This podcast was recorded on March 13, 2018.
In September 2017, Harold Smith sold Air Command International to Joe Covelli. The company specializes in manufacturing gyroplane rotorcraft sold worldwide as build-to-fly kits. As part of the transaction, the company’s headquarters, to include operations and manufacturing, were moved to River Falls, Wisconsin (near Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Harold, an aeronautical engineer, and his son Doug, successfully operated Air Command from the airport in Caddo Mills, Texas for nearly 25 years.
According to Joe, “We look forward to continuing the great tradition of Air Command in manufacturing production gyroplane kits, parts and accessories to customers worldwide”. He continued, “Doug is an expert in making aviation grade fiberglass parts. It’s important to us to continue to source our fiberglass parts from him and have his involvement in the company”.
In 2011, Joe first learned about Air Command from a friend who owned one of their aircraft designs. The summer of that year he traveled to meet Harold and Doug, learn more about Air Command, and see their operation and product line firsthand. This visit sparked his interest in their products and gyroplane flying. He commented, “Air Command customers have a strong commitment to this brand and gyroplane flying that offers a bird’s-eye view. It will be great to see where we go from here to expand the company’s reach in the US and worldwide”.
Joe brings to the company 30-years of business experience in sales, marketing, operations and management. He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Currently, there are over 2,500 Air Command single and two-seat gyroplanes flying all over the world. The company’s first flight was in 1984. The website is www.AirCommand.com.