August 22, 2019

Yingling Aviation Positions for Future With Elevation of Andrew Nichols to President and Expanded Roles for Short and Williams

“A logical next step in our generational succession plan”

Wichita, KSLynn Nichols, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingling Aviation, has announced the elevation of his son Andrew Nichols, the firm’s current Chief Financial Officer, to the position of President.   The move is the ‘logical next step’ in our generational succession plan, designed to provide a smooth transition for the company and position it for continued success,” Nichols said.  

“Lonnie Vaughan, who has served admirably as Yingling’s president for the past seven years, will effectively ‘swap’ positions with Andrew, returning to the post he held prior to being named president in 2012,” the senior Nichols explained. “Lonnie and I both recognize that we are not getting any younger, so we have been grooming Andrew over the last few years to eventually take over the family’s business.  The timing of this move gives me the opportunity to work with Andrew more closely before I eventually retire.  Lonnie has also been a part of this plan over these years and I greatly appreciate his loyalty and perspective.  He understands the importance of this transition.”

A licensed private pilot, Andrew Nichols is a graduate of both Kansas State University and Wichita State with degrees in Finance and Business Management.  His familiarity with the diverse operations of Yingling Aviation began early, since he worked in a variety of roles for the firm while in high school and college.  He came to Yingling on a full-time basis in 2010 after serving in the finance department of Cessna Aircraft Company following graduation from KSU. 

Lynn Nichols also announced expanded roles for Chris Short, Director of Maintenance and Rebecca Williams, Director of Parts.  Short’s responsibilities will now include oversight of aircraft maintenance, avionics,

interiors and aircraft paint services.  Williams’ position has been broadened  to include management of propeller sales, repair and overhaul services.

“We are currently in the process of implementing the largest facilities, services and worker expansion in the company’s history,” Nichols noted. “We’re doing so with a great deal of confidence that everything we are doing is aligning us for continued growth in 2020 and beyond,” says Nichols.

About Yingling

Yingling Aviation was founded in 1946 and named Cessna’s first authorized Cessna facility.  Both a FAA/EASA Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul service facility (MRO), and Fixed Base Operator (FBO), Yingling is located at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita.  Yingling Aviation is an authorized service center for Cessna, Beechcraft, Garmin, Collins, Bendix-King, Pratt & Whitney, McCauley, Hartzell, MT, Sensenich and Phillips 66 products.  With over 200,000 square feet of facilities, the company’s services include piston, turbo-prop and turbine aircraft maintenance, special-mission modifications, avionics, interiors, parts, and aircraft paint services.  

High Resolution Photos of Lynn Nichols, Andrew Nichols, Lonnie Vaughan, Rebecca Williams and Chris Short can be accessed by calling 316-641-6766 or e-mailing