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Duncan Aviation Announces Flight Department Leadership Changes

LINCOLN, NEB — Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce leadership changes to its Flight Department. Craig Rathjen has been named the Director of Flight Operations and Jon Kroesche the new Chief Pilot of Flight Operations.


In this position, Rathjen leads the day-to-day operations of the flight department. He has been in the aviation industry for the last 30 years and has been with Duncan Aviation since 1997. Goals he has for his new position include continuing to provide a great experience and value to internal flight and external charter and management customers along with providing professional growth and work-life balance for his fellow team members.


Kroesche will lead the flight crews within the department. He joined Duncan Aviation in 2002 and began his aviation career in 1996 after graduating from LeTourneau University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology and Flight. He has served in a variety of roles including Flight Instructor, Mechanic, and Charter Pilot. He says his top priority is to ensure Duncan Aviation pilots continue to “be fully confident in their abilities, familiar with the aircraft they fly, and entirely knowledgeable of the regulations.”

Jeff Lake, Chief Operating Officer of Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska, says Rathjen and Kroesche are longtime leaders in the flight department. “Duncan Aviation's Flight Department is in great hands with Craig and Jon's leadership,” Lake says. “Craig and Jon have impressive resumes as pilots and they have exceptional knowledge of the regulations. Both Craig and Jon's first priority has always been the safe operation of the aircraft and the safety of their passengers.”

About Duncan Aviation

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of business aircraft operators, government agencies, and other aircraft service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit avionics systems, full paint and interior services, engineering and certification services, fabrication and manufacturing services, and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 at +1 402.475.4125 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory repairs and overhauls. Complete service facilities are located in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. We also have dozens of other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with scheduled regional support and the quickest response possible to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

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