“I started this business to feed my family,” recalled King Aerospace chairman and founder Jerry King. Twenty years later, the company is successfully feeding an extended family of some 200 employees at facilities in Ardmore, Okla., and Addison, Texas, and that family is still growing.
Geography of Oklahoma
Oklahoma, which is vying for a U.S. leadership role in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research, development and testing, would see 600 new jobs created in the first three years after UAS gain freer access to the national airspace system, which is expected in 2015, according to a forthcoming study.
Aircraft services provider King Aerospace (Booth No. 2879) has announced expansions at its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of executive aircraft.
King began construction in October on the 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate cabinetry, upholstery and panel covering activities. The building will also house automated machinery for cutting leathers, fabrics and cabinetry materials. It is the first of four similarly sized buildings planned at the seven-acre site at Ardmore Airport. When finished, it will total 100,000 sq ft.
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is expanding its Ardmore, Okla. facility to serve the customization, modification, refurbishment and completion of corporate and large executive aircraft. KACC began construction this month on a 25,000-sq-ft shop to accommodate executive aircraft cabinetry, upholstery and panel coverings.
Keith Weaver, executive vice president, told AIN, “We anticipate the facility will be completed and we’ll have moved in by about May next year. We’re looking forward to serving this customer base.”
Regional Jet Center, located at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Bentonville, Ark., and AAR Aircraft Services at Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) in Oklahoma City, have signed renewal contracts with fuel provider Phillips 66 that will keep them as branded FBOs for another five years. Regional Jet Center is open 24/7 and specializes in quick turns.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 1643) plans to begin offering Dassault Falcon 7X training at its Dallas/Fort Worth Learning Center, starting in January 2011.
The syllabus will include comprehensive training programs, full-flight simulator time and the Matrix integrated system. It will offer an enhanced flight visual system, head-up guidance, emergency vision assurance and electronic flight bag.
The manufacturing and repair operations of Limco Airepair will remain in Tulsa, Okla., rather than move to Kernersville, N.C., where Piedmont Aviation Component Services is located. “After careful consideration we felt the prudent thing to do is just stay put,” Bob Koch, CEO of Tulsa, Okla.-based Limco Airepair, told AIN. The company provides component maintenance and overhaul for airline and general aviation aircraft.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace, an aerospace investment company, has merged two of its private aircraft interiors holdings, Executive Aircraft Completions of Tulsa, Okla., and Cabin Innovations of Lewisville, Texas. The merger was concurrent with the official opening of Cabin Innovations’ new 39,630-sq-ft facilities in Lewisville in December.
The Nordam Group board of directors promoted Bill Peacher to CEO of the Tulsa, Okla. manufacturing and maintenance company. Peacher, currently COO of Nordam Repair Group, takes over as CEO on January 1 from current chairman and CEO Ken Lackey, who remains with Nordam as executive chairman. “I am optimistic about the long-term future of this industry,” Peacher said.
Since it began flying a pair of 32-seat Fairchild Dornier 328JETs from its base in Tulsa, Okla., last April, Great Plains Airlines has been promoting plans to establish a new kind of regional airline, dedicated to providing nonstop service from the nation’s heartland to points throughout the U.S.
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