Commander Aero Inc (CAI) was established in 1981 as a full service Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at Greene County Airport. John Bosch became a partner in the business in 1985 and sole owner in 1995. The business was founded by Dick Wartinger after he acquired the assets of Southern Ohio Aviation. In 1997 CAI moved its operations to Dayton - Wright Brothers Airport. Prior to moving to Dayton – Wright Brothers Airport CAI completely renovated the facilities. The 25,000 sq. ft. hangar is in better shape now than at any time in its past.
In 1987 a plan was prepared to develop airplane modifications. This was successfully accomplished with the introduction of AeroDyne winglets in 1988. CAI has continued to invest in new product developments and today it boasts a 35 page catalog of products and services.
Commander Aero Inc prides ourselves in not only our staff but our location as well. Commander Aero is located just minutes from Downtown Dayton and only a short drive to Cincinnati, making it the most economical location for all business dealings. Foot steps from world class eateries, entertainment, and shopping makes for even more the reason to visit. If you are a history buff, we have the Wright B museum next store and the United States Air Force Museum minutes away, with easy access to I-675. What ever you may be in search of, you can defiantly find it here. CAI has Special Flat Rates to Local Hotels, that our competitors don't. Our staff looks forward to helping you with whatever your need may be.
Glenn Crawford, President & Owner. Mr. Crawford has been involved in aviation since 1976 when he started taking flying lessons at the age of 16 and obtained his Private Pilots License at 17. He attended Piedmont Bible College (Missionary Aviation Institute) for four years in their Missionary Aviation program where he received his Commercial License, Instrument Rating, Single and Multi-Engine Flight Instructor Certificate and A&P License. Glenn now holds a Single and Multi-Engine, Land & Sea, Airline Transport Rating with Type ratings in the following aircraft: N-265, EMB-110, DC-9, DC-8, B-757, B-767. He has a background in General Aviation, Corporate Aviation, Commuter, National and Major Airline Operations, with extensive international operations experience. In addition, Glenn spent 16 years in the Flight Standards Department of Airborne Express as an Assistant Manager for 6 years and the DC-8 Flight Standards Manager for 10 years. He has accumulated over 13,000 total flight hours. During all the years spent in corporate and airline operations, he always preferred spending time at the local FBO or cleaning and maintaining his own 2003 SR-20 Cirrus airplane.
John Bosch, Founder & Member of the Board of Advisors. Mr. Bosch became partner in CAI in 1985. He received a BS degree (1951) in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and has been a pilot and aircraft owner since 1953. After serving in the USAF as a maintenance officer he 7 joined GE’s Aircraft Equipment Division where he was assigned increasing responsibilities in engineering and general management. After 28 years with GE, he joined Bendix in 1982 as President of the Sheffield division and held that position until 1993. Mr. Bosch is a registered professional engineer and the author of numerous technical and business publications. Mr. Bosch serves on the board of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance and is a trustee of Wright “B” Flyer, Inc.
Tim Kerns, Service Manager. Mr. Kerns is an A&P technician with a lifetime of aviation experience. He graduated from Great Oaks Institute of Technology in Wilmington, Ohio in 1993. He received his A&P license and pilot’s license in 2006; he also received his inspection authorization in 2013. Tim’s mechanical experience began in 2002 at Air Mod in Clermont, Ohio, and most recently was A&P mechanic for Warren County Airport in Lebanon, Ohio.