We are an FAA Certified repair station specializing in
Propeller balancing, Pitot-Static/Transponder checks, Avionics work and Experimental aircraft
building and maintenance.
I've been a pilot for 36 years, an FAA
mechanic for 31 years, hold an FAA Inspection Authorization (IA), FAA
Repairman certificate and FCC General Radio Operators License (GROL).
I graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University back
in 1981. At ERAU I majored in Avionics/Electronics in addition to the A&P
maintenance program and received my A&P along with a FCC General Radio Operator
license. While attending school I helped operate the
schools certified avionics repair station doing line and
avionics bench repair work on the Universities fleet of single and twin engine
aircraft (helped pay for tuition) as I already had previous electronics and
Prior to attending Embry Riddle I worked in GA as an
apprentice mechanic, then after finishing school I returned to GA for a couple
years as a mechanic, avionics
bench tech and avionics installer before joining the airlines
as an avionics technician. During my 25 year stint at the airlines I worked as
a avionics tech (bench & line), mechanic, inspector (avionics &
airframe), avionics engineer, maintenance
supervisor, quality supervisor and maintenance manager. I retired from the
airlines then did a couple more years in aircraft manufacturing supervising the
of the Sikorski UH-60 'BlackHawk', Boeing C17, and Gulfstream GV structures.
The planets finally aligned in 2000 and I was able to pursue my
life long dream of building my own
aircraft. After looking at all the different models available I chose Van's due to their
performance, solid design, proven history, great reputation, and all metal
design which I had years of experience with.
I completed a standard "slow build" RV7A aircraft in late 2004 after 4 years of
diligent work. "Ms Vita" currently has over 1,300 trouble free hours
on her and is all I could have hoped for!.
Along the way I made lots of friends in the 'RV'
community and found myself assisting
other builders with their projects as well. Most builders didn't have
experience (no aircraft experience in many cases) with structures, riveting, general wiring practices,
avionics installations, standard aircraft practice etc. that I did.
So I started Exp Aircraft Services because I love working on airplanes,
and I saw a real need in the
Experimental aviation community for an experienced aviation maintenance
professional. Someone who can help get you started, show you some basic
processes, keep you motivated and generally help you
build a safe, reliable aircraft that you and your family can enjoy.
I have very high
standards and expectations of quality. I let my customers know from the get go
that if something needs to be fixed they need to be on board with the repair.
In fact, part of the condition when I accept an aircraft in for an annual or
conditional inspection is that there will be very little negotiation on
airworthiness items that need repair. That means from nose to tail, on every
airplane, if a repair is needed it will get fixed. The quality of my service and
keeping my customers safe is my number one goal and I refuse to compromise these
standards. When an airplane leaves my shop, I would fly my family in it.
To me nothing is more important in aviation than
SAFETY, so I offer free safety inspections to local aircraft
builders under the EAA Technical Counselor program. This service is totally free
of charge and I encourage all builders to have a second set of eyes look at
experimental aircraft project both during construction and prior to that
critical first flight! The best part is it costs you nothing!
Many shops that work on "certified" aircraft shy away or
even refuse to work on Experimental aircraft. The shops that will work on them
often do not know the regulations for experimental aircraft or have any
experience working on them. Bottom line, bring your experimental aircraft to us,
this is what we specialize in!
Please feel free to email or call me with questions or
to arrange a meeting.
Thanks for visiting,
IA , FCC GROL
Wife and I with our RV, "Ms Vita"