StandardAero Acquires Western Jet Aviation to Expand Business-Aviation MRO Capabilities with West Coast Location
StandardAero announces that it has acquired Western Jet Aviation, an independently owned business-jet maintenance company specializing in Gulfstream aircraft. The company is located at the Van Nuys, CA, airport, one of the busiest business-aviation airports in the world, with an additional facility located at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Florida. Western Jet Aviation represents StandardAero’s 12th acquisition since 2015 and marks the first acquisition by StandardAero that focuses on airframe/non-engine work in recent history.
Western Jet Aviation comprises a footprint of over 120,000 square feet of hangar, shop and office space on ten acres, as well as a team of nearly 100 aviation professionals. It is a certified repair station offering tip-to-tail maintenance and interior services for GIV and G200 through G650, plus heavy avionics support on many other popular business-aviation aircraft. The company offers business-jet customers myriad AOG and scheduled maintenance services, including airframe inspections; engine and APU troubleshooting, diagnostics and repair; part sales; interior soft-good modifications and wood repair; and major structural repairs. The avionics install shop serves most major business-jet platforms with capabilities ranging from comprehensive cockpit and cabin management system upgrades, in-flight connectivity installations, and annual certifications to troubleshooting, field support and OEM extended-warranty programs.
Like StandardAero, Western Jet Aviation is FAA- and EASA-certified and OEM-licensed with capabilities to provide modifications and upgrades for its customers. The company provides line maintenance on Rolls-Royce Tay, Spey, BR710 and BR725 engines and services Honeywell 36 series and RE220 series APUs.
“Western Jet Aviation’s broad range of business-aviation MRO capabilities expands our facility footprint, customer base, geographic reach and repair portfolio to facilitate continuing growth for StandardAero,” says Russell Ford, chairman and CEO of StandardAero. “Organizationally, Western Jet Aviation will be aligned with our Business Aviation division, and we warmly welcome the Western Jet Aviation team to StandardAero.”
Western Jet Aviation’s founder, Jim Hansen, has led the company for over 20 years. “After nearly 50 years in aviation, it was time for me to pass the reins," he says. "We have accomplished so much at Western Jet, but it was also time to find the right partner to help Western Jet go to the next level. StandardAero is the perfect partner to help this company do just that. I am thrilled for the employees and for the future of this company.”
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