Aviation Material and Technical Support (AVMATS) was one of the pioneers in providing alternatives for the support and maintenance of corporate aircraft. In response to customer requests for improved parts availability and more reasonably priced proprietary items, we set out to develop independent sources. Today's competitive parts pricing and conditional choices enjoyed by corporate operators can be largely attributed to AVMATS' unwillingness to accept the status quo of the industry.
A.C. "Butch" Giessman formed Centurion Investments, Inc. in 1978. The company established itself as a source for surplus aircraft parts under the name Aviation Material and Technical Support. AVMATS was a pioneer in the concept of purchasing and dismantling airworthy and undamaged corporate aircraft to support the existing fleet of Sabreliners.
Fueled by overwhelming customer acceptance, the years following 1978 produced enormous product diversity and geographical expansion. Accessory and component overhaul capabilities were added with the creation of Corpair Supply Company, Inc. now AVMATS Component Support of the Dassault Falcon 20, Lockheed Jetstar, and Raytheon Hawker 125 were included. Also, we received FAA certification for the overhaul of Rohr Thrust Reversers.
AVMATS (Aviation Maintenance & Technical Support) - In the late 1980s, four hangars and shop facilities were constructed at Spirit of St. Louis Airport to accommodate expansion into maintenance and structural repair services for the Falcon, Hawker, Sabreliner, Beechcraft, and Cessna aircraft. We added a full complement of avionics parts and installation sales along with the construction and certification of a fully equipped, state of the art instrument shop. Our shop began installing avionics upgrades including ELT, EGPWS, RVSM, and TCAS. We have established dealerships with all of the major avionics manufacturers. Additionally, we received a group certification STC for the installation of RVSM in the Sabre 65, Falcon 10 and Falcon 20. AVMATS is an Authorized Honeywell Line Service Center for the TFE731 and CFE738 engines as well as the GTCP30-92, GTCP36-6 and GTCP36-100/150 APUs. We also have capabilities on the Pratt & Whitney JT12 and JT15D and GE CF700 Engines as well as the Sundstrand T-62T-39 and T-62T-40C Series APUs.
Another major milestone in offering alternative aircraft service and support was reached in 1991/1992 when we formed Aviation Turbines International, Inc. (ATI), now AVMATS Engine Support. Engine Support maintains FAA certification for Pratt & Whitney JT12 and JT15D engine overhaul and the conditional inspection and repair of the Sundstrand T-62T-39 and T-62T-40C Series APUs. In addition, Engine Support offers a full lineup of services for the General Electric CF700 and CJ610 engines and Honeywell GTCP 30/36 APUs.
AVMATS Europe - AVMATS expanded internationally with the addition of a facility in Bournemouth, England. The facility in the UK provides APU service and rotable parts support to Europe, Africa and Asia.
AVMATS Jet Suppot, MidAmerica - The latest expansion for AVMATS was to MidAmerica Airport (BLV) in Mascoutah, IL with the development of a 27,000 square foot FBO. At this facility, we offer full FBO services and corporate aircraft maintenance services. The new corporate terminal offers a pilots lounge, planning area with WSI radar and a computer with Internet access. MidAmerica Airport offers the luxury of a 10,000 ft runway, very light traffic since it is outside the Lambert - St. Louis traffic pattern, and the quick response of AVMATS' personnel to provide the quickest possible turnaround.
To date, the AVMATS family of companies occupies more than ten acres, at four physical locations, supporting 46,000 square feet of hangar and attached shops, over 100,000 square feet of warehouse facilities, 20,000 square feet of dedicated component and accessory overhaul space and 42,000 square feet of engine and APU shop space.
Resources have been dedicated to staffing AVMATS and its Family of Companies' shops with industry leading technicians, skilled and experienced in the repair and overhaul of various engine and flight instruments and aircraft as well as airframe and nacelle structures.
After more than 30 years in business, AVMATS remains an American family-owned and operated business dedicated to providing best value and top notch service to our customers.
Quality, technical accuracy, and competitive pricing have been prioritized by senior management's example. The frills and showcase cosmetics adopted by some service organizations have been intentionally avoided, freeing up valuable resources to pursue yet additional areas in the "total aircraft" concept.
AVMATS is a leading provider of aircraft parts for Falcon, Hawker, Sabreliner, Beechcraft, Gulfstream, Jetstar, Learjet, Westwind, and Cessna Citation aircraft. We have grown substantially since 1978, expanding from parts sales into maintenance, interior refurbishment, accessory repair/overhaul, instrument repair, avionics repairs and installations, major airframe repair, modifications or inspections, engine overhaul, APU servicing, aircraft sales and more.
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