Zenith Aviation Names Bryan Shelton Director, Field Operations

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – October 22, 2013 – Zenith Aviation has named Bryan Shelton as Director, Field Operations.  Shelton recently ended a 20-year career in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) where he retired as Senior Manager, Aviation Maintenance Operations for the Presidential Helicopter Squadron (Executive Division). 

Shelton’s USMC career included increasingly more challenging and responsible positions, and in his last role he managed the day-to-day operations of the maintenance of the Presidential helicopter fleet.  He was also responsible for restructuring of phase maintenance processes, and developed and supervised the implementation of a new auditing process.  He lead a multi-functional team, both civilian and military, to resolve capability and capacity challenges with planned and potential projects.  Additionally, he implemented changes with the organizational structure and managed a multi-million dollar budget for aircraft materials and parts in a closed-loop supply system.

In his new position with Zenith Shelton has been tasked with managing special projects for the company.  His duties will include evaluating acquisition inventory, planning and executing a recovery strategy, and determining required facility, personnel and funding to execute special programs.  Shelton will oversee large-scale maintenance and repair projects and engage potential vendors to manage operational costs.          

“We are excited to have Bryan on the team,” said Bob Stanford, President and CEO of Zenith.  “He will add tremendous value to our organization, and his background in complex maintenance operations and field support lends itself perfectly to the increased capabilities that we have been moving towards adding to the company.”


Zenith Aviation was formed in 2002 when the company was awarded the exclusive marketing and distribution rights for all spare parts for the out-of-production Dornier 328 regional airline aircraft, both the turbine-powered and turboprop models. 

In 2012 Zenith invested more than $3 million to increase the size of its secure, climate-controlled warehouse, bringing the total size to 44,000 square feet.  At the same time it installed a state-of-the-art parts automated inventory storage and retrieval system to improve storage capabilities and operational efficiencies. 

Zenith adheres to the highest quality management systems and has earned certification in both the AS9120 Rev. A and ISO 9001:2008 quality standards.  The company is audited once a year by BSI, the industry leading ISO 9001 certification body, in addition to regular on-site client audits.

Zenith currently has more 46,000 line items in stock.  In addition to the Dornier 328, the company stocks parts for Bombardier, Embraer, Agusta, ATR, Bell Helicopter and Hawker Beechcraft aircraft. 

Zenith is based in Fredericksburg, VA, close to Washington, DC, and in a designated US HUB zone.  The company has applied for certification as a HUB Zone small business.  Zenith also handles third-party logistics for companies that need a turnkey solution for parts they own but do not have the space to store.

For more information, contact Zenith Aviation at 540/361-7700 or access www.zenithaviation.com.