A third-generation Jamestown Aviation Company general manager and owner spoke before the Jamestown Noon Rotary Club at a recent meeting of the group.
Leonard Nalbone assumed the position of co-owner and general manager of the company in 2006. The company is based at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown.
As a teenager, Nalbone earned his pilot's license and followed this achievement by obtaining his FAA Airframe and Powerplant - Aircraft Mechanics license. A few years later, Nalbone was commissioned by the New York State Army National Guard as a Warrant Officer and Medivac Helicopter pilot.
Todd Allen, Rotary vice president; and Tory Irgang, program committee member; stand with Rotary speaker Leonard Nalbone of Jamestown Aviation.
Jamestown Aviation began in 1938 when Nalbone's grandfather learned to fly and was recruited to train pilots in World War II. Returning to the area, he built a landing strip in Dunkirk which later became the Dunkirk Airport. In 1999, Nalbone's father assumed leadership of the company and passed it onto Len in 2006.
Jamestown Aviation today is a tenant of the Jamestown/Chautauqua County Airport, employing about 20 people including eight mechanics. Nalbone describes the business as regional, servicing at least 30 aircraft a year. The company offers flight training, bulk hangar storage and fuel services.
The Jamestown Noon Rotary Club meets for lunch Mondays in the banquet room of the Robert H. Jackson Center on the corner of Fourth and Prendergast in Jamestown. Interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, contact President Sharon Hamilton at 665-8008.