Ten years ago, ELP Aviation was born in my bedroom. My wife Linda and I took out all the money we had in our 401 and decided we were going to make a go at it. I had 30+ years’ experience in the airline industry and my wife had 10 years’ experience as a college professor and creator of virtual classes for several colleges. So, we put our talents together and offered our customers aviation software consulting and custom e-learning materials. As time went by, we contracted a talented, experienced, world renowned Crystal Report Developer, who is still with us today. With my aviation knowledge and his expert programming skills, we began to create simple and complex reporting tools.
Linda and I performed all sorts of tasks in those first few years. At one time we were the payroll department for one Carrier and the Crew Planning Department for another. Linda wrote training curriculums and manuals for new hire Crew Schedulers, Ground Handling crews, Load Balancers, and Maintenance crews. As our reputation grew, and people we worked with moved on to different airlines, we began to build a larger customer base. Then, one faithful day in 2013, our friends at Hawaiian Airlines called asking if we had a solution to the new 117 regulations coming out in Jan 2014. My programmer and I put our brains together and ELP Aviation Software began. Before we knew it, we had 8 airlines knocking at our door to provide our 117 solution. I called my old boss, Jeff Aldrich, and asked, “Do you want a job, because the flood gates just opened, and I need help!” Jeff came on-board and a few years later became a part owner of the company.