General Manager / Contracting
Ely Woods has been involved in aviation maintenance and management for over 19 years and has served many roles from field mechanic to large scale maintenance facility program management. Ely’s mechanical experience includes Robinson R22, R44, Bell 206, 212, 214, and 412’s; Eurocopter AS350 B2, B3; Lama; BO-105; S-64; MD 500 D; Kaman K-1200 KMAX, CASA 212; Beechcraft 1900; King Air 200s. Ely Holds a A/P license I/A license, rotor-wing pilots license, multiple factory training certificates and FAA awards. Ely manages day to day business operations, oversees all aspects of the company’s departments, strategic marketing, sales, and manufacturing
Director of Business Development / Contracting
Chris Maynard grew up in a commercial aviation family in Alaska and has been around aviation his entire life. Chris holds a Private Pilot’s license with SEL, SES and MEL ratings for airplane and is working towards his rotor wing add-on. Chris has an extensive history in leadership roles in Aviation, Oil & Gas and Tourism from around the globe and brings over 30 years of experience in New Business Development, Strategic Planning, Sales & Marketing, Financial Analysis, Contract Management, Operational Management and Safety to ROTAK. Chris directs New Business Development Strategies while fostering partnerships with our customers.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Martin Cude has over 30 years of experience in helicopter operations and contracting projects in ecologically sensitive and access challenged terrains, Martin’s passion for engaging relationships with local operators, utilities, EPC’s, and government ministries for the purpose of effective project development through to completion by incorporating aerial heavy lift methodology is where all stakeholders realize improved safety and efficiency, increased productivity, and dramatically reduced environmental impact. Martin has contract experience with medium and heavy lift services throughout North America, South America, Europe, and also projects in India, China, Malaysia, Philippines, and Australia. Martin’s career began as an Aviation Electrician for the United States Navy, and since holds FAA Airframe and Power Plant ratings, and is a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Australia. His bachelor studies include Organizational Communications and Business Leadership from Marylhurst University, and he holds a certificate in Project Management form Portland State University. Aircraft maintenance experience includes Sikorsky S-58T, SH-3G/H Sea King, CH-53E Super Stallion, Boeing Model 234-UT/LR/ER Chinook, BV/KV-107-II, Bell 206L3, 212, 412EP, 214-ST, MD500, Beechcraft King Air, and De Havilland Twin Otter.
Director of Operations / Chief Pilot
Kevin Brashar has been involved in numerous remote construction jobs, remote telecom tower service, Heli-skiing operations, remote lodge support, powerline construction, and firefighting operations. Kevin is an FAA certified Check Airmen, he is an instrument rated commercial rotor-wing pilot and a certified flight instructor. Kevin holds ratings in the R-22, R-44, R-66, AS350FX, AS350B2, Huskie HH-43, KMAX K-1200, and is factory trained in the Robinson and Kaman platforms. Kevin serves as the company Chief Pilot and Director of operations overseeing pilot training, check rides, direct supervision and management for all flight staff and organizing pilot’s schedules. Kevin plays an integral role in the company’s safety culture, compliance, and project planning. Kevin further assists with all contracts and marketing requirements.
Director of Maintenance
David Storkel is a licensed Airframe and Powerplant mechanic with over 26 years of industry experience. He holds an Inspection Authorization and has been consistently employed in leadership and management positions throughout his career. David has direct technical experience with the following rotorcraft: Robinson R22, R44, R66; Bell 206, Bell 212, and Bell 214; Eurocopter AS350B2, AS350B3, BK105, and BK117; Augusta Westland AW139, MD500 and K-1200 KMAX. He has further experience with fixed wing aircraft such as: CASA 212, Beech 200, DC6, C46 and C47. He has managed maintenance and inspection programs associated with these aircraft including AAIP, CAMP, MSR, MIPS and CAMPS for fleets deployed both nationally and globally. David manages immediate and long-term maintenance planning for our company’s fleet, oversees maintenance staff and works closely with local and national regulatory agencies to insure strict compliance and safety.
Director of Safety & Quality Assurance
Patrick Naler has over 14 years of combined experience in aviation maintenance, program management, safety, and quality assurance. Patrick’s experience includes 11 years of active-duty service in the United States Air Force where he worked with F-15 Eagles, BQM-167 Sub Scale Drones, the QF-4 Phantom, QF-16 Viper, and the F-22 Raptor. Patrick’s first duty station was Okinawa Japan, Kadena AFB, where he worked for the 18th Maintenance Squadron on the F-15 and managed their maintenance safety program. After moving from Japan, Patrick worked with the USAF 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, 82nd Aerial Target Squadron, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as a maintenance and engineering liaison for the USAF sub-scale / full-scale drone program. While stationed with the 82nd ATRS, Patrick facilitated the revamp of the USAF full scale / sub scale aerial target programs and was a key player in rolling out the new QF-16 unmanned target drone in 2011. Patrick’s final duty station was Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson, where he was a program manager and mechanic for the F-22 program here in Alaska. Patrick has an extensive background in Safety, Operational Management, Training and QA oversight, and brings a plethora of knowledge with him here to ROTAK.
Fleet Manager / Fuel Quality
Thomas brings a wide breadth of experience and knowledge to the ROTAK Team. With a background in aerospace welding and fabrication, technical maintenance, project management, and knowledge of remote operations. Thomas is responsible for the companies GSE fleet and fuel quality assurance. Thomas also conducts fabrication projects including welding, CNC water jet operations, and the operations of and many of the other support functions that ROTAK’s pilot and mechanics require to get the job done.