Avionics News January 2017 - 50
7301 NW 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
G1000, ISR systems drive Valair Aviation's recent success
S T O R Y
C H R I S T I N E
n Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Valair Aviation's avionics
department is busier than ever. The FAA-certified Part
145 repair station and FBO specializes in servicing
turboprops and jets. In 2015, Valair Aviation handled five
times more avionics projects than the previous year.
Located northwest of the city, Valair Aviation also offers
supplemental type certificate development and installations,
as well as paint, interior modifications and special mission
configurations. Its facility spans some 200,000 square feet
at Wiley Post Airport. To keep
customers flying, it stocks
more than $1 million in parts
"In addition to our U.S.
customers, we have serviced and
delivered aircraft throughout the world in places like Mexico,
Western Europe, Canada, Central America and South America,"
said Mike Bowen, senior vice president of ground operations.
Valair Aviation's customers include private and business
aircraft owners, charter companies, and government and
military agencies. The company's largest customer is
Commuter Air Technology, which provides customized
aircraft modifications for the Beechcraft King Air. Valair
Aviation handles CAT's integration and maintenance of
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment.
"We've also been instrumental in installing Commuter Air
K N A U E R
Technology's 350ME maximum endurance fuel tanks on the
King Air B300," Bowen said. "The tanks hold 280 gallons
of additional fuel."
Valair Aviation began in 1996 as The ServiCenter,
specializing in Commander aircraft.
"When production of new turbo Commander aircraft
suspended in the mid-1980s, The ServiCenter diversified
operations to support Raytheon, Citation, Cessna propeller
aircraft and the Sabreliner aircraft series," explained Bowen,
who has worked for the service
center under both company names
for 15 years.
Valair Aviation's avionics shop
has recently grown significantly.
During the last two years, the
service center has installed more high-tech systems,
including the Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite as
well as ISR special mission electronics and equipment.
Focusing on such advanced technology has helped increase
Valair Aviation's revenue year over year.
"We recently completed a full ISR modification for a QRC
(quick reaction capability) customer in 39 days," Bowen
said. "As one of the largest avionics shops in the Central
Southwest region, we have the resources and expertise to
engineer highly specialized solutions and respond quickly to
our customers' needs." q