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Malibu's Key Staff

Below are some of the key staff members that make up the amazing team at Malibu Aerospace.


Chad Menne

Chad Menne

Director of Sales and Engineering
Email: cwmenne@malibuaerospace.com

Chad is the Director of Sales and Engineering at Malibu Aerosospace. Chad enjoys working with all of our customers as well as new product development. Flying is one of Chad's passions as he has over 10,000 hours logged, most of which are in the Malibu, Mirage, Meridian and JetPROP.

Given his extensive background in the PA46, Chad has been able to identify areas that need improvement and, with the help of the Malibu Aerospace staff, design many improvements for aircraft safety and performance. These improvements range from engine cooling, vacuum system, electrical system and cabin electronics, to composite propellers, and integrated EFIS avionics.

With unconventional application of outside-the-industry concepts and tools, Chad and his team's innovations within the aircraft industry are the up and coming ideas of the future. Chad is very excited to answer any questions you have regarding the PA46, or how we can help you with your special aircraft design project.

Chad enjoys spending time with his family - in particular he likes to ride horses with his daughter every week. Chad also likes to keep up with the MMOPA forum and takes pride in offering valuable information to all MMOPA members.



Ketti Menne

Ketti Menne

Marketing Manager
Email: kmenne@malibuaerospace.com

Ketti is a co-founder and the Marketing Manager at Malibu Aerospace. Ketti is a 2000 graduate of the University of Minnesota and has been a teacher and an HR professional.

As Malibu Aerospace's Marketing Manager, Ketti is commited to ensuring that we provide products and a level of service that are of the best quality, efficiency and safety. She enjoys communicating with the customers and their spouses and the annual MMOPA Convention is one of her favorite trips of the year.

Ketti enjoys working out and traveling in her free time. Family outings to the local horse barn is also one of her favorite things to do.



Brad Ludlow

Office & Client Relations Manager
Email: bludlow@malibuaerospace.com

Brad joined Malibu Aerospace in 2014 and is Malibu's Office & Client Relations Manager. Brad has an extensive Sales and Marketing background of 35 years. Brad's responsibilities at Malibu include STC/PMA Administration, Insurance, Health Care, and Human Resources. In addition, Brad truly enjoys working with Malibu's clients and assisting them on their aircraft and any special requests they may have, just ask and he'll get it done for you. In his free time Brad enjoys gourmet cooking and going on remote Canadian fishing trips with his wife Darlene.



Doug Hiltz

Operations Manager
Email: dhiltz@malibuaerospace.com

Doug joined the Malibu team in 2016. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree in Commercial Aviation and minor in Aviation management. Doug's experience includes maintenance planning and support at Meaba Airlines, and 9 years of aviation sales experience with Aviall, a Boeing subsidiary. He has a true passion for aviation and has been a pilot for 15 years with a commercial license. As Malibu's Operations Manager, Doug handles the day to day operations. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley and they have two girls, Adrianna and Jillian. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, snowmobiling and spending time outdoors with his girls.



Dan Degnan

Dan Degnan

Parts and Drafting Manager
Email: ddegnan@malibuaerospace.com

Dan has been with Malibu Aerospace since 2003. He has over 15 years experience in drafting, design, and project management, using various computer modeling and management program tools. Dan is Malibu Aerospace's drafting manager and specializes in the latest Solidworks, CadKey and Autocad programs.

In addition to drafting the newest models for Malibu Aerospace, Dan is also the Parts Manager. Besides ordering, tracking and keeping inventory of all of the parts for our customer's aircraft, he has an amazing ability to find some of the most obscure parts in a timely manner as well. Dan plays a vital role in keeping all the projects running smoothly on the maintenance floor.

Dan has a passion for anything sports related. During his free time, Dan likes to play softball, golf and take long walks with his wife and dog, Stewie.



Jaime Olesen

Accounting Manager
Email: jolesen@malibuaerospace.com

Jaime Olesen joined Malibu Aerosapce in 2012. She started her Accounting career in 2000. Jaime has developed and organized Malibu's Accounting department with precision and accuracy. She takes pride in her attention to details and organzitional skills. She is a great asset to Malibu Aerospace.



Wilder Morey

Shop Lead - A&P/IA
Email: wmorey@malibuaerospace.com

Wilder joined Malibu in 2015. He graduated from Minneapolis Technical College with his aviation degree, and has been in aviation for 16 years. Wilder is Malibu's Shop Lead and oversees the mechanics team, as well as working on aircraft himself. Wilder served our country for 6 years in the Army in the 571st Medevac, he has flown over 1400 hours of combat missions. He and his wife enjoy going to their cabin to fish and relax.



Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Repair & Installation Services A&P
Email: manderson@malibuaerospace.com

Mark has been a member of the Malibu Aerospace team since 2008. He has over 20 years in management within the auto industry and is an A&P Technician that specializes in interior removal & installation, window replacements, antenna and engine installations. Mark prides himself in great attention to detail and customer service.

