David S. Wolons

David S. Wolons

Seeking a position in a Army and special operations aviation focused defense consulting firm

A proven leader with 23 years of experience in highly competitive program management and technical positions within diverse organizations. Realized critical successes in product development and integration, resource management, team building, customer satisfaction, and problem solving. Nine years of experience with the development, testing, and fielding of mission equipment systems for Army Special Programs and Special Operations Aviation. Recognized technical leader in the areas of Degraded Visual Environments (DVE), Integrated Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE), and rapid prototyping and fielding.

  • Program Management
  • Aviation Acquisition
  • Leadership and Team building
  • Strong Technical Experience
  • Airworthiness Qualification
  • Experimental Flight Test
  • Rapid Prototyping/Fielding
  • DOD/SOCOM Budgeting Process

Product Manager, Army Special Operations Aviation (ARSOA) Mission Equipment, Technology Applications Program Office (TAPO), Ft. Eustis, VA 2009-present

  • Selected by a Department of the Army board as the Product Manager responsible for the design, development, production, fielding, and life-cycle support of all Army Special Operations Aviation Mission Equipment for a fleet of 192 helicopters for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).
  • Supervised 22 military and civilian personnel and guided the efforts of 10 defense contractors in three major technical areas: Aircraft Survivability, Sensors and Weapons, and Avionics and Software.
  • Managed a Program Objective Memorandum budget in excess of $650M.
  • Conducted periodic technology road map and program status briefings at the General Officer level.
  • Developed the ARSOA Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) strategy. Guided the TAPO DVE team to become the recognized leader in solving DVE. Called upon by Department of the Army and OSD to execute or assist with multiple DVE S&T efforts to include the DARPA Multi-Function Radar program.
  • Managed the fielding of an integrated ASE capability on the MH-47G and MH-60M aircraft to include, infrared (IR) countermeasures, radar (RF) countermeasures, and laser warning all correlated through a single ASE suite controller.
  • Demonstrated integrated multi-spectral hostile fire detection with ultraviolet (UV), IR, and acoustic systems.
  • Demonstrated a networked ASE capability to off board threat data to other aircraft or ground stations.
  • Managed the fielding of a light weight ballistic protection system and developed transparent armor prototypes.
  • Managed the fielding of six Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) and Cockpit Management System (CMS) Operational Flight Program (OFP) software loads to include DO-178B compliance.
  • Managed the fielding of the AN/ZSQ2 EO/IR sensor, the qualification of a laser range finder/designator in the AN/ZSQ3, and progressed the AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) to developmental flight testing.

Research and Development Officer, Chief Test Pilot, Flight Concepts Division (FCD), Fort Eustis, VA

  • Managed the efforts of ten direct reports and over 100 matrix and contractor personnel responsible for the maintenance and modification of civil and military fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
  • Integrated, tested, and fielded complete “find, fix, finish” armed ISR systems on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
  • Conducted multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan to integrate and flight test mission equipment systems for immediate operational use.
  • Managed an annual budget in excess of $30M.
  • Acted as customer representative and materiel developer for over 100 different aircraft modification projects affecting seven different aircraft types.
  • Served as the chief experimental test pilot for FCD.

Assistant Product Manager, Special Programs, Aviation Integration Directorate, Fort Eustis, VA

  • Directly responsible to the AMCOM Director for Special Programs (Aviation) for executing aircraft modifications and obtaining airworthiness qualification for both fixed and rotary wing civil and military aircraft supporting all aviation special programs.
  • Managed three direct reports and the efforts of 40 matrix personnel to rapidly integrate, test, and field unique special operations mission equipment systems.
  • Prepared airworthiness substantiation documentation and conducted briefings to the safety of flight review board to obtain airworthiness releases.
  • Served as the test director and experimental test pilot for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft modification efforts.

Chief of Flight Test, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Fort Eustis, VA

  • Chief of flight test responsible for managing the efforts of five experimental test pilots and two flight test engineers.
  • Managed project resource allocation to include aircraft, project officers, test pilots, flight test engineers, mechanical designers/engineers, fabrication, aircraft integration, and airworthiness substantiation.
  • Primary project officer and test pilot for Blue Force Tracking (BFT), Brownout Situational Awareness Upgrades (BSAU), Combat Search and Rescue, and UH-60/CH-47 SATCOM.
  • Led a contact team to Afghanistan to integrate SATCOM kits on CH-47 and UH-60 aircraft.

Other Assignments as United States Army Officer 1989-2002

  • Experimental Test Pilot in Training U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (2001-2002)
  • Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering United States Military Academy (1999-2001)
    • Thermodynamics Instructor / Course Director
    • Helicopter Aeronautics Instructor
    • Fluid Mechanics Instructor
  • Graduate Engineering Student Penn State University (1997–1998)
  • Maintenance Company Commander (general manager) 103 persons and 33 helicopters (1994-1996)
  • Battalion Logistics Officer (principal staff officer for 300 person organization) (1993-1994)
  • Aeroscout Platoon Leader (operating unit manager) 16 persons and four OH-58 helicopters (1991-1993)
  • Maintenance Company Executive Officer (operating unit manager) 103 persons (1991)


  • Top Secret (SCI) security clearance (5 year recertification investigation completed Feb 2008)
  • Acquisition Corps Member, United States Army
  • Certified level III in Program Management by the Department of Defense
  • Certified level II in Test and Evaluation by the Department of Defense
  • Certified level I Research, Development & Engineering by the Department of Defense
  • Experimental Test Pilot, Special Operations Pilot, and Maintenance Test Pilot
  • FAA Certified Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), Commercial Helicopter Pilot (2500 flight hours in 22 aircraft types)
  • Association if The United States Army (AUSA) Member
  • Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Member