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Merger helps Twin Cities Aviation expand its avionics capabilities
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fter nearly 20 years, Twin Cities
Aviation of Blaine, Minnesota, is
expanding its aircraft electronics and
avionics capabilities. In August, the Part 145
repair station and authorized Cirrus service
center joined long-time Florida AEA member
Custom Avionics under the banner of a newly
formed aerospace and defense group, TC Aero
Group.
The group encompasses six companies comprised
of mostly smaller aviation-related specialists. Larry
Williams of Custom Avionics and Bill Ahmann, founder
of Twin Cities Aviation, are principal owners in the new
venture.
"Between Larry and I, we had two maintenance shops,
an avionics shop, flight training, and parts distribution
businesses," said Ahmann, who oversees the group's
avionics and maintenance operations at three locations
in Minnesota and Florida. "It just made sense to bundle
these all together. We've merged, and we're rebranding
our whole group of companies into this new concept."
Located just north of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Twin
Cities Aviation specializes in general aviation aircraft,
from the Cirrus SR20 to Beechcraft King Airs to the
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Gulfstream G200. Ahmann, an A&P mechanic, founded
the shop in 1997 with one employee.
"I always ended up running the shop no matter where
I was, so when the corporate operator I was working
for dissolved, I decided to go out on my own," said
Ahmann, who has 30 years of experience in aviation
maintenance.
In addition to being one of the earliest Cirrus
service centers, Twin Cities Aviation grew to occupy a
17,000-square-foot hangar with a flight school, charter
operator and an e-commerce parts business. TC Airparts
also is now part of TC Aero Group.
"At one time, we were one of the biggest shops in the
Twin Cities as far as GA goes," Ahmann said. "I can see
a lot of potential again. Our goal is to grow the business
and add more people."



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