Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: FRNT ) today named William C. Schaudt as vice president, maintenance and engineering, effective July 24. Schaudt, 57, replaces Jon Bartram, the airline`s current vice president of maintenance and engineering, who plans to retire September 1. In his new position, Schaudt will oversee the airline`s hangar and line maintenance functions, and will report directly to Frontier President Sam Addoms. Frontier`s maintenance department is comprised of approximately 375 employees who perform the airline`s heavy “C” check maintenance, line maintenance, engineering, machine shops and avionics functions.
“We welcome Bill`s outstanding technical background and comprehensive maintenance experience to Frontier,” said Addoms. “Bill is a proven industry veteran and we look forward to his leadership. In addition, we are extremely grateful to Jon, who has been with Frontier since its inception. He played a critical part in Frontier`s start-up and will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best as he plans his retirement.”
Schaudt most recently served as manager, narrow body, quality assurance for American Airlines, overseeing that airline`s inspection activities on the Boeing 727, MD-80, F-100 and Boeing 737 fleets during heavy maintenance checks, and supervising a staff of nearly 300 employees. He brings over 30 years of aviation maintenance experience to Frontier, and has held a variety of managerial positions with American Airlines, including senior instructor, maintenance and engineering training, manager, maintenance and engineering training and manager, line maintenance/quality assurance. Schaudt attended Quaker City School of Aeronautics in Philadelphia and received his Airframe and PowerPlant (A&P) license in 1966. He holds a bachelor of science degree in aviation technology from Thomas A. Edison State College, and a master of science degree in aviation management from Oklahoma State University. He and his wife Sandy currently reside in Tulsa, Okla. and plan to relocate to Denver.