About

OUR OKLAHOMA TEAM

About 1
Raul (RJ) Gomez
Chief Executive Officer
RJ’s father was a big influence in getting him interested in aviation. A former governor and congressman for a Venezuelan state, his father had next become a lawyer for a firm that operated a 690A Commander. He had early exposure to not only flying but to the Twin Commander aircraft.

In 1978 RJ graduated high school in Caracas, Venezuela. He went on to attend the University of Oklahoma (OU) to study English in 1979 and Business Management in 1980. While still at OU, he learned about Spartan School of Aeronautics. Convincing his dad to let him attend to gain his A&P and Pilot’s license moved him one step closer to the aviation dream. Starting in 1981, he decided to focus solely on the A&P side of the aircraft; the intricate and vital part that keeps it in the air along with the skilled pilot. He graduated in from Spartan in 1985 not only with his A&P but also with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Technology. An interesting side note to this part of the journey is that in 1981, while the Twin Commander was still in production, RJ had the opportunity to do a “walk through” of the factory. Later on, he flew with his older brother in a brand new Twin Commander 840.

Returning to Venezuela after graduating Spartan, RJ was hired by Miguel Benatar at Aerocentro de Servicios. Now bilingual, he had the ability to assist many customers that contacted them for assistance. Though he started as a mechanic, it didn’t take long before he moved to the Parts Department. He started as the Part Manager’s Assistant. He later became the Parts Manager and managed a staff of eight along with providing parts support for the client base that included not only Twin Commanders, but Cessna Citations and Learjets;a role he stayed in for nearly 14 years.

In 2000, he was hired by Downtown Airpark as their Parts Manager. Within a year he was promoted to General Manager where he remained until June 2005, when Legacy Aviation Services was founded

Having started “on the floor” and worked his way to the top, selling parts, selling aircraft, and working at the different management levels has given him a unique perspective in true customer service. With a combined 28+ years in Aviation shared first at Aerocentro de Servicios then at Downtown Airpark, plus multiple training certifications and now as owner of Legacy Aviation, RJ shows his commitment to the Twin Commander fleet and beyond.

While still growing up, RJ’s dad told him to go to Oklahoma and do something with his life. It’s been a long and arduous journey to get to where he his; where Legacy is….We’d like to think his dad is looking down and smiling and what he is accomplishing.
rgomez@legacy-aviation.com
About 2
Kevin Chance
Chief Financial Officer
Kevin started his career performing audit work with a local CPA Firm until he began his aviation accounting career with Downtown Airpark, Inc. in 1998. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Kevin is currently a Certified Public Accountant and is an active member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is an expert in several accounting software packages and Corridor Aviation Software. With over 14 years of Aviation Experience, Kevin helps keep your project cost effective.
kchance@legacy-aviation.com
Robert S. Ritchie
Service Manager

Technical Education
Apprentice Aircraft Mechanic

Professional Experience
American Flyers Inc. 1975-1978
Mid-Continent Airmotive, Inc. 1978-2010

Airframe Expertise
Beechcraft King Air
Twin Commander

Aircraft Systems Specialty
Power Plant

britchie@legacy-aviation.com
 
About 12
Raul A. Gomez
Parts Manager
Coming soon...
raul.a@legacy-aviation.com
About 4
Steve Reid
Structure / Special Projects
Steve’s love for aircraft started early as he enjoyed making airplanes as a kid…using wire and sticks. At a small town event when he was 14, his interest grew stronger as he was offered a ride in a little yellow (open cockpit) Cub for $5. As Steve puts, it, “I happen to have $5, he had the airplane.”

Fresh out of high school, he joined the US Army Reserves. Early on in the process, he expressed his desire to work on the aircraft. While in the reserves, he would earn his first diploma that would put him on the path that he remains on today; that diploma was for the Aircraft Structure Repair Course.

A year later, while still in the Reserves, he started working with the Commanders in the Twin Commander Service Centers. Steve has over 32 years’ experience in aviation; 31 working with the Commanders in the Twin Commander Service Centers. Six of those years were concurrent with his enlistment in the US Army Reserves.

Like others that have been in the industry for a while, Steve has amassed his fair amount of certificates and awards, among them are the 2011 Twin Commander Leadership Award in Maintenance Support, Certificate of Completion of the SB-214 Course, and the Certificate of Completion of the Twin Commander SB241 Training (where he was also a key contributor to the research & proper fix of this Service Bulletin as he worked closely with engineering during the development of drawings, blueprints, & plans.). He has also received the Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation to the LH Systems User Group Meeting & Aerial Sensor Workshop.

What started as a dream, a desire, has come full circle to reality and has remained a full time passion of Steve’s. He has attended schools, courses, & seminars to stay updated with some of the newer camera modifications. He has also presented and done Q&A at others for the camera mods that he has worked on. When aircraft arrive that are in need of modifications and/or repairs, he has worked closely with Fred & Bill Gatz (GTEC) to make sure that the drawings for the aircraft are as accurate as can be prior to GTEC’s arrival at the facility.

Steve’s work philosophy on these jobs is to modify or repair an aircraft in such a way that he himself would feel safe to fly in. As he states, “I will not allow anyone to fly in anything I’ve worked on if I’m not willing to fly in it as well. Quality is paramount.” His attention to detail coupled with a natural artistic way of finessing metal with a combination of math, machinery, and skillful dexterity creates work that a leaves a customer feeling not only safe but satisfied of a job well done.

