Nathan Jones, President of Code 1 Aviation, has nearly 20 years of experience in the field as a general manager, mechanic, avionics technician, pilot, and special program manager.
He has served as Director of Maintenance for Draken International, responsible for the technical aspects of asset acquisition, importation, assembly, inspection and implementing comprehensive maintenance programs.
He has managed the Fixed Base Operation, and served as General Manager for Pride Aircraft, Inc. where, under his leadership, that company became a leading facility for warbird and ex-military aircraft maintenance, modification and licensing in North America for L-39s.
Nathan also has extensive experience in the international market, providing aircraft and negotiating contracts to purchase, import and export aircraft. His knowledge and understanding of government regulations, and his interaction with agencies such as the FAA, TSA, and BATFE has made him one of the most-respected “go-to” people in the warbird community.
One of Nathan's career highlights was providing program management for the overhaul, upgrade, importation, inspection, licensing and Phase One flight testing of the world's only two privately-owned Su-27 Flanker fighters. Another highlight included the assembly, inspection, licensing and program management of a rare Canadair CF-5D. Nathan’s experience covers a wide range of airframes including the L-39, Su-27, F-5, A-4, MiG-17, MiG-21, F-86, T-33, Iskra, P-51, T-28, T-6, T-34, and many general aviation models.
The Team: Nathan has assembled a team of experienced, enthusiastic, and highly-skilled technicians to create what will surely become an industry leader in warbird maintenance, restoration, service and sales: Code 1 Aviation. We hope you'll join our family.