Flight Metrics Team
A&P Mechanic / Hangar Manager
There’s no way Matt could have known that his decision to take one free flying lesson offered through his high school would turn into endless hours of cutting grass to support his newfound hobby. Growing up in Sebring, Florida with a dad who had always wanted to fly, Matt regularly attended the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, FL and had a growing interest in aircraft. After that first flying lesson at age 14, Matt was hooked. He worked odd jobs at the Sebring Municipal Airport in exchange for time flying planes. He eventually was able to purchase his own airplane and teach his dad how to fly.
After high school, Matt entered into the army and was stationed in Kansas. He later returned to Florida to study first psychology, then engineering, and finally earned his degree in Aviation Technology and Maintenance from the National Aviation Academy. He then launched into a long period of working for a variety of aeronautical organizations including: Sunshine Aviation, Paris Air, Piper, the Service Center at OKC, Vera Beach Avionics, Lancair, and Cascade Aircraft Management. At one point he returned to Kansas to tow gliders for Air Plains, in Wellington.
His love for aviation also led him to another love. While at Cascade Aircraft Management, he met Kaisha, his parts person—who later became his wife. In their free time, Matt and Kaisha like to take their son, Jett, and their dog, Charlie, for outdoor adventures, hiking and backpacking. Matt also enjoys hunting, fishing, and shooting.
Manuel moved to Central Oregon as a young man. He earned his degree in Electronics Technology with various certifications, including avionics and marine electronics. Manuel has been working exclusively as an Avionics Technician since 2007. Flight Metrics is happy to have his attention to detail, commitment to quality, and his easy going disposition.
James has traveled to many different countries but considers Central Oregon to be his main stomping ground. Flight Metrics is happy to have James’ experience, excitement to never stop learning, and his wry humor.
Kelley has always loved airplanes. Not (yet?) in the pilot seat, she takes care of all behind-the-scenes support; from ordering and distributing parts, to running payroll. She has a long history supporting aircrew from her days as a support officer in the Air Force. Flight Metrics is glad to have her office talents and organization, as well as her witty humor.