Published in Midwest Flyer – February/March 2019 issue
WICHITA, KAN. – Yingling Aviation has announced significant expansion to its current facilities at Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. Construction on a new 23,000 square foot facility for aircraft avionics and maintenance has begun. In addition, the company is adding another 50,000 square feet of newly leased space consisting of a paint hangar, prep hangar, service, aircraft interiors, and office space. The paint hangar can accommodate up to a Hawker 800 mid-size jet. The additional expansion also includes parking and ramp area.
“We have completed an agreement to lease the facilities on the east runway (1R/19L) at Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport located immediately north of our current facilities,” said Lynn Nichols, CEO of the company. “Obviously this is logistically a great fit for our operations.” The facilities were recently occupied by Hawker Beechcraft Services and vacated when Textron Aviation combined them with the Textron Aviation Service Center across the east runway in 2017.
“The opportunity for Yingling to offer aircraft paint services has long been on our list of new services to provide, so having these facilities, particularly next door, is a perfect situation for us. Adding paint will complement our interior, avionics and aircraft maintenance services. Generally speaking when customers have their aircraft painted, they often want avionics upgrades, interior refurbishment and timely maintenance items done at the same time. Adding these paint capabilities positions Yingling Aviation in the marketplace as a full-service MRO,” Nichols continued.
“The newly-added 50,000 square foot facility will undergo a major facelift and renovation inside and outside over the next year. This will also result in Yingling adding more new jobs. We’re continuing to add A & P mechanics and avionics technicians and now we’ll be hiring aircraft painters, as well. We already have several customers lined up for aircraft paint work, so we will be off and running as soon as the facilities are ready,” Nichols explained.
Yingling Aviation has been affiliated with Textron Aviation longer than any other entity, having been named the first Cessna sales and service dealer established in 1946. Its 100-plus Wichita-based employees are dedicated to serving customers. Yingling Aviation can be reached by calling 316-943-3246 or on the web at www.yinglingaviation.com.