WATERFORD, MI. – Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, announced today that Barry Tilson has joined on as Director of Maintenance. Tilson reports to Doug Levangie, Vice President of Maintenance Operations & Advisory Services.

Tilson brings years of expertise in aircraft mechanics, inspections, exceptional customer service and maintenance sales to Pentastar Aviation. In his new position, Tilson will be responsible for leading the Maintenance, Avionics and Interior department’s customer satisfaction excellence, compliance with regulatory requirements, and the delivery of company financial objectives.

With a career steeped in the aviation industry, Tilson has stimulated aircraft maintenance market growth, served as a leader in aircraft inspection and problem troubleshooting, worked as a leader to groom other experts in aviation maintenance and is proficient at computerized maintenance programs.

Most recently, Tilson was an MRO Maintenance Sales Representative and Service Manager at TechnicAir and Landmark Aviation in Grand Rapids. Prior to that he was Director of Maintenance at Northern Air in Grand Rapids.

“Tilson is an outstanding addition to the Pentastar Aviation team. His determination and dedication to aviation maintenance and troubleshooting along with providing impeccable service to clients makes him a perfect fit,” said Levangie. “In addition, his leadership and training expertise will make him an invaluable asset to Pentastar Aviation.”

Tilson earned his Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Lansing Community College, where he was awarded an Honor Graduate Award for Superior Achievement and Excellence of Performance in Aviation Technology.   He also has multiple certifications in Aviation Service, Troubleshooting, and Engine Services among others.

Pentastar Aviation’s 130,000-square-foot facility features maintenance, avionics, and interiors service capabilities with a new design studio — all under one roof — allowing MRO services to be performed with minimal downtime. The facility is maintained by expert technicians committed to adhering to the strictest safety standards and industry best practices.

About Pentastar Aviation

Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.

Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK).


Dear Friends,

Your safety, both on and off the aircraft, continues to be Pentastar’s most important priority.

As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on a daily basis, we will evolve as necessary to ensure we are doing our part to create an environment that is clean, safe and comfortable while strictly adhering to the latest CDC, TSA and FAA protocols.  We will also continue to implement leading ways to improve preventative safety measures, and consistently review new solutions designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 as they become available.

Please click on the link below to discover how Pentastar is keeping our staff and our customers safe across our campus and on our aircraft.

We thank you for your business and your time.

The Team at Pentastar Aviation 


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