President

Dennis Sorber

Dennis F. Sorber started his aviation career in 1981 in the US Navy as an Avionics Technician.  Over his 12 year Military career Dennis was a member of VR-53, VR-59, VP-66 and VP67 maintaining the C-118 Liftmaster, C-9B Skytrain and the Lockheed P3A & B Orion Airframes.

Since separating from Active Duty Military, Dennis has collected the significant Aviation Experience including:

  • E-Systems Greenville as an Avionics Technician on the RJ135 Front End Avionics
  • Chaparral Aviation, Hedrick Beechcraft. United Beechcraft and Raytheon Aircraft Services at Addison Airport as an Avionics Tech then promoted to Avionics Supervisor/Manager
  • Southwest Avionics at Redbird Airport as General/FAA Accountable Manager.  Purchased the company in 1998
  • Dallas Aircraft Services, Inc. at Dallas Executive Airport as Owner/FAA Accountable Manager.
  • Avionics 1st Inc. at Dallas Executive Airport as Co-Owner/FAA Accountable Manager.
  • Force Aviation at Dallas Executive Airport as Co-Owner/FAA Accountable Manager

Dennis is an Instrument Rated Pilot with 1500+ hours in various Single Engine Airframes.  He holds a Repair Station Repairmen’s Certificate.  He has attended various Airframe Factory Training schools including the Citation, Beechjet and Starship Avionics as well as numerous OED Factory Training including Collins, Honeywell, Garmin, STEC, Aspen to name a few.

He has owned and/or operated businesses that included Maintenance and Avionics Repair & Installation on General Aviation Airframe to include Midsize Business Jets by nearly all aviation manufacturers, FBO Operations, Flight School Operations, Hangar Leasing and Aircraft Sales.

Through his 28-year career he has served the Aviation community on numerous boards/committees including Redbird Aviation Business Alliance (RABA), Dallas Executive Airport Master Planning Committee, Bendix/King Dealer Council and Garmin Dealer Council.  He is a member of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) and Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA)

Mr. Sorber is married to Chrissy Sorber and they have 6 children/step children and 3 Grand Children.  In his off time, he enjoys Golf, Boating, Scuba Diving and Flying the company Bonanza when time allows.

Vice President - Aviation Support/Safety

Lloyd J Timmons II

Lloyd began his aviation journey at an early age, as a junior in high school he was taking FAA Approved Airframe courses at Gordon Cooper Vo-tech as part of his high school curriculum. After graduating 2nd in his class, Lloyd received his Airframe License and started his aviation career at Calvin Taff Electronics at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. Lloyd continued his education a year later by attending Spartan School of Aviation in Tulsa Oklahoma where he received his Powerplant certification. 

He returned to Calvin Taff Electronics and worked another 5 yrs there before relocating Grand Rapids, Michigan. While in Michigan Lloyd honed his skills working for Mayday Avionics at Gerald R Ford International Airport. 2 1/2 Yrs later, in 1998, he moved to Dallas and began working for Dennis Sorber at Southwest Avionics at Redbird Airport. 

He earned his Inspection Authorization while at Dallas Aircraft Services. Lloyd was there while Southwest Avionics evolved into Dallas Aircraft Services and Redbird changed to Dallas Executive Airport. Eventually Lloyd became a partner with Dennis Sorber and Avionics 1st was born from Dallas Aircraft Services in 2009. Lloyd and Dennis joined forces with Nathan Word in 2019 to expand into the rotorcraft market and then merged with Chad Shaver at Dallas Executive Aircraft Maintenance in 2020 to form Force Aviation where he is currently the VP of Aviation Support/Safety. 

When he’s not at the shop or with his big family, LLoyd enjoys scuba diving, riding motorcycles and woodworking.

Lloyd is an FAA A&P Mechanic with Inspection Authorization Privileges: 

  • The 2017 Southwest Region Aviation Mechanic of the Year,
  • The 2018 Central Time Zone Aviation Mechanic of the Year,
  • He is an FAA Private Pilot with Instrument rating,
  • He has NCATT AET Technician certification
  • A lifetime member of MENSA
Vice President - Operations

Nathan Word

The Marine Corps is where Nathan found his aeronautical passion as an Avionics Technician. He used that experience to transition into a position with Boeing Aerospace supporting the CH-46 and V-22 in Iraq. After Nathan moved back to the DFW area he took a position at Uniflight as an Avionics Technician and was promoted to the Director of Completions and Avionics Manager. While at Uniflight he helped build the Completions Department. 

He then accepted the challenge of Developing a Rotorcraft Completions program for Air Medical Resource Group as well as adding high level Avionics support to the Air Medical Operator. While at AMRG Nathan was able to establish a successful Completions Center and be promoted to the Vice President of Maintenance for the Salt Lake City based company. Once AMRG was purchased by the Dallas based AMGH now Global Medical Response, Nathan was once again promoted to Vice President of Aviation Operations for the newly formed company Guardian Flight. While holding this position he was responsible for both the Maintenance and Flight Department including Supply Chain. After working in the Air Medical Industry Nathan moved back to Dallas and pursued an opportunity to join the Force Aviation ownership team.  Nathan is known for being an avid sports fan and traveling every chance he gets with his Wife (Ramie) and two Daughters (Courtney and Avery).

Vice President - Maintenance

Chad Shaver

Like the rest of our family, Chad caught the aviation bug early on, but his curiosity was focused on mechanics and engineering. From a young age, he and his brother were working heavily on all sorts of machinery from motorcycles to cars and everything in between. After four years in the aircraft maintenance program at Skyline Highschool, Chad went on to attend airframe and powerplant school at Tarrant County College and acquired his FAA Inspection Authorization in 2010. 

After graduating, Chad went to work on obtaining type-specific training at FlightSafety International on several different aircraft including King Air and Hawker. But rather than work for someone else, Chad and his wife decided to take the plunge and create Dallas Executive Aircraft Service, where they would build a thriving repair business that would ultimately merge with Avionics First and become Force Aviation. Chad’s insatiable work ethic, attention to detail and honesty have earned him tremendous respect throughout the industry.

CHIEF INSPECTOR

ROBERT MCCARTHY

Robert McCarthy was hooked on aeronautics from a very young age, following his father, a 30-year FAA Inspector, into aviation. He vividly remembers taking trips with his dad to work at Braniff Airlines as a child.

Mr. McCarthy launched his aviation maintenance career in 1987 working as a structure repair and hydraulic tech at Electro Space Systems. After nine years, he received A&P in 1998 and started working for Delta Airlines as an A&P Mechanic until they closed the DFW station in 2005. From Delta Robert worked my way into the quality and inspections department at several companies, starting as a floor inspector and then up to chief inspector/Quality Manager positions. 

With a passion for Texas, McCarthy focused most of his career in the Dallas Fort Worth area, with 10 years at Associated Air Center at Love Field, a part 145 repair station. Robert joined Force after serving as  Cirrus Aircraft’s Chief Inspector, where he  helped establish Cirrus’s first factory service center. Robert’s intimate knowledge of the Cirrus type and a plethora of piston and jet airframes makes him a valuable asset to Force and to our customers. 

Robert is married with five children, with one still at home. He enjoys working on and flying his Cherokee 160 as well as spending time in the Colorado mountains. Robert is an A&P, IA, and private pilot