Tracy Stapleton joined the team at Ace Aeronautics, LLC in August of 2018 as the Vice President of Business Development and Experimental Test Pilot. Tracy came to Ace from FLIR Systems, Inc. where he served as the Director of Army Aviation Business Development for the Government and Defense Business Sector from February 2015 until July 2018. He represented FLIR in the Huntsville, AL office and supported PEO AVN, USSOCOM, USASOC, TAPO and NSRW.
Tracy retired from the U.S. Army in December of 2014. He retired in the grade of Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) as a Master Aviator and Experimental Test Pilot with over 14 years of service with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Tracy served multiple tours of duty as an Assault and Attack Helicopter Pilot in Command in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His final active duty assignment was the Regimental Test and Evaluation Officer and Experimental Test Pilot for the 160th SOAR (A).
Tracy is a 1991 graduate of the University of Virginia, Wise. In 2016, he completed an Executive Education program in Leadership and Innovation at Babson College. Tracy’s Military Education included the Warrant Officer Senior Staff School, Warrant Officer Staff School, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 135, Warrant Officer Aviation Advanced School, Aviation Officer Basic School, the U.S. ARMY Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape School (High Risk).