Carpenter Avionics Acquires Smyrna Air Center’s Avionics Business


SMYRNA, TENNESSEE, May 29, 2015 – Carpenter Avionics, an award-winning aviation services company based in the Nashville area, announced today it has acquired the avionics business unit of Smyrna Air Center, an FAA approved Maintenance and Repair Organization and one of two Fixed Based Operators located at the same airport where Carpenter is based. The companies will partner as Carpenter Avionics becomes the avionics service provider for Smyrna Air Center.

“We share a common philosophy with Smyrna Air Center of providing unsurpassed, excellent customer service,” said Mark Lee, President of Carpenter Avionics. “We’ve been modernizing an already-proven operation and expanding our Installation and Service teams to better serve our customers since we acquired Carpenter six months ago. Today’s news enhances our capacity, underscores our commitment to the Mid-South region, and strengthens what already has been a very positive working relationship with Smyrna Air Center for many years. Customers will benefit from this new level of collaboration.”

“Smyrna Air Center has always focused on ways to improve and expand its wide range of services for our customers,” said Bob Fields, CEO of Smyrna Air Center. “With the availability of Carpenter’s renowned avionics expertise, and Smyrna Air Center’s 145 Maintenance facility, with factory trained mechanics, we feel customers will benefit from the positive commitment to customer service and experience provided by two strong companies with similar visions. “

Carpenter acquired all of Smyrna Air Center’s avionics-related assets in this business purchase. Carpenter has leased space within Smyrna Air Center’s facility so Carpenter can provide services for aircraft operators from its facilities on both the east side and now west side of the airport as an added convenience to customers. The companies also will partner in other areas to better serve customers.

About Carpenter Avionics, Inc. Carpenter, the largest avionics service center in the Mid-South, is an authorized FAA Repair Station that sells, installs, maintains and repairs avionics systems for general aviation aircraft, including business jets, twin turboprops and single-engine piston airplanes. Carpenter has served customers across the country and internationally since 1981. Carpenter Avionics earned recognition by Pro Pilot Magazine readers as one of the top avionics shops in the country each year for more than 20 years! Bob Carpenter’s legacy lives on through a dedicated team committed to the highest quality workmanship, integrity and customer satisfaction. New ownership since late 2014, is now combining Carpenter’s sterling reputation and proven practices with new innovation to continue to be the aircraft service center customers trust for years to come. Carpenter is located in the greater Nashville area at the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport (KMQY), the busiest general aviation airport in Tennessee, and third-busiest airport overall in the state, placing the company within 600 miles of 80% of the U.S. population.

About Smyrna Air Center, Inc. Smyrna Air Center is a full service Fixed Base Operation also located at the Smyrna Rutherford County Airport just outside Nashville. Smyrna Air Center offers General Aviation and Business Aviation fueling, FAA Part 145 maintenance inspections, repairs, and installations, aircraft brokerage and consulting services, contract fuel pricing, as well as cargo fueling, handling and cartage. Hangar and tie down space also is available, along with 18 acres for hangar construction and expansion. Smyrna Air Center has enjoyed continuous business operations since 1984, and in 2007 expanded operations by building a new FBO terminal, maintenance facility and storage facilities.