Mark Wilken joined Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies in 2021 as the company acquired Columbia Avionics and Aircraft Services. Prior to joining the team, he was the vice president of avionics and operational logistics at Elliott Aviation. While at Elliott Aviation, Wilken was instrumental in leading the development of more than 50 STCs for installing the latest avionics systems on Beechcraft aircraft including the King Air, Beechjet, Premier, and Hawker. He also lead MRO marketing and sales for the Garmin G1000 for King Air model aircraft, maturing the company into the largest MRO Garmin dealer in the world.
Wilken began his professional career at Elliott Aviation in 1990 as an aviation technician after receiving his bachelor’s degree in advanced technical studies, aviation management from Southern Illinois University. He held several positions at Elliott with increased responsibility in developing and growing avionics and modifications projects.