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Sky Harbor Superintendent Named to Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40

by Public Relations | Published On: Nov 15, 2016 | Last Updated: 
National magazine lists Tyler Maheu as an aviation industry leader to watch

PHOENIX – Airport Business magazine recognizes 40 outstanding individuals under 40 years of age from the aviation industry each year, and in 2016 one of those young professionals can be found at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Tyler MaheuTyler Maheu, Ground Transportation Superintendent, is one of the 40 people nationwide named to the 2016 list recognizing younger industry professionals. Maheu, 29, was nominated by Assistant Aviation Director Chad Makovsky.

“Tyler has accomplished much in the aviation field in such a short time,” Makovsky said. “With his drive and initiative apparent so early in his career, I expect him to leave an indelible mark on this industry.”

The Airport Business listing recognizes individuals who work in the airport and fixed-base operator (FBO) industry and have made an impact in the aviation field. Rising stars who are 39 years old or younger on Nov. 1, 2016, were eligible to be nominated to the magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 listing.

Maheu started working for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department in 2014 as an intern performing research and developing special projects in several departmental divisions. The Aviation Department’s internship program provides real-world experience in operating and maintaining one of the busiest airports in the world while offering extensive training and valuable aviation industry experience.

He was hired as a staff member in March 2015 and was promoted to Ground Transportation Superintendent May 2016. As superintendent, he oversees all commercial ground transportation activities, including permitting, contracting and operations of more than 650 permitted operators. He also managed the modernization of the Airport’s ground transportation policy, which created a more equitable fee system and provided an approved structure to support shared-ride services like Uber and Lyft.

Maheu has worked in the aviation industry since 2009 when he interned for Alaska Airlines in Seattle managing its flight management system database. Following graduation in 2010 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., he held work positions with duties calling on him to ensure flight safety for U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aircraft, recruit technical aviation and IT employees, and supervise up to 125 civilian role-players during National Guard training exercises.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Maheu also holds a master’s degree from Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. He is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives, a Legislative Subcommittee member of the Arizona Airports Association (AzAA), and a member of the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SWAAAE).


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of nearly $29 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.