Donald Rhea, 2013-14 Chairman of the antelope Valley Board of Trade Aerospace Committee (AEROComm), arrives in the volunteer leadership post with a career spanning more than three decades in flight research and test programs.Mr. Rhea, a partner and Vice president of ClancyjG international, follows Boeing’s Al Hoffman as chairman of the active and influential AVBOT committee.
Don’s career included serving as an engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he was manager of the NASA Western Aeronautical test range (WATR) until his departure for private industry. he then took a position as a department of defense contractor supporting the air Force Flight test Center (AFFTC), now the air Force test Center (AFTC) as an engineer and program manager.
His accomplishments include assembling the team responsible for the development of the current generation of real-time acquisition, analysis, and display systems critical to the successful conduct of flight test programs throughout the aerospace industry. Prior to joining ClancyJG international as a partner and Vice president, he served a Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for a successful aerospace company. ClancyJG international was founded in 2007 with a focus on providing engineering, professional and consulting services to the Federal Government, major prime contractors, and small businesses. ClancyJG international provides a unique set of skills ready and available to provide support.While a relatively young corporate entity, the executive management team of John Clancy and Donald Rhea have work continuously with the DOD, the FAA, and NASA for more than 35 years each.
Mr. Clancy, president of ClancyJG international, began his career with the FAA as an air traffic controller, and upon his retirement in 2007, was a senior executive serving as the director Western Terminal Service area responsible for overseeing and directing terminal operations within 12 western states with in excess of 3,000 individuals, 125 FAA hub and terminal facilities, and 90 Federal Contract towers. He was responsible for developing programs and standards associated with terminal air traffic management, provided direction in major program areas such as safety, training, program operations, operations support, finance (budget in excess of $460 million) and administration. In his position he had regular interaction with local and state municipalities, Federal agencies that included NASA and the DOD, and private industry including the airlines and General Aviation organizations. during his career he served as the air traffic Division Manager, Western-Pacific Region, Air Traffic Manager, Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and Van Nuys Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT).ClancyjG international is currently the prime contractor supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ato) system operations service who has the responsibility of managing the operational authorization of unmanned aircraft operations into the national airspace system (NAS). the emerging technologies Group (AJV-115), part of the unmanned aircraft systems Integration Office (AFS-80), represents the ATO in the development of policies, procedures, and their implementation in coordination with other Faa organizations and public use aircraft operators at all levels of government. ClancyjG personnel support both of the Air Traffic managers assigned to AFS-80.
ClancyjG international is also the prime contractor to the army National Guard (ARNG) providing Air Traffic Control (ATC) Services at three ARNG Airfields located at Camp Ripley, MN, Fort Richardson, AK, and Camp Grayling, MI. they are also providing support to prime contractors such as the JACB/TYBRIN engineering, technical services (ets) contract at Nasadryden Flight research Center and the science applications international Corporation NextGen initiatives support services contract at FAA Headquarters. Consulting Services are provided to the Mojave Air and Space Port and their tenants, The County of Kern where they are working with the FAA on behalf of the County and Wind turbine owners to reduce the number of wind turbine hazard lights in the mojave area. additionally, ClancyjG international was selected to provide services as a prime contractor to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division) and the Naval Air Weapons Station Records Management Programs.
The executive management team’s expertise includes program and project management, technical and engineering support, simulation and training, administrative, Air Traffic Control, Unmanned Aircraft systems, aviation safety, training and simulation, research and development, test and evaluation, and test and training ranges. ClancyjG international is a small Business administration (SBA) Certified 8(a) Program Participant, and a Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) certified Service Disabled Veteran owned small Business. Mr. Rhea joined the Antelope Valley Board of Trade to support retention and expansion of the local aerospace business base. as a small business the opportunity to network with companies and organizations that share in the same objective is critical. Mr. Rhea stated, “The AVBOT, specifically the Aerospace Committee (AEROComm), provides networking opportunities, insight into proposed legislation and key political relationships, and an understanding of current and planned programs and projects in our region where the services of aerospace companies like ours have opportunities to participate.” He believes that in spite of the challenges for small aerospace companies that include the affordable health Care for america act, sequestration with the related furloughs, the outdated tax code that limits reinvestment of capital and growth of small businesses both at the state and Federal level, and limited access to capital small business can still succeed.
Mr. Rhea said the key to their success is a business strategy that fills a market niche with unique skills employing the responsiveness and flexibility inherent in a small business. The Aerospace Committee is a tool that has benefited ClancyJG International resulting in projected 2013 revenues of $2.5m. As the Chairman of the Aerospace Committee, Mr. Rhea hopes to increase participation in the AEROComm from the region’s aerospace companies, to identify opportunities for collaboration between these participants keeping more of the limited opportunities in the local area, and to protect the current business base. For more information on the aeroComm contact Mr. Rhea at (661) 886-8557 or via email at email@example.com