Carver Aero Makes Inroads in Illinois

 - August 23, 2021, 9:50 AM
The acquisition of the former LumanAir FBO at Chicago-area Aurora Municipal Airport represents Carver Aero's first expansion into Illinois.

Iowa-based Carver Aero has acquired two aviation businesses at Illinois’s Aurora Municipal Airport (KARR)—LumanAir Aviation Services, one of two on-field FBOs, and aircraft maintenance and servicing company ATS Illinois.

Family-owned LumanAir, in operation for more than 60 years, has a 15,000-sq-ft terminal with passenger and pilot lounges, three conference rooms, a flight-planning area, and crew cars. Open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. with after-hours call-out available, the FBO also offers flight training, aircraft charter and management, an avionics shop, and an FAA Part 145 repair station.

ATS, which has had a presence at the airport since 1992, specializes in engine servicing and maintenance. “Guy Lieser, the CEO of Carver Aero, and I go back many years,” said owner Mark McKinney. “They have great plans for the company and this airfield, and the ATS team wants to be a part of it.”

Carver, which operates several turboprops and a light jet under its Part 135 charter certificate, has three FBOs in Iowa. Last month, it purchased its first location outside the state.

“As a new tenant of the airport, we are honored by the welcome and trust we received from the city and from existing businesses at the airfield,” said Peter Limberger, co-founder and chairman of Carver parent CL Enterprises.