Find out a little bit about our incredible team, and what drives us toward excellence!
Ethan Crane has been involved in aviation most of his life and is a graduate of Messiah University located in Mechanicsburg, PA where he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical engineering. Ethan has achieved his Commercial Instrument Single-Engine and Multi-Engine fixed wing ratings, as well as his Commercial Helicopter rating which he utilizes for helicopter rides, tours, and charter operations. Ethan is committed to his Faith, and has accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. The goal and mission for his life and for Abella Aviation is to point others to the Lord through high quality products and services, operational excellence and professionalism, and a dedicated life of service for Jesus. Ethan hopes to give back and support the aviation industry, as well as our local community, while providing others with mentorship, education, and opportunity.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Zach graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lancaster Bible College with a double major, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. He is an inductee into Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration. He has owned and operated a landscaping business for 5 years and is thrilled to be working in the aviation industry. He enjoys baseball, hiking, fishing, travel, history, serving as a percussionist on his church’s worship team.
Director of Helicopter Flight Operations
My flying career started right here at the Lancaster Airport instructing in Bell 47s. I have had the opportunity to fly a wide range of aircraft and operations, including offshore oil rig flying in the Gulf of Mexico, tours to glaciers in Alaska, news gathering, and medevac. Having expanded my aviation experience into airplanes, I now have the opportunity to fly jets and helicopters in professional settings for several different companies. Bringing this expertise back into the training environment is my goal as an instructor and pilot.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Ken has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. He has experience in multiple industries including Government/Defense, Retail, Finance, Logistics and Healthcare. In addition to his experience in the IT industry, Ken has been a pilot for 20 years and holds a private pilot license with instrument rating.
Chief Instructor Pilot
At age 17 I began my adventure of becoming a pilot here in Lancaster flying a Bell 47. I obtained my private pilot license in helicopter and airplanes and then moved to Texas for university. Five years later I was back in PA, with a husband and two small children in tow. I have since expanded my career to included jets, which I fly as my full time job. I started this company to provide quality instruction and piloting services. I am passionate about giving others the opportunity to achieve their goals in aviation, whether that's a discovery flight or becoming a full-time pilot!
I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania, and have many memories of visiting airports and occasionally flying with friends and family. I began flight training in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the challenges and new experiences that aviation has brought into my life. Over the years I have become particularly fascinated with the critical roles that helicopters bring to those in need. Being a flight instructor has allowed me to a part of something very special, and I’m proud to watch my students knowledge, confidence, and experience culminate in realizing their dreams of becoming a pilot.
Director of Maintenance
Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic
Austin Graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in Hagerstown, MD with A&P Mechanic Certification. Austin enjoy fixing airplanes and keeping my hands busy with woodworking projects at home. Austin also spend lots of time fishing/hunting and serving at his church playing drums on the worship team.