Dave Fetherston (aka “NexAir Dave”)
Founder and General Manager
Dave has been in and around aviation all his life. He started flying at the age of 16 and got his ticket at age 21. He’s a licensed mechanic, instrument pilot, and is certificated in both airplanes and helicopters. After graduating from Teterboro School of Avionics, he started his career as an aircraft mechanic on the Sikorsky Blackhawk production line. Following his engineering skills, Dave has worked for several Defense Contractors as a program manager on key military projects.
In 1994, Dave co-founded Altair Avionics to bring engine monitoring technology to the aviation industry. He recognized a need to provide engine diagnostics and today this equipment is standard in most turbine-powered aircraft. The company grew to 27 people before it was sold to Pratt & Whitney Canada in 2001. Dave stayed on to run the Engineering Department until early 2007; that’s when he left to start NexAir Avionics.
NexAir Avionics was founded in 2007 by Dave Fetherston and is a Certified FAA Avionics Repair Station (#N4OR087B). When Dave started NexAir Avionics he saw a need for a shop that truly understands the new digital world of avionics. Check out the Saratoga NX; it’s one-of-a-kind and exemplifies the quality workmanship NexAir Avionics has to offer (click here).
The shop at K1B9 (1B9), is in the two big blue hangars, and is open from 8AM to 6PM, weekdays. We’re usually around on the weekends flying something fun, busy with people coming and going, and lots of interesting planes to see. Whether you drive in or fly in, all are welcome. When time and workload allows, friends can usually twist Dave’s arm for a ride in his 1941 Stearman biplane.
Director of Maintenance at Plymouth (KPYM)
Michael began his aviation career by attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL , where he majored in Aerospace Engineering. In 2002 he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering. While taking courses he also gained practical experience from working at a flight school which allowed him to meet the FAA requirements to obtain his Airframe and Powerplant license. After graduation Michael went to work at Embry-Riddle’s experimental product development program from 2002 until 2004. His time and experience there allowed him to acquired his Inspection Authorization privileges, which he maintains to this day.
He later went on to work at Altair Avionics, David Fetherston’s first company, as an Applications Engineer and Field Service Rep. From Altair Michael accepted a Process and Methods Engineer position with Pratt & Whitney in North Berwick, Maine. Taking advantage of an offer to become involved in the next big evolution in commercial aviation, Michael began working for Boeing as a Flight Line Mechanic on the 787. Again looking to expand his background and aviation experience he took on the role of Retrofit and Repair Engineer on Wide Body Aircraft at Boeing. Following his passion for travel and advanced aviation technology, Michael went on to be a New Aircraft Introduction Field Service Representative on the 787 program, until recently.
After cutting his teeth in aviation on big iron, traveling all over the world and racking up more than a decade of experience in the aviation industry, NexAir Avionics was able to bring him home to run our Plymouth location where his experience will benefit our large airframe customers.
Michaels accomplishments include:
2008 GROL (General Radiotelephone Operator License)
2008 Private Pilot ASEL
2011 Instrument Rating
2012 Commercial Pilot AMEL
Benjamin achieved his 91.413, 91.411, and RVSM certifications in February of 2014. He is NexAir’s lead for RVSM certification in Mansfield, Plymouth, and with our Mobile Service Van. If you need RVSM compliance work for your high flyer, Ben will walk you through the process and make sure you airplane meets all current RVSM requirements.
In addition to his work at NexAir, Ben has experience working at L-3 Communications and Dynamic Aviation. He holds an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license and a Repairman’s Certificate. He is working towards his General Radiotelephone Operators License (GROL). In addition to RVSM, his specialties include avionics, wiring, installation, troubleshooting, and inspection.
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If you’ve seen something here that sparks your imagination, get the conversation started. Email Dave Fetherston, call him at 877-318-0975, or submit an online Request for Quote or Request Repairs or Maintenance short form. We’re ready to collaborate with you so that you, too, can have a smarter plane and be a smarter pilot.