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Letter from the Editor

Hey 145 Readers! In the past there was no question you were reading 145 Magazine on your computer, phone or tablet, but that’s not the case this time. If you’re lucky enough to be at the MRO Americas trade show in Dallas, then you’re most likely holding a hard copy of this month’s issue. That’s right, this is our first hard copy ever published, just for distribution at the MRO. As always, we’re excited to share some amazing stories, and news, about people in the industry. We’ve got two start-up stories that will absolutely blow your mind, a recap of the first ever FC ICE Soccer Tournament hosted by Icelandair in Miami a few weeks ago, a CEO profile of David Baker at Atlas Aerospace, not to mention a list of the 2016 Top Shop Award winners and finalists. There’s much more of course, so how about I stop right here and let you get to the good stuff. Enjoy!


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Jackie Piper and husband Joe Ferrer (left), founders of Airway Aerospace and Javier Diaz (right).

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Specialist EXPERIENCED IN ROTARY WING REPAIRS With 30 years’ experience in component repair management for fixed wing aircraft, Airinmar has now expanded into the rotary wing market to support industries, such as search & rescue, offshore transportation and medical emergency, with our value add services and online management systems. Currently Airinmar support repairs for more than 200 helicopters including Sikorsky, AgustaWestland and Eurocopter. To contact us or for more information please visit our website. Registered office: 1 Ivanhoe Road, Hogwood Industrial Estate Finchampstead, Berkshire RG40 4QQ. Registered in London No. 3125944. ISO 9002 Approved.

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Electric Passenger Jets By: Zeke Christensen


uccessful serial entrepreneur and world class prognosticator, Elon Musk is at it again. Riding on the shoulders of SpaceX and Tesla’s success, Musk hinted the other day at trying his hand in the aviation industry. According to, during a Q&A session recently at the Hyperloop pod design competition at Texas A&M University, Musk reportedly said, “I've been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing [of an] electric jet a bit more . . . I'm quite tempted to do something about it.” Given Musk’s success with other electric projects, might we see electric passen6

electric projects, might we see electric passenger jets in the near future? Only time will tell.


y no means would Musk be the first person to attempt an electric powered aircraft. As early as 1883, Gaston Tissandier was experimenting with an electric motor on a dirigible. The Siemens electric motor produced a measly 1.5 hp, but was enough to move the airship through the skies. The following year, Charles Renard and Arthur Constantin Krebs strapped an 8.5 hp motor to a 959 lb battery to sail through the heavens, covering 5 miles in 23 minutes. 145 Magazine


t wasn’t until 1973 that the first electrically powered airplane was designed. The Militky MB-E1 was a modified Brditschka HB-3 with an 11-13 hp electric motor. The aircraft had limitations, but could manage 12 minute flights at an altitude of just over 1,200 feet with its NiCd battery.


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aybe Mr. Musk is thinking out loud, but if the past is any indicator of the future, he is more than capable of bringing an idea, like an electrically powered passenger plane, to life.


urrently there are several other entities working on an electrically powered aircraft. In 2014, Airbus released a two-passenger E-fan aircraft with a timeline to progress to commercial regional flights in the near future. NASA is in the prototype stages for a 10 engine plane that can take-off and land vertically, called Greased Lightning, or GL-10. NASA hopes the GL-10 can be scaled up to become a one to four man personal aircraft.

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Wild at Art When you work in an industry that is very “hands on”, you naturally attract people who are good at working with their hands. This holds true for the aviation repair industry as well. We recently spoke with Tom Wieser, the Director of Operations at Seginus Inc., to talk about his talent as an artist.

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How did you discover your talent for art?

I’ve always loved to paint and draw as far back as I can remember. When I was in third grade (about 8 years old) I remember drawing this very elaborate drawing of monsters in a dungeon. In 1970, a local Chicago area television network aired “Creature Features”, a horror movie program that ran on Saturday nights. I was allowed to stay up late and watch these classic Black and Whites movies which featured the likes of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, Count Dracula, etc. I couldn’t get enough of these old movies and loved to draw the characters.

Q: Who helped nurture your talent? A: During summer breaks from school my moth-

er would send my brother and I to Nürnberg, Germany where my grandparents lived. My grandfather was an artist and architect in Germany, and loved to paint buildings and landscapes. Nürnberg, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. He loved to paint the old castle and old structures within the old city walls. My grandfather took me to art museums, which helped me fine tune my artistic skills. However, for the most part I was selftaught, emulating artists and techniques I liked.

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Q: How much time do you devote to art these days? A: I would say I spend 5 – 10 hours per week

drawing and painting. Sometimes life gets in the way though; with work, business travel, homework and raising two small children (Henry 11 and Mimi 9). They keep me quite busy. And sometimes I’m just not that inspired so I don’t force it. Inspiration always seems to come to me in waves.

Q: How has your talent helped you with your job? A: It has helped me to be creative in my thinking

and not to take things too seriously. Also, when I travel on business I always look at my surroundings and take pictures of things that interest me. I also look for things that are unusual or inspiring, wherever I can find it. It’s not just when I travel that I find my inspiration, I also find things that interest me close by where I live, when I’m out and about on weekends running errands, or taking my dog for a walk.

Q: Has anything humorous ever happen to you on an art project?


When I was in college I took art classes all four years. More than anything, I needed an artistic outlet because I was an International Business and Economics major, which can get a little dry, so I also enrolled in art and art history classes. Among other art genres, this is when my interest in nudes developed. Go figure a university kid interested in nudes, who knew? I painted one very colorful nude which I cleverly named “Shapes”. This painting (along with a few others submitted) was for an exhibition in the school library. What makes this funny is that I went to a conservative Catholic School, Benedictine University. Let’s just say it made for some interesting conversations with the priests.

Q: Is there any original Tom Wieser art available for purchase? A: Sure, there can be.

Q: Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring artists? A: Stay with it. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and express yourself from the heart.


