Chris Gardner, president and CEO of Sierra Hotel Aero, Inc. (SHA) and Type Certificate holder for Navion Aircraft, has launched a new organization called NavionX. The non-profit aviation organization was formed as a way for owners and enthusiasts of the Navion to use the Internet and social media to share information, plan social gatherings and educational forums.
NavionX.org will be the virtual place online where Navion owners and enthusiasts can gather. Sierra Hotel Aero plans to make archival documents, such as original concepts, old photographs, parts lists and more, available in an effort to promote the continued use, interest and flying of the aircraft.
NavionX is designed to be a membership-based organization, with a membership-elected Board of Directors and wholly operated by NavionX members. Initially Gardner will act as president, but said he will resign within a short period of time and be replaced by an elected official and board. Sierra Hotel Aero and Navion Aircraft Company will provide the NavionX organization selected Navion Aircraft technical support in a more public forum. Gardner states, “We felt there was a need to have a forum that would be more closely affiliated with the Type Certificate Holder to assure owners and enthusiasts accurate information to enhance support, preservation and popularity of the Navion. The NavionX organization will be the place to go for owners and enthusiasts wanting to share their experiences. Obviously owners do not need to belong to the type club to take advantage of Sierra Hotel Aero’s knowledge, but this club will give owners a larger voice and the ability to share knowledge pertaining to all Navion Aircraft.”