Addition to Spirit Aeronautics’ quality control team


Merritt ‘Keith’ Thogmartin has joined the quality control team at Spirit Aeronautics. Thogmartin began his aviation career as an aircraft technician for Sprite-Flight Jets, and has also served as director of maintenance at Corporate Wings, vice president of technical services at Business Aircraft Group and director of maintenance at Capital City Jet Center.

Over the course of his 35 years in aviation, Thogmartin’s training has included FlightSafety Maintenance Initial courses on Citation 550, Citation 650 and Citation 525C series aircraft; Williams FJ44 engine line maintenance; and EMB-120 maintenance courses. Thogmartin is a graduate of Columbus Technical Institute with an associate’s degree in applied science and holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license with his Inspection Authorization endorsement.

“Every day we are on the hunt for unparalleled talent and will do whatever it takes to fill our team with industry professionals that share our same vision and motivations,” said Tony Bailey, president and COO at Spirit Aeronautics. “Keith is a perfect example of someone who is not only a recognized leader in the industry, but also an unparalleled professional with exceptional technical knowledge and business acumen. He has the experience and knowledge to bring additional depth and quality to our inspection program. We are excited to have Keith on our team and feel confident that he will be an elemental part of our continued success.”

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