Nicholas Ranaldo, Director of Maintenance
“Technical work is something of a tradition in my family, which probably influenced my lifelong fascination with engines and mechanical devices. As a kid, I would take things apart and reassemble them just to see how they work. Even after servicing airplanes all day, my leisure time is often spent restoring old vehicles and other projects. My education includes 2 years at SCTI studying Automotive Service Technology, and completion of the program at National Aviation Academy, which allowed me to obtain my A&P Mechanic certification. My next goal is to get my Private Pilot License. I’ve been with AEROmx since 2012, and I love what I do.”
“I earned my A&P mechanic certificate from National Aviation Academy in 2008, graduating third in my class with a 98% GPA, and winning both the Airframe and Powerplant top team rankings. After graduation I was employed at an MRO at Tampa International Airport serving and maintaining Airbus A360’s. Shortly after, I took a position in Fairbanks, Alaska working on Everts Air Cargo’s fleet of DC-6 aircraft. After that I earned my Flight Engineer certification and spent a year flying all over Alaska. I’ve had a lot of great work experiences, but working at AEROmx has been among the best.”
“I’ve been an A&P certified aircraft mechanic since 2008, and am currently a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program at UND. Much of my aviation maintenance training comes from my experience in the military reserves. I am a Special Missions Aviation Journeyman/Flight Engineer with the 301st Combat Rescue Squadron, based at Patrick Air Force Base. The military has taught me the importance of discipline and attention to detail, and I’ve successfully applied those values in everything that I do. I love the daily challenge of solving mechanical issues, and really appreciate the dedication to quality I’ve found here at AEROmx.”
Growing up with a love of machinery and the service, I joined the Army a week after my 17th birthday as a watercraft enginneer. After the events of 9/11, however, I new that to better serve in the mountains of Afghanistan, I needed to get off of a boat and into the air. Changing jobs to become a UH60 Blackhawk mechanic set the course for the rest of my life. Realizing that I aviation was my true passion, I sought to be as knowledgable as possible in my new field as a Blackhawk Crew Chief. After 3 tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, and reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant, I decided to seperate from the service but continue to serve as a civilian contractor maintaining high tech Reaper and Predator surveillance drones across the globe as needed. Finally able to pursue my dream of flying, I came to Cirrus aviation in the early summer of 2015 and daily work to excel as both a student pilot and A&P mechanic.