Maintenance Department Staff
Steve Hazen: Director of Maintenance
Steve brings well over 3 decades of avionics, aircraft maintenance and quality assurance experience to our maintenance hangar. As an A&P and I.A., he has worked steadily as a technician or inspector on a wide variety of aircraft, from light pistons to globetrotting corporate jets. As the Director of our Part 145 Repair Station, he takes pride in assuring that every aircraft comes out of our shop in the best condition possible. Steve also heads up our Avionics department, which has full avionics capabilities to meet any aircraft's needs.
Nathan Atkinson: Repair Station Chief Inspector
Nathan Atkinson has generated terrific reviews from the handful of turbine aircraft owners who have brought their complex high-powered aircraft to Professional Air. He took on the critical role of Chief Inspector for our Part 145 Repair Station in March of 2017. Nate comes to us from Minnesota, where served as Chief Inspector at Club Jet, supporting a variety of turbine aircraft. He also spent 7 years with Malibu Aerospace, where his knowledge of Piper airframes and Pratt & Whitney PT6 engine systems was honed. Whether it was a phase inspection, annual inspection, or a simple rotor wash, Nate and his crew have provided the kind of diligent, detail-oriented work that owners of these aircraft can really appreciate. Nate’s training and lengthy experience with these types of aircraft and engines will prove invaluable and keep your aircraft running smoothly and safely. Stop by and say hi to Nate!
Keli Burris: Materials Manager
As Materials Manager, Keli manages all inbound and outbound parts, warranty work, and assists in the day-to-day operation of the maintenance department. She has over 10 years of experience in aviation, and nearly 8 years with Professional Air. She is the smiling face you will see first when you come visit our maintenance facility!
Rob Spittler: Flight School Lead Tech
Rob grew up in Central Oregon and has spent most of his life here, riding motorcycles and spending time with his wife and their dogs. He worked his way through on-the-job training requirements, obtaining his A&P license in 2015. Rob never hesitates to volunteer for any task, no matter how small, or un-fun it may be! You'll always find Rob in the maintenance hangar with his hands working and his nose to the grindstone. Rob has proven himself with Pro Air's fleet of school airplanes, and is the lead mechanic overseeing our modern fleet of instructional aircraft.
Geoff Carson: Maintenance Technician
Dewey Baker: Avionics Technician
Joining the Professional Air maintenance department as lead Avionics Technician is Dewey Baker, with 37 years in the business, and fresh from 6 years at Corvallis Aero, where he gained experience with everything from NDB gear to the latest flat panel equipment to ADS-B installations. Dewey started his career in 1978 with the Oregon Air National Guard, and his first job was as Avionics Communication Equipment Repairman. Dewey and our Repair Station Chief Inspector Steve Hazen are ready, willing, and very capable of handling the simplest avionics tasks, as well as the most difficult full panel upgrades!