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Jon McIlhargie, 38, Avionics Manager, Spectra Jet, Inc., Springfield, OH

J

on McIlhargie joined the United States Air Force and wound up
in aircraft electronics, guidance and control systems, specifically. " I never really intended to stay in aviation, but as I am sure
everyone knows, if you fit, it becomes a lifestyle," he explained.
McIlhargie has been fortunate enough to have a number of great
mentors over the years. "Brad Hackett taught me quite a bit while
we worked together at Spirit Avionics," he said. "I learned most of
my general and business aviation knowledge during this time frame.
Then, after I was hired on at Spectra Jet, John Yegerlehner and all
the experienced mechanics here have been more than willing to
share their vast wealth of knowledge."
McIlhargie was in the Air Force for four years. After his time in
the Air Force came to an end, he worked in a variety of aviation
positions. He first went on to work on the glass cockpit modification for C-5 Galaxy aircraft with Lockheed-Martin for about two
and a half years. When McIlhargie left Lockheed-Martin, he wound
up working in general aviation in Columbus, OH as an avionics
technician installing and maintaining everything from experimental home builds to 737 business jets. Later, he left and worked
as quality assurance for a defense logistics agency for a couple of
years, which he says was not a good fit for him. It was then that he

landed back to general aviation aircraft. "I was
hired on here at Spectra Jet in 2015 and got us
up and running doing RVSM recertifications.
We became a dealer for Universal Avionics in
August 2015 and I started doing installations
and modifications working up to the ADS-B
mandate. Ever since, work has been growing
steadily," McIlhargie said.
While most of his training came from being
in the Air Force, McIlhargie has been through a good number of
additional training courses. These courses include GoGo Biz Wi-Fi
installations, Garmin, RVSM Training seminars, NCATT certification, Universal Avionics FMS installations and more. He has
attended Aircraft Electronics Association events and has been
to a few of the Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance
Association meetings.
"I genuinely do not really know," McIlhargie said of what is in
store for his future. "This career has changed like a life of its own
since I started working in aviation. My next step is completing my
Airframe and Powerplant. Hopefully, an IA will be in the works
after that."

Congratulations JON!


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology

Editor's Takeoff: The Young and the Restless
Industry Inspection
40 Under 40, Who Made the Cut?
Keeping Sharp on Blade Maintenance
Protect Others, Protect Yourself
Nimble at 65
Flightdocs' Journey Lands at ATP
How to Address Systemic Safety and Quality Issues
Professionalism: Owning Your Impact
ARSA: Maintenance Professionals Share Career Stories
Advertiser's Index
Shop Talk: Maintenance Records, or Lack There Of
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