Yingling Elevates Nichols to President and Expands Roles for Short and Williams

Lynn Nichols, chairman and CEO of Yingling Aviation, has announced the elevation of his son Andrew Nichols, the firm’s current CFO, to the position of president. “The move is the ‘logical next step’ in our generational succession plan, designed to provide a smooth transition for the company and position it for continued success,” Nichols says. “Lonnie Vaughan, who has served admirably as Yingling’s president for the past seven years, will effectively ‘swap’ positions with Andrew, returning to the post he held prior to being named president in 2012,” the senior Nichols explains. A licensed private pilot, Andrew Nichols is a graduate of both Kansas State University and Wichita State with degrees in Finance and Business Management. He has worked in a variety of roles for the firm while in high school and college. He came to Yingling on a full-time basis in 2010 after serving in the finance department of Cessna Aircraft Company following graduation from KSU. Lynn Nichols also announced expanded roles for Chris Short, director of Maintenance and Rebecca Williams, director of Parts. Short’s responsibilities will now include oversight of aircraft maintenance, avionics, interiors and aircraft paint services. Williams’ position has been broadened to include management of propeller sales, repair and overhaul services.