Outside of Malibu Aerospace, Mark enjoys spending time with his family at their cabin in northern Minnesota. You can find Mark hunting in the fall and fishing in summer.



Tom Leppke-Hennig

Tom Leppke-Hennig

Electrical Design and Repair & Installation Services, A&P
Email: thennig@malibuaerospace.com

Tom spent five years in production and 12 years in the Engineering Department at a computer hardware repair company before joining the team at Malibu Aerospace in 2006.

Tom leads our electrical design and test programs and is proficient in using AutoCad for electrical system schematics. He has played a vital role in the design for the new LED Taxi Lights. Tom's troubleshooting and research capabilities have allowed us to solve our customer's most challenging electrical problems.

Tom has an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and is an instrument rated commercial pilot. Tom received his A&P in the spring of 2011.

During his free time Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and son as well as camping and flying to visit extended family.



Bob Laughery

Repair & Installation Services, A&P IA
Email: blaughery@malibuaerospace.com

Bob has been with Malibu Aerospace since 2012. With over 40 years of general aviation experience, Bob is one of our most experienced mechanics on the shop floor. The majority Bob's experience includes single and twin piston powered aircraft and turbo props. Even with all of his experience in the industry, Bob enjoys learning from others and mastering the systems of the PA46 fleet.In his spare time, Bob enjoy spending time with his family and doing anything outside. He likes to fish, camp and ride his motorcyle.



Bill Perry

Repair & Installation Services, A&P IA
Email: wperry@malibuaerospace.com

Bill joined Malibu Aerospace in 2013. Bill's experience includes over 30 years of maintaining aircraft in General Aviation and the Airlines. Bill has maintained aircraft in Alaska, Blegium, California and as far as Ethiopia. Besides maintaining aircraft, Bill is also a commercial pilot and flight instructor. Bill has been an aircraft owner since the late 1970s. During his free time, Bill enjoys flying, restoring antique and classic aircraft. He also likes to camp, hunt and fish.



Paul Wallace

Repair & Installation Services, A&P
Email: pwallace@malibuaerospace.com

Paul has been with Malibu Aerospace since 2012. Paul's background includes almost ten years of maintaining helicopters and acting as a crew chief in the US Army. Paul also has over twenty years of turbine engine experience. In the Army, Paul served as a crew chief, mechanic and training manager. Paul enjoys spending time with his family at their lake home in central Minnesota along with traveling to Texas and Nevada!



Jennifer Jara

Repair and Installation Services A&P
Email: jjara@malibuaerospace.com

Jennifer started with Malibu Aerospace in 2015. She graduated from Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Jennifer has completed her A&P rating as part of Northland's trade program.



John Gregg

Repair and Installation Servies A&P/IA
Email: jgregg@malibuaerospace.com

John has been with Malibu Aerospace since 2013. He graduated from the National Aviation Academy in St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida. John worked for the airlines for 20 years and has a broad range of knowledge with the commercial jet industry as well as the general aviation platform. John now focuses his skills working at Malibu Aerospace. John's time off consists of gardening, photography, fishing and enjoying time with his grandsons.



Nathan Hamment

Repair and Installation Services A&P
Email: nhamment@malibuaerospace.com

Nate began his career at Malibu Aerospace in 2013. Nate earned his A&P rating and compliments Malibu Aerospace with a wide variety of skills, his particular interest is reciprocating engines. Nate completed his flight schooling at In Flight Training in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Outside of work, Nate is an active volunteer fire fighter in Oak Grove, Minnesota. Nate likes to hunt, fish and most importantly spend time with his daughter's Lucy, Mila and his wife Cortney.



Jesse Wilken

Repair and Installation Services A&P
Email: jwilken@malibuaerospace.com

Jesse joined the Malibu Team in 2016. Jesse grew up in Blaine, Minnesota and headed off to the southwest where he graduated from Arizona Western College with a Business Degree. He then then served in the Marine Corp as an Aircraft Technician for 8+ years. Jesse has brought his very competent talent to Malibu as an A&P Technician. Jesse enjoys snowmobiling and fishing on his time off, and spending family time with his wife Jennifer and his two kids Alex and Jasmine.



Lydell Newby

Repair and Installation Services A&P
Email: lnewby@malibuaerospace.com

Lydell joined Malibu in 2016, and began his mechanical career 40 years ago in the race car industry. Today Lydell uses his skills as an A&P Technician. Lydell has been fascinated with aviation all his life, his father was an aviator and owned two airplanes during his childhood. His favorite pastime today is maintaining and flying his own Piper aircraft! We admire Lydell for serving our country for 6 years in the Navy and Naval Reserves. Lydell and his wife Jennifer have been married for 34 years, they have two sons, Lydell III and West. The other two furry family members are Mr. Tootles and Jazze.