Press Release

Tyson S. McDowell named Vice Chairman of Board of Directors at San Diego Air & Space Museum

McDowell joins three returning officers on the Board of Directors, including; Chairman Mark Larson, Treasurer Jeff Ackley, and Secretary James Petranoff.

McDowell resides in San Diego and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Coastal San Diego chapter.

San Diego, CA – Sept. 23, 2017 – The San Diego Air & Space Museum continues to gain traction in its mission to bring innovation to life for the next generation of leaders and STEM students alike. The Museum believes connecting high-potential up-and-comers to aerospace activities, stories, and living legends creates unique opportunities to accelerate education and inspire greatness.

In pursuit of this mission, the Museum has appointed 35-year-old software entrepreneur and aviator Tyson S. McDowell as Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors. McDowell joins three returning officers on the Board of Directors, including; Chairman Mark Larson, Treasurer Jeff Ackley, and Secretary James Petranoff.

McDowell is a multi-time technology entrepreneur and investor. He built and sold a healthcare finance software company which became Avadyne Health, and operates an incubator for web and mobile technologies that improve the human condition.

While business is McDowell’s main focus, aviation remains a core passion. He is a certified private pilot with instrument, multi-engine, helicopter, and various type ratings. Over 13 years he and a partner built and now fly a Velocity XL RG kit airplane, and operated and maintained an ex-Soviet L-39C Albatross Jet. He has logged more than 2,000 flight hours and is also an avid aerobatic pilot.

McDowell resides in San Diego and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Coastal San Diego chapter.

The other distinguished members of the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Board of Directors include; Alan Baca, Don Ceglar, Brian Cochran, Peter DeSilva, John Faron, Martin Garrick, Grayson Grove, George Gould, Steve Hamerslag, Michael Herman, Alan Johnson, Terry Johnson, Dr. Mort Jorgensen, Dr. Brian Keating, Richard Lareau, Dr. Perry Mansfield, Corky Mizer, Evelyn Ramseier, Robert Redd, Ray Rubio, Dr. Dennis Scharer, John Selby, Ivor Shier, Ev Southwick, Chuck Spielman, and Mark Yturralde.

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California’s official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Now showing: Be the Astronaut, a fun, interactive experience where you fly and spaceship, drive a rover and land on the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and an asteroid. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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