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In highlighting more people with amazing talents, we asked Gene Ford, the Director of Operations at Global Aviation Resources (GAR-MRO Services) in Des Moines, Iowa, to share his story about how he became a prolific woodworker in his spare time.


ome people enjoy sports, and some people enjoy reading a good book, but I have always enjoyed working with different types of wood. It all really started a few years back after a tough battle with cancer. I had a lot of free time on my hands and in order to break up the monotony I started reading a DIY (do it yourself) book on carving wood figures. I thought, “I can do that.” After finding a 2” x 6” scrap piece of pine wood, I set to work. After a few hours of cutting and shaping with a sharp chisel I was pleasantly surprised to see that something artistic was coming to life. It started as a piece of wood, but after all this work I now had

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Woodworker a set of horse head bookends. I had always liked to fix things, and this success was just the fuel I needed to push myself to do more. Over the past few years I have had the enjoyable opportunity to create many projects for friends and family; each project coming with an interesting story. Really, my passion for woodworking began at an early age as I watched my parents renovate one of their first homes. They were always working, whether it was widening a staircase, replacing doors and windows, or stripping off multiple layers of paint from the woodwork. This work was happening all the time around me, 145 Magazine

and I was constantly immersed in home improvement projects. I really don’t feel like my ability to work with wood came from any innate talent I was born with. In my eyes, I believe that experience is the best teacher. As I work on any project I learn new methods, techniques, and a whole bunch of mistakes never to make again. Working with wood will definitely help develop patience in anyone.

Bet you didn’t know work, pleasure, and family is to involve my family members in my projects. They seem to enjoy working on these projects, and I know that there is definitely an internal satisfaction that comes from seeing a project through to completion. It’s nice for my family and friends to see what amazing things you can make with something as common as wood. From making live edge benches and desks, to restoring an antique trunk for a dear friend, to helping a co-worker with their project, I always smile inside when someone asks, “Hey Gene would you be able to help so and so?”

In the end, I do woodwork because I love the process and the finished product. It’s a journey. It’s amazing to take a piece of wood and transform it into to something beautiful or functional, or both. I’m always open for commissions if people have projects they would like done, as long as I have time. My advice to aspiring woodworkers is: Keep trying new projects, do research on projects or techniques that interest you, begin a tool collection, and learn to be patient. Every one of us has talent!

My likes, dislikes, and inspiration have changed over the years. I really love working with harder woods like Oak or Hackberry as they are very stable and have similar strength and weight. Lately I’ve been honing my technique by working with non-mechanical fasteners and different ways to join wood. Some of these techniques can yield very beautiful results. I love to watch master craftsmen like Norm (Abram) or Tommy (Silva) on “This Old House.” It seems like I’m always learn new techniques from them. It’s interesting to me that some of the techniques people are trying to master today were common practice 100 years ago. There’s no question that we can learn a lot from the ancient masters. Since I work full-time and have a hobby on the side I have found that the best way for me to mix 145 Magazine


Aviation Trivia

Name that Airport WHAT AIRPORT: 1. Started as a United States military airstrip in 1942? 2. Is the site where the world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov An-255 landed in 1995 with relief supplies after Hurricane Luis? 3. Did the Concorde frequently fly into before the airport’s runway was extended to its current length of 2,300 meters (7,546 feet)? 4. Handles close to 2 million passenger and 60,000-70,000 aircraft annually? 5. Did the History Channel rank as the 4th most dangerous airport in the world, on their program Most Extreme Airports?

Answer – Princess Juliana International Airport, Saint Maarten

There might not be an airport in the world that offers a more exciting landing for both passengers and spectators as that of Princess Juliana International Airport (also known as Saint Maarten International Airport) on the Caribbean island of Saint Maartin. Located on the Dutch side of the island, Princess Juliana Airport is famous the world over for airplane landings on Runway 10, which requires a very low altitude flyover landing. Because of this low altitude flyover, planes approach the runway at a height of less than 100 feet above the beach at the head of the runway. The airport was named after Princess Juliana of the Netherlands, who as a crown princess landed there in 1944, one year after the airport opened. The airport has gone through a series of upgrades over the past 70 years, with the most recent phase completed in 2006. Maho Beach, however, is what makes this airport world famous. The beach sits at the beginning of Runway 10 and is a tourist destination for people wanting to see a large commercial jets, like A320s, A330s, B757s and B747s pass less than 100 feet overhead. In spite of the extreme nature of this airport, and the excitement it provides for millions of tourists annually, the airport has a good track record for safety. Bystanders on the ground, however, are warned against getting to close to jet blasts from departing planes due to potential physical harm caused by flying debris. All in all, this airport is definitely one to add to your bucket list if you’re into visiting extreme airports.

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Keeping Customers Flying 5. Who’s one of your favorite people in the industry, and why? My grandfather Elwood. He worked in the aviation industry for many years as an engineer for McDonnell Douglas. As a kid, I remember him telling me stories about new design developments for commercial and military aircraft. Elwood is 94 years young, and is to this day still as excited about aviation as he was all those years ago. 6. Worst job you ever had? As a kid, I lived in a small town in Idaho. Like most small towns, there weren’t a lot of jobs for a 13-year-old looking to make a buck. One day I noticed a farmer loading hay bales onto a flat-bed. After a short interview, which consisted of throwing a bale of hay five feet up into a truck, I was hired. It was hard, heavy, dirty work in 90 degree temperatures, but it taught me the value of hard work.

David Baker Atlas Aerospace, Miami 1. What’s the best advice someone has ever given you? Someone once told me that the best surprise, is no surprise. In business, those are words to live by. 2. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited? I would have to put the Amalfi coast at the top of my list. Many years ago I was doing business in Italy, and during one of my visits, I was fortunate enough to be shown around the region by a local. To this day, it’s still one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I would recommend it to anyone. 3. Most exotic form of transportation you’ve ever taken? Hands down a motorized rickshaw through the streets of Bangkok. You don’t get much more exotic than that! Bangkok is a beautiful city with a wonderful culture. 4. Number of countries you’ve visited? Traveling is certainly one of my passions, and I’ve visited 45 countries so far. I have been fortunate to visit many wonderful places and cultures around the world. Traveling is just one of the many benefits of being a part of the aviation community.


