Testimonials

When I needed an Airboss to cover a second airshow on the 4th of July, I called one of the most experienced Airbosses in the country; He only had one recommendation for me, Owen Ashurst.

Owen went way above and beyond what I had anticipated when Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) asked to do an airshow on the morning of the 4th of July. I already had the afternoon’s airshow covered for Commencement Bay in Tacoma, but the air boss there would not be able to do both.

Owen provided the JBLM leadership with a highly modified airbox that ensured safety for the crowds and the performers and passed FSDO scrutiny. He met with the leadership on numerous occasions and worked out all the ARFF support requirements, road closures, air field markings and airspace needs necessary to make the first US Army MWR funded airshow in JBLM history a great success.

Communication with Owen was flawless, he provided detailed planning briefs and visuals to all parties, and was fully engaged in all aspects of planning and execution, to include a comprehensive safety brief on air show day. He also planned a detailed ingress, egress plan for the performers, as they did flyovers at offsite sponsor locations. Our FAA IICC had absolutely zero negative comments, which is always a welcomed outcome of any aerial display.

Owen is professional and easy to work with and I am looking forward to working with him again the years ahead.

 

Doug Fratoni
Air Show Director, Tacoma Air Show, 2007-2015
Air Operations Director, McChord Air Expo, 2008, 2010, 2012


 

“Owen Ashurst and I have worked together for a few years. As the Air Show Chairman of Seattle’s Seafair Airshow, I rely very heavily on my Air Boss to produce a quality show that is safe and entertaining. Owen brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and professionalism to the tower and he makes my life easier. Owen is proactive in thinking through all situations and has a safety first, can do attitude. He comes with my highest endorsement and I welcome direct communication to discuss his qualifications.”

 

Mr. Ian Tolmie
Airshow Chairman
Boeing Seafair Airshow
Seattle, WA


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