Pat Ripp, owner of Point Aviation started his aviation maintenance career with the US Air Force in 1970. Serving as a tactical weapons systems technician, including two tours in the Vietnam theatre, he worked with electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and structural systems that supported weapons carriage and release, gunnery and missile firing systems on numerous aircraft, including the F-4 Phantom, F-100, F-105, A-7, OV-10 and many others.
Thru the late 1970’s and 1980’s Pat pursued his love of photography before returning to aviation in 1991. He worked as Maintenance Director for Wings USA in Janesville maintaining a training fleet of as many as 11 aircraft before accepting a position as an Aviation Maintenance Technician Instructor at Blackhawk Technical College in 1997. There he specialized in Piston Engine Systems and Aircraft Inspection until Blackhawk closed the aviation program in 2013.
Established as a part time operation in 2004 at the Iowa County Airport specializing in aircraft engine maintenance and aircraft inspection, Point Aviation is now a full service facility offering aircraft maintenance and inspection, complete engine and accessory services and flight training.
Pat holds FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificates with Inspection Authorization; Commercial Pilot Certificate with Single Engine, Multi Engine and Instrument ratings; Flight Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor Certificates.
- FAA Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic
- Inspection Authorization
- Aviation Maintenance Technician Instructor
- Commercial Pilot – MEL / SEL / INST
2004 FAA Technician Diamond Certification
- Over 30,000 maintenance hours
- American Bonanza Society Maintenance Academy Graduate
- FAA FAAST Team Representative
- Director of Maintenance, Wings USA, Inc., Janesville, WI
- Aviation Maintenance Technician Instructor, Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI
- FAA Silver Maintenance Technician Award, 1999 & 2000
- Twin Cessna Maintenance & Operations Training, Twin Cessna Flyers/TAS Aviation
- Teledyne Continental Factory Engine Training
- Extensive experience on:
- Cessna 310 series, Cessna single engine, All Piper Cherokee series, Mooney M20 series
- US Air Force fighter weapons systems technician:
- F4-C/D/E, F-100, F-105, F-106, A-37, T-28B, A-7D, AC-130, OV-10