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EMPLOYEES: 4
FACILITIES: 6,500 square feet

WHAT THEY DO:
Pee Dee Avionics specializes in
instrument and avionics services for
warbirds, experimentals and singleand twin-engine aircraft.

FOUNDED: 2013 by Shannon Rivers
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2014

The Pee Dee Avionics team enjoys working on vintage aircraft like this P-51 Mustang. The technicians include (from left)
Clayton Rogers, Shannon Rivers (owner), Devan Tolson and Shawn Howard.

My first flight was when I was about 13 years old. I sat in
the back seat of a Piper Cherokee 140 that took off from a
grass strip. From that point on, I was hooked. I have a 1967
Cherokee 235. I really enjoy tinkering on it. We installed
new avionics in it and we're getting ready to restore the
interior and exterior."
Passion projects
Over the years, Rivers has enjoyed working on some of
the industry's most beloved aircraft - from a 1918 Curtiss
Jenny and a P-51 Mustang to a French Broussard, a 1950s
high-wing observation aircraft with a radial piston engine,
and a British-built jet-powered aircraft called a BAC 167
Strikemaster used for light attack operations.
"I had the opportunity to help restore an FG-1 Corsair,
which is the Goodyear version of the 1943 Corsair," Rivers
said. "That was a lot of fun. The restoration took about three
years. I did all of the electrical in the aircraft. We restored it

back to the 1943 specs with a few modern touches for safety."
Shipped in from New Zealand in crates, the Corsair
arrived in pieces and without any wiring. Hall Aviation,
located across the Cheraw Airport from Pee Dee Avionics,
spearheaded the assembly, rebuilding the aircraft's airframe
from scratch. Rivers focused on the instruments and
electrical system.
"The instruments had been sitting out, so they were
weathered and in very bad shape," Rivers said. "We restored
all of the old instruments and got them working just like
they did in 1943. We rewired the entire electrical system,
including the lighting and engine indicating systems. We
added a communication radio, a navigation radio and
transponder. The Corsair project was probably my favorite.
I'd never actually touched a Corsair before. It was a once-ina-lifetime project. I'll never forget it."
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