Wing Aviation (Booth No. 1818) officials announced at NBAA ’02 that the grand opening of its aviation service center at Montgomery County Airport in Conroe, Texas, will be October 19. Although there have been some delays, company president Brian Wing said the facility, with 54,000 sq ft of hangar space for paint, detailing and service, is nearing completion. It will provide comprehensive maintenance for Gulfstream II through V models, as well as aviation services for all mid- and large-cabin corporate aircraft.
Besides custom paint and detailing capabilities, the new center’s staff, Wing said, will provide damage repair estimates and evaluations, performance and safety enhancements, avionics upgrades and technical appraisals. FBO services will include “complete fuel services, ground power units, lavatory servicing, hangar storage, aircraft cleaning and ramp space.”
Wing added that “as aircraft owners for many years, we experienced the challenges of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.” Company chairman and CEO John Wing, whose credits include development of the Teeside project in Northern England, is a long-time pilot who owns and operates a Gulfstream II-SP. That background will aid the new organization in creating a destination “that will provide the highest quality service and exceptional workmanship with quick turnaround,” Wing said.
Staffing is under way, Wing noted. Already on board is Frank Zimerman, Jr., director of operations and maintenance manager, who was a supervising aircraft technician with Tenneco Inc. in Houston for more than 17 years. In August, two department managers came on board, Bobby Phillips for avionics and Ed Galindo for interiors.