Tetzlaff named president of Enstrom Helicopter
February 14, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation of Menominee, Michigan, introduced Todd Tetzlaff as its incoming president. He returns to the company where he started his career as a college engineering student more than three decades ago. After graduating, Tetzlaff continued working with Enstrom, playing an integral role in designing the T-T strap installation, which is still used by our company today.
Tetzlaff left Enstrom to pursue other engineering positions at companies like Boeing and Raytheon (Hawker 4000). He returned to Enstrom for seven years in the early 2000s, acting as the flight test engineering manager. Tetzlaff then spent the next 15 years developing his leadership skills at Gulfstream Aerospace, most recently serving as a project certification specialist.
In discussing his return to Enstrom as President, Tetzlaff points to new owner Chuck Surack’s contagious passion for helicopters and the Enstrom brand, and he knew he wanted to be a part of that. “Chuck is committed to moving the company forward,” he said. “It is great to be back with my Enstrom family.”
Current president Matt Francour said, “I think Todd is the perfect choice to lead Enstrom into this new era. He not only brings extensive aviation knowledge and experience, but also a deep love for and history with the company.”
Francour plans to begin his retirement in late April 2023. “Matt has mentored me ever since I first arrived at Enstrom,” Tetzlaff said. “His guidance has been invaluable as I prepare to take the lead, and I am forever grateful.”
Tetzlaff earned a B.S. in Aircraft Engineering Technology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is an FAA licensed pilot holding CPL-H and PPL-SEL ratings.
“Enstrom has a rich history going back more than 60 years,” Todd said. “There’s something to be said about that in this industry. Many great aircraft companies have come and gone in that time. We are still here, and we plan to be for a very long time.”