eTT Aviation

Our story

 

eTT Aviation is a US veteran-owned company, headquartered in Eagle, Idaho, specializing in airline crew and flight schedule management solutions revolutionizing how airlines achieve schedule flexibility and control. eTT Aviation’s two innovative products, SkedFlex and Crew Companion, support tens of thousands of aviation professionals at global, regional, cargo and charter airlines.

For employees, we started by enabling airline pilots to trade flying trips and now do the same for shift workers nationwide. By helping our subscribers work when and where they want, we help improve morale and productivity while reducing absenteeism and costs for their company.

For companies, we provide fully automated and customizable employee management systems, that allow for crew, shift and individual employee planning, scheduling and trading. Our sophisticated rules engine ensures that employees’ schedules are in compliance with Federal and/or company regulations. Many management tasks are automated, reducing workload and process errors. From establishing schedules in advance through to “day of” operations, our systems allow full control of workforce utilization.

We continuously provide exemplary customer support to each and every one of our customers, individual and corporate. Our top priorities are valuing our employees and our customers. We are passionate about both because we are in the business of improving the quality of life for all.

Our mission is to continue to be the leading innovator, developer, and provider of trip trading, shift trading, and schedule management software as a whole.

more than the sum of its parts

Leadership Team

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Tom LaJoie

Tom LaJoie

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom LaJoie
President and Chief Executive Officer

Tom created eTripTrader, Inc., in 2002, to provide “a better quality of life” to his fellow United Airlines pilots. 15 years later, Crew Companion, now in its second generation, serves tens of thousands of United Airlines pilots and flight attendants.

Further leveraging his 30 years in aviation leadership, crew planning, and scheduling with the United States Air Force and United Airlines, Tom expanded the product offerings with the rebranded “eTT Aviation” to include the comprehensive air operations suite “SkedFlex.”

The success of eTT Aviation is due in large part to Tom’s encyclopedic understanding of the needs of airline customers, including aircrew scheduling, airline management, and logistical planning, to the benefit of the full eTT Aviation product line.

Tom is a certificated Airline Transport Pilot with more than 6000 hours of flight time among many aircraft types including the Boeing 737 (300/500), Airbus (A319/A320), military aircraft (T-37, T-38, C-12F, KC-135R), and corporate aircraft including Beechcraft Premier, Pilatus PC12, and others.

Tom is a member of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA), Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), and the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. Tom owns a ranch with his wife of 33 years in Eagle, Idaho, where he is an active member in the local community.

Josh Weinshank

Josh Weinshank

Chief Operating Officer

Josh Weinshank
Chief Operating Officer

Josh’s 25-year career in aviation includes serving as pilot, check pilot, chief pilot, and director of operations for corporate, charter and scheduled air carrier certificates.

For 16 years Josh served as director of operations for air carriers certificated by the FAA under 14 CFR part 121 and part 135. In that capacity he was the primary interface with the FAA, exercised operational control and evaluated operational risk to ensure safety and regulatory compliance.

Josh was also the principal author and editor for technical manuals and publications, the director of IT, the liaison with the TSA (Aircraft Operator Security Coordinator), and was responsible for ensuring positive relations among management, employees, and customers.

Chris LaJoie

Chris LaJoie

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, & Chief Information Officer

Chris LaJoie
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, & Chief Information Officer

As Chief Technology Officer, Chris LaJoie is responsible for overseeing development of new technologies. As an exceptionally talented programmer himself with the vision to see the entire scope of our software development project he also hones in on the intricate details that make our product so valuable to our customers. He leads our team of programmers while overseeing every aspect of our ongoing quest to offer a state of the art product.

Over 15 years ago Chris took what was a mere idea and turned it into a reality. Now, he is using his programming talent and experience to bring Crew Companion into the future. In addition, he maintains our software, production, QA, and development servers, and our source code server which houses more than 1,000,000 lines of code. Chris' extensive practical experience and strong loyalty are instrumental in the continued success of eTT Aviation.

Todor Todorov

Todor Todorov

Vice President Software Engineering

Todor Todorov
Vice President Software Engineering

Todor Todorov was born and raised in Bulgaria. His passion for computers and programming determined the professional path he was going to take.

He graduated in the top 10 of his class from Sofia Technical University (Bulgaria) with a masters degree in Computer Science. The pursuit for more exciting opportunities for his career as a software engineer brought him to the U.S. where he joined eTripTrader in 2007.

With his 20 years of experience in the software development industry he ensures that CrewCompanion makes the lives of United Airline's pilots and flight attendants a lot easier. In his free time Todor enjoys spending time with his family.

Kirk Newhook

Kirk Newhook

Board of Directors

Kirk Newhook
Board of Directors

Kirk has been an aviation operations and human resources professional for more than 25 years, starting with Air Nova in Nova Scotia, Canada, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Air Canada, as a crew scheduler and systems operations control (SOC) manager.

