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.
Meet the Team
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.
VP of Product
Paul Mallasch is VP of Product 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.
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.
VP of Human Resources 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Software Project Manager
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.
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.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
Full Stack Engineer
Keith grew up in Western Washington, and spent some time as a helicopter mechanic before getting his BS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Washington. He has since applied his skills to a range of things, from avionics firmware to developing diagnostic solutions and tooling for server hardware. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking and birdwatching with his wife, trail running, photography, and watching motorsports.
Rebecka has been in the IFE/IFC sector for nearly 20 years, at Panasonic, AeroMobile, OnAir and most recently, 6 years at Inmarsat, with a primary focus in Technical Program Management. In both customer-facing and technical roles, Rebecka has collaborated with and led teams bringing first-of-type products to market, running qualification programs for linefit and retrofit airline programs and countless software integration projects in the IFC markets. Rebecka lives in Seattle with her dog Dempsey and is very excited to join APiJET.
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.