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Ryan Paulson of Moorhead Aviation Services
What path did you
take toward aviation?
his son, Grayson.
Ryan Paulson with
a member of the
Aircraft Electronics Association
earlier this year. Located at
Moorhead Municipal Airport in
Glyndon, Minnesota, the company
offers aircraft maintenance, fuel
and on-site management.
Recently, Avionics News spoke
with Ryan Paulson, avionics
manager, to learn about the new
company and his life outside the
My dad was in the Coast
Guard, so I grew up all over
the country, but mainly in
Cleveland. When I was 10
years old, my grandfather
took my brother and me to
an airshow in Fergus Falls,
Minnesota. I was hooked and
knew aviation would be my
life's work. I wanted to be a
pilot, but closely missed it. I
asked which specialty would
get me closest to airplanes,
and I was told avionics. I
enlisted in the Coast Guard
to get avionics training.
Did you get training in
the Coast Guard?
Yes, but I got out before I
finished. In the Coast Guard, you
start sanding and painting and
mowing the grass until you earn
the right to be put on the list
for training. The waiting list for
avionics was more than two years,
but I eventually got in and went
to Elizabeth City, North Carolina,
for training. I did well in training,
but I was not a model military
member. I realized military life
wasn't meant for me. When I got
out of the Coast Guard, I moved
to Fargo to be close to my family.
And you put your
training to use?
Not right away. I was working
two jobs - tech support at a call
center and a part-time job at a gas
station. One day, a man with a Fargo
Aerotech T-shirt came into the gas
station, and I asked if he needed any
technicians. He said yes.
That's how you got your
first aviation job?
Yes, that was the beginning of
my aviation career. Next, I moved
to Minneapolis for Modern
Aero for several years, then to
West Star in Colorado. I liked
the job, but didn't like living
there. I wanted to get back to
the Midwest, so I got a job at PS
Air in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and
started an avionics department.
The company was sold to
Landmark Aviation, and I moved
back to Fargo to work at Fargo Jet
While there, I was approached
by investors to start an avionics
shop in a 2-year-old, beautiful
hangar. The investors told me I
could buy what I needed, and
that's how Moorhead got started.
I moved in October, got my repair
station license in January, and
now it's off to the races.