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SHOPS
BRACE FOR
A LEAN YEAR
S T O R Y

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ent McIntyre did not have to lay any of his
25 workers off at the small repair shop he
owns in Wichita, Kansas, as ADS-B work
and other avionics installations continued into late
April without pause.
"I'm sure at some point, 90 or 120 days down the road,
coronavirus will have an effect on business," he said.
"So far at the end of April, it has not caused too much
grief, though it will later." Phone calls to inquire about
scheduling new work had slowed down as the first of May
approached.
A lot of projects that had been put off by customers due
to the need to comply with the ADS-B mandate
are now in the shop; plus
Bevan Aviation, which

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McIntyre owns, is still doing some ADS-B work and
Garmin G5000 installs on Beechjets and Citation Jets,
though those are slowing down.
"It will take quite a while to get back to what we call
normal," he said. "It will be a lean year and not as good
as the last two or three. You can't beat a mandate for
business."
The shop's workflow is two-thirds piston singles and
twins and one-third business jets and turboprops. He does
work on some shared business jets, and by late April, there
was already a slowdown in new work as business jets were
not flying much and some of McIntyre's customers near
Wichita are in the beleaguered oil and gas business.
About 20% of his customers have aircraft based at
Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (formerly
Mid-Continent) and most of the rest form nearby
airports. He also has portable test equipment and
an airplane so his staff can do work on aircraft
at nearby James Jabara Airport located 14 miles
northeast of Wichita and Lloyd Stearman Field located
6 miles farther out in that direction.



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