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7. Favorite hobby? Hands down…fly fishing. It’s peaceful, relaxing and requires a certain level of focus. I love fishing just as much today as I did when I was a little kid, and I enjoy teaching my two boys as my grandfather taught me. 8. Coolest Life moment? Without question, seeing my children born. It was certainly a life changing moment. Those of you with children, know what I mean. I have two boys, Marshall 15 and Greyson 5 and a wonderful wife Audrey of 16 years. Life is good! 9. What do you enjoy most about your job? That’s easy. Working closely with my team. Atlas Aerospace is a very special company. Like a family. It’s full of unique and talented individuals who are passionate about what we do. I love every minute of it! 10. What makes Atlas Aerospace different? Like any other company, Atlas has its challenges. I think what makes us different is that we have a clear vision of where we are going. We have a strategy that works and a fantastic team of individuals who are committed to executing that strategy. It’s a winning combination.

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Start Up Stories Two stories that will blow your mind!


hen you work for someone else you don’t always know what goes on behind the scenes to keep a business up-and-running, especially during the first few years. You may see all the money a company is making and think “Wow, the owners of this business are so lucky”. But luck rarely has anything to do with a business’s success. You may never know the sacrifices owners made before opening their doors for business, or the sacrifices made just to meet payroll, or the many sleepless nights owners have had (or may still be having) trying to figure out the best way to resolve a problem that will have a direct impact on the company’s employees and its future. The following two startup stories are great examples of perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. If you want to see what it’s really like to be a business owner, continue reading.

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When you start a business, it’s a given that there will be a lot of ups and downs in the beginning. For Justin Spaulding, president of OneAero MRO and founder of 145 Magazine, there were a lot more downs than ups during his first three years in business. The staff at 145 Magazine, and several customers of OneAero MRO that are familiar with his story, have been bugging him for a long time to put his story in the magazine. After much pleading and prodding he finally agreed to publish it. Get ready for a real page turner!

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n October 15, 1999, I quit my job of seven years with an aircraft parts supplier in Irvine, California, and began a new chapter in my life as a business owner. At the time I quit working for my employer I was thirty-three years old, married, with four children all under the age of twelve and a home in Costa Mesa, California. In order to finance the business I took out a second mortgage on my house for $75,000. I will never forget just after we had finished signing all the mortgage documents, my wife turned to me and said “Okay Hun, here we go!” What a sweet vote of confidence from my wife! Then she continued: “Just do me a favor and don’t bury us financially.” A few days later, a friend of mine took me out for lunch to celebrate my decision to strike-out on my own. While having lunch he handed me a book that talked about the course “most” businesses follow during their first few years in business. It mentioned things


like draining your personal savings, liquidating all of your investments, maxing-out multiple credit cards, taking out a second mortgage on your home, borrowing money from friends, family, acquaintances, etc., all in the name of maintaining cash flow. I had no idea at the time just how prophetic this book would be. Between my wife’s comment the day before, and the information contained in the book that my friend had given me, I was a little apprehensive. I was grateful my friend had given me the book so I could be sure not to make the same mistakes most new businesses owners make. I was certain I would never be so stupid as to sacrifice everything financially just to start a business. Besides, if things got really tough, I could just quit and go back to work for someone else. But that wasn’t going to happen, I was committed to making the business work no matter what. Besides, I was smarter and more experienced than the “typical” business man. Talk about a cocky, inexperienced moron!

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Start up stories Smooth Sailing In my zeal to start the business I immediately went out and made my first business mistake, I signed a 3 year lease for a small three room office with a warehouse about five miles from where I lived. The plan was to have two employees, including myself, brokering aircraft spare parts everyday and when we had the opportunity to purchase spare parts, we would place the inventory in the warehouse. My largest airline customer of seven years, Japan Air System, agreed to continue purchasing spare parts from me, so I was confident I could EASILY support the office, and three employees if necessary, on just my sales alone. I spent a few thousand dollars buying computer equipment, a phone system, warehouse storage shelves, desks, chairs, office supplies, etc. My second business mistake was when I called two of my friends and offered them sales jobs. Neither of them had any previous sales experience in the aviation industry, but I knew what I was doing, so I promised them base salaries, plus commission, on everything they sold. One of the guys lived nearby in Southern California and the other moved out from Arizona, with his new bride, just to work for me. On November 1, 1999 our doors opened for business with me and my two employees. What an exciting time, we were going to dominate the aviation spare parts world.

Overhaul Search is Born Three months after starting the business I was driving to work one morning listening to a radio talk show. The radio host was talking about a website where people desiring to have plastic surgery work done, could go to solicit bids from various doctors. At that point I had an epiphany about developing a website for the aviation industry where airlines could put their spare parts up for sale and have suppliers bid on their packages. I came into the office that morning, explained my idea, to which both of my employees were equally excited about the prospect. Our dreams quickly evaporated when we learned that a competing aviation database was already running an auction site. At this point we were all pretty discouraged, but for some reason I just couldn’t stop thinking about building an aviation parts database. After about two weeks of non-stop brainstorming I came up with the idea for Overhaul Search (better known today as OneAero MRO), a database that focused on the MRO market. Nobody was seriously addressing this multi-bil-


The family: From top left, Conner, Zach, Taylor (Ashley’s husband), from bottom right, Ashley, Angela, Justin and Jessica.

lion dollar industry, so why not be the first? There’s no doubt in my mind that it truly was an inspired idea.

