Meet Mark Mills, Avionics Manager at Apex Aviation’s Henderson location, responsible for every nut, bolt, person, and process in the Avionics Department daily.
Mark’s avionics career began 43 years ago. After leaving the Air Force, he returned to Santa Barbara and got a job at the Santa Barbara Airport. He also spent some time at Reid-Hillview, San Jose, doing line work and installations. He has over twelve years of actual bench component level maintenance and repair, right down to an individual resistor, transistor or IC, on Electronic Flight Instrumentation. He has worked on over 65 different models of autopilot and worked a short while for a company that flies Air Attack missions for the U.S. Forest Service.
Born in Germany, Mills was adopted by a Californian couple and was two and a half when they left Germany for the U.S. He was one of the last male children to be put up for adoption to non-German parents.
Mark, his wife Heidi, dogs (a Shepherd mix and a Lab mix) and an asthmatic cat, hail from the Fresno foothills area, close to the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. As a newcomer to Las Vegas, Mills is trying to adjust to what the local’s call pine trees which, he says, are lacking in height and mass compared to what he’s used to back in California.
Coolest piece of trivia? He and Heidi have been married for 37 years, and she has never seen him with a clean-shaven face.
Mills enjoys the face to face communication with aircraft owners, something that is non-existent at the commercial airlines. The gratification of completing the work and then seeing the customer’s wishes fulfilled and appreciation is what makes Mark tick.
Settling into the new Avionics Dept. offices and hangar, one of his highest priorities at the moment is hiring additional staff to keep up with the ADS-B conversion demand and the growth of Apex Aviation.