Avionics News February 2017 - 18
In October, Brian and Bianca Lorenz (left) received their
Part 145 repair station certificate from the FAA's Michael
Levine (far right), principal maintenance inspector, and
Bob Castillo, aviation safety inspector, avionics.
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obsolete. In that moment of loss, Lorenz found an
opportunity to channel his interest in flying into
"There's an old saying that life is what
happens when you're making other plans," said
Lorenz, who earned his A&P license just two
years ago after becoming more intrigued with
aviation. "I started the business because I wanted the
helicopter to be able to pay for itself. My intention at the
time had nothing to do with getting a Part 135, nothing
to do with getting a Part 145, nothing to do with even
carrying my private pilot's license further. This is so far
beyond my expectations.
"I've always enjoyed the mechanical part of it. I
took part in helping with the 100-hour inspections,
the annuals, the installations, and all of the routine
maintenance for our helicopters. I enjoy doing the
installations. It's a great feeling when you finish a job
do it all
and everything is dialed in, and the customer is as
excited as you are."
Now, Brian and Bianca are ready to take the next
step - to work side by side in their new repair station,
helping regional customers with maintenance and avionics
installations and service.
"Since working with the AEA, we're a lot more excited
about the 145 repair station," Lorenz said. "We're looking
at it as so much more than what we thought before. We're
looking at it as a great resource and profit center for our
company. We have three girls, 2, 10 and 12, and we just had
a baby boy. It's exciting times for us in a lot of ways." q
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