The Perfect Storm

Just 8 months after we opened our doors, we were struggling with major cash-flow problems. I had committed $10,000 to have the website built and another $20,000 was earmarked to populate it with repair data. We were still buying and selling parts to our Japanese airline customer, but since we didn’t have enough cash on-hand to finance the purchases of parts I resorted to borrowing a few thousand dollars here and there from family members. I’m happy to say I was able to reimburse all family members within 30 days of borrowing from them. One of the last parts transactions we did with our Japanese airline customer was for some components that would costs us $20,000 to procure. I had no idea where I was going to find $20,000 to purchase the parts so I could make good on a purchase order I had received from the airline, so I started looking around. It just so happened that I was introduced to a guy (whom I later learned was a drug dealer) who had some cash

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Start up stories to spare. You know things are bad when you resort to borrowing money from drug dealers! I didn’t like the idea, but we were desperate, so I borrowed the cash. At the time, the spare parts business was barely keeping us afloat. We had hopes that with a little more time we could establish a name for ourselves in the spare parts business, until our only customer (the Japanese airline) called to say that they could no longer do business with us. The reason they had to cut ties with us was because we had purchased some surplus parts from them for $40,000, which we turned around and sold to another customer for $56,000. Unfortunately, we used all the money from the sale of the parts to keep the business running and we still owed the airline $40,000. Our customer couldn’t continue to do business with us because we were over 90 days past due on paying them back. With one phone call we were without a revenue stream, stuck with $40,000 of debt to the airline and $20,000 of debt to the drug dealer. Three months after the airline stopped doing business with us, we had exhausted ALL of the business’ financial resources. The only choice now was to support the business using personal cash reserves. Before I knew it we had wiped-out the 401K, drained all of our personal savings, maxed-out three credit cards, and let go of two employees. All of this occurred in just eleven months after starting the business. By November 2000 I was down to being the sole employee of my company. The Overhaul Search website was in production and a fair amount of data had been added to the database thanks to the efforts of our two former employees, but no one had committed to pay for access to the service. At the same time the drug dealer was calling me every single day literally screaming on the phone to pay him back his “f-ing” money”. Our former airline customer was being patient, but they too called on a regular basis, even visited in person, requesting that we pay them the $40,000 we owed them. While the business was falling apart financially, one of our only other supplemental income sources was about to evaporate. From the time we purchased our home in California, we had always had renters living in three separate living quarters on the back of our property. My father-in-law was the previous owner of the

home, so when he owned it he converted a warehouse he had built years before into three apartments so that his kids would have a place to live until they could buy a home of their own. When we bought the home from him, we decided to continue renting the units to family members and some non-family members. Unfortunately, the apartments weren’t built to code and no building permits had ever been applied for. We received a notice one day in the mail from the Orange County Housing Commission demanding that we evict our tenants within 30 days, and restore the warehouse to its original floor plan. Evicting the tenants was going to be the easy part, converting the apartments back to being a warehouse would require us to demolish an extra apartment that had been built onto the existing structure, remove all the plumbing, most of the electrical, bath tubs, showers, kitchen appliances, fixtures, etc. So not only were we losing the monthly income, we were responsible for renovating the property so that it met housing codes. I remember going into the office one morning and thinking, there was NO WAY I could continue trying to make the business work and service all the debt we had accumulated. So I called an attorney to discuss what it would take to file for bankruptcy. I loathed the idea of putting the company into bankruptcy, but what other choice was there? I was out of money, the website wasn’t generating any revenue, spare part sales were dead in the water, and every credit card company had a hit man out looking for me. I asked the attorney how long it would take and how much it would cost to file for bankruptcy. He responded that he could have all the papers filed in a couple of weeks and the cost would be about $2000. “Well, forget that” I thought. We were so broke we couldn’t even afford to bankrupt the company!

A Change in the Wind I will never forget December 2000. Fortunately we still had a couple credit cards that hadn’t been maxed-out, so we decided to use them to buy some modest presents for the kids for Christmas. At least the kids would be happy I thought. A couple days after Christmas, I decided to make a last ditch effort to sell subscriptions to the Overhaul Search database. I had a copy of the directory from the ACPC trade show I had attended a few months

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Start up stories back, so I took the directory, which had the names and email addresses of about 400 companies, and created a mass email to introduce Overhaul Search. On the last work day of the year I sent out the mass email to all 400 plus customers and hoped for the best. We went to church on Sunday, like we did every week, but the last Sunday was a little different. We’re members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, aka: Mormons, and we pay 10% of our income to the church. During the last few Sundays of the year members meet with the bishop for tithing settlement. We believe that if we are faithful in living God’s law, he will do his part to bless us temporally and spiritually for our obedience. This may seem ridiculous to some, especially considering our financial circumstances at the time, but my wife and I made the decision to be faithful and pay our tithing. We wrote a check to the church for the balance we owed for tithing that year, and walked out of the bishop’s office with $300 to our names. I remember coming out of that meeting thinking “Okay Heavenly Father, we’ve done our part, the rest is up to you.” New Year’s Day came and went, and before I knew it, it was time to get back to work. Amazingly, my first day back at work I opened my email to find a purchase order from one of the companies I had sent the mass email to the week before. I couldn’t believe it! We sold our first subscription to the website for $300 a year! I know that doesn’t sound impressive, but miraculously people actually read the mass email. For the next three

All in the family: Angela (accounting), Ashley (145 Magazine), and Zach (sales-OneAero MRO)


months we were signing up two to three companies a day. It wasn’t enough revenue to service all our debt, but it was the beginning of bigger and better things to come. After months of NO revenue we were finally making money. There was light at the end of the tunnel!

Tsunami of Debt Overhaul Search was finally off the ground, but our financial worries were just starting to come to a head. We had reached a point where we could no longer service all the debt we had amassed over the past two years. We now had eight credit cards maxed-out, a $250,000 mortgage (which was the price we paid for the house five years previously), a $70,000 second mortgage, $40,000 owed to our former Japanese airline customer, and $20,000 we owed the drug dealer. After months of waiting for a final part sale deal to finish-up with our Japanese customer, we finally received payment and used every bit of the money to pay-off the drug dealer. What a relief to have that guy out of our lives! One debt down and a dozen more to go. The Overhaul Search site was growing, but not at a pace that allowed us to meet our financial obligations. I remember thinking the only way out of this mess was to sell our house and take whatever profits we made from the sale to pay-off debt. I came home for lunch one day in August and said to Angela, we need to sell the house, to which she replied “We’re NOT selling the house.” I tried to explain to her that there was no way we could service the debt, even with the money we were now making from Overhaul Search, but she refused to entertain the thought. I wasn’t going to argue with her, because I knew at some point she was going to come to the same conclusion. Sure enough, about three weeks later she said, “We need to sell the house”. We sold the house to Angela’s brother, for $500,000. We took $250,000 to pay-off the mortgage and $250,000 to pay-off a big portion of the company’s debt. Remember the three year lease I signed? Well, we still had a year to go on the lease and the owner of the property refused to let us out of the lease. Fortunately, he allowed us to sub-lease the warehouse portion of the office to a business owner a couple doors down. Sub-leasing the building covered a large portion of the monthly payment, which was a tremendous help.