In 2002 the Air Canada Regional airlines were merged into Jazz Aviation, and Kirk’s team was primarily responsible for the integration of crew and operational software systems. Post integration, Kirk assumed responsibility for the industrial relationships and collective bargaining as Director of Labour Relations for Jazz as well as the Crew Resources Departments. He currently serves as Vice President of Employee Relations where he has added the Human Resources Division to his responsibilities.

Kirk studied business administration at Dalhousie University, has an MBA from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and spends his time between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto, Ontario with his family while enjoying the benefits of travel that come with working with an Airline.

Scott Marikis

Scott Marikis

Board of Directors

Scott Marikis
Board of Directors

Scott Marikis serves as vice president and chief operating officer for Empire Airlines, Inc.: a western United States feeder airline for FedEx; an inter-island passenger services provider for Hawaiian Airlines; the operator of Empire Aerospace - a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider; and operator of Empire Unmanned - a leading provider of drone flying, data capture and analytical services.

Scott has a broad background in finance and administration with extensive operations management experience in the airline/aerospace, oil, gas, and mining industries. Scott started his career as a district controller for Total Petroleum, Inc., in Memphis, TN. He then transferred with Total to Denver and was recruited into the mining industry where he worked as an audit manager and then a mine general manager for Kinross Gold, Inc. In 2007 Scott transferred to the regional airline industry with Empire Airlines initially as their CFO and now serves as vice president and chief operating officer.

Scott is a CPA having received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Akron and an MBA from Regis University in Denver. Scott was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife Terri have four daughters and one grandson.

Joel Flake

Joel Flake

Board of Directors

Joel Flake
Board of Directors

Joel is an experienced entrepreneur, veteran real estate and technology investor, and founder of several successful consumer service companies acquired at multiples far exceeding industry standards. Joel is president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (Idaho Chapter), and serves as a thought-leader and speaker on entrepreneurship.

After earning his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Michigan Law School, Joel secured a two-year appointment to serve as federal clerk to the Honorable Larry M. Boyle, U.S. District Court, District of Idaho.

Following a stint in private practice, Joel co-founded Gemtek Pest Control (Boise), growing its annual revenue from $0 to $3,500,000, and thereafter founded or acquired Midwest Pest Control (Little Rock and Springfield), Home Guard Pest Control (Las Vegas), and Custom Bedbug (Seattle/Portland/Boise). Joel also founded Gemtek Homekeeping, a Boise-based residential and commercial cleaning company.

Today, Joel continues to reside in his beloved Idaho with his wife and children, where he remains active in the business community as an entrepreneur, investor, and board member of several start-up technology companies.

eTT Aviation

Our History


All great things begin with vision, commitment and dedication. Tom LaJoie employed all three of these valuable qualities to develop a way to devote more time to what is most important to him – his family. His experience of over 25 years in aviation, leadership, crew planning and scheduling as a United Airlines pilot and a US Air Force pilot, came together with his passion for his family and helped create one of the best tools to better the quality of life for thousands of people. Having first-hand experience of what the “crew” goes through, Tom dedicated over a decade to sharing his knowledge and tirelessly improving quality of life for pilots and flight attendants. Now this infectious desire is spreading to ground based airline employees as well as other retailers and their scheduling needs. And as they say, ‘the rest is history’.

Tom says two of the most valuable rewards to him are time with his family and the satisfaction of improving the lives of his customers. “I really cherish my time with my family first. All crewmembers know how precious that ‘home time’ can be. I also get a lot of personal satisfaction when pilots tell us how much of a difference Crew Companion has made to their quality of life. It’s nice to be appreciated for your work, and our whole team loves hearing their stories of success.

  • eTripTrader was formed in March of 2002
  • First beta product for pilots in February 2003
  • Crew Companion was born in October 2007
  • Flight Attendants join our new “crew” in 2008
  • Crew Companion Lite/Mobile joined family in 2008
  • Birth of SkedFlex as United Airlines‘ Shift Trading System in 2009
  • SkedFlex pivots to crew management for ConocoPhillips, Alaska in 2011
  • eTripTrader wins Small Business of the Year award  in 2012
  • SkedFlex Crew Management System launches with PenAir in 2012
  • SkedFlex family increased with Era Alaska (now Ravn Alaska) in 2013
  • SkedFlex family booms with Empire Airlines in 2014
  • United Airlines signs contract purchasing Crew Companion for pilots in 2014
  • SkedFlex family continues growth with Xtra Airways and Sky King (now Songbird Airways) in 2015
  • eTripTrader changes name to eTT Aviation in 2016
  • SkedFlex expands to Air Operations Suite with five new modules in 2016
  • SkedFlex adds Air Choice One to its stable of airlines in 2016
  • eTT Aviation adds Business Intelligence module (powered by Sisense) in 2017
  • Encompass Aviation chooses the SkedFlex Air Operations Suite in 2017