Steve Labows

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Steve Labows is aviation veteran with 28 years of both military and civilian flight experience. A native of Horsham, Pa. he is a 1988 graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Steve served 25 years in the U.S Navy, retiring as a Captain in 2013. He flew the H-46D Sea Knight, deploying in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990s. Following flight instructor duty he attended the United States Navy Test Pilot School.  During multiple test tours, he was responsible for myriad flight test programs on the H-46D/E, multiple H-60 platforms and the prototype testing of the MH-60S Sea Hawk. Following a tour as the lead Systems Engineer for the MH-60S he returned to Flight Test as the Navy’s H-60 Flight Test Director. In June 2007, he deployed to Baghdad with Multi-National Forces-Iraq, serving as Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Resources and Sustainment responsible for logistics issues in the Iraq theater of operations. His final active duty position was the Commander of the Defense Contract Management Agency Unit at the Boeing Rotorcraft facility in Philadelphia, responsible for government oversight of H-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey production.  He has accumulated over 3500 flight hours in 46 different aircraft.  Some of Mr. Labows’ personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, and 1997 Navy Test Pilot of the Year. Following his retirement from the military, Steve joined AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation in 2013.  He presently serves as an Experimental Test Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Acceptance Test Pilot and also fills the role of Flight Safety Officer. His current projects include the AW-189 Icing Trials and AW-119Kx 24K high altitude testing.