Aspen Avionics Exec Awarded Aviation Honor

Aspen Avionics President and CEO John Uczekaj is the winner of the prestigious Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year award presented by Living Legends of Aviation.

The national honor, presented Friday at the Legends’ annual black-tie gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., recognizes Uczekaj’s leadership in guiding the Albuquerque company from a startup into an avionics industry leader.

“It doesn’t get much better than this in terms of visibility for the company,” Uczekaj said. Other honorees at the event, hosted by actor and pilot John Travolta, included such avia tion luminaries as JetBlue founder David Neeleman and James Albaugh, who headed Boeing’s commercial planes business unit.

Founded in 2004, Aspen offers advanced avionics systems for more than 900 makes and models of general aviation aircraft. It employs about 70 people and had revenues of just under $15 million in 2012.

Uczekaj joined Aspen in 2007 after running Honeywell’s avionics division. An instrumentrated private pilot himself, he has served on the boards of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association. He is a member of the Strategic Outlook Committee of the Aircraft Electronics Association and Academy of Distinguished Engineers of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University.

Aspen’s industry honors include AEA’s Associate Member of the Year and Editor’s Choice awards from Flying Magazine and Rotor & Wing magazine. It also has been named one of New Mexico’s Flying 40, a selection of the top revenue-generating tech companies in the state, the last four years.