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LEading Edge Staff

Randy Vander Weide
Owner of Leading Edge Aviation and AirFlair, Inc
Randy Vander Weide

Job Position: Owner of Leading Edge Aviation and AirFlair, Inc


Career background: Randy began his career in flying by working at the Sioux Center, IA airport when he was a freshman in High School. His passion for flight took him to buying Sioux Center Aviation in 1980. In 2001, he expanded to the Spencer airport operating as Leading Edge Aviation.

Personal: Randy is married to Marcia and has two daughters, Jennifer and Christina.

Professional qualifications/Skills/Ratings: ATP, ASEL, AMEL, CFI, CFII, MEI, DPE, Ag Pilot

Education: High School

Years of experience: He took his first solo flight in 1978 and has been flying ever since.

Hours: 15,000+

Gayle Brandt
Office and Accounting Manager
Gayle Brandt

Job Position: Office and Accounting Manager


Career background:  Airline/FBO & Airport Management/Accounting /Air Charter Scheduling & Office Customer Service.

Personal:  Home is in Arnolds Park, IA, with her husband and 1 teenage son.

Years of experience:  39 Years

Interests:  Gayle enjoys working with flowers, golfing and traveling. She's a member of the Spencer Rotary Group, Spencer Industries Foundation Board Secretary, Youth Committee Chairman at Immanuel Lutheran – Spirit Lake, and previous board Secretary of the Iowa Public Airports Association.

Matt Lueck
Line Manager
Matt Lueck

Job Position: Line Manager


Career background: Private pilot certificate, 2005 graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College with a degree in Airport Management.

Personal: Lives in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Professional qualifications/Skills/Ratings: Matt joined Leading Edge Aviation in 2004, and has many years of experience working with GA aircraft.

Years of experience: 13 years.

Phil Smith
Flight Instructor/Director of Maintenance
Phil Smith

Job Position: Flight Instructor/Director of Maintenance


Career background: Military/Airlines/Mission Flying and aircraft maintenance.

Personal: Resides in Hartley with wife, and they have 4 children.

Professional qualifications/Skills/Ratings: Certified A&P Mechanic with Inspection Authorization; Commercial Pilot ASEL & ASES. CFI, CFII.

Education and Training: A&P at Helena Vo-Tech, Helena, MT; Associate at St. Paul Bible College and received flight training at Moody in Elizabethton, TN.

Years of experience: 45 years

Ratings/Hours: 4500+

Jon Hengeveld
Maintenance Shop Manager 
Jon Hengeveld

Job Position: Maintenance Shop Manager

Contact: 712-262-7735,

Career background: Jon started his career in general aviation in 2001 working with aircraft at the Spencer airport. After receiving his A&P in 2003, he spent some time working for Duncan Aviation, working on Citation 550, 560, 560XL, Hawker 800, and 800XP aircraft, before joining Leading Edge Aviation in 2006.

Personal: Married to Lisa and has one beautiful daughter, Areeya, who was born September of 2015.  He enjoys spending his free time with his family, hunting, and fishing.

Professional qualifications/Skills/Ratings: Certified A&P Mechanic with IA.

Years of experience: 15 years

Ratings/Hours: Commercial ASEL with over 600 hours-primarily in ag operations.