King Aerospace, an international leader in modification and maintenance support for VVIP, government, military and special missions aircraft, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Pete Schneider recently joined the company as its new vice-president, program management and special projects.
Schneider brings to King Aerospace more than 35 years of project management experience across many challenging, high-profile and highly diversified aerospace programs, including more than 15 years managing VVIP aircraft programs for the U.S. Air Force and international leaders with Greenpoint Technologies and The Boeing Company.
“Pete is a fantastic addition to the King Aerospace family,” said Jarid King, King Aerospace president. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to pursue new maintenance and completions opportunities in special missions and VVIP segments.”
Schneider will oversee maintenance and completions projects for King Aerospace Commercial Corp. (KACC), which concentrates on business and corporate aircraft such as the Boeing Business Jet; King Aerospace Inc. (KAI), responsible for handling military and government contracts; and KACC Arkansas, specializing in widebody government special mission aircraft.
With an extensive background in program management, engineering and business development, Schneider has worked on and managed projects as diverse as the F-22 Raptor fifth-generation fighter aircraft and special mission commercial derivative aircraft development for the U.S. presidential fleet, including the Boeing C-32A, C-40C and VC-25A.
Most recently, Schneider managed Greenpoint’s interior completions program for the VC-25B, the upcoming replacement for the aircraft commonly known as “Air Force One” based on the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.
He has also overseen aircraft modifications and completions for VVIP, commercial and head-of-state customers. These include the first LiveTV installation on a commercial aircraft and a complete nose-to-tail interior reconfiguration for a major U.S. airline.
Schneider also brings decades of experience in MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) operations to King Aerospace, with an extensive background in interior completions, inflight entertainment systems and structural modifications.
“I look forward to continuing King Aerospace’s hard-earned reputation for delivering on our commitments to clients,” Schneider said. “This is a very special company, and I welcome the opportunity to help guide the selection of new projects and programs and, above all, fulfilling our Servant Leadership responsibility to all of our valued employees, partners and customers.”
Schneider has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota and also completed advanced executive leadership and education programs at Harvard Business School and the University of Washington.