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Start up Stories Just as things started to look better, we had another setback. The day before we moved, I went to see an orthopedic surgeon about some pain I was having in my hip. Three years earlier I had broken my hip in a wake boarding accident, and they had screwed my hip back together. Right after the surgery, the doctor had said that even though the margins were perfect when they screwed the bones together, there was still a 50/50 chance the hip may deteriorate due to poor circulation. As luck would have it, the femoral head of my hip wasn’t getting sufficient blood flow, which caused the head to collapse. The diagnosis wasn’t good; the screws were protruding through the bone, where the femoral head once existed. All three screws were cutting into the cartilage of my hip socket, which was the cause of the pain. I would need to have a hip replacement within the next few months. To make matters worse, we had cancelled the insurance policy that covered me at the time of the accident, which

meant no insurance company was going to cover me with a preexisting injury. Bottom-line, we would end up paying $25,000 out of pocket for a hip replacement, at a time that we were just getting on our feet again.

The Calm after the Storm We moved the family into a three bedroom apartment for two years and operated the business out of our bedroom. Within two years we paid off all the debt owed to creditors, and bought a house in Alpine, Utah, where we lived for twelve years. Today all of our kids have grown up, moved off to college, or are married, so Angela and I decided to go on an adventure of our own. We now live in Costa Rica. No, we’re not retired, but I guess you could say that’s one of the perks of having an online business. In this business, as long as we have internet access and a phone line, we’re good to go.

What we learned •A business is only as good as the people that work in it! • The longer your company is in business, the better your chances are of survival. • If you feel like you are trying to “force things”, stop, it’s not meant to be. • Always treat your customers, and your employees, the way you’d like to be treated. • And finally, when things are right, they have a tendency of falling together rather than falling apart.

Justin and Angela at home in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

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A IR TRANSPORT C OMPONENTS Component Repairs & Overhauls

Air Transport Components is a certified FAA/EASA repair station (#Z6AR209Y/ #5116) located in Gilbert, Arizona. Our airframe, Landing gear, NDT and accessory ratings allow us repair and overhaul a huge list of components including flight controls, landing gear, structures, doors, crew seats and others for commercial narrow and wide-body aircraft. Our technical library and knowledgeable staff support the 707, 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787, DC-8, DC-9/MD-80, DC-10/MD-11, A319/320/321, A330, A340, Embraer 190 and CRJ-100/200/700/900 fleets.

Flap Tracks Flap Carriages Flap Transmissions Stab Trim Gearboxes Crew Seating Hydraulics Landing Gear Assy’s Mechanical Gearboxes Engine Mounts Flight Surfaces Radomes Doors & Access Panels Flight Compartment Windows And much more‌

Air Transport Components is located in Gilbert, AZ just minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport. Our business and capabilities have increased over the years, causing rapid growth 900 N. Fiesta Blvd. Gilbert, AZ 85233 Phone: 480-831-1268 Fax: 480-831-1314 WWW.ATCPHX.COM FAA # Z6AR209Y EASA # 5116

and expansion. In turn, we moved into our newly renovated 72,000sq. ft. facility in January of 2014. We invite you to stop by and visit us anytime.

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Jackie Piper and husband Joe Ferrer, founders of Airway Aerospace.


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By: Jackie Piper Start-up businesses, by their very nature, are a lot like raising a child. They don’t come with an owner’s manual. And whether you like it or not, you’ll be forced to do things you’ve never dreamed of doing before. You’ll be forced to be creative, forced to sacrifice your time (and probably all your money), forced to delay gratification for a greater reward sometime in the future, forced to eat crow occasionally, forced to accept total responsibility for all decisions, and the list goes on and on. And at times you may ask yourself, why am I doing this to myself? For what? And then one day after months of hard work and personal sacrifice, a payment will come in from a customer that validates all the hard work you’ve put into your “baby”. And as the months go by, and your baby grows, you’ll look back fondly on those days of stress and strife and you’ll be grateful you made the sacrifice and had the opportunity to stretch and grow in a way you could have never imagined. Such is the story of Jackie Piper and Joe Ferrer’s company, Airway Aerospace. Continue reading to learn how this dynamic duo had to trade in their suits and ties for hard hats, just to get their repair center up and running.


he reason Airway Aerospace exists is because we had a dream and we were adamant about making that dream a reality.

My husband, Joe Ferrer, has been in aviation for over twenty years, and I have been in aviation for over ten years. My husband and I began dating ten years ago at the previous company at which we both worked. He was a top sales representative and I was a marketing manager. When we decided to pursue Airway in 2013, we knew it would be a challenge, but really did not know what we were getting into. In Joe, I not only found a wonderful husband, but also a best friend, business partner, teammate, confidante, etc. Each day that we work together is uncharted water for us, and can be really scary, but we face it head on as a team.


In 2013, we purchased a 24,000 sq. ft. facility in Doral, Florida that was being foreclosed. When the realtor was showing us the place, we were pretty sure there was a dead body in the bathroom (not really, but we wouldn’t have been surprised if we had found one). To make the place even more scary, it was furnished with black and white tiles, orange walls, beat up couches, missing stairs, a stench like no other, and a raccoon named “Burger” (because Joe would feed him hamburgers from McDonalds; he always picked off the pickles). But this was what was in our budget so we bit the bullet and bought it! Our adventure began when we hung up our suits and ties, and put on our t-shirts and hardhats. Joe and I knew that we were committed and, in order to begin this journey, we had to be fully involved. Anyone who has started a company knows that you hemorrhage

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Start up stories money from day one; there is no such thing as wasting time. One morning I arrived to find two contractors that were piddling around, doing “work.” I was dressed in work clothes (sneakers, cargo capris, and a t-shirt) and asked the contractors what sort of progress they had made that morning and what I could do to help. They were caught off guard. I learned that if you want something done right, you do it yourself. Let’s just say, those contractors didn’t last long.

