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WEBSITE: firstwing.com
EMPLOYEES: 50

WHAT THEY DO:
First Wing Jet Center provides
aircraft maintenance and
avionics, FBO, flight training
and rental services.

FACILITY: 20,000 square feet
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 2020

Lead avionics technician John
McGrath (left) and avionics
technician Jeremy Layly install a
dual Garmin G5 electronic flight
instrument system in a Piper.
Photos courtesy of First Wing Jet Center

panel and new lighting on a Piper Malibu. Most of the service
center's jet projects have focused on the Citation product line,
specifically JetTech STC and Gogo installations. As a Cirrus
authorized service center, tending to Cirrus aircraft helps keep
First Wing's maintenance calendar full.
"Cirrus is a huge component of our business," White
said. "We've also been doing a lot of work on Malibus and
Meridians lately in addition to Bonanzas and Cessnas. We
have four airport-based Beechcraft Premiers and another halfdozen or so flying regularly near us in the Midwest. We've
started carving out a niche in Beechcraft Premier maintenance.
To our knowledge, we're the only ones who have installed the
Gogo Avance L3 in the Beechcraft Premier."
White is seeing more operators wanting to invest in their
aircraft and update to new technology. It's happening across a
broad spectrum of aircraft types, from older pistons to newer
high-performance aircraft to business jets.
"What's exciting right now is the evolution that's

happening in the autopilot world," said White, who earned
his pilot's license at 17 years old. "We've seen a lot of growth
in flight display technology, enhanced weather and ADS-B
over the last decade. Garmin just came out with products that
push the envelope in terms of autopilot retrofits and making it
somewhat affordable on a broad range of aircraft."
New priorities spark new interest
While traffic into the FBO fell significantly earlier in the
year due to travel restrictions, the COVID-19 pandemic didn't
seem to dampen demand on the aircraft maintenance and
avionics side and may have actually sparked new interest in
private aviation.
"We saw the shop stay busy throughout all of it and didn't
see a lot of pullback, which was certainly encouraging,"
said White, who has held a variety of roles during his career,
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