Avionics News January 2016 - 23
FOUNDED: 1994 by Frank Schumpert
WHAT THEY DO: Aircraft Maintenance
Services provides maintenance and
avionics services for pistons, turboprops
and business jets.
FACILITIES: 10,000 square feet of shop
space and 1,500 square feet of office space
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2013
In 2014, Aircraft Maintenance Services relocated,
opening its new 11,500-square-foot facility at Jim
Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia, South
Carolina, nearly doubling its space. The service center
plans to expand again soon, adding more hangar space.
Carolina, to the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport in downtown Columbia. At 11,500 square feet, the new facility nearly
doubled the repair station's previous space.
"We are doing well and business is steadily growing," said
Snipes, who has been with the company for seven years. "We
are enjoying being centrally located in the state as well as
having a much-needed larger facility. It's a lot more convenient for our customers, because many of them are based
here or they travel up and down the East Coast. Columbia
Metro Airport is only a few miles away so they can catch an
airliner home once they bring their airplane to us. It's more
convenient for most of the employees, too. When we were
at Camden, I was driving 100 miles a day to work and back.
This is a little less than half the distance. I'm thoroughly
enjoying that, for sure."
The technicians work on pistons, turboprops and business
jets, providing aircraft maintenance and repair, as well as
installations of avionics and cabin electronics.
"We just opened up the avionics side of the business about
two years ago," Snipes said. "Until then, our primary focus
had been on maintenance. Anytime a customer would need
something done, we would help them the best we could. A
lot of the bigger shops around Columbia have been going out
of business or haven't kept up with their avionics. We saw a
need for an avionics shop with our capabilities and stepped
in to fill it. Now, customers can come to us for both maintenance and avionics."
Aircraft Maintenance Services recently completed an
avionics upgrade to a Beechcraft King Air B100 concurrent
with maintenance, saving the owner substantial downtime.
While the aircraft was in for phase inspections and a couple
of airworthiness directives on the engines, technicians installed Avidyne's new equipment - an AMX240 audio panel,
IFD540 FMS/GPS/nav/comm, AXP340 Mode S transponder, TWX670 tactical weather detection system, and EX500
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