We worked on the shop seven days a week, fourteen hours a day for about seven months. We gutted the entire facility – ceilings, walls, show room, etc., to start with a clean slate. It took about a month just to remove everything from the building. Then, we cleaned and cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. It was never-ending. We cleaned the concrete floors, ceilings (which are 26 ft. tall), offices, windows, and removed the tile. We rented a massive garbage container which sat in front of our building for four months. Every other day it was filled to a line at the top of the container and then was carted off for disposal. We had to be careful not to fill the dumpster past the line at the top to avoid overage costs. Because we were on such a tight budget (we’re talking a ramen noodle budget) I would get in and act as a human compacter by stomping down the trash so it was below the line. People who drove by didn’t know what to make of our disaster.


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Nothing fazed us. We were determined; we did whatever it took to survive. We painted the entire facility which made it look like a million dollars right from the start. Next we configured the layout of the facility--organizing equipment, erecting of the paint booth, sanding booth and oven, installing adequate electricity, repainting the used equipment we purchased, and more. There was a two month period where all we did was paint. We knew Home Depot inside and out, and they knew us on a first name basis. One day Joe and I went to Home Depot to pick up more paint for the next day, dressed in paint spattered clothes. We looked like a mix between a homeless couple, eccentric painters and people who were just plain crazy. We were covered in the paint of the day. A couple approached us and asked how much we would charge to paint their home. I laughed and told them that my husband and I were painting our facility and that’s why we looked so sloppy. Aside from mastering the intricacies of painting, we also learned how to operate a scissor lift, a fork-lift (we are both certified now), various drills and sanding devices. We can now differentiate between a red-head anchor and a wood screw. Our favorite story during our start-up phase was when I (blond hair and blue eyes) jumped on to the forklift, buckled up, and would load/off-load materials, pallets, crates, etc. from an 18-wheeler. We would get such a laugh watching the expressions of the truck drivers while I unloaded their trucks. In the beginning, it was just Joe, my brother, my brother’s best friend, Joe’s close friend, and me

working on creating Airway. As a five man band we all had to learn to do everything. Each of us had to be a jack of all trades. We were short on manpower, funds, and time so each project, each requirement, and each improvement, took everything we had. For example the front of the building had six foot windows that needed to become a wall. We were clueless when it came to masonry. So, I did what any red-blooded human does when they don’t know how to do something–I googled how to build a wall. That evening I sat down in front of my computer and learned how to lay block and mortar, how to measure the building during progress to ensure the wall is not tilted, and how to level throughout as you go. The next morning three of us took sledge hammers to the glass wall (which was quite fun), beginning the demolition process, followed by building a new wall. It took all day and was exhausting but we finished it. One thing we learned the hard way is that mortar/concrete has lime in it, which absolutely destroys hands. After mixing bags for ten hours and slopping mortar on the wall, our hands were rubbed raw. The funny thing is that we wore gloves, but the mortar managed to find all the little holes in the gloves and seep in, covering our hands. I now believe lime is magnetically drawn to skin. Since my hands have always been nice soft “office” hands, the grit from the material ruined them for a couple of weeks. I had about eight perfect holes throughout my palms. It looked like I had taken a pencil and punched holes in my hands. The best part about the whole ordeal was that that week happened to be the MRO. We didn’t want to miss it as this was our first opportunity to market Airway Aerospace. Although all we did was walk the show, it was well worth it! I had Band-Aids on my hands to cover the holes, and was nervous about shaking anyone’s hands.

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Start up stories We had a great sense of accomplishment and peace knowing that we had turned a disaster of a building into a useable building. I felt that the five of us had conquered the world. Once the building was cleaned up, it was time to start purchasing equipment. We purchased state of the art equipment (paint booths, ovens, prep stations, etc.), which arrived in pieces on pallets. You know those home projects that look great in the store and seem so easy to put together, but once you get home you realize there are a ton of pieces, enough hardware to build a small home, and a two page user manual in Chinese? Those kind of projects were a piece of cake compared to what we faced. Each day brought not only another project but another step in the right direction, and more and more money going out and none coming in. Our time and money were both encapsulated in the sands of an hour glass; both were running thin and there was no way to stop it.

In order to finance this leap of faith, we sold everything we could to survive. We sold our homes, our cars, our hobbies, our jewelry, and pretty much anything that had value which could return some sort of cash. We drained out our savings, both our 401ks, and racked up our credit cards. We had bill collectors calling. This was our full time job; we were without any income for almost a year. We lived off our savings and the selling of our assets. It was quite scary. I remember it like it was yesterday: coming downstairs and telling Joe “Hey, we are down to our last $9,000.” We still had two technicians on payroll at the time, and a bunch of monthly bills. So, yeah, it was getting scary. It really was at the make it or break it point. We had exhausted all sources of income, we were physically exhausted, and we really needed something to go our way, and it did! After months of no income we finally received our first payment, from our first customer. From that day on the skies started to clear, and it was upward and onward.

Joe and I are blessed to have a fantastic team that we refer to as our Family.

I can assure you that when you are starting your own company your team members and colleagues are everything!


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company your team members and colleagues are everything! From the team that helped us start this company, to our first technicians, to the team we have today, Airway Aerospace is functioning because of the wonderful team members that are part of this company. We treat every team member as a member of our family. Every morning work is started with handshakes and hugs. We can tell that our team members are happy. Their success as individuals and success for their families is important to us as a company. To get units completed our employees have had to work late nights, come in the day after a holiday, work Saturdays and sometimes Sundays. Joe and I are blessed to have a fantastic team that we refer to as our Family.