In his quest for customer satisfaction, Steve has globally traveled to assist in repairs. Just a few of the many places are Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and several regions in South America. To say the least, he has a global name in the modification and repair area; it is not unusual for him to receive at least one phone call a month regarding a camera modification. Contact Steve today and see what he can do for you!
sreid@legacy-aviation.com
About 10
Lonnie Walden
Maintenance Manager
Lonnie has a long history in aviation. Joining the US Air Force in 1976, he went straight in aviation by being weapons mechanic to mechanic and crew chief on the F16’s. After retirement in 1993, he responded to a job lead provided by one of the local benefits offices. This lead landed right back into aviation.

Though he was hired in Line Service of a local airpark, his passion didn’t die. He obtained his A&P a short time later while still performing his line service duties. He was able to transfer to the Maintenance Department and get back to the job he enjoyed doing.

He excels on the electrical components of an aircraft. He had an interest early on and attended Foster Estes Vocational Center (now part of a larger Tech Center network) for Electronics, TV & Radio Repair. The interest stayed through his time in the military and on into civilian aviation. In Lonnie’s words, he’s a “jack of all trades in all systems.”

His experience is vast and includes the Citation 550’s, the King Air Series, Hot Sections for the Pratt & Whitney PT6 Engines, along with 17 years with the Twin Commanders. With 34 years combined experience in aviation, the certificates and awards are too numerous to mention. If you’re looking for experience, you’ve come to the right place.
lwalden@legacy-aviation.com
About 3
Michael Fitch
Sales / Marketing Director
Coming soon...
mfitch@legacy-aviation.com
About 3
Debra Brakefield
Executive Admin Assistant
Coming from a long background of providing customer service and support, Debra instinctively knew the concept of external and internal customers by what she had been taught through all of her life.

Debra chanced into Aviation during an interview through an agency after a merger with her former employer caused a shut down of the Oklahoma City location. One afternoon, one interview, and a phone call later, she was hired. That was Fall of 1999; she hasn’t looked back since.

After 13 years, she has gained much experience and is ready to assist. Whether accounting, writing, editing, designing, or pure customer service…she’s ready to help.
dbrakefield@legacy-aviation.com

OKLAHOMA TECHNICIANS

Anthony Brewer
Inspector

Technical Education
Certified Airframe & Powerplant

Professional Experience
JetAway
The ServiceCenter
Valair Aviation

Airframe Expertise
Twin Commander
Beechcraft King Air
Cessna Citation

Aircraft Systems Specialty
Aircraft records research

Continued Education
Cessna Citation factory schools
Beech King Air F-90 school
Pratt & Whitney factory JT15-D engine school

tbrewer@legacy-aviation.com
Rick Miller
Aircraft Technician

Technical Education
Certified Airframe & Powerplant

Professional Experience
Downtown Air Park / 30 yrs
Mid-Continent Airmotive / 4 yrs

Airframe Expertise
Twin Commander
Beechcraft King Air
Cessna Citation

Aircraft Systems Specialty
TPE331 line & heavy engine maintenance
Airframe inspections

Continued Education
FlightSafety – Cheyenne I & II 1980
Garrett – Line Maintenance 1987
Garrett – Intermediate Maintenance 1988
Garrett – TPE331 Recomp 1991
Garrett – TPE331 Recurrent 1992
Pratt & Whitney PT6A – 41, 42, 45 Heavy Maintenance 1995
Federal Exams I A Course 2010

rmiller@legacy-aviation.com
Robert Kevin Michels
Aircraft Technician

Technical Education
Certified Airframe & Powerplant

Professional Experience
Raytheon Aerospace
Airmethods
American Eurocopter
Hughes Aircraft

Airframe Expertise
Beechcraft King Air
Cessna Citation
Bell Helicopter
Agusta
Twin Commander

Continued Education
King Air 200 school
AS350 school
Turbomeca maintenance and repair
Honeywell maintenance and repair

Francisco Serrano
Aircraft Technician

Technical Education
Bachelor of Science Aeronautical Engineering
Airframe & Powerplant Technician

Professional Experience
Venezuelan Air Force
Aerocentro de Servicios C. A.

Airframe Expertise
Beechcraft King Air

Aircraft Systems Specialty
Quality Control Inspector
PT6A Powerplant

Michael J. Matthews
Modification Dept.

Technical Education
OJT Commander Aircraft Inc

Professional Experience
Commercial Maritime, Fishing Fleets
Commander Aircraft Inc
Downtown Air Park

Airframe Expertise
Twin Commander

Aircraft Systems Specialty
Interior Refurbishment
Sheet Metal
Composite Components

Continued Education
College of Micronesia
Maritime Studies

Steve Dutcher
Mechanic

Technical Education
Engine & Airframe Schools

Professional Experience
Skycraft Aviation 1978-1979
Downtown Air Park 1979-2001
Mid-Continent Airmotive 2001-2014

Airframe Expertise
Twin Commander
Cessna Citation
Beechcraft King Air
Westwind

Jamin P Jacobs
Aircraft Technician

Technical Education
Metro Tech

Professional Experience
Construction
General Aviation
Mid-Continent Airmotive

Airframe Expertise
Twin Commander
Beechcraft King Air
Cessna Citations
Westwinds

Continued Education
Electronic Technology FlightSafety

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