Chris Colbath, President and Director of Maintenance
In the corporate aviation industry, a formidable challenge for any flight operator is in finding a quality maintenance, repair, and overhaul crew at the ready. While most charter flight firms have excellent teams at their own hangars, it is often hard to fly these engineers and expert mechanics to other destinations every time an aircraft is grounded due to a critical failure of a part or bodily damage. With the rising costs associated with parking fees and time lost due to unforeseen mishaps, flight operators need to be prepared to fix any problems at any given time, lest risking the prospect of causing inconveniences to clients or frequent flyers that have to wait until help arrives.
To resolve this hindrance, Kevin Wargo, CEO at Wing Aviation Group, along with his team, decided to expand on their chartered flight services, and venture into the MRO sector, thereby founding Wing Aviation Maintenance. Backed by a highly proficient intellectual management team, Wing Aviation Group caters to various requirements of a corporate aviation business such as jet card memberships through Alliance Aviation Group, fleet management, and interior/exterior modifications of an aircraft. “We are all experts in our fields, be it retail, brokering, maintenance, acquisitions, or fleet management,” comments Chris Colbath, President and Director of Maintenance, Wing Aviation Maintenance. With its own operational fleet of aircraft, the MRO provider has acquired an inert knowledge of the various challenges that persist in the industry.
Using this acquired information, Wing Aviation Maintenance mitigates a plethora of issues such as a damaged wing or faulty navigation system and has created a very profitable and manageable spectrum of a complex yet simple set of MRO services that can be offered to other flight operators as well.
We are all experts in our different sectors whether it be retail or brokering, maintenance, acquisitions or fleet management
Located in Stuart, Florida, Wing Aviation Maintenance has a MRO facility and mobile aviation mechanic teams that are capable of performing any repairs on an aircraft within their operational range. “As an operator functioning under Charter Fleet 135 Standards, we discovered areas where aircraft maintenance is hard to find and understood that other operators might require similar services as well,” elucidates Colbath. With an average experience of six years for every technician in a deployable crew, Wing Aviation Maintenance is further exploring newer territories, such as Teterboro, California, Texas, and Chicago. “Instead of an operator having to transport an aircraft to our facility, our mobile teams drive to their locations and save that money overall for the operator,” says Colbath.
Most recently, Wing Aviation Maintenance successfully completed one of Gulfstream’s largest inspections (Gulfstream 5000 landings) on one of their own G4 aircraft in a very tight timeframe. With the success of this operation making headway in the corporate aviation industry, Wing Aviation Maintenance was contacted by Bombardier, a Customer Response Center, when a Global 6000 under its management was on the ground in Melbourne, Florida. Within an hour of receiving the maintenance dossier, a team was sent to the location, and on arrival, were able to narrow down the problem to a single part that had been compromised. In the time spent for Bombardier to send the part from its home facility to Wing Aviation Maintenance’s crew, not a second was wasted in preparing the aircraft for immediate repairs. Wing Aviation Maintenance’s team not only lent a helping hand in unloading their passengers’ baggage but also set out to complete the equipment replacement the very same night.
Pushing forward and continuing a journey of excellence that best captivates the strengths of the MRO services provider, Wing Aviation Maintenance will add new members to its workforce and build more MRO mobile teams by the end of Q1 2022. “We want to give the crew, the operator, or whoever that is working with us an experience they will remember,” expresses Colbath.