Company Overview

Aviation Partners and iJet Technologies joined forces in January 2018 to launch a joint venture called APiJET. APiJET combines the industry knowledge, credibility and market access of Aviation Partners, with the power and effectiveness of the iJet Technologies solution to deliver real returns to the airline customer. The company is headquartered in Seattle Washington.

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Meet the Team

Tom Gibbons

CEO Advisor

Tom has over 25 years of experience leading global Fortune 500 companies in areas of strategic incubation, software, services and hardware development, marketing and sales in consumer products, enterprise platform and aviation technologies. He is a former senior executive at Microsoft where he was a corporate Vice President with responsibility for businesses as diverse as WindowsEmbedded, XboxLive and PC Accessories. Tom is on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Flight and is an avid private pilot.

TJ Horsager

VP of Sales and Business Development

TJ has accumulated over 20 years of commercial aviation experience in areas ranging from airline flight operations and maintenance experience to Connected Aircraft and Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). Most recently, he lead Gogo’s Connected Aircraft Services team, set product strategy and supported connecting over 65,000 pilots and flight attendants with broadband inflight connectivity. He holds a number of FAA licenses including Commercial Pilot, Airframe & Powerplant Maintenance Technician, Turbojet Flight Engineer and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering from North Dakota State University. He also enjoys the outdoors, spending time at the lake with his family and flying.

Paul Mallasch

VP of Product

Paul Mallasch is Senior Director of Aviation and Technology Development at APiJET.  He has over three decades of experience in advanced air traffic management, flight-test, and airplane and laboratory integration experience developing systems at NASA and for multiple commercial customers.  Paul is highly versed in the field of satellite communications where his Ka-band application research earned him the NASA Administrator’s Award for Excellence.  In aerospace, his efforts contributing to future airborne communications and weather system research resulted in two NASA Turning Goals into Reality (TGIR) awards from Office of Aerospace Technology.  His successes also include deployment of a web-based solution to a major US airline providing conflict-free, time and efficient route deviation, culminating in commercial product development approval.  He holds a United States Patent for a unique data management system to process asynchronous streams of telemetry data from disparate aircraft systems.

Nick Fraker

VP of Engineering

Nick provides APiJET with a decade of experience in production infrastructure design and automation. Over that time he has built secure, reliable, and performant solutions for companies large and small. Nick comes to APiJET from northern Ohio, living most recently in Cleveland where he oversaw the team responsible for technology services at a Payment Card Industry start-up, providing PCI-DSS compliant solutions for hundreds of millions of transactions per day originating everywhere from Singapore to South Africa to Seattle. In his off-time he enjoys running, is an adventurous eater, and loves to head out into the woods with a field guide in one hand and his camera in the other.

Colleen Richey

Senior Director of HR, Finance, and Business Operations

Colleen Richey’s entrepreneurial style and 25+ years in HR, Financial Management, Business Operations, and Recruiting has equipped her to build and move APiJET forward. Co-owning a business for 18 years taught her to build and manage a business. As the Executive Director of a non-profit with over 500 volunteers she created teams that drove value by assessing employee and volunteer capabilities. Colleen has been here since the beginning; overseeing plans, creating culture, moving business operations forward, running the day to day financial operations, benefits and HR management. Her goal is to create a place people love to work. A Washington native and University of Washington alum, Colleen enjoys boating, skiing, and Seattle sports.

Tarn Sublett
Finance Manager

Tarn has over 30 years of experience in accounting, investment banking, trading and team building.  He is a former senior executive of Arena Sports, Lil’ Kickers and Dash where he was responsible for developing new properties and building out teams and new businesses at Magnuson Park and Issaquah. Tarn is an avid sports fan, most recently consulting for the Seattle Kraken launch.

Eddy Ferre

Senior Director of Software Engineering

An experienced aerospace software engineer specializing in development and qualification of critical airborne systems, Eddy holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  Prior to APiJET, Eddy worked on projects for NASA/JPL, Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and GE Aviation.  Eddy is also a lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University, teaching hands-on laboratory classes to junior students.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, skiing, playing tennis and ping-pong.

Ric Merrifield

General Manager of Product and Program Management

Ric brings over 30 years of experience leading complex enterprise software and new product development projects including the Disney MagicBand and Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay. While at Microsoft, Ric created, and patented, a body of work known as business architecture that led to a TEDx talk, articles in the Harvard Business Review and the award-winning book Rethink. Ric enjoys rowing on the port side of the boat and catching Dungeness crab by hand.

Cherian Zachariah

Principal Software Engineer

Zach works as a software engineer on a number of APiJET’s products including the platform and web applications. He worked as an Electrical Engineer for several years before discovering the joys of software development. He’s worked on web software development since working on streaming audio at RealNetworks in the mid-90s.

