Interview with Patrick Carter of NFlight Technologies

in Blog, Entrepreneurial, Jobs in Aviation

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108-IMG_0642What do you do for a living?

I’m the President and owner of NFlight Technologies.

How would you describe what your company does?  

We design, manufacturer, and sell camera systems and accessories for aircraft.

What is unique about what your company does? 

We are the only company that currently does what we do in our niche market.

What does your work at NFlight entail?

Everything from cleaning the bathroom to meeting with congressman about legislation that will impact our industry.

How did your company get started?  

Flying has always been my passion.  In an attempt to share my passion I started developing camera systems and realized there was a market for them.  My “dream” job with a fortune 500 company was at threat because of the economic downturn so it made sense to start my own business.

What do you like about owning/being part of a startup?  

I see the direct results of my work everyday, company does well I do well, company does bad I feel that too.

What do you dislike?  

Being a small company I have to do a lot of things that are outside of my skill set and interest, like accounting.  Its necessary but I have to force myself to do it.

How does your company make money?  

We make things and sell them for a profit.

What are your company gross revenues?

<$1,000,000

How have you funded the company?  

I started the company with a $500 investment, from there I borrowed small amounts of money from family and friends and maxed out a few credit cards.

Is there any specific education you received or skills you have that have helped you?  

My background as a pilot is key to my role in the company.

What is the most challenging thing facing your company? 

Financing the changes needed to remain competitive.

What is your opinion on the startup community and the business climate in NWA?  

The NWA startup community is the best in the world.  I have worked with start-ups in California and Washington state and Arkansas is by far the most supportive state.

What advice would you offer someone considering starting a business?  

Go do it.

How much time off do you get/take?  

I believe life is work, I’m working all the time but it’s what I want to do.  I don’t count my time off.  The argument can be made that I work 80 hrs a week or that I work 4 depends on how you look at it.

What is a common misconception people have about what you or your company do?  

That its all glamour and adventure, there is a lot of work in any business.

What are your goals/dreams for the future?  

To be a source manufacturer of all of our products and lead the industry in innovation.

What else would you like people to know about NFlight?  

We are embedded in our industry and try to give back as much as possible to the aviation and start up community.

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