Nicholas StefaniakNicholas A. Stefaniak
Airport Engineering and Planning

 

Why did you choose this career? I’ve always been fascinated with aviation. After obtaining my Commercial, Multi-Instrument ratings at Embry-Riddle, I pursued and earned a Master’s in Aeronautical Science. During my advanced studies, I realized and appreciated more fully, the myriad of career opportunities available in the Aviation Industry.  After working some time in airport operations, I felt a calling to serve in an expanded role where I could use my practical piloting and airport operations experience to help promote and advance aviation and airport development. Aviation Consulting provided that opportunity.

What is your favorite part of your job? During my site visits and the development of aviation plans, I thoroughly enjoy developing relationships with everyone I meet from the Airport Line Guy to the Director, City Manager, etc. Listening to the stories and backgrounds of airport professionals and fellow aviation enthusiasts – sharing my aviation knowledge and experience to help serve airport managers and governing agencies better understand the value and importance of their aviation facilities and how proper planning can achieve their mission, meet their objectives, and most importantly, contribute to the well-being and vitality of their communities. Equally rewarding is working side-by-side with my fellow colleagues and engineers at Gale to help our clients improve their facilities and achieve their mission. Seeing the “blueprints” come to life gives me great satisfaction in knowing that I contributed to solutions that result in positive impacts.

Who are you outside of Gale? There is a funny saying among pilots and flight attendants, ”marry me, fly for free.” In 2012, while heading out to a skiing trip from Albany, NY to Denver, CO, I met Jennifer, a Senior Flight Attendant for Southwest Airlines, who I fortunately married years later. As diehard Buffalo Bills football fans, outside of work we enjoy occasionally traveling to domestic destinations for away games, skiing, and other events/concerts across the country. When our schedules don’t permit air travel, I enjoy working around the house on renovations, woodworking, landscaping projects, and fitting in golf outings and motorcycle trips to balance work and recreation.

Fun Fact: If you were on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be?

My Wife (she is super intelligent!), a Bible (for inspiration and a great story), and a hammock (because, who wants to sleep on the ground?)