Iowa DOT Office of Aviation800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
VACANT, directorPh: 515-239-1659
This position serves as the director of the Office of Aviation for the Iowa DOT, with oversight of aviation programs, initiatives and staff to meet the overall mission of the office. The director acts as the primary liaison to various governmental agencies and aviation associations as well as local, state, and federal decision-makers. The position also serves as the director of the Office of Public Transit.
Tim McClung, planning and outreach managerPh: 515-239-1689
Tim McClung manages communications, educational programming, aircraft registration, and air service development programs for the Office of Aviation. He is also involved in conducting research, studies, and legislative analysis on aviation issues impacting aviation in Iowa. Tim serves as the department’s liaison to aviation user groups and associations to identify and address aviation issues that are specific to Iowa.
McClung is a commercial pilot with prior experience in airport management, flight instruction, and fixed base operations. He joined the Office of Aviation in 2003 and is a graduate of the University of Iowa.
Shane Wright, program managerPh: 515-239-1048
Shane Wright is the aviation program manager for the Office of Aviation. Shane’s primary responsibilities include managing the State Aviation Program and coordinating the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program in Iowa. He also works with airspace issues, incompatible land use involving airports, and the aviation system planning process.
Prior to joining the Iowa DOT in 2015, Wright was the assistant airport director of the Manhattan Regional Airport in Kansas for 5 ½ years, where he also earned his A.A.A.E. Certified Member designation. He graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2007 with Bachelor of Science degrees in aviation management and flight operations, including a commercial pilots license with multi-engine/instrument ratings. He later earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with an emphasis in management and marketing.
Mike Marr, airport inspectorPh: 515-239-1468
Mike Marr's responsibilities include inspecting general aviation airports to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements, managing the statewide system of automated weather observation stations, pavement condition reports, runway marking programs, airport directories, and aviation charts. He also administers the facility and equipment program for airport emergency needs.
Marr is a licensed pilot and a graduate of Iowa State University. He began with the Iowa DOT working in the Materials Lab in 1998 and joined the Office of Aviation in 2002.
Brian Kuennen, program specialistPh: 515-239-1697
Brian Kuennen provides program support for the Office of Aviation and aviation stakeholders in Iowa. Primary responsibilities include working with the aircraft registration program, where he provides customer service, compliance oversight, and technical support. Brian maintains multiple aviation databases necessary for tracking uses and trends in Iowa’s aviation system. He also provides programming assistance for state and federal aviation programs, and coordination of aviation conferences, meetings, and events.
Kuennen is a licensed commercial helicopter pilot in the Iowa Army National Guard. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and was in teaching prior to joining the Office of Aviation in 2016.