About Us

Our company began by developing a patented digital voice checklist system that allowed pilots to fly “heads up” and look out of the cockpit.  Since 1985, we have enlisted our collective expertise, creativity and technology to bring innovation to the aircraft, its pilots and trusting passengers.

We dream about carrying on the tradition we learned in the development of our first product:  flying heads up - looking forward and outward - to explore new and better ways of providing aviation solutions.

 

Learn more about our company.

Leadership

Renée Rump
CEO

As CEO Renée brings diverse multi-industry expertise in leading the vision and strategic direction of the company, and maximizing efficiency while controlling costs, leveraging data to drive intelligent business decisions, and building high-performance operations based on a culture of teamwork. 

Renée holds a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from Purdue University and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Utah.  Renée has over 10+ years experience working as a CFO, and over 23 years experience in financial systems. Prior to joining Heads Up, Renée was CEO & CFO of Circuitronics, an electrical manufacturing firm, for 4 years, and CFO of two additional companies.  She also worked for the International Olympic Committee for 9 years in Finance Systems and Operations, and was a volunteer for the Special Olympics for 4 years. 

 

Renée is the wife of a retired Air Force Officer. She has moved over 19 times, lived in 13 different states and a foreign country, and now currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Scott brings over 20 years of aviation-specific experience in developing product road maps, forming and managing strategic OEM customer relationships, developing sales and promotional strategies, to drive revenue growth in highly successful companies.  Scott collaborates with the other senior leaders to promote an empowered and innovative organizational culture. 

Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Marion University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  He was formerly Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Aerosonic Corporation based in Clearwater, Florida.  Prior to Aerosonic, he was Market Development Director for Inmarsat, a global leader in satellite connectivity. Scott began his aviation sales and marketing career with EMTEQ, Inc., which was ultimately acquired by BE Aerospace.

Scott is married and the father of 2 children.  He enjoys baseball and getting outside to exercise.

Scott Sweet

VP of Sales & Marketing

Bob Higgins
VP of Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Bob is responsible for manufacturing, materials handling, procurement facilities, and equipment.  His main goal is to satisfy our customers with on time delivery with zero defects through our data driven process improvement.

 

Prior to joining Heads up, Bob was Vice President of Operations for Aerosonic.  Prior to that, he served for over 15 years at Emerson Automation Solutions in various leadership roles through Director of Operations. 

 

Bob received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa, and his MBA with a focus on Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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As Director of Engineering, Jim’s primary responsibilities include new program development as well as engineering support for existing products, including hardware, software, and mechanical test and audit disciplines. He also manages product testing for certification and ensures product quality and reliability.

 

Jim holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and has over 25 years’ experience in research and development. He holds several patents stemming from his experience in the design of system architectures and opto-electronic/digital/analog products. 

 

Prior to joining Heads Up, Jim was Director of Hardware Development for Xtera Communications, Inc., which provides innovative Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing optical transport solutions for very high bandwidth / long-haul telecommunication solutions. He also served as lead technical engineer at E-Systems within a Special Access product development team. Jim has been married for over 30 years and has two daughters and one son.

Jim Newby
Director of Engineering

Engineering

All of Heads Up’s products are designed completely in-house, giving us an unparalleled level of control of our engineering data over the entire product life cycle.  Analog and Digital electronic design, schematic capture, PWB layout, simulation, mechanical engineering, 3D modeling, thermal analysis, software development, system engineering, industrial design, and production engineering are just some of the engineering skills you will find at Heads Up.   

Manufacturing

Our products are manufactured at our Carrollton, Texas facility, which houses our PWA assembly, automated conformal coating, wire harness assembly, CNC and laser machining centers, automated test equipment, environmental stress screening, procurement, inventory management, and production planning operations.

Testing

Our dedicated Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) capabilities ensure mature product reliability.  In-house DO160 Environmental test lab provides schedule flexibility and guaranteed performance.

Certification

All our products are compliant with RTCA DO-160, DO-178 and DO-254. Heads Up holds numerous STC’s, PMA’s and is an FAA- approved manufacturing and repair facility.

Product Support

Heads Up’s commitment to exceptional product support provides 24/7 assistance to our customers to quickly resolve installation and trouble-shooting issues. 

Prototyping

Multiple 3D printers, a captive CNC machine shop, laser machining and etching centers, and soft tooling capabilities allow rapid prototyping. 

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