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Dave Miner of Sabreliner Aviation
You were described to me as
the company's avionics guru.
What does that mean?
I am the on-site subject-matter
expert for installation design, heavy
troubleshooting - basically, I'm the
go-to guy to answer where is this
located, where is that located.
What's your title
at Sabreliner, and
how long have you
I am director of sales and
business development for
Sabreliner, and I've been here for
nearly one year.
Dave Miner of Sabre
abreliner Aviation is a worldclass flight support center
for civil and military fixedwing and rotary-wing aircraft. Its
ever-expanding capabilities range
from basic maintenance and repair
to major overhauls, manufacturing
and highly advanced upgrades. A
uniquely experienced workforce,
deep expertise, and ongoing innovation continue to inspire loyalty and
trust from a global customer base.
Recently, Patricia Luebke, Avionics
News contributor, spoke with Dave
Miner to learn more about his work
at Sabreliner Aviation and his life
outside the office.
And prior to Sabreliner?
I was with Stevens Aviation in a
corporate position, so I supported all
of the locations. Before that, I was
with Mobile Aerospace Engineering in
Mobile, Alabama, and previously with
the Citation Service Center in Orlando.
What's a typical day for you?
There is no typical day. I live
in Greenville, South Carolina, but
when I'm on-site in Missouri, the
day starts around 6:15 a.m. at the
Park-Et Restaurant where a group of
us discuss the different challenges
we need to face immediately. Then
we move to the morning meeting
and execute what we discussed. I
have a desk, but I don't know if I've
sat at it. Every day is a challenge;
the events of the day move so fast;
we're constantly in motion. When
I'm in my office in Greenville, I am
touching base with vendors and
the personnel who report to me. I
have seven business development
managers for different areas: two
for corporate, two for military, one
who does components and parts,
and two for government contracts.
What do you like best
about your job?
We are not locked in a box. So
much creativity is allowed, and we
can make our own destiny here.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a little town called
Minerva, Ohio, outside of Canton,
home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
I didn't have much interest in aviation
as a child; I wanted to be a truck
driver, and some days I still do. After
I graduated from high school, I went
into the military. I joined the Marine
Corps and tested well for electronics,
and that launched my avionics career.
I had no feeling for electronics. I didn't
even know what Ohm's law was, but
I was told I had an aptitude for it, and
they were right.
I've spoken to many
people who learned
electronics in the Navy,
but not the Marines.
The Marine Corps is the men's
department of the Navy (he said