Kathryn Taylee

Principal Software Engineer

Kathryn brings a lifelong passion for technology and a broad array of development experience to APiJET. Growing up in Washington, she spent most of her childhood tinkering with computers and learning to write code. She worked in desktop support and system/network administration for many years, and was responsible for keeping everything running in around 50 offices in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Then she moved to Kansas City and started work as a software engineer, where she designed an enterprise cloud point-of-sale system and led a team of developers to integrate with a variety of peripherals, payment devices, and software services. Back in the northwest now, she’s looking forward to going out in the woods with her wife, her dog, and maybe even her cat.

Brian Guggino

Automation Test Engineer

Brian has been flipping bits for over 20 years and jumped at the chance to be a team member at APiJET. He has worked at large companies, like GE, Philips, and Expedia but really enjoys working at small companies that allow one to wear many hats and learn new things. Brian graduated from University of Maryland and soon after moved West to avoid the humid hot summers. Outside of work Brian enjoys mountain biking, building bike trails, hiking to alpine lakes and most of all skiing with his family.

Natalia Kasymova

Automation Test Engineer

Natalia focuses on quality assurance. She grew up in Russia, eventually moved to the US and lived in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and now Seattle. She has worked at both small startups and big companies like Mercedes-Benz and Volvo and is excited to bring her diverse experience and get her feet wet in the aviation industry. In her free time Natalia enjoys hiking, biking, baking and travelling around the world..

Sergey Alentyev

Senior Database Architect

Sergey has wide experience in design, development and administration of transactional and Business Intelligence databases. He holds a Master Degree in Computer Science. Took part in many IT projects in different industries like Human Resource, Healthcare and Wellness, Automotive, Insurance, Telecommunication and hopes to get new experience in Aviation. Also, he had been working for more than two years from his basement in Issaquah and really excited to start new job in downtown where he can see more people. Enjoys fishing for salmon and steelhead in different rivers of Washington.

Brian Magnuson

Software Engineer

Brian earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Electical Engineering from the University of Washington. There he was affiliated with a lab researching hybridization of modern vehicles for improved emissions and energy consumption. After graduation, he joined Tesla’s Autopilot team where he primarily focused on pose estimation and lane assignment. He and his wife are happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest where in their free time they take their corgi for long walks, drink lots of coffee, and try to get out and explore the surrounding nature.

AJ Morales

Professional Services Team Lead

AJ is an experienced business and technical professional with over 15 years of experience in managing resources, planning, engineering and supporting all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle. AJ received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences from Barry University in Miami, FL. AJ holds two graduate degrees; a Master of Science in Information Systems from Pace University in New York, NY and a Master of Art in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. He spends most of his time with his wife Katie and his three dogs. AJ firmly believes that you are never too old to learn new tricks, so he has recently taken up skateboarding and longboarding.

Psalm Terry

Software Product and Program Manager

Psalm is a product manager who has spent a decade driving simple and valuable user experiences. Before joining APiJET, his customers have included online investors, airline passengers and flight attendants. Psalm is curious, deeply customer-focused and passionate about building excellent tech products. Psalm grew up in Arizona, watching A-10s soaring in the desert sky as a boy. He studied Communication at Northern Arizona University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He and his wife made a home in the Pacific Northwest in 2004, where they live today with their children. Psalm’s interests are eclectic, but he loves great coffee, live music and running outdoors.

Tony Hayes

Senior Software Engineer

Tony specializes in web development. Our front-end, customer facing applications are his priority.  As a firm believer in test driven development he is able to sleep through night, allowing him to focus on what’s next. Tony has spent the last 10 years in the startup space, having hit the big 3 – Austin, San Francisco and Seattle – He aspires to live in Berlin.

John Young

Product Lead

John brings more than two decades of experience to APiJET building enterprise SaaS and mobile device platforms. He has extensive experience in geolocation technologies developing full-stack automotive integrations, real-time location sharing, and holds two patents in the map service that ushered in turn-by-turn navigation on smartphones that is used today by millions around the world. John is an instrumented rated private pilot, and when not buzzing the mountains of the PNW, enjoys world travel, building electronics, casting hot glass, woodworking, snowboarding and has a strong passion for cooking and zymurgy.

