Factory Trained Aircraft Technicians —
an Advantage of Doing Business with Apex Aviation
Question: What do you get when you blend passion & factory training?
Answer: The Factory Trained Aircraft Technicians at Apex Aviation
I recently had the opportunity to speak with a few of the technicians at Apex Aviation, all of them factory trained in one aircraft or another. (Some are factory trained in multiple aircraft.) The individuals I spoke to were factory trained for the Bombardier Lear Jet, the Honda Jet, the Bombardier Challenger 600 series, the Eclipse, and Beechcraft King Airs.
Common throughout was an eagerness to learn & achieve perfection in their craft, coupled with a mammoth passion for aviation, systems and mechanics. Being an aircraft technician is not just a job. It’s a vocation, a vocation that requires skill, study, practice and perseverance. It was apparent that they all love what they do.
It’s interesting to note that they each came through circuitous routes only to arrive at the same destination.
Mike had his private pilot’s license at the age of 18 and pursued a career as a firefighter for 16 years, only to come back to his true love, aviation. Mike is factory trained in the King Air.
Leo began as an auto mechanic and then became a real estate agent. Although he made a lot of money in real estate, he couldn’t get passionate about it. Later, he was very successful in insurance, investments and retirement planning but again, he wasn’t happy. During those years, he dabbled on his friend’s Cessna and realized he was built to work with his hands and to troubleshoot things. He found his happy place at Apex Aviation and is factory trained on the Bombardier Challenger.
Cisco’s career has always centered around planes. He began as a luggage handler at LAX, went to school to become an aircraft technician, got a job as a line service technician and then became an aircraft mechanic. Cisco is factory trained on the Lear Jet.
Dan came to Apex Aviation straight from the Military. He was an Air Force man for 21 years, working on the B52s as an aircraft mechanic. He is factory trained on the Honda Jet and King Air.
Scott retired from the Air force in 2007 and became the crew lead at the Eclipse Aviation Service Center in Albuquerque. When they closed their doors due to bankruptcy, he opened his own repair business. Scott is factory trained in the Eclipse and is the CEO of Apex Aviation.
Factory Trained Aircraft Technicians
Having factory trained aircraft technicians that graduate from FlightSafety International is a real plus for Apex because FlightSafety International is backed and accredited by the FAA and approved by the manufacturers. The FAA issues certifications to work on certain planes based on who has the knowledge to work on each plane to the manufacturer’s specifications. The manufacturers send their protocols and specifications to FlightSafety International and approve of their courses. It’s a huge double win for Apex.
But the real win is for the Apex Aviation customers. Knowing that the most, or one of the most, precious thing you own is being taken care of by technicians who are trained to follow proper procedures to ensure your safety and extend the life of your aircraft is one thing. A side benefit is the confidence instilled through the training. These techs are not nervous working on your plane; they are relaxed, they are professional, they know what they’re doing.
Keeping up with new systems is critical. Having a technician who has been doing the same thing on the same aircraft for 40 years is great on the one hand but severely limiting on the other. There are structural changes that happen over the years. On a King Air, for example, an old timer might think the timing box was off when in reality the system in question now works simultaneously rather than cycling from left to right, right to left.
CEO Scott Bullock believes in investing in human resources by sending technicians to school for factory training.
“Factory training is an essential component of being an FAA certified Part 145 Repair Station, doing the job right, and to the future of Apex,” said Bullock.
His strategy is to have factory trained aircraft technicians for most of the aircraft and then cross train & utilize the technicians as needed. The technicians at Apex work on every make and model of aircraft including Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, Mooney, Challenger, Lear Jet, Eclipse, Extra, Waco and various rotorcraft.
Barb Wolfe is a contributing writer to the Apex Aviation blog.