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Miesbach also served as nav/comm team leader,
Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, Miesbach often spends
avionics shop supervisor and avionics/instrument shop
some 40% of his time traveling. Before the COVID-19
manager. He's been a part of many test flight experiences
pandemic shut down most of the country in March, he
and spent hours in the right seat flying to and from
already had 18 weeks of this year scheduled for travel.
events in the company's small general aviation aircraft.
"Last year, I was on the road 21 weeks with only 17 of
"Years ago, I installed an intercom system in a
those scheduled," Miesbach said. "As the year goes on,
Citabria," said Miesbach, who holds a repairman
different things come up that need face-to-face attention,
certificate and ASTM
whether it's related to OEMs,
International's AET
vendors or customers, so I
"WITH TRAINING AND
certification with dependent
try to be able to travel on
INDUSTRY
UPDATES,
AEA
navigation systems and radio
demand. I've been able to
EVENTS REITERATE THAT WE
travel around the country and
communication systems
ALL HAVE AN IMPORTANT
overseas both for work and
endorsements. "After it
PURPOSE TO SERVE THE
pleasure. But after visiting
was completed, one of the
AVIATION INDUSTRY, AND THEY
RE-ENERGIZE US TO GET BACK
big cities, it's always great to
owners, a certified aerobatic
TO OUR OWN SMALL
get back home."
instructor, gave me 30
PIECE OF THE BUSINESS."
minutes of aerobatic ground
As for its component
school. Then we took it up
repair capabilities, Duncan
KEVIN MIESBACH
and he let me fly different
Aviation typically focuses
maneuvers. A couple of
on out-of-production
weeks later, we got to take it up again for about an hour.
equipment as well as systems that manufacturers don't
I don't know how good I was, but it was a lot of fun."
want to continue to support internally. Duncan Aviation
is also able to send repairs of advanced systems to the
Watching industry trends
manufacturer on behalf of customers.
Today, as Miesbach oversees Duncan Aviation's
"There are a number of customers who like to call us
components business development, he's focused on
for anything and just have us handle it, whether we do it
internally or send it out," Miesbach said.
where the market is and where it's headed.
In addition to commercial, business and general
"Depending on the manufacturer or product, the
aviation, Duncan Aviation supports the needs of
component repair business continues to be a moving
government agencies, from local governments up
target," he explained. "The goal is to have a solution for
through international state departments.
the best and easiest way to support the product. And as
"I work closely with our internal government contracts
can be expected, financial metrics always come into play
division to understand which pieces of contracts they win
whether we're talking to a customer, service provider or
that we would be able to support from the component
manufacturer.
side," Miesbach said.
"Legacy products wrestle with obsolescence issues, so
there is a market for solving those. We are plugged into
Grounded in field experience
all of the major manufacturers one way or another, so we
It's easy for Miesbach to relate to customers' issues
work with them to figure out if we can help or work on
and empathize with their challenges. He has 38 years of
our own to develop solutions."
experience in aviation, starting as an avionics technician
As for being a part of the AEA, Miesbach likes the
with Lincoln Avionics, which was co-owned by Duncan
association's regional Connect Conferences and annual
Aviation. After several years of installing avionics
AEA International Convention & Trade Show because
systems on business aircraft, including Cessna Citations
they feel like a family reunion with purpose.
and Learjets, Miesbach joined Duncan Aviation's
"They get us all plugged into the bigger picture," he
components repair team performing avionics line and
said. "With training and industry updates, AEA events
bench maintenance on corporate jets and turboprops. He
reiterate that we all have an important purpose to serve
repaired HF and FMS systems and VHF navigation and
the aviation industry, and they re-energize us to get back
communication equipment of all makes and models.
to our own small piece of the business." q
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