At the end of his Air Force career, Sovereign Aerospace Founder and CEO, Slim Thompson, had the vision to launch a Christian mission in the Sandhills area using his love of aviation.
After retiring in 2014, Slim with a group of other retired military pilots, an engineer, and a doctor bought their own Piper Cherokee 6 to use for Christian missions and humanitarian efforts. This included transporting Wounded Warriors home from Washington DC and to their medical appointments. Many of these military members had interest in flying, but didn't know how to take the plunge. Slim frequently kept in contact with them after their flights, and many times sent them the Ground School curriculum to read during their recovery. He could see that this could be that start of something great- a community of like-minded aviators. Since then, Sovereign Aerospace has widened their entity to include a flight school, aviation repair & maintenance, a 501(c)(3) supporting transitioning veterans, and advancing entrepreneurial start-ups. More tiers coming soon.
Sovereign Aerospace strives to provide veterans and their families with training and support once they leave the military. Our Sovereign Aerospace Director and CFO, Ken Hadaway, has a background in counseling and pastoring, SCORE mentoring history, a Finance Masters Degree, and past military experience. At our core, we want to act as a conduit in providing many of these veterans with the services and encouragement they need during the transition to civilian life.
With God's perfect timing we opened publicly in 2021. We proudly staff over 25 employees and manage 16 aircraft under out 8 subsidiaries. We are continuing to grow and find joy in solving problems along the way.