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Chief Executive Officer

John S.P. Brunner II

With more than thirty years as a professional aviator, John is an Honorably Discharged Air Force Officer serving within the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Air Staff as the Personnel Recovery Reserve Director at US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Accumulating over 6,000 flight hours flying a variety of rotary and fixed wing assets for the U.S Armed Forces, John has held senior leadership positions in Operations Desert Storm One, Desert Storm Two, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Northern Watch, Southern Watch and other CLASSIFIED military operations. John served on the initial AFRICOM staff as the CJTF-HOA PRCC Director and was instrumental in the AFRICOM JPRC stand-up during AFRICOM Inception.

John has an extensive background leading complex and challenging organizations using standard and non-standard models to achieve successful results, globally.

John holds a B.A. in Aviation Business Administration and M.A. in Aerospace Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Chief Aeromedical Officer


With more than twenty nine years of Aeromedical experience, Dr. Ivey comes to Brunner Aerospace with an extensive background in aviation and clinical medicine. Dr. Ivey is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Sleep Disorders Medicine, and is the Chief of Aerospace Medicine and distinguished Officer for a Combat Search and Rescue Unit for the California Air National Guard.

For the past fifteen years Dr. Ivey has been designated as a Senior Aeromedical Examiner (AME) for the FAA. He presently consults to the Federal Air Surgeon and American Airlines on Pulmonary Diseases and Sleep Disorders, The United States Army (Army Aeromedical Activity), the National Guard Bureau’s Surgeon, NGB Director of Aviation Safety and the NGB Process Action Team on Fatigue, the Allied Pilots Association Operations Group and was instrumental in the restructuring fatigue risk management protocols as a member of the US Army Process Action Team in conjunction with Walter Reed Army Institute in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ivey is presently active in numerous professional associations and is a graduate of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine. He was awarded the Flight Surgeon of the Year for the US Army in 2009 and holds medical appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor (Department of Internal Medicine) for Michigan State University, Medical Director/Lecturer (Department of Respiratory Therapy) for Muskegon Community College and is an accomplished rotary commercial aviator with more than 2,600 flight hours as pilot in command in eight different airframes.

President Utility Aviation

Boyd A. “Skip” Tackett

Skip Tackett is the President of Utility Aviation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Brunner Aerospace, LLC.  Skip is an Honorably Discharged US Army Officer and US Army Special Operations soldier with 37 years of diverse, world-wide leadership and management experience in military and civilian flight operations. Skip’s civilian aviation qualifications include FAA ratings as a Rotary Wing Airline Transport Pilot and Rotary Wing Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument as well as a fixed wing Commercial SEL/MEL Instrument pilot with type ratings in the Russian Mi-8/17 and the AB/AW-139.  In the military, Skip was an AH-64 Apache pilot that fought in Desert Storm, was the Master Gunner that developed the first digital gunnery program for the US Army and was a senior fielding Standardization Instructor for the AH-64D Longbow Apache as well as a Master Trainer for 7 different foreign militaries.  Skip has been a deepwater Search and Rescue IFR/NVG Captain in the Gulf of Mexico rated for landings in all conditions on all vessels and rigs, Part 133 A-D Hoist and Advanced Air Ambulance qualified.  Skip has flown Russian Mi-17’s in combat, helped establish an Mi-17 training program for US and Coalition Special Operations forces and was the Chief Pilot for Northrup Grumman on a Special Operations Counter Narco-Terrorism program in Afghanistan. Most recently, he was also the General Manager for civilian flying service and was an Agent for Service on 14 CFR Parts 133, 135, 137, 141 and 145 operations.

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