Directors & Officers

Thomas Nielson


Aviation is Tom's passion and has been since he was a young man. Flying and repairing small GA aircraft with his grandfather set the course for his hobby and career.

Tom holds an Airframe and Power-Plant (A&P) mechanic license, an IA and an Airline Transport (ATP) license, all issued by the FAA. He is currently type rated as a Captain on the G-V series Gulfstream and the Director of Aviation Maintenance, working for a part 91-flight department. Tom has a bachelors degree in aviation science and currently pursuing his MBA.

Austin Hunt

Vice President

Austin Hunt serves as the Chief Pilot and Dir. of Flight Ops for New Century Air Service and is very active in aircraft sales including acquisition planning and aircraft partnership programs. He enjoys flight instructing when his schedule will allow. Hunt holds a multi-engine ATP and CFI/II/MEI licenses and is type-rated in the Falcon 10, Falcon 20, Falcon 200, Learjet series, and Cessna Citation Encore.

Aside from his passion for aviation, Hunt enjoys driving his 1966 Mustang GT and 1968 Ford Bronco and riding motorcycles. He loves outdoor sports including hunting and fishing, and is a former state champion trap shooter, and national runner-up. Hunt graduated with a Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Missouri - Kansas Cian>

Austin is looking to merge his passion for professionalism in aviation with his consulting background to build a career that is as successful as it is fulfilling to him.

Drew Patton


Drew currently serves as a Captain in the Flight Operations department for Kansas City Life Insurance Company.  Previously, he was the Director of Client Relations and Captain for Vaerus Aviation in Topeka.  Drew has been involved in general aviation for over ten years and truly enjoys the corporate flying industry.  Learning to fly at 16, he worked his way through his ratings and taught flying at ATD Flight Systems at the Downtown airport while attending college at William Jewell in Liberty, MO where he obtained a degree in Business Administration.

In his spare time, Drew enjoys spending time with his fiancé, Jillian, and their three dogs as well as getting a round of golf in every once in a while.

Kyle Eiserer

Board Member

Kyle is an aviation enthusiast and maintained a passion for general aviation throughout his career. Currently, he works at Hangar 10 as General Manager, whose focus is on running a safe operation while ensuring customers that visit the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport receive exceptional service.

Prior to joining Hangar 10, he spent four years at Cessna Aircraft Company in the Citation Sales and Marketing department. His primary territory was the Middle East and Europe, but occasionally worked with customers in Africa and Asia. Kyle routinely engaged in presale related activities and discussions including mission profiles, aircraft performance, operating costs and financing arrangements. In addition, he was involved with contract negotiations and ensured that customers were properly guided through the specification and delivery process.

Kyle also worked at Kansas City Aviation Center as FBO Manager and Flight Academy Manager as well as Aviation Enterprises as a flight instructor and charter pilot. Both locations provided a foundation for professional flying as well as an appetite to be involved in the business-end of general aviation.

Kyle received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ottawa University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Missouri State University. He is an ATP pilot, holds a Flight Instructor certificate and has completed the Six Sigma program. He is also actively involved with local high school students to encourage them to consider a career in aviation. Kyle lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife Ericka and son Brody.

Jamey Holland

Board Member

Jamey is the Chief Pilot and Risk Management Consultant (commodities broker) for INTL FCStone Inc. in Kansas City. The company's Citation CJ3 is based at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.

Jamey has been involved in General Aviation in Kansas City for over 25 years, starting with his first job as Airport Attendant at the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport. While attending college and working on various flight ratings, Jamey worked as a Line Service Technician at Kansas City Aviation Center for seven years. He spent nine years as an Aviation Regional Sales Manager at Garmin. Prior to his current employment at INTL FCStone, he was a charter pilot at Executive Beechcraft Charters, Inc.

Aside from aviation, Jamey is an avid runner and enjoys hiking and skiing. He lives in Parkville with his two daughters, Jessica and Audrey.

Ben Moore

Board Member

Ben is Operations Manager for Atlantic Aviation at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. He oversees all aspects of safety, service, quality control and training for the Line Service Department. His proudest achievements for the base have been the Top 10 Rankings over the years in AIN, Professional Pilot and Ben also serves on the Risk Committee for Atlantic Aviation.

Before becoming an Atlantic Aviation location, Ben was fortunate enough to be a part of the original start-up group at Hangar 10. Prior to Hangar 10 he spent six years at Executive Beechcraft working as a lineman.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Flight Operations Management from the University of Central Missouri. Continuing his education, Ben takes courses in professional development through the NBAA.

Ben is married to his wife Jennipher and they have a son, Colton. Ben was born and raised in Kansas City and has spent over 20 years of his life at the Downtown Airport. Other than aviation, Ben’s hobbies include Mountain Biking, Boating and Shooting.

Tyler Kelly

Board Member

Hello all, my name is Tyler Kelly. I am an Avionics Technician with Duncan Aviation at the Wheeler downtown airport. I have had a passion for aviation ever since I was a boy, attending many Oshkosh Airventure airshows and listening to my father tell stories of his time aboard aircraft carriers in the navy, certifying auto-pilots in Poland or watching a F-22 Raptor do a fly by and the feeling you’d get as the sounds of the engines hit you so far after the plane was already gone in the distance, all these things sparked a lifelong fire of aviation deep within my heart.

My first step into the aviation world was attending Aviation Airframe and Powerplant School in St. Louis where I began working full time for AVAMATS Aviation as an apprentice technician, a year later I moved to Weststar Aviation in East Alton, Illinois where while working nights I finished my schooling and obtained my Airframe and Powerplant ratings and finished an associate’s degree in applied science. I remained there as a technician until my return home where I received a job with Duncan Aviation working as an avionics technician here at the downtown Kansas City Airport.

Rich Ciaramella

Board Member

Rich is the Aviation Director at Sprint Corporation Flight Operations, with responsibility for the safe operation of a Gulfstream 550 and 10 member corporate flight department.

Prior to joining Sprint Corporation, he spent 24 years in the United States Air Force in various leadership positions. He was a C-5 Galaxy and Beechcraft Super King Air Instructor Pilot as well as a C-130 Hercules pilot. Rich served as a Director of Operations in a military corporate flight department in Saudi Arabia. He ended his military career as the Dover Air Force Base Wing Inspector General, where he was selected as IG of the year for 2008 and 2009.

Rich joined Sprint Corporation in 2012 as the Chief Pilot and was promoted to Aviation Director in 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Grove City College through an Air Force ROTC Scholarship and a MBA from Touro University International where he graduated Sum Cum Laude.

Rich lives in Overland Park with his wife, his son in a United States Navy Pilot and his daughter is an artist.

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