Aviation Technology Associates, LLC was founded to better address the maintenance and engineering needs of the aviation community. Our mission is to improve the quality and safety of the aviation industry by providing the highest level of engineering and technical services to airlines, MRO’s and aircraft manufacturers at an affordable cost. As airline employees prior to founding AVTECH, we experienced first-hand the challenges of maintaining aircraft in today’s environment of escalating costs, changing maintenance requirements and shrinking revenues. We saw an opportunity to change the model for aviation maintenance by providing the highest level of service at much more affordable prices – because we are independent contractors, we can offer a wide range of skills and services, and you pay only for what you need, only when you need it.
Our background is commercial aviation engineering and repair, but our endeavors have led us into many other aspects of the aviation industry. We are experienced in new part design, reverse engineering, engineering oversight, audits, training, contract negotiation, request for quotes, and project outsourcing/management. We also provide services in the light aircraft and military aviation sectors. Our skill set lends itself to any number of maintenance and manufacturing activities both within and outside the aerospace industry. We are here to help you with your engineering and management needs in your industry, whatever it may be.
“...The people I have worked with from AVTECH set the bar of engineering. They excel in every area of engineering, and the ability to communicate these principles, processes, and repairs to all levels of the organization…”
As a fully mobile, 100% engineering-driven firm, we are agile and cost-effective. While our core team is a small group of engineers and DERs, we have ready access to a large group of associates with specialties in most all industry disciplines. No matter how big or small the task, if you insist on the highest standards at an affordable price, you need AVTECH.
Aviation Technology Associates,LLC, is incorporated in South Carolina and is owned and operated by Tom Rood and James Honeycutt. With over 60 years of combined aviation experience in our core team, we are well known throughout the industry for setting a new standard in aerospace maintenance and engineering.
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Our Core Team
Tom Rood – Co-Founder, DER and Principal Technical Consultant
Tom has been in the aviation industry for over 24 years. He currently holds an FAA A&P license, an IA rating and a Structural DER ticket. He is an active member of the CACRC and various other industry organizations. Prior to co-founding AVTECH, Tom held engineering positions such as Lead Base Support and Vendor Oversight Engineer, Composite Structures Engineer, and Base Support Engineer at US Airways. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Tom’s early experience as an A&P, inspector, and lead mechanic for Chautauqua, SkyWest, and US Airways prior to earning his engineering degree gives him a powerful hands-on perspective that complements his technical knowledge. His grounding in the hard realities of day-to-day operations leads to solutions that are both cost-effective and practical. In his free time, Tom enjoys tinkering with electronics, fishing and improving his scores on the vintage pinball machines he restores.
James E. Honeycutt – Co-Founder, Principal Technical Consultant
James has been an aerospace engineer for 10 years. He is active in a number of professional organizations including the CACRC. Prior to co-founding Aviation Technology Associates, James was an independent consultant for FedEx Express and NORDAM, a Service Engineer at jetBlue Airways, and a Structural Composites and Base Support Engineer at US Airways. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
James’s deep understanding of the aviation industry’s business issues influences his approach to any task. His priority is to resolve your technical issues seamlessly so you can focus on running your business. His project management skills and work ethic ensure that every project is finished on time and under budget. His Six Sigma certification is a testimony to his relentless drive and focus. He enjoys deep sea fishing, recreational sports and fast cars.
Marc G. Felice – Lead Consultant
Marc joined Aviation Technology Associates as an independent associate in 2008. He is an active member of the AIAA. Before joining AVTECH, Marc worked as a liaison engineer at AirTran Airways. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently working on his Master of Business Administration at Embry-Riddle University.
Marc specializes in structural aircraft repair and development as well as project management. His commitment to making aviation maintenance and repair more cost-effective and systematic results in solutions that help clients become more competitive. In his free time, he enjoys snow skiing in his new home state of Colorado, reading technical manuals and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
David R. Bailey – Technical Consultant
Dave joined the Aviation Technology Associates team as an independent associate in May 2009. Prior to AVTECH, he served as Base Support Engineering Team Lead at US Airways. While at US Airways, Dave managed engineering issues related to the Boeing 737/757/767 and Airbus A320/A330 aircraft. He kicked off his career working for both Rockwell Space Operations Company and Lockheed Space Operations Company, supporting the Space Shuttle program. Dave graduated from Parks College of Saint Louis University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
Dave’s experience with the Space Shuttle program helped to hone his problem-solving skills. His goal is providing sound technical guidance in a timely manner and implementing a cost effective solution to maintenance issues is his highest priority. In his spare time, Dave enjoys boating and golfing.