About

Stuart Witt , founder and sole proprietor of S.O. Witt & Associates, Ridgecrest, CA

Stuart O. Witt is founder and owner of S.O. Witt & Associates LLC consulting, established in January 2016.

Stuart is a 42 year veteran of the aerospace industry and continues to be a forward-leaning force for aviation and commercial space.

He was born and raised on Scodie Ranch in Onyx and attended school K12 in Isabella, graduating in 1970. He is a 1974 graduate of California State University Northridge, Naval Aviation Schools Command 1976, Naval Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) 1980, and 1996 Graduate of the University of Maryland’s Center for Creative Leadership.

His military career took him to sea on USS JFK as a carrier based F-14 Tomcat pilot, and as an FA-18A project pilot at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California. Between 1985 and 1993 he served as an Engineering Test Pilot on the B-1B, F-16C and F-23 with Westinghouse Electric Corp. From 1993-2002 he served as Executive Vice President of CTA Inc., where he directed engineering projects from Lower Manhattan to Oahu.

From 2002 until January 2016, he directed the expansion efforts at Mojave Air & Space Port as General Manager and CEO. In 2004 Mojave was designated the nation’s first inland spaceport, and played host to the world as Scaled Composites won the $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE, giving birth to the commercial manned spaceflight industry.

Stuart is Chairman Emeritus of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, where he was a founding executive member. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Kern Community College Board of Trustees. 

Stuart is credited with crafting and seeing through to Governor Brown’s signature new Space Flight Participant Liability reform in California known as AB2243.

Stuart is married to the former Susan Etoch and resides in Ridgecrest, California. They have three grown sons.