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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, our company is a nationally recognized management consulting firm specializing in quality management systems and performance improvement in aviation industry through concrete processes and the psychological underpinnings that drive progress.  Over 40 years of experience in all facets of aviation from corporate and commercial airlines including maintenance, manufaturing and warehousing.  We specialize in quality system, internal and vendor audits, quality and FAR 145 manual development for the aviation community including performance improvement in aviation maintenance also available for training, seminar and speaking engagements.

Our outstanding team has the credentials and experience to help you get to where you want to go.

Patrick J. Kinane PhD
Chairman and Founder

Dr. Patrick J. Kinane is a certificated A&P with IA and Instrument rated Commercial pilot.  He has an earned BS degree in Aircraft Maintenance Management; MS in Education; PhD in Organizational Psychology; certificated RABQSA ISO 9001 business improvement auditor, AS 9100, AS 9110, AS 9120 AEIA auditor; ASQ Certified Quality Systems Auditor and ASQ Certified Quality Systems/Organizational Excellence Manager.  He has over 40 years’ experience in aviation maintenance from mechanic to Director of Maintenance; 25 years in Employee Involvement; 20 years in Quality Systems and 10 years in employee engagement and learning organizations.  Dr. Kinane is an accomplished author with two peer reviewed papers one in online learning structure and the other on social status and job satisfaction in aviation maintenance career choice.  He has also authored a number of articles in various aviation magazines and business e-zines and authors a regular column “Just Plane Culture” in DOM magazine.  Dr. Kinane is an award winning speaker on quality systems, safety and organizational behavior.  He is a visiting professor at a national university teaching subjects on Total Quality Management; Leadership and Organizational Behavior; and Critical Thinking.

Philosophy and Mission

PlaneQA LLC is an experienced consultancy that is focused on your vision and your goals.  Finding the fit for your organization should be a comfort zone of continuous curiosity, continuous learning and continuous improvement. Our philosophy is based on the simple Chinese proverb:

"Tell me and I will forget
Show me and I will remember
Involve me and I will understand
Step back and I will act"

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