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Management
 

Jon W. Dwight
j.dwight@helioaircraft.com
President and Director

Mr. Dwight, who has been flying planes since the age of 14, joined David Maytag, Jr. in 1992 to form Helio Enterprises, Inc. in order to acquire the Helio assets including the FAA Type Certificates for all Helio aircraft. Mr. Dwight has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of Helio Enterprises, Inc. and now Helio Aircraft, LLC. Mr. Dwight and Mr. Maytag have performed a substantial amount of work towards re-introducing the Helio aircraft into the marketplace, including market studies, engineering work, manufacturing feasibility studies, strategy, etc. Mr. Dwight worked on a hands-on basis with Mr. Maytag on a ground up restoration of a Helio Stallion, and various prototype projects on Helio Couriers. These projects have given them an in-depth understanding of both the Helio Courier and Helio Stallion aircraft.

In addition to his focus on the Helio project, Mr. Dwight is actively involved in real estate sales and development with Telluride Real Estate Corp. in Telluride, Colorado. He has closed over $90 million in real estate transactions in 2003 and 2004. Dwight acted as Vice President for DCC North America, a member of the Doppelmayr group of companies from Wolfurt, Austria. Dwight was responsible for the day-to-day startup of the company when the Austrian parent company introduced its automated people mover technology to the United States. He successfully landed their first sale valued at over $16 million to Mandalay Resorts of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Prior to joining Helio Enterprises, Dwight worked with Flock & Avoyer Commercial Real Estate, a firm in San Diego, California, where he specialized in leasing, marketing, and selling retail properties. During his undergraduate studies, Dwight owned and operated a retail business located in Boulder, Colorado. Following graduation, he served as Assistant to the Director of Development with The Lido Group, a developer of upscale shopping centers in Southern California.

Mr. Dwight received his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

 

David D. Maytag, Jr.
d.maytag@helioaircraft.com
Vice President, Research and Development, and Director

Mr. Maytag has over 17 years of flying experience and has logged more than 1,400 hours of flight time in the Helio Stallion and Courier. His experience ranges from a seasoned Helio pilot to first officer of a Boeing 747. He is also a licensed airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic with the FAA. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and has gained experience in a broad range of flying from competition aerobatics to corporate flying in multi-engine turbine aircraft.
Mr. Maytag also served as a pilot from November 1997 until April 2004 with several different companies, including Mayo Aviation, Inc. (air ambulance operations), Farwest Airlines (air carrier operations), Fortune Conversions Corporation (corporate pilot) and Polar Air Cargo (747 cargo pilot).

Mr. Maytag purchased a Helio Courier in 1989 and Helio Stallion in 1991. Soon after the last purchase, Mr. Maytag began pursuing the acquisition of the Helio assets. In 1992, he formed Helio Enterprises, Inc. with Mr. Dwight in order to acquire the assets of the former Helio Aircraft Company (the then owner of the Helio aircraft FAA Type Certificates and related assets). Mr. Maytag has completed a ground up restoration of a Helio Stallion, and various prototype projects including the installation of a Walter turbo prop and two Russian M-14 radial engines on several Helio Couriers. Mr. Maytag has directed these projects including conceptual design, engineering, installation/modification and flight testing. Mr. Maytag has spent countless hours studying Helio aircraft including the philosophy behind the original design and their evolution over 50 years.

Mr. Maytag received a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

  James Turrell
Principal and Director

James Turrell has been involved in aviation since an early age because his father was the designer of a general aviation aircraft. James learned to fly young and has been a longtime Helio pilot and Helio owner. During the Vietnam era he flew Helios in Asia, and subsequently, he worked as a salesman for the Helio company, selling over 20 aircraft during his tenure while continuing to fly them. In total James has accrued over 6,500 flight hours in the Helio.

Today, James is a world renowned artist whose specialty is light and the perception of light. He lives on a ranch in Northern Arizona where he continues to work on a project called Rodencrater, a natural crater being reshaped into an observatory from which to observe the light of the sky. James found Rodencrater by traversing the western United States repeatedly in a Helio, searching for a crater of the appropriate shape and size.

In mid-2004 James translated his love for the Helio into a desire to become part of the reintroduction of the Helio Courier and Helio Stallion. He invested in the company and joined Jon Dwight and David Maytag as one of the principals. In addition to his involvement in Helio, James currently runs the Turrell Aviation Trust, and manages a full time career as an esteemed artist. James is a recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships and his work is exhibited world wide at prestigious museums and in private collections.

 

 

Samuel “Sandy” Haviland
s.haviland@helioaircraft.com
Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Haviland is a middle market investment banker who has served Helio since 2002 in both business development and financial advisory capacities.

Mr. Haviland became involved in the General Aviation industry in 1998 when he advised United Technologies on the sale of Avia Hamilton Standard Aviation Ltd, in the Czech Republic to MT Propeller Entwicklung of Germany. Subsequently he served as advisor to aviation industry clients Cirrus Design, Airborne/Arell, Technimeca, Safire Jet, Avocet Projet, iFly Air Taxi and Bravo Airlines. Although based in the United States, Mr. Haviland advised on transactions in Canada, Mexico, Western Europe, Central Europe, Asia and South America.

For Helio, Mr. Haviland has initiated and developed strategic relationships with companies and individuals central to the reintroduction of the aircraft and has also advised upon Helio’s financial advisory needs. He anticipates continuing in this capacity for the near-term and intermediate term future.

Mr. Haviland holds a completely BS degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

 

 

David R. Ellis
Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Ellis is currently an aeronautical consultant and president of Ellis Aeronautics of Wichita, Kansas. Formerly, he was Director, Research and Development, at the National Institute for Aviation Research, Wichita State University, where he oversaw wind and water tunnels, and structures, materials, crash dynamics, flight simulation, propulsion, icing, and cryogenics laboratories

Industry positions have included that of V.P. of Engineering at Commander Aircraft and Manager of Advanced Design and Systems Research at Cessna Aircraft; in the latter post he led design and development of the Model T303 Crusader and Model 208 Caravan, and directed major research programs in laminar flow wing technology, electro-impulse de-icing systems, and advanced general aviation engines.

He has been an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Wichita State University. As Manager of Flight Dynamics Research at Princeton University, he led the development and use of variable stability in-flight simulators for flying qualities research. He worked as an aerodynamicist in two different full-scale wind tunnels at NACA and NASA and has consulted extensively in the areas of airplane design, flying qualities, and ice protection.

 

 

Stanely Green
Vice President, FAA Legal Matters

Mr. Green is a key member to the launch of the Helio program. His past experience includes serving as Vice President for Technical Affairs and General Counsel of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA); Assistant Director for Airworthiness Requirements of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA); and Principal draftsman of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rectified airworthiness standards, governing the design, construction, and maintenance of civil aircraft. Mr. Green received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1961, and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the Purdue University School of Aeronautics in 1955. He is a member of the ASTM and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Mr. Green is an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics (AIAA) and, in 1982, was the recipient of the AIAA’s General Aviation Award. He has worked with Helio since 1993, initially obtaining clear title to the Helio type certificates, which the FAA then reissued to Helio Enterprises, Inc. In 2001, Mr. Green was awarded the Vision Award by Business and Commercial Aviation Magazine, “recognizing the finest among people of business aviation.”

   
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