Effective immediately, Aviation Partners, Inc., announces Gary Dunn to the position of president. Dunn, age 48, has served the company for more than two decades. He has been interim president since the unexpected passing on March 30 of company founder and aviation legend Joe Clark.
Dunn has close to 30 years’ experience in aviation maintenance, engineering, product support, sales and marketing. A childhood fascination with all things flight related led Dunn to study aeronautical engineering. During an apprenticeship at London Luton Airport-based Monarch Aircraft Engineering, he provided MRO support to a mixed fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft. A move to Seattle in his early 20s led to being hired in 1996 by Aviation Partners’ director of engineering. He joined Clark’s team of mostly former, senior Boeing engineers. “I joked that by hiring me, they brought the average age down to 65,” says Dunn.
Dunn supported the Gulfstream II blended winglet program with everything from installations to supply chain management. Clark invited Dunn to join the sales team in 2001. As vice president of sales and marketing, Dunn oversaw Aviation Partners’ blended winglet products for business aircraft plus sales of large winglet retrofits to corporate and head-of-state buyers of Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft. Dunn has been responsible for rolling out virtually all new products, including those for Hawker and Falcon series aircraft.
Today’s coronavirus crisis concerns Dunn, but he believes analysts who are predicting that business aviation may ultimately come through this stronger than ever. “I experienced the downturns of 9/11 and 2008. Business aviation is a resilient industry, and the world will fly again.”