Need Maintenance? When One Door Closes, Others Open Wide

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Whatever you might say about the aviation industry, you can't say it’s not proactive. Over the last week, competitors jumped to the plate to scoop up customers dismayed by the closing of Direct To Avionics. And now, repair shops are speaking up to welcome owners of older aircraft who have been turned away elsewhere. Lynn Nichols, president of Yingling Aviation at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, told AVweb on Wednesday that airplanes 18 years old and up are welcome to darken his hangar door anytime. "We believe we can provide them with what is arguably the best service available," he said. "We have established maintenance procedures, tooling and expertise working on Cessna single and twin-engine aircraft, and located across from the factory, so if we run into an anomaly, Cessna’s product support is minutes away.” He added that more than 90 percent of Yingling's business comes from providing support to Cessna legacy aircraft, including 500- and 650-series Citations, Conquests Is and IIs and Cessna single and piston twins. "We will continue to welcome and provide exceptional maintenance and repair services for aging aircraft," Nichols said. “It just makes good business sense.”