David Hamilton, Vice President&Aaron Abbott, President
The exponential growth of the aviation industry has ignited an overwhelming demand for supporting operations such as maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). As airframe OEMs disregard the aftermarket and typically center on development and production, carriers are increasingly looking to outsource their MRO services requirements to ensure compliance and safety with Airworthiness Directives while avoiding unexpected Aircraft On Ground (AOG) scenarios. Given that cost-control is a prerequisite to ensure seamless operations and profitability, players in this line of business are emphasizing, reducing the total cost for maintenance eventsand complete transparency into dollars spent. To keep up with customer demands, carriers are also seeking quick turn-around regardless of whether they choose to repair or exchange aircraft parts.
Addressing these needs with decades-worth ofexpertise is Covington Aircraft. “The more your aircraft stays on the ground, the greater loss you suffer,” says David Hamilton, Vice President, Covington Aircraft. “We target that pain point by rendering cost-effective services with swift turn-around, while maintaining complete transparency throughout the process.”
Founded in 1972, Covington Aircraft is a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility specializing in PT6A turbine engines and R-985 & R-1340 radial engines.
Covington is a Pratt & Whitney Canada certified Distributor, and Designated Overhaul Facility with locations in Oklahoma, Brazil, and Mississippi, providing world-class corporate, military and agricultural aircraft services.
The company’s overall business model stands on the four pillars of integrity, dependability, quality service, and affordability. With well-equipped hangar space, mastery in overhauling, and a 24x7 global AOG response team of expert mechanics, Covington effectively minimizes aircraft downtime. Skilled technicians also perform non-destructive testing (NDT) to verify an aircraft’s critical parts’ integrity and uses computer-controlled machinery in machining, balancing, and grinding engine components. On-site quality control inspectors supervise every step involved in the MRO process. Post engine rebuilding, Covington also tests the engine at its in-house test facilities. What makes Covington Aircraft exceptional is its services portfolio,which includes, minimal turn-around time, top-notch inventory of aircraft parts, accessories, andengine models available for both rental and sale.
Covington Aircraft’s approach to client experience is another aspect of accomplishment. Covington has been a leader in the aviation MRO space for nearly five decades, they have remained a company that provides undivided attention to their customer’sneeds. “When it comes to aircraft solutions, we are very hands-on, flexible, and customer focused,” says Aaron Abbott, President, Covington Aircraft. “As a company, we give a personal touch to our services, and that’s what makes us unique in this market. Every engine that comes into our shop receives our highest level of attention and service, which ensures the quality and timeliness our customers expect.”
Covington’s unparalleled focus on customer satisfaction has earned it distinct honors.The fact that such personalized servicesare offered at an affordable price-point keeps them ahead of the competition. Going forward, Covington Aircraft’s primary objective is to continue staying true to its core values while innovating at every stage. “For us, real growth lies in the expansion of both our teammembers and services; we always keep an eye out for opportunities to add additional engine models, hire leading technicians, and update our service portfolio,” comments Hamilton. “We believe that if you value customers, you’ll serve them well—and our efforts focus on doing just that.”