David Snell, Owner
David is a Technical Counselor for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and has been since 1997. Since that time he has visited nearly a hundred homebuilder’s projects as a volunteer to provide a “second set of eyes” and to act as a technical resource for them. He is also a Manufacturing Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR-F) for the FAA, working through the Oklahoma City MIDO. He has been an FAA DAR since 2007 and holds Function Codes 46, 47, and 48 for Experimental Amateur-Built, Experimental Light Sport, and Special Light Sport Aircraft. He has inspected and certified aircraft in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Oklahoma.
David is a 1992 graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. There he received a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics and flight test engineering. He graduated cum laude and also received a minor degree in mathematics.
He earned his private pilot’s license in June 1987 just weeks after graduating from high school in Butte, Montana.
Much of his professional career has been spent working as an engineer for general aviation and kitplane manufacturers, including SkyStar Aircraft, The Lancair Company (later Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing), and CubCrafters. He also spent six years working for NORDAM in Tulsa, Oklahoma manufacturing aircraft windshields, cabin windows, and exterior light covers and lenses. He has also spent time working for a semiconductor processing equipment manufacturer, a semi-trailer manufacturer, and for a manufacturer in the oil and gas industry.
He has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol (US Air Force Auxiliary) since 1985 and currently holds the rank of major. He has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1981. He also volunteers with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team Foundation’s Tulsa Airwing.