Founder and Presidentgarrett@nealav.com
Garrett Neal started his aviation career at the young age of 17 while attending SDSU. During that time, Garrett obtained his Commercial, Multi-Engine, Instrument and Certified Flight Instructor ratings. He has logged over 5000 flight hours and is rated in Westwind and turbo commander AC95 aircraft.
Along with Garrett's passion for flying he also became very involved with aircraft restoration. Through restorations Garrett gained vast amounts of experience with aircraft systems, specifically electrical systems. Aircraft restoration also trained Garrett on attention to detail learning fast that every part of a restoration must be meticulous. Garrett now has numerous ground up aircraft restorations completed.
The vision to become the premier avionics provider in southern California began in 2003. A short year later, Neal Aviation was formed. Building the company from the ground up Garrett was a one man show focusing on Warbird restoration and general aviation avionics installations. As the business grew, Neal Aviation became a certified repair station to offer more services and has evolved into a full service avionics center. A passion for aircraft and flying matched with superior customer service, Neal Aviation has grown into a 3000 square foot hanger and is continuing to grow.
Airborne Law Enforcement Sales & Servicegary@nealav.com
Gary's introduction into aviation came after completing High School and enrolling at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, MI), where he completed and received an Associate degree of Applied Science in Avionics. His resume landed him in Phoenix, AZ with Cutter Aviation, where he gained experience in troubleshooting and repairing of General Aviation aircraft and avionics.
During the next 23 years in the Phoenix area, he also worked for Deer Valley Avionics, PSA-Airline Training Center and Sawyer Aviation. These years allowed Gary to gain valuable experience on Beechcraft, Piper and Cessna airframes and associated avionics. His involvement grew from aircraft troubleshooting and repair, to design and installation of radio packages, avionics bench repair, and led to the promotion of Avionics manager at Deer Valley Avionics. The next stepping stone was setting up an FAA Approved Repair Station for Airline Training Center's radio repair shop to handle its fleet of (6) Beechcraft Baron and (14) Bonanza aircraft. In 1985, Gary worked at Sawyer Aviation and served as Avionics Manager/Chief Inspector in charge of all equipment sales, installation, bench repair and scheduling. Gary attained No. 1 in Bendix/King avionic sales in the state of Arizona in 1985 and 1986.
In 1995, Gary ventured to California and filled the position of Shop Forman/Inspector for Cinema Air Avionics. His duties included scheduling of all Law Enforcement and General Aviation avionic installations, inspection, quality assurance and final delivery preparation for each completion. He assisted in the facility becoming an authorized Bell Helicopter Completion Center. In 1998, Gary was promoted to Avionics Manager/Chief Inspector and added the duties of Sales and Management of the avionics department. During this period he was able to secure contracts from $50,000 to over 1 Million dollars serving his customers.
Approached by the owner of Van Isle Avionics, Ltd, Canada in 1999, Gary was instrumental in setting up an avionics Repair Station and customizing center with the focus on rotorcraft avionic completions in the United States. This repair station specialized in multiple audio switch panel systems, multiple VHF & FM Transceivers, GPS, Navigation systems, EHSI Displays, Computer Mapping systems, video monitors & recorders, Infra- red/color camera installations, microwave downlink and searchlight systems. In 2004, Instrument Overhaul Avionics was formed from Van isle Avionics assets, keeping limited personnel to continue the sales, installation and service repair work as existed previously.
The year 2010, brought Gary to Neal Aviation to set-up and develop rotorcraft avionics and Law Enforcement customers into the growing business of Neal Aviation's Fixed-wing and Corporate Jet customer clientele. Gary holds a current FAA Repairman's Certificate and FCC License #PG-GB-00651. With Gary's mid-western roots, he believes in hard work, taking the initiative and completely following through with each job performed.