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WEBSITE: novaavionics.com or
ssajwy.com
FACILITIES: 11,703 square feet
(total both facilities)

WHAT THEY DO:
Nova Avionics provides avionics service for
all types of aircraft.
EMPLOYEES: 14 total between Nova Avionics
and sister company Southern Star Aviation

FOUNDED: 1995 by Bill Campbell
CURRENT OWNERS: Ken Lantz
and Vernon Mitchell
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2019

Nova Avionics technicians bench test a variety of systems at the company's new avionics shop at Mid-Way Regional Airport near Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
Pictured are (from left) technician Auston Lantz; A&P, IA and lead technician Jacob Garcia; and technician and office manager Mike Tucker.

"The FBO was struggling, and the airport board ask me to
take over the FBO on a temporary basis," Lantz said. "After six
months of temporary operation, we were granted a contract to be
the FBO. We started with a small amount of our personal money,
a refueler truck in default, and very little business. After years of
navigating good and bad economic times and politics, we slowly
have grown it into what it is today."
From maintenance to avionics
In January 2019, Lantz and Mitchell acquired Nova Avionics
from Bill Campbell and moved the shop from Roanoke, Texas,
to a newly built facility near Southern Star Aviation at Mid-Way
Regional Airport.
"Nova Avionics has been in business since 1995," Lantz said.
"The founder, Bill Campbell, is in his 80s and still works with
us. We had been doing business with Bill for about 12 years.
He wanted to slow down a little and we wanted to expand into
avionics, so it worked out great for everyone."
To accommodate the new shop, Nova Avionics added an

end cap to Southern Star Aviation's large T-hangar. The team
added insulation, an HVAC system and power to support all
the equipment. They epoxied the floors and designed custom
workbenches.
"We're proud of the build-out we did," Lantz said. "We
couldn't find workbenches that fit what we wanted, so everyone
pitched in to design them, and A&P Josh Elson built them. Nova
Avionics complements our maintenance shop really well. We're
excited about taking it to the next level."
The sister companies provide maintenance, repair and avionics
for homebuilt aircraft through turboprops and warbirds. On its
repair station certificate, Nova Avionics has three A&Ps, two IAs,
one airframe mechanic and three repairmen.
"We do a lot of corporate aircraft, too, including most of
the avionics work for an air ambulance company that operates
five Beechcraft King Airs," Lantz said. "We've installed three
ADS-B systems and a lot of other avionics and electrical work.
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