You can’t truly appreciate where you are, or where you’re going, without looking back at where you’ve been. We are grateful each day for every unit that hits our dock and ships back out. We are grateful that we are able to employ 28 team members. We are grateful for new customers who allow us to visit with them to introduce Airway. We take pride in knowing that while we were shoveling dirt, laying concrete, painting our crane on a wobbly scissor lift, and working long days, nights, holidays and weekends it was all for those customers that we currently support, or will one day support.

People are everything. As I mentioned, Joe and I have worked at a couple companies inside and outside of aviation. Having great working relations with your colleagues is imperative, but I can assure you that when you are starting your own


Overall, this experience has been amazing. Working in the corporate environment was wonderful; we learned a lot. Starting from scratch and building your vision into an actual company is incredibly rewarding. You evolve a bit as a person and focus on what matters. Petty things seem to fall along the wayside, and your survival instincts kick in. Joe and I are blessed to be where we are today, but I can assure you, this was a wild, exhilarating, and terrifying journey. It was worth every penny, every ounce of sweat and tears, every introductory email, every handshake, every late night, every ache and pain that we experienced. Many would ask, “When do you think you and Joe will have a baby?” For the first couple of years of starting Airway my response was always, “We already have a baby-her name is Airway”. We can’t help but feel that way because our company really is like our own child, we love it to death, want it to prosper; it consumes our sleep, drains our resources, and much more, but it is all worth it. Joe and I are about to enter yet another phase of our lives this June when we welcome a baby girl, Savannah, to our family. We’re excited to be parents for the first time.

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About Airway Aerospace - Airway Aerospace is an FAA/EASA Repair Station located in the heart of South Florida centrally located near the Miami International Airport, Homestead Air Force Base, and Ft Lauderdale International Airport. - We are a minority owned, small disadvantaged business that specializes in airframe, accessories and powerplant. - Our capabilities consist of products and services spanning across commercial, regional and military aircraft including accessories (accumulators, actuators, cylinders, pumps, HMUs, CDUs, valves, reservoirs, etc.) and airframe (flight controls, thrust reversers, nacelles, fixed wing structures, composites, sheet metal components, panels, doors, exhaust components, etc.). - With over 24,000 square feet of floor space, we have set-up a plethora of machines, equipment, parts, tools, and resources needed to fully support our customers. Our company is equipped with an autoclave, multiple presses, oversized ovens, premier paint booths, mixing rooms, a sanding booth, an overhead crane (for safe mobility of larger items throughout our facility), and much more, which provides us with the ability to perform quality repairs in a timely manner with cost efficiency. - Our accessories division is equipped with state of the art test stands, welding machines, sanding booths, skydrol & 5606 hydraulic test stands, two pneumatic test stands, media blast equipment, power generation test stands, heat treat ovens, and ultrasonic cleaning.

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We Did It Again!

Best Avionics and Instrument Repair Once again we’d like to thank OneAero MRO and our loyal customers for making us their Top Shop for the second year in row. We did nothing to solicit this award other than provide the best service possible. While continuing to enjoy our unparalleled service and value added features (see below), our customers can look forward to an even more rewarding experience in the years to come.

Value Added Features  Free Evaluations  No Charge for BER  7 Day Average TAT  FAA/EASA Certified  Personalized Service

 AS9110/ISO 9001  6 Month Repair Warranty  12 Month OHC Warranty  Airline Approved

Come visit us at the Dallas, TX MRO April 5-7 booth 917

2016 Top Shop Award Finalists

Below is a list of all the companies that were short listed for a Top Shop Award this year. This list represents a fraction of all the companies that were nominated for an award. We also added two new repair categories (Best Galley Product Repair and Best Lavatory Repair) for a total of nineteen categories. Congratulations again to all the finalists! Best Accessories Class I, II and III Repair • • • • • • • • • • • •

1st Choice Aerospace Aero Accessories A.I.R.S Airway Aerospace AOG Reaction Elite Aerospace General MRO Aerospace Med-Craft North Bay Aviation Safe Fuel Systems Silver Wings Aerospace Xtra Aerospace

Best Airframe / Aerostructures Repair • A&R Aviation Services • Airway Aerospace • Air Transport Components • Allflight Corp. • Airway Aerospace • GA Telesis Composite Repair Group • HEICO Component Repair Group - Structures • Vertical Aerospace Best APU Overhaul and Repair • EPCOR • Hamilton Sundstrand – San Diego • Piedmont Aviation • StandardAero • Triumph Air Repair Best Avionics and Instruments Repair • A.I.R.S. • Cross-Check Aviation • MTI Aviation Corp. • North Bay Aviation • Silver Wings Aerospace • South East Aerospace • Sherwood Aviation • Thales Avionics • Unicorp • Xtra Aerospace Best Engine Accessories Repair • Aero Accessories & Repair • Ametek MRO – Aero Components Int’l • GKN Aerospace • Harter Aerospace


Best Engine Components Repair • Chromalloy • Global Engine Maintenance • GKN Aerospace • StandardAero Best Engine Overhaul and Repair • Chromalloy • GKN Aerospace • Jordan Airmotive • MTU Maintenance • StandardAero Best Fuel Systems and Fuel Accessories Repair • Aero Accessories and Repair • General MRO Aerospace • Safe Fuel System • TPS Aerospace • The Fuel Cell Best Galley Product Repair • Allflight Corp. • FORTEK • PHS/MWA • Soundair Aviation Services Best Gyro Repair • Heico – Inertial Aerospace Services • North Bay Aviation • The Gyro House • Sherwood Aviation • Velocity Aerospace Best Hydraulics Repair • AAR Component Repair – Garden City • Aero Accessories & Repair • Ametek MRO High Standard Aviation • CAS (formerly AMRO) • General MRO Aerospace • Harter Aerospace • Med-Craft • Safe Fuel Systems • Silver Wings Aerospace • Triumph Accessory Services Best Interiors Repair • 1st Choice Aerospace • Allflight Corp. • Soundair Aviation Services

