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WEBSITE: akkiaviation.com
FACILITIES: 10,000 square feet
EMPLOYEES: 15

WHAT THEY DO:
AKKI Aviation Services performs
airframe and engine maintenance,
annual inspections, and avionics
upgrades and installations.

FOUNDED: Circa 1999 by Joe Kuttappa
CURRENT OWNERS: Graham and Jenni
Mountford purchased AKKI Aviation in June 2017
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2019

Avionics technician Steven Cave performs a final bench test on the installation of a Garmin G500 TXi Touchscreen Flight Display with
Garmin GTN 750 GPS/nav/comm, audio panel and transponder on a Rockwell Commander.

Expanding avionics service
Mountford began his career as a research chemist
working for a multinational pharmaceutical company.
Preferring people over chemistry, he decided to
retrain for marketing, and eventually served as the
organization's international marketing director.
"I then did a management buyout of a small division
and built that up until I sold it," Mountford said. "In the
meantime, I took up flying as a hobby and an escape
from the corporate world. I was hooked. I bought a
Cessna 210 in 2004, which I still have and can't quite
give up. I liked it so much I actually bought a second
Cessna 210 a few years ago."
When the maintenance shop where he took his aircraft
came up for sale, Mountford and his wife, Jenni, decided
to purchase it.
"I was spending a fair amount on maintenance. It just
seemed like a nice opportunity to bring my business

management experience together with my passion for
flying," he said.
After buying AKKI Aviation two years ago, Mountford
set out to develop the shop and expand its capabilities.
"When I acquired the business, it had a very limited
avionics capability," he said. "I invested in building
the team by recruiting four new people and building a
new avionics workshop. We now offer a full avionics
installation service."
Brexit brings challenges
For AKKI and others in the United Kingdom, Brexit
- the withdrawal of the U.K. from the European Union
- is the biggest unknown. The cooperative economic
and political partnership among European countries has
created a single market that allows goods and people to
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