Sergey Bezruchkin

Senior Software Engineer

Sergey Bezruchkin got his master’s degree in Physics and Engineering from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Sergey worked in Central Aerodynamics Institute (Moscow) designing and developing Flight Simulator for combat airplanes. He developed Flight Simulator Game Flanker SU 27 (got prize on E3 best modern air combat simulator) Microsoft invite in Flight Simulator Team. He worked as software developer for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, X; Combat Flight Simulator 1, 2, 3. More recently, he has developed voice-over-IP for iPhone and Android (optimization codec H264 H263, graphics). He also worked on custom software for the corporate private and VIP aircraft for Astronics Custom Control Concepts. His hobbies include building and programming Multicopter (flight controller), and hiking.

Christy Henderson

Senior Technical Writer and Business Analyst

Christy is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and moved to Seattle in 2005 because she preferred gray skies to blue. She has over five years of experience as a business analyst developing and supporting access control and physical security systems, two years as a product manager for a healthcare information technology company, and over a decade of experience as a technical writer. In her spare time she writes speculative fiction, narrates and produces audiobooks, and shares a home with her husband and two cats.

Darren Wallace

Quality Assurance Lead

Darren started out about as far from the software industry as you could. Darren joined the Navy at 18 and ended up going through Naval Nuclear Power School. After the Navy he jumped into a number of different fields including hardware field technician. In 1998 he had the opportunity to start at Microsoft as a Software Tester on Exchange and has been in the industry ever since. He’s helped develop new SaaS platforms, and worked on the kernel of Windows OS from XP to Windows 10. Outside of work, he is a big nature lover and enjoys minimalist camping, playing fetch with his dog, Blue, and reading.

Derek Olds

Senior System Operations Engineer

Derek Olds has been working with computers for the last 20+ years. He started in the industry taking customer support calls for a small computer company. Since then he has worked for HP, Microsoft, Google, and OfferUp with some time in startups along the way. Most of his time has been spent creating infrastructure for test and production environments. He is excited to be moving into the aviation space and learning about all problems that are unique to it. He loves learning new things and can’t wait to get started. When Derek is not working he likes to play music, and video games. He also really likes whitewater boating and will spend hours telling you about the many rivers he has run if you give him half the chance.

Sam Burke
DevOps Engineer

Sam brings many years of experience designing, building and maintaining big data infrastructure both in the public cloud realm and traditional data centers. From the NOC to customer facing escalation engineer to datacenter operations and site reliability engineer they have a wealth of experience in a variety of technical roles. Most recently they have focused on building deployment automation and migrating legacy services and platforms into modern cloud native, open source based infrastructure. Originally from Georgia they have been residing in the Silicon Valley for the last 13 years and are looking forward to a change of pace and weather in the PNW. Outside of work Sam is an avid reader, devouring written word, tabletop and video game enthusiast with a side of motorcyclist that enjoys long, twisty roads through the redwoods.

Vinh Bui
Systems Engineer

Vinh has always been a fan of fixed-wing aircraft, which led him to pursue a degree in Aerospace engineering to learn more about what goes into designing and building a flying machine. He finished his bachelor’s and master’s degree in 2018 and 2021, respectively, at Georgia Tech. While completing his bachelor’s degree, he gained interest in learning about the business side of aerospace, more specifically, data-driven decision-making from aircraft manufacturers and airliners. That led him to choose systems engineer as his focus in graduate school, especially data analytics related projects. He really enjoys discovering how data can help with reducing cost, improving mission effectiveness or providing insight into improvements for future aircraft designs. Outside of work he enjoys playing sports like soccer, tennis, basketball and swimming. In the near future, he wants to take flight lessons and hopes to get his private pilot license.

Aderajew Halibu
Automation Test Engineer

Aderajew brings 10+ years of information technology experience in Testing frontend UI, RESTful API, SOAP based webservices, Automation Framework development. , he is originally from Ethiopia graduated from Jimma university with Electrical Engineering and moved to the United states in 2008 as a student to further his studies in computer science from Maharishi International university Fairfield IA.  Prior to moving Seattle in 2012 he lived in Boulder Co. working as a software engineer with market on demand. Moving to Seattle greater area, he has worked as a Software Automation Engineer in Test for the past 9 years with the large companies like E-bay, Disney and Red-fin. These experiences taught him a lot and helped him get a large portfolio of work. Aderajew looks forward to having a creative, challenging and collaborative work environment with APiJET team. In his free time he likes going into the woods camping with friends, building electronic hobby projects and watching classic movies.

Austin Pischer
Systems Engineer

Austin was born and raised north of Seattle and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2020. He brings experience with Avionics Databus Protocols and Aircraft Interface Devices from his Software Engineering internship with Astronics Ballard Technology. Austin spends his free time on outdoor activities, live music, art and cooking.

Aviation Partners Pioneer Takes Final Flight

Joe Clark, Founder and CEO
In Memoriam – Sept. 9, 1941 – March 30, 2020