PE Firm Takes Majority Interest in Elliott Aviation

 - February 4, 2020, 4:15 PM

Private equity firm Summit Park on Friday acquired a majority interest in Moline, Illinois-based business aviation FBO/MRO provider Elliott Aviation. Aircraft sales and brokerage subsidiary Elliott Jets and manufacturing brand Elliott Technologies were included in the deal.

No financial details of the transaction were disclosed. Wynn Elliott, former chairman of Elliott Aviation, retains a minority share of the company. Greg Sahr has taken over for Wynn Elliott as CEO of the company.

Founded by Herb Elliott in 1936, the FBO/MRO chain provides aircraft maintenance, avionics, paint, interior, parts, accessories, FBO services, and appraisals for midsize jets and turboprops. The company is also Garmin’s top aviation retrofitter, completing more full cockpit retrofits than any other dealer in the world. Besides its headquarters in Moline, Elliott has facilities in Des Moines, Iowa, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

“Elliott Aviation has a long-standing reputation for providing first-class service to the business aviation industry,” said Summit Park co-founder Bob Calton. “We are excited to begin our partnership with Greg Sahr and the leadership team of Elliott and look forward to capitalizing on numerous avenues of growth that they have identified for the business. Given Elliott’s rich legacy as a family-owned business; we are pleased that Wynn Elliott will retain an ownership position in Elliott in partnership with us.”

Elliott Aviation is an authorized service facility for Beechjet 400A/400XPs, as well as King Air, Hawker, Premier, and TBM models. Additionally, it holds authorized service center status for Embraer Phenoms and Legacy 450/500s, and is a Part 145 repair station for Bombardier Learjet and Challenger, Cessna Citation, and Dassault Falcon jets.