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Troy Ellison of Ellison Avionics Services

a bachelor's degree in aviation and
space technology from another
university. My first job in Waco
was at an avionics repair shop.

How did you move to
the aviation side?

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Ellison Avionics
Services specializes
in the repair of Terra/Trimble,
BendixKing, Collins Microline S-TEC,
McCoy, Narco, and Cessna/ARC
units. With more than 30 years of
radio repair experience on all major
avionics brands, Ellison Avionics also
specializes in bench repair.
Recently, Avionics News spoke with
Troy Ellison to learn more about his
company and life outside the airport.

What sparked your
interest in avionics?

Growing up, my father was a radar
technician in the Air Force and my
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uncle owned a television repair shop,
so electronics were a big part of my
surroundings. I would bug my uncle
to let me help him. He would humor
me by giving me little tasks such as
taking things apart and removing and
replacing simple parts. I'm sure he
had to come behind me to fix what I
did. I always liked these opportunities
and seeing the televisions work again,
so it was natural that I turned to
electronic repair.

Did you pursue a
formal education in
electronics?

Yes, I went to a local technical
college and earned an associate
degree in electronics and then later,

At the time, I was dating a girl
whose brother owned an aircraft.
For my final year in school, I had
to either do a co-op program with
a business or complete a major
project. She told me that she knew
there were electronics in airplanes,
but I knew nothing about avionics
- in any form or fashion. I began
researching local companies to
find one that would fix radios in
airplanes, and I did.
Unfortunately, I was told there
was no job for me, but I could
come back at a later time and
check again. It took awhile, but I
was eventually hired and learned
all about avionics. I worked there
part time during school, completed
the co-op program and then
joined the company as a full-time
employee. I learned more in those
years than would be possible in
any school curriculum.

How did you make the
transition to owning
your own shop?

After that shop closed, I worked
for a defense contractor for a
while. Then I received a call from
one of the guys who had set up a
shop and, in six months, I was the
avionics manager there. I managed



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