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Spohnheimer Consulting

Founded by Nelson Spohnheimer, a nationally respected Navigation Aids (NAVAIDS) engineer, Spohnheimer Consulting is a group of approximately 10 retired FAA engineers. The firm's expertise and principal activities are centered on extremely critical elements of the National Airspace System (NAS) Facilities, i.e., Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance. Specifically, the firm is involved in:

  • Siting and site testing
  • Installation
  • Analysis, Troubleshooting, and On-Site Improvement of facility performance
  • Training for FAA and Military engineers and technicians
  • Spectrum Management functions - frequency engineering, Radio Frequency Interference resolution


Prior to founding Spohnheimer Consulting, Mr. Spohnheimer had 37 years of experience in circuit, system and installation design, facility siting, alignment, flight inspection, maintenance and testing and operational application of navigation and communications facilities. Thirty of those years were with the FAA and for ten years from 1995 to 2005 he was the FAA's National Resource Engineer for Navigation. In that position he supplied engineering support to national and all regional FAA offices on a wide variety of technical issues. Mr. Spohnheimer also served as the FAA Member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Navigation Systems Panel. He has also presented numerous seminars on navigation aids and air-ground engineering principles to technician and engineer audiences for FAA, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.

Mr. Spohnheimer has published and presented numerous technical papers both in the United States and Europe and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.