Franz Ravelo

Tech Advisor

Mr. Franz Ravelo serves as NAVAIR’s Fleet/Force Advisor to the Pacific Fleet (PACFLT). His duties include addressing emerging operational requirements, coordinating non-standard acquisition programs, facilitating fleet exercises and experiments, and promoting communication between the warfighter and the NAVAIR Enterprise. Prior to that he was the Deputy Science Advisor for the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Command (MARFORPAC) at Camp HM Smith in Oahu, HI, from 2014 to 2016. As the Deputy Science Advisor, he was part of the MARFORPAC Commanding General's Special Staff dealing with all matters regarding S&T. That included using S&T as a Theater Security Cooperation mechanism, advocating for operational force capability gaps, and coordinating experimentation efforts to demonstrate and assess new systems for the warfighter. From 2004 to 2014 Mr. Ravelo worked as a Flight Test Engineer at the US Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA. There he was the lead Developmental Mission Systems Engineer planning, executing, and reporting on a variety of programs ranging from performance and flying qualities to parachute flight tests. Mr. Ravelo served for eight years in the US Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate. He performed Organizational-level maintenance activities for the EA-6B platform with VAQ-129 and -134 and Intermediate-level maintenance for the T700 and J52 gas turbine engines. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology and Masters in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering from the California State University Northridge. He lives in Oahu, HI, with his wife and two children and is a native of Miami, FL.