Spohnheimer Consulting was founded in 2005. The consulting team is organized by Nelson
Spohnheimer, and consists of retired Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) engineers, known nationally
as the top subject matter experts in their respective fields. These include the primary disciplines of
navigation, radar/surveillance, communications and spectrum management, and power distribution.
Mr. Spohnheimer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State
University. He has over 40 years of experience in circuit, system and installation design, facility siting,
alignment, flight inspection, maintenance and testing, and operational application of navigation and
More than thirty of those years were with the FAA. From 1995 to 2005, he was the FAA's National
Resource Engineer for Navigation. In that position he supplied engineering support to national and all
regional FAA offices on a wide variety of technical issues. Mr. Spohnheimer also served as the FAA
Member on several study and work groups of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Navigation Systems Panel. Throughout his FAA career, he also supported National Transportation
Safety Board, FAA, and Department of Justice attorneys and investigators on a variety of civil lawsuits
related to aviation and navigation.
Mr. Spohnheimer has published and presented numerous technical papers in the United States, Europe,
and South America. He continues to present numerous seminars and workshops on navigation aids and
air-ground communications engineering principles to technician and engineer audiences for the FAA, the
U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Army.