Chip Fichtner is current an Aerospace Consultant with The Highland Group in Dallas, Texas. In a previous role, Chip managed and directed the engineering and design efforts of VIP interior completions on narrow and wide body aircraft at Associated Air Center. Chip has over 30 years of aviation experience encompassing military and commercial modifications, maintenance repair and overhaul, original equipment manufacturer, and interior completions.
Chip began his career at Grumman Aerospace in Houston, Texas, and worked his way through working in a variety of departments including engineering.
In 1989, Chip joined Chrysler Technologies Airborne Systems (CTAS) (known as L3 Communications) in Waco, Texas. Chip’s experience encompasses a multitude of "heavy iron" USAF aircraft, US Navy Aircraft, and commercial narrow and wide body aircraft. Chip worked his way into engineering management and eventually managed the Operations support organizations and the VIP Interior Completions work force.
In 1997, Chip left CTAS to form a new company in Northwest Arkansas called Ozark Aircraft Systems (OAS). Chip, and a team of three other aviation professionals, raised over $30M and opened an Aircraft Modification and Completion Center. The company grew to over 500 employees and exceeded $100M in sales per year.
Chip later joined Gore Design Completions in San Antonio, Texas where he oversaw engineering and operations.
Chip and his wife Laurie reside in Trophy Club, Texas, and attend 121 Community Church of Southlake. Their son, Austin, attended Baylor University in the School of Business. Their daughter, Madison, is attending Abilene Christian University studying Interior Design. Chip enjoys golf and yard work.