Kevin Mead | Spartan College Graduate

After graduating from Spartan School of Aeronautics in 1979, I went to work at my father’s business, Mead Flying Service in Kansas. After a few years, I branched out and spent 15 years in General Aviation Director of Maintenance positions in California and Maryland. Since 1988 I have acted as the Technical Advisor for the Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Association and have developed a career as a PA46 specialist. In 1998 I opened my own business in Hutchinson, Kansas. Mead Aircraft Services, Inc. became the only factory-authorized Piper Service Center in the world devoted exclusively to maintaining the PA-46 and serviced planes from all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. Over the years I have hired many Spartan grads right out of school and have never been disappointed with their level of preparation and readiness to work. Recently, I sold the business to one of those grads who had worked with me for 12 years. Now I have a business as a PA46 consultant, and do pre-purchase inspections, perform emergency road service, instruct on maintenance topics, consult with insurance companies and act as an expert witness.
The credentials and preparation I received from Spartan were an important first step in launching my career and it is gratifying to know that my alma mater’s reputation has remained strong in our industry while so many other schools have fallen by the wayside.

Kevin Mead ‘79

After graduating from Spartan School of Aeronautics in 1979, I went to work at my father’s business, Mead Flying Service in Kansas. After a few years, I branched out and spent 15 years in General Aviation Director of Maintenance positions in California and Maryland. Since 1988 I have acted as the Technical Advisor for the Malibu Mirage Owners and Pilots Association and have developed a career as a PA46 specialist. In 1998 I opened my own business in Hutchinson, Kansas. Mead Aircraft Services, Inc. became the only factory-authorized Piper Service Center in the world devoted exclusively to maintaining the PA-46 and serviced planes from all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. Over the years I have hired many Spartan grads right out of school and have never been disappointed with their level of preparation and readiness to work. Recently, I sold the business to one of those grads who had worked with me for 12 years. Now I have a business as a PA46 consultant, and do pre-purchase inspections, perform emergency road service, instruct on maintenance topics, consult with insurance companies and act as an expert witness.

The credentials and preparation I received from Spartan were an important first step in launching my career and it is gratifying to know that my alma mater’s reputation has remained strong in our industry while so many other schools have fallen by the wayside.

Kevin Mead ‘79