Airplane parts supplier acquires jets
An airplane parts supplier has acquired six more 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 jets.
AeroVision International in Muskegon said this month that it will likely disassemble some of the jets for parts and return others to service via outright sale or lease.
The six jets were part of a regional airline service prior to the acquisition.
The company now has 42 Embraer ERJ 145 jets.
“What we’ve done with the aircraft to this point is in some cases we have disassembled them and have sold those parts, and in other cases, we have returned the aircraft to service, and they are operating — flying either as a corporate shuttle or as a regional airline service aircraft,” explained Rick Cramblet, EVP, AeroVision.
AeroVision said it was among the first to enter the ERJ airframe parts business with the 2012 acquisition of 10 ERJ 145 LRs formerly operated by Mesa Air Group and has become the largest independent supplier of ERJ material and major subassemblies — such as landing gear, auxiliary power units and AE3007 engines — in the world, supporting both regional airlines and corporate or shuttle operators.
Additionally, AeroVision has managed the refurbishment and return to service of numerous ERJ 145 LRs.
“We use a firm that will repair the engines, landing gear, auxiliary power units and do the maintenance on the aircraft itself, inside and outside,” Cramblet said. “In that process, there are usually parts that are needed. So the aircraft we have disassembled then become the usable parts that are put into the aircraft that is returned to service.”
Cramblet said the company sells parts and refurbished planes all over the world, with more than 50 percent of its sales outside of the U.S.
“We supply pretty much every major operator of these aircraft,” he said.
The company said it has several additional refurbishment projects to be announced shortly.
AeroVision International was founded in 2003, with a focus on engines and engine parts and has grown since that time.
The company employs 34 workers at its two facilities in Muskegon and five contractors outside of the region.
Its Muskegon facilities total 43,600 square feet and are located in the Airport Business Park near the Muskegon County Airport.
The company’s Aircraft Logistics Center supports aircraft disassembly and serves as a warehouse for its growing airframe business and consignment inventories.
AeroVision said its Aircraft Logistics Center has been approved for airport runway access.