HeliTrak Welcomes New President

GIG HARBOR, Washington (June 7, 2016) – HeliTrak is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Nehls as President of the company, effective May 9, 2016.

Mr. Nehls joins HeliTrak with more than 25 years of leadership and engineering roles in the aerospace industry, including extensive experience in aircraft/avionics design and regulatory certification. Most recently, Mr. Nehls served as VP of Engineering and Chief Engineer at MD Helicopters for the past 7 years, where he was responsible for leading the engineering and development efforts for the mechanical, propulsion, electrical and avionics systems on all MD helicopter products. Prior to that he worked at Honeywell International’s Aerospace division for 19 years, gaining experience in avionics engineering design and flight test, business development, marketing, manufacturing, and production.

During his early career, Mr. Nehls spent several years with McDonnell Douglas, where he participated in the design and development of advanced flight control systems for the AH-64 Apache helicopter, among other projects. He has degrees in mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering. As a private pilot and an aerobatic competitor, Mr. Nehls maintains his avid interest in all aspects of aviation in both his personal and professional lives. “We are very pleased to have Chris join our company. His experience and background are a perfect fit for taking on this role” said John Mercer, co-owner of HeliTrak. “HeliTrak is on the forefront of the development of helicopter avionics and safety systems that reduce pilot workload and recovery from unexpected events. I’m very excited to be part of the team and able to contribute to the development efforts and the company’s future growth.” said Chris Nehls, the new President of HeliTrak

About HeliTrak 

Helitrak, Inc., is dedicated to developing innovative safety solutions for helicopters. HeliTrak is just entering the market with its first product, the Collective Pull Down (CPD). FAA certification is nearly completed for the CPD. The company, founded by longtime friends, colleagues, aeronautical engineers, and avid pilots John Mercer and Peter Hambling, is located at the Tacoma Narrows Airport (KTIW) in Gig Harbor, Washington. For more information, visit www.helitrak.com..


Suzanne Steiner
Vice President of Marketing & Business Operations
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