2021

About Naples Jet Center

Our History

Naples Jet Center was founded in 2007 by Bruce Byerly, owner of Byerly Aviation in Peoria, Illinois, and CEO of Eagle Creek Aviation Services in Indianapolis, Matt Hagans. The two entrepreneurs saw significant potential in Southwest Florida for higher growth markets, as turbine aircraft registrations were on the rise in the area.

Bruce served as Vice President of Naples Jet Center, seeing Naples as an ideal location for an FBO & maintenance operation. In July of 2020, he purchased the Jet Center from Eagle Creek.

The goal is the same as when it started: to provide professional and efficient access to Naples, based on midwestern work ethic and values.

Present & Future

The Naples Jet Center was initially heavily oriented towards maintenance, with basic FBO services. The maintenance department continues to thrive as an FAA Part 145 repair station, authorized Embraer service station, Twin Commander service center, and Garmin service center and channel partner.

The FBO has grown into a full-service operation, with a wide variety of aviation services for tenants & transients. The entire Naples Jet Center team takes pride in delivering superior customer service and offering a truly elevated experience.

Naples Jet Center is making a significant investment in the future by expanding its presence on the KAPF field, developing a multi-million-dollar facility to better serve our customers & the business jet fleet of operators. We look forward to maintaining our unsurpassed quality and welcoming environment amid the major changes and growth.

Meet Our Naples Team

OWNER

Bruce Byerly

As a third-generation aviator, Bruce lives & breathes aviation. His family has owned & operated Byerly Aviation in Peoria IL for nearly a century. After receiving a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University, he returned to work at the family FBO. With his wife Lynn & three children, Amelia, Claire, & Nico, he now calls Naples home since 2007.

When Bruce is not flying, buying, or selling aircrafts for his clients worldwide, you can find him dirt biking with his kids or racing sports cars. He is known for wearing out cell phones, doing wheelies and leaving behind a cloud of dust!

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kurt Wietzke

Kurt graduated from Florida Southwestern State College in 2018 with a degree in Business Management. He has worked his way up the Naples Jet Center ladder, beginning his aviation career as a line service technician, becoming a manager, charter broker, and now Director of Operations. Kurt understands superior customer service and goes above & beyond all client expectations.

When Kurt is not at NJC, he can be found fishing, golfing, spending time with family and cheering for the Florida Gators. Kurt is a member of the NOAA Shark Tagging Program which catches, tags, and releases sharks for research.

DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE

Jim Goodwin

Jim Goodwin’s career in aviation began in the US ARMY working on helicopters in 1986. Jim graduated from Central Texas College with his A&P Certification in 1991. He has worked in multiple repair stations and corporate flight departures prior to joining NJC in 2011.

Jim’s biggest influencer in life as well as in aviation is his grandfather, Alfred Goodwin. He was a Pearl Harbor Survivor in the US Navy. He taught Jim to be ‘process, results, and solutions’ driven. Due to this he enjoys the look of satisfaction on the customer’s face when his team delivers above their expectations.

When Jim is not working you can find him with his family, playing golf or traveling.

AVIONICS MANAGER

Scott Edwards

Scott started his aviation career with the US Air Force. Scott was a bomb nav and worked on B-52 and B-1B bombers for five years, two years shop line and three years as a quality control inspector on B-1B in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After leaving the military, Scott worked with large cargo, commercial and executive aircraft all in respects to avionics. Scott joined NJC in April 2015 as Avionics Manager. He prides himself in customer satisfaction.

Scott is member of USAF Together We Served, B-52 Stratofortress Association, and Non-Commissioned Officers Association.

When Scott is not working at NJC you can find him cooking, golfing, shooting guns, or going to his favorite place Blue Ridge, Georgia.

CHIEF INSPECTOR

Corey Meinzer

Corey was involved in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 82nd and 101st Airborne. After leaving the military, Corey returned to his hometown in Southwest Ohio with his family. He graduated from Cincinnati State and obtained his A&P license. He has worked in various aspects of the aviation industry. He joined Naples Jet Center in 2013 as a mechanic. He worked his way up to Inspector in 2015 and became NJC’s Chief Inspector in 2020.

When Corey is not inspecting aircraft or discussing his Buckeyes or Bengals at NJC, he is either golfing, shooting his guns, riding his motorcycle, or enjoying a good bourbon on the rocks. He enjoys vacationing in the mountains or oceans with his family.

MAINTENANCE SALES & SERVICE

Chuck Farney

Chuck has been in aviation since he joined the US Air Force as a crew chief for F-16. Chuck got his A&P license at Riverside School of Aeronautics after leaving the Air Force, and worked for Textron Aviation, obtaining his associates in Business Administration. He joined Naples Jet Center in 2016.

Chuck is a member of the NBAA, SFBAA, High-Road Jeep Club, and Florida Divers Club. When Chuck is not working you can catch him on the water either fishing, boating, scuba diving or lobstering/spearfishing. His enjoys vacationing anywhere tropical where the skies are blue, and the water is crystal clear!

PARTS CLERK

Will Rodriguez

William graduated from Westchester Business Institute with a degree is computer networking. After graduating, William worked for a major airline as a material specialist and then at a component repair station as a parts clerk. He joined NJC in 2009 as a parts clerk & takes great pride in meeting customer needs.

At NJC William is known for his poker face and witty comments. When he is not working you can find him with his family bird watching and rock collecting.

Our dedicated team is here to assist with every aspect of your trip. Call (239) 649-7900 to speak with our concierge desk.
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