One can predict the approach of Avionics Manager Jack Shields by the sounds of laughter bounding down the halls of Atlas Aircraft Center. A driving force for strong work and office comedy, Jack has been overseeing the avionics systems in the PlaneSense® fleet since 2011.
Jack was raised in Massachusetts with a passion for airplanes and a knack for mechanical work. His aviation career took off in the Sunshine State with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s class of ’93, where a talent in electronics prompted his maintenance instructors to suggest avionics. His passion for the ever-developing field persists today, and he continues to surround himself with learning opportunities, especially by reading and picking any experienced brains he meets.
While living in Florida after college, Jack worked at Comair Aviation Academy. He then headed to Manatee Avionics in Sarasota, where he helped grow a startup company on a grass field into an FBO. In honing his focus on avionics, he migrated back from humid, sandy beaches to the cool, rocky shores of Groton, Connecticut, and spent 10 years at the original Pilatus distribution center of the Northeast. From there, he moved to Lanmar Aviation and developed an avionics department from scratch, before bringing his Pilatus expertise to benefit our fleet at Atlas Aircraft Center.
Jack enjoys a good rugby match and helped found the team at Embry-Riddle. He spends the weekends back in Connecticut with his wife and two children, who are living there until their house sells. During the week Jack stays on family property in nearby southern Maine. Jack and his father are currently working on their ’64 Piper Cherokee, which will make that weekend commute home to his family a lot quicker!