Chad Phillips is an Aviation and Mechanical expert with over 15 years of professional experience inspecting, maintaining, and repairing helicopters, airport equipment, and a broad range of industrial machinery/equipment. As a helicopter and aviation mechanic, Chad has extensive hands-on experience and training in hydraulic systems, flight controls, driveline, avionics, electrical and other complex systems, equipment, and tools.
Chad knew early on that his path would lead to a career in aviation, and to serving his country. With his father in the Air Force, growing up next to a base, Chad spent his early years getting involved with aviation and machinery wherever he could. He joined the Civil Air Patrol as a youth, and spent time restoring old cars, tractors, and any machinery he could get his hands on.
During his undergraduate studies, Chad enlisted in the National Guard, and moonlighted as an industrial truck operator in a warehouse. Upon graduation, he served in the Army on active duty, where his duties centered on aircraft maintenance and inspection, as well as the operation of off-road cargo trucks, cranes, forklifts, tractors, and tugs. He ensured mission readiness of assigned aircraft during his deployment, and was also tasked with aircrew flight duties.
Chad earned certification as an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic for the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, where he worked for nearly fifteen years. In this role, he traveled to locations worldwide to troubleshoot, repair, and provide technical expertise and training on complex hydraulic, electrical, and mechanical systems for customer operations. He was entrusted with directing and supervising high profile projects for the Canadian Air Force, Japanese Coast Guard, and Indian Coast Guard, not least of all being the direction of a multi-disciplinary support team tasked with the maintenance of the VH-92 Marine One helicopter in testing for service to the President of the United States.