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LOCATION:
8400 Airport Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36608
PHONE: 251-410-8050
EMAIL: sales@coastalwindsavionics.com

New avionics
service center opens
on Gulf Coast
S T O R Y

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C H R I S T I N E

n March, after two decades of working for
others, Dallas DeVilbiss, Johnny Wacker and
John Theobald took the exciting but uncertain
path of starting their own avionics service center.
Located at Mobile Regional Airport, 13 miles from
Alabama's coastline, Coastal Winds
Avionics provides avionics services
for general aviation aircraft. While
pursuing their Federal Aviation
Administration repair station
certificate, the gentlemen have been
working with manufacturers to
procure dealerships and outfit their
shop with tooling and equipment.
"It's about doing our research
and being well prepared,"
DeVilbiss said. "We raised our hand
and told the FAA, 'We're interested
in opening a radio repair station.
Here's our manual, our training, and our background.'
We were able to hit the ground running. So, the
preparation helped a lot."
In addition to an installation shop, they're building
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a panel fabrication space for CNC cutting, powdercoating and silk-screening. This spring, they rented a
last-minute booth at Sun 'n Fun and brought printed
collateral, business cards and a banner.
"The booth was very simple and spartan, but it
got our name out there," said
DeVilbiss, whose experience on
aircraft ranges from ultralights to
corporate jets. "Most importantly, it
brought us at least one customer."
Experience and expertise
at the helm
Prior to starting Coastal Winds
Avionics, DeVilbiss worked at
Southern Avionics for 20 years.
After Continental Motors acquired
the company in 2015, he served
as general manager. As part of a
joint venture with Star Aviation, DeVilbiss helped
develop the supplemental type certificate for the
expanded glareshield modification for Cessna
Citation 500/550/560 and S550-series business jets.



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