Plantation Country Club. Howard is a father of
two and grandfather of six.
John also comes to
Sky-Tec by way of the golf course. A resident of
Pecan Plantation Country Club, when not playing golf and
fixing starters, John shares stories of his career as a
High School principal. John has yet to confirm
that discipline in the high schools under his watch was
probably far better than what he experiences at
Sky-Tec. John does, however keep Sky-Tec employee
behavior demerits on his permanent record. Old habits
Richard joined the Sky-Tec family in
2009 after 25 years in corporate purchasing and more
than a decade in the retail jewelry industry. This
might help explain why every starter coming out of
Sky-Tec's rebuild department glistens and shines as well as
it performs! Dick is father of four and
grandfather of eight.
The Team pictured with the
newest hot-ticket in the air show business - Jason Newburg and
his awesome Pitts Viper (started by Sky-Tec, naturally)
Historic Granbury, Texas
is located just 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Texas.
It's a beautiful place to live and a fantastic place to raise
a family (or run a starter manufacturing business).
Pamper yourself in a
quaint bed and breakfast or lakeside resort.
Discover rare treasures as you meander through more than 50
antique, art and gift galleries.
Savor the flavors at Texas cafes, fine restaurants and small
town ice cream parlors. Catch
musical high notes at the fabled Opera House.
Fish your limit or just relax deck side and enjoy the sunset
on sparkling Lake Granbury. Sroll
through our Victorian town square, the first in Texas listed
in the National Register of Historic Places.
It's all Big Fun and Great Music from the golden age of rock
n roll at Granbury Live Tee off for
a round of golf in the scenic North Texas hills.
Renew the magic of young love at an old-fashioned drive-in.
See where dinosaurs once walked and wolves still howl.
Listen for the echoes of heroes, the bravado of outlaws, the
cadence of frontier life. Meet
silent legends living here still, sculpted in stone, forged
in iron, worked in wood. Get away to
Granbury and relax in a peace of the past. Call the Visitor
Bureau for information on Historic Guided Tours.
The Airport is only two miles from downtown and courtesy
cars are available. Come see us!
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View from the North
Just 30 miles SW of
It takes one to know one
How many times have you been able to call a factory and speak with someone who
actually manufactures (and repairs) the product? Better yet, have you ever
spoken with someone who actually uses their own product regularly? Well,
with Sky-Tec, you get both! Call us. We are pilots and aircraft
owners too. Give us a call. We'll even let you talk to the guy who
designed 'em if you like.