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George Massey of Hitek Inc.

You're a new
member of the AEA.
Tell me a bit about
yourself and Hitek.

96.
, founded Hitek in 19
George Massey, 84

H

itek Inc. specializes in
aircraft electronics,
batteries and
maintenance products that
include complete electrical
starting systems, starters and
generators for turbine- and
piston-powered aircraft.
Recently, Avionics News spoke
with George Massey to learn
more about Hitek and his life
outside of work.
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Hitek was founded
20 years ago in 1996
by me. Prior to that, I
owned a company called
Electrodelta, but it fell
on hard times in the mid1990s, and I liquidated
it. Most of its products
are still being marketed
by another name. I'm
elderly. When I go for any
medical procedure and
they ask me my birthday, I
say, Feb 17. Then they ask
me, which year? I respond
by saying "every damn
year since 1933." I'm 84
and a current GA pilot.

So is Hitek just
you, or do you have
employees?
Hitek is not a vast company.
I joke that it's a half-vast
company. We have four
employees, and in the past
20 years, we have produced a
lot of products for the U.S. Air
Force, spare parts for big iron
such as the B-2, B-52, U-2 and

the B-5A. We make spare parts
to support all those aircraft.
We're also into some products
that FBOs would be interested
in - a battery capacity tester, a
battery charger, and a battery
desulfator. Batteries can
typically be fully recovered and
don't have to be thrown away.
We developed that product.
All my past business is working
with OEMs, the government,
the Department of Defense,
and we haven't done much to
reach out to individuals in the
field.
Are all of your
company's products
for aviation?
Our product offering is 75
percent in aviation, but in
dollar sales, it's 50 percent.
How did you get
involved in aviation?
At age 17, I discovered I was
so smart I didn't have to go to
school, so I joined the Navy.
Growing up, I got involved in
amateur radio. When I took
the Navy classification test,
I was told I had talents as an
electronics tech, and that's
what I became with no formal
education. I got a lot of good
experience.
When I left the Navy, I



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