Jul 4, 2017: Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group has selected George Knobloch as vice president of maintenance and engineering, effective immediately. Knobloch will oversee maintenance and engineering operations at the airlines' six maintenance facilities and a team of more than 400 employees. Knobloch will be based in Portland, Horizon Air's maintenance and engineering hub.
"George is an outstanding leader with an excellent vision for our maintenance program. His attention to the safety of our guests and teammates will continue to be an asset in this role," said David Campbell, president and CEO of Horizon Air.
Knobloch joined Alaska Air Group in 2002 as the manager of line operations for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, Washington. Since joining the Air Group, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including director of maintenance operations and outstations, with responsibility for Alaska Airlines' staffed stations; maintenance control; technical training; and contract maintenance providers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lately he served as managing director of maintenance and engineering at Horizon Air. While in this role, Knobloch held the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required position of director of maintenance on the airline's operating certificate.
Prior to joining Alaska Air Group, he worked for U.S. Airways as a technical instructor before serving as line maintenance manager in San Diego, Los Angeles and Boston. While there, he also received several awards from the FAA in support of FAA flight standards safety programme and the FAA aviation education programme.
Knobloch retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve as a command master chief after a 30-year career serving in a leadership capacity with several aviation commands across the country and overseas. During his time with the U.S. Navy, he maintained different types of military aircraft including H3 helicopters, A4 fighters, F18 fighters, C130 and C9 cargo aircraft.