|By Carmelo Turdo|
|Director of Maintenance|
Along with maintaining the training and rental aircraft, service is provided for Cessna, Beechcraft and Piper aircraft, including power plant repair, annual and 100 hour inspections and oxygen service. The two full-time A&P mechanics, bringing with them over 40 years of combined experience, can also perform more complex operations such as wing repair and replacement for cabin-class twins and single piston-engine aircraft. McInturff added that no job is too small - the Maintenance Department has selected parