Steve Knopp Owner / General Manager
Education U.S. Airforce; Eddison Tech
USAF Maintenance Instructor and Mechanic 1965 - 1969.
Airframe and Powerplant License (since 1969)
Inspection Authorization License (since 1972)
Designated Mechanic Examiner (since 1990)
Maintenance Technician of the Year - 2001 Northwest Region, FAA Seattle FSDO
Designated Airworthiness Representative 2003
Pilot - Commercial Instrument, Multi-Engine, Single Engine Sea
LOA with Designee for Galeb G2A Jet
Parachutist - D License
Norma Knopp Co-Owner / Accountant
Education Pacific Lutheran University
Pilot - Private
Parachutist - D license.
Steves first airplane ride, at 8 years old, was in an uncles Cessna 180. He grew up in the Seattle area where his father and 2 uncles retired from Boeing.
His aviation career began in 1965 when he joined the Air Force. As a sergeant (E4) he served as a technical maintenance instructor at Chanute Air Force Base. He later served in the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron stationed at Clark Air Force Base, Philippine Islands, as a shop foreman working on C-130H and HH3 helicopters.
1969 to 1978
In 1969 Steve received an A&P mechanics license, restored a Taylorcraft to use for his personal flight training, and obtained a private pilots license in 1970. He was an owner of Snohomish Aircraft Paint and Fabric at Harvey Field, Snohomish, WA from 1970 to 1978. The firm provided all phases of small aircraft maintenance, and specialized in aircraft painting, Stits fabric recovering, modifications and engine overhauls. During this time Steve received IA certification, commercial, instrument, multi-engine and seaplane pilots licenses. He was also
an owner of Boogie Parachute Club, maintaining and operating 2 Beech 18s for skydiving.
1978 to Present
Steve and Norma met during skydiving activities, married in 1975 and opened P. Ponk Aviation in 1978.
They have been based in Washington, primarily specializing in Cessna 180 and 182 aircraft and engine maintenance, restorations, overhauls and modifications.
Other experiences included import and export of US and foreign aircraft. They imported and certified numerous Yugoslav airplanes, including 7 military jet trainers, for exhibition in the US.
They worked in the summer Alaska salmon industry through 1995, hauling fish, commercial fishing, buying fish and spotting fish, using Cessna 180's and 182's in their work. During this time, they developed several products, including the landing gear beef up kit and Super Eagle O-520 engine conversion, conceived while working the aircraft off remote beaches in the Alaskan bush.
Steve became a Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME) for the FAA in 1990 and offers oral and practical tests to A&P mechanic applicants.
Steve and Norma were presented a "Friends of the FSDO" award in 1996 by the Seattle FAA Flight Standards District Office.
Steve became a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR-T) for the FAA in 2003 with authorization to provide many standard, special and export airworthiness certificates for aircraft under 12,500 pounds.
Today, P. Ponk Aviation is well established, with a dedicated staff of 5 experienced individuals. They continue to offer a variety of products and services to the general aviation community, and are committed to customer service.
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