The MAS Story
A bit about Moorhead Aviation Services and how it started.
In 2016, hangers were going up at the Moorhead Airport. Local businessman and aviation enthusiast, Marvin Fletcher, had already built a 12,000 sq. ft. hangar/office and had plans to build another. We thought something was missing…an Avionics Shop! With nearly 20 years of experience, Ryan Paulson walks through. Ryan knows the industry inside and out. Marvin and Ryan got together, and Moorhead Aviation Services was born. In 2017, we became an FAA Certified Repair Station. In four short years, we have grown to an 8-person operation. With our state-of-the-art test equipment, laser wire marker, and CNC router: MAS is here for all your avionics needs, from ICS in a Cub to a CMS in a Gulfstream.
Meet the Team
Tim H. Atkinson
Ryan has been in the avionics field for the majority of his life. Before his career in avionics, he actually was in the United States Coast Guard. He is knowledgeable in the services we offer here and can answer any question that comes upon him. Ryan worked at the Fargo Jet Center for about 5 years before landing the job here at MAS. He is our shop manager, so if you have any questions give us a call and he will be on the other side. Ryan also enjoys time with his dog, Bear (aka our mascot).
Tim H. Atkinson
Graduated from Alexandria Tech in 1991 with Associates degree in Avionics. Tim joined a large Avionics company in 1991. In 2000, he became Director of Operations/ Part owner. Sold business in 2008 and stayed on to support new owners as Director of Operations, until 2009. Then, he started an avionics division for the largest independent Gulfstream MRO and grew the avionics division to the largest in SoCal as Director of Avionics.
Tristan has been here about 2 years. She prefers hands-on-tasks so is successful here at MAS.
Grace joined the navy in 2009 as an aviation electronic technician. She worked on F/A-18 super hornets maintaining avionic and weapon systems. In 2015, she transferred to work on E-2D Hawkeyes as an avionic work center supervisor. In 2018, she separated from the Navy and moved back to Moorhead. She has been here at MAS since her move and she makes a significant asset to our team.
Bear is almost 4 years old. He loves getting treats and will greet you upon arrival at the hangar. He might be little but is fierce.
Bits About the owner
I'm Marvin, a Master A Electrician, double business-owner, entrepreneur, pilot, and a loving husband and father.
My name is Marvin Fletcher and I am the Owner-Operator of Moorhead Aviation as well as the President and Founder of Moorhead Aviation Services LLC. I was born and raised on a farm near Vergas, Minnesota. After graduation, I went on to attend Moorhead Tech where I studied to be an electrician and then got my Master A Electrician license. In 2000 I opened my first business, Protection Systems Incorporated; where my partner and I sell, service, and install life safety systems in
Minnesota, North Dakota, and parts of South Dakota. My wife, Roxanne, and I have one daughter, Hanna, a soon to be son-in-law, Jameson, and two grand puppies, Viva & Vega (who share my love for the Moorhead Airport).
My introduction to flying came at the hand of my uncle when he flew his Piper Cub to the farm and landed it in the hayfield. He had taken me flying a few times; I almost had a good landing on the ice, not quite. In these early flights, I had already concluded that I would become a pilot.
I knew that I wanted to own a fast plane; when I saw the Lancair kit plane, I was sold. Who wouldn’t want a 200-mph airplane that you can do your own annuals on? This purchase began a 17-year project as I began the assembly of this plane in my garage. Upon completion I started flying out of the Moorhead Airport.
The general talk remained the same; the airport did not seem to grow – this is when I decided to build a new hangar. This hangar is 12,000 sq feet; with 9,600 sq feet for shop and 2,400 sq feet of office space. Moorhead Aviation LLC was officially in business. The thought was that “if I build it, they will come”. It didn’t take long and the heated hangar space was completely leased out. As time went by, it seemed as though the airport had hit a wall once again. What the airport needed was something that would generate a constant flow of activity. After much discussion with friends in the aviation community and pilots alike, I decided that it was time to start an avionics shop. One day in talking with Mike, I had asked him if he knew anyone who would want to start an avionics shop – he told me that he would let me know in a few days. I met with Ryan and it seemed that we were on the same page; we both wanted to build a modern shop where people would want to come both to work and to have planes worked on, thus leading to Moorhead Aviation Services LLC. Ryan went to work on obtaining a repairmen certificate. He grew the business to where it was time for a separate hangar for leasing; hangar II is a 12,000 sq foot heated hangar.
Stay tuned for more to come!