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Best Landing Gear Repair • AEM • AAR Landing Gear • Air Transport Components • Duncan Aviation • TAP Maintenance and Engineering Best Lavatory / Sanitation Components Repair • Iliff Aircraft • Soundair Aviation Services Best OEM Repair • BAE Systems • B/E Aerospace • Hamilton Sundstrand - Singapore • Rockwell Collins • Thales Avionics Best Pneumatics Repair • 1st Choice Aerospace • CAS (formerly AMRO) • Elite Aerospace • General MRO Aerospace • Harter Aerospace • MTI Aviation • Sherwood Aviation • TPS Aerospace • Triumph Accessory Services, Wellington Best Safety Equipment Repair • Avia Technique • Aviation Inflatables • HRD Aerospace • MEL Aviation Best Total Solutions Provider • Delta TechOps • KLM Maintenance and Engineering • SR Technics • TAP Maintenance and Engineering Best Wheel and Brakes Repair • AAR Wheel & Brake • Aviation Brake • Dallas Centerline

2016 Top Shop Award Winners Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 OneAero MRO Top Shop Awards. The purpose of the awards is to recognize repair centers that provide superior customer support, excellent turn-around-times and competitive repair pricing. Only nineteen out of over 5000 repair centers worldwide were selected to receive this award.

All winners of the Top Shop Awards were nominated, and ultimately selected, by their peers in the aviation industry. OneAero MRO tabulated all the nominations to create a short list of finalists. The finalists list was then distributed to a panel of twenty airlines and suppliers, that were responsible for selecting the winners.

Best Accessories Class I, II and III Repair • Elite Aerospace

Best Hydraulics Repair • Silver Wings Aerospace

Best Airframe / Aerostructures Repair • Air Transport Components

Best Interiors Repair • 1st Choice Aerospace

Best APU Overhaul and Repair • Triumph Air Repair

Best Landing Gear Repair • Air Transport Components

Best Avionics and Instruments Repair • Cross-Check Aviation

Best Lavatory / Sanitation Components Repair • Iliff Aircraft

Best Engine Accessories Repair • Harter Aerospace

Best OEM Repair • BAE Systems

Best Engine Components Repair • GKN Aerospace • StandardAero

Best Pneumatics Repair • General MRO Aerospace Best Safety Equipment Repair • Aviation Inflatables

Best Engine Overhaul and Repair • Chromalloy Best Fuel Systems and Fuel Accessories Repair • The Fuel Cell Best Galley Product Repair • Soundair Aviation Services

Best Total Solutions Provider • Delta TechOps Best Wheel and Brakes Repair • Dallas Centerline

Best Gyro Repair • Heico – Inertial Aerospace Services

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FC ICE Soccer Tournament Miami 2016 This past February Icelandair‘s Hjörleifur Árnason, aka: Lalli, decided to organize a soccer tournament he named FC ICE Soccer Tournament, Miami 2016. The event was well organized and very well attended. Lalli was kind enough to tell us how he came up with the idea and offered to give us a recap of the day‘s festivities.

Participants Icelandair Aerospace Connections Atlas Aerospace Avcom Avionics GA Telesis

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General MRO Aerospace Heico Med-Craft Safe Fuel Systems Silver Wings Aerospace


Some time ago, I asked a guy down in Florida why there are so many repair shops in Miami. His answer was quite simple, since it‘s aviation it really doesn´t matter where you‘re located, so why not be where the weather is always good. After working many years in aviation, handling repairs for Icelandair, I figured it was about time we showed those guys down in Miami how to play football (you know, the real sport that‘s played with your feet). The idea was to have one airline, Icelandair, compete with 9 other companies that repair and sell aircraft parts. Hence the name: FC ICE Soccer Tournament, Miami 2016. I called up my friends at various companies in Miami and they all wanted to join in the fun. More companies wanted to play, but due to space constraints we had to limit the tournament to 10 teams. Regardless of the team limitations a lot of people still showed up that didn‘t play in the tournament. We ended up having around 200 people at the event all day long. Several companies brought their BBQ´s and pop-up

tents, while people walked around from tent to tent where they were invited in for a bite to eat and a beer. We played two categories, so not everyone played everyone. All the teams put up a good fight but in the end it was Atlas Aerospace and Silver Wings in the final match. Atlas Aerospace won the final game, becoming the first winners of the FC ICE Grand Tournament 2016 cup. Their win was well deserved and it was a really great game to watch. No plans have been made for next year but hopefully this will become a yearly event. It would be great if we could have more teams join us next time. I like to think of it as an MRO Conference - without the buisness cards. A special thank you to my freind Scott Georgeson who is the field manager at Soccer 5 Tropical Park - awesome place. He also took care of all the food and drinks for us. Great job Scott. Hope to see you all again next year!

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The "I LOVE AIRPLANE LAVATORIES" Company!! Iliff Aircraft Repair is your single source for waste and water component repair. We have been in business since 1964, FAA/EASA. All we repair and overhaul is Vac toilets, Chem toilets, faucets, waste ball valves,potable water tanks, fill valves, etc.... If it has to do with an aircraft lavatory component, It is Iliff! 918-835-5554. Send us a component to overhaul and we will send you our famous t-shirts, and stress toilets! Check us out at The only company where a crappy attitude is encouraged!


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Global Quality Component Repair Services We serve the aviation industry worldwide by supporting component repairs for commercial, regional, helicopter and military aircraft systems. Our repair services cover the following component systems: instrumentation, autopilot computers, air data computers, gyroscopic units, lighting, electrical actuators and power monitoring and control devices.

Visit us at the MRO Americas tradeshow at BOOTH 3739. +1 707 863 4970 FAA No. UYVR051J Cage Code 1UXW1


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motivated by passion. driven to achieve. Four companies. One aim — To go above and beyond for you. We are highly skilled and professional teams working to keep you flying. We are experts in component repair and overhaul, DER repair solutions and precision manufacturing of critical components. We are specialists committed to fast turn times, exceptional customer service and proven reliability. And with more than 100 years of providing superior aircraft parts and services, we are as passionate today about aviation as we were then.


Atlas Aerospace | ACP | EulessAero

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145 Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 7, April Issue  

145 is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to people in the aviation industry.

145 Magazine Vol. 3 Issue 7, April Issue  

145 is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to people in the aviation industry.