New purchasing/material control manager at Spirit Aeronautics


Russell Coldiron has joined Spirit Aeronautics of Columbus, Ohio, USA, as purchasing/material control manager. Coldiron brings more than three decades of experience in aviation purchasing and supply chain management.

“Russ is one of those people you wait and hope for, to join your team,” said Tony Bailey, president and COO of Spirit Aeronautics. “He has a proven record of implementing successful material management programs that supported a huge fleet of aircraft with demanding schedules and requirements. His unique ability to systematically find solutions for aircraft operators fits perfectly with our core value of providing customer-centric care that builds long-term customer relationships. We are very excited to have Russ on our team and believe our customers will benefit from his experience and dedication.”

Coldiron has worked for companies including NetJets and Southern Air Transport. At NetJets he rose to become director of materials. Coldiron served in the United States Navy as an aviation machinist mate and later became an aerospace engineering technician for the Naval Aviation Depot, where he performed engineering duties as part of research and engineering competency in the Propulsion and Power department. He holds an FAA Airframe and Powerplant license and numerous service-related medals and awards.

Spirit Aeronautics’ services for business, VIP, VVIP, military and government aircraft include refurbishment, design, development, completion, management, engineering, material supply, integration and sustainment.

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