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P L A N E S E N S E

®

I N F O R M AT I O N A L Q U A R T E R LY

Todd Smith is Atlas Aircraft

Center’s VP of Service, and the

PlaneSense program’s Director

of Airworthiness. Todd was a

major contributor to the launch of

Atlas Aircraft Center. Impressively,

Todd completed one of the first PC-12

maintenance schools, and has also helped

Pilatus with several product improvement programs.

Now, Todd directs the maintenance of the fleet of over 33

PC-12s in the PlaneSense

®

program. He also oversees the AAC

repair station maintenance program (which serves PlaneSense

®

aircraft as well as private PC-12 owners) and the AAC parts

room (which has one of the largest parts supplies for the PC-12

in the world, with an in-house inventory of over $1 million).

Todd was introduced to aviation by an uncle who owned a flight

school; his uncle would bribe him with gas money and lunch

to take a flying lesson once a week. This eventually led Todd

to his career in aviation, where he found true gratification in the

technical side of working with aircraft. Todd has a great sense

of humor and the ability to find commonalities with everyone

he meets. His passions include downhill skiing, ocean fishing,

and swimming laps during lunch. Todd and his wife, Karen, are

currently helping their three sons transition to post-college living.

JERRY JOHNSON

50 YEARS

MEET TODD SMITH

We welcomed the Federal Aviation

Administration to our Portsmouth,

NH, headquarters in October for the

presentation of the “Wright Brothers

Master Pilot Award”, which was given to

Jerry Johnson, a former PlaneSense

®

program Chief Pilot.

According to the Federal Aviation

Administration (FAA), the Wright

Brothers Award recognizes pilots

who have had a longstanding flying

history and continued practice of

safe flight operations.

Notably, the award is only given to pilots

who have contributed and maintained

safe flight operations for

50 or more

consecutive years of piloting aircraft.

Bobby Reed, manager of the Portland,

Maine Flight Standards District Offices

(FSDO) and John Wood, the FSDO’s

FAA Safety Team program manager

presented the award. Wood noted that

this award is significant because the

aviation industry has only existed for

a little over a century.

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“If one considers the Wright

Brother’s first flight in 1903 as

marking the launching point of

aviation, then we are only 111 years

downstream from that event,” Wood

said. “A pilot who has been flying

for 50 or more years has not just

seen and experienced industry

changes, but has been a living part

of them. People like Jerry Johnson

have been authors of the rich and

amazing history of aviation.”

Johnson started his career as a

Marine A-4 air attack pilot flying in

Vietnam. Later, he flew another tour

as a close air support forward air

controller in O-1 Bird Dogs. After

leaving the military, Johnson joined

Northwest Airlines and retired as

a 747 Captain after 34 years of

employment. That’s when he joined

the PlaneSense

®

program, where

he served as Chief Pilot. Johnson

finished his career working in Africa

flying aircraft for a non-government

contractor.

Johnson said that he was much

honored to receive the award;

however, he gives the credit for

the aviation industry’s success to

entrepreneurs who build aviation

businesses and keep people at work,

such as PlaneSense, Inc. President

and CEO, George Antoniadis.

“PlaneSense was very fortunate

Jerry joined our team as he instilled a

correct ethic of good work and safe

flying,” Antoniadis said. “We are very

pleased Jerry has received this award

and are also honored to have had him

as a Chief Pilot.”

Before Johnson retired from aviation

he had flown 37,000 commercial

flight hours.

“This is an accomplishment of which

to be very proud.” Wood added.

Left – Right: Bobby Reed, George Antoniadis,

Jerry Johnson, John Wood