eTT Aviation

Our story

eTT Aviation is a U.S. veteran-owned company, headquartered in Eagle, Idaho, specializing in airline crew and flight schedule management solutions. Its two products, SkedFlex and Crew Companion, allow airlines to achieve schedule flexibility and control while providing trip and shift trading - a combination that improves efficiency, reliability, and quality of life without compromise.

Employees benefit from industry-leading automated trip and shift trading, reducing administrative burden while providing maximum flexibility to each crewmember. And each company can determine how much oversight is required: from approving individual trades to allowing the system to handle all approvals based solely on company criteria.

Companies enjoy fully automated and customizable employee management systems that allow for crew, shift, and individual employee planning, scheduling, and trading, while the proprietary rules engine ensures regulatory and company compliance. Scores of management tasks are automated — reducing workload and process errors. From establishing schedules in advance through the day of operations and beyond, SkedFlex and Crew Companion provide full, flexible control of workforce utilization.

Exemplary support is a hallmark of eTT Aviation. Period.

Our mission is to remain the leading innovator, developer, and provider of trip trading, shift trading, and schedule management software solutions.

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 founded 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 (flag, domestic, supplemental). 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

Chris LaJoie co-founded eTT Aviation, led its original software development, and now serves as chief technology officer and chief information officer, with oversight of the entire engineering team. Fluent in numerous programming languages, Chris is highly adept at leveraging new technologies to the benefit of both Crew Companion and the SkedFlex Air Operations Suite. Chris and his team built and maintained the physical server infrastructure at a Tier III datacenter for many years before migrating SkedFlex to Amazon Web Services, where his team manages all cloud configuration, maintenance, and support services.

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 and continue with commitment and dedication. Tom LaJoie employs these qualities in pursuit of what is most important to him – time with his family and helping others. His firsthand experience in civil aviation, military leadership, crew planning, and scheduling as a United Airlines pilot and a U.S. Air Force pilot helped him create some of the best tools to provide a "better quality of life" for thousands of fellow aviation professionals since 2002. Countless thank-you letters attest to the betterment in other people's lives Tom and his team have made, and, as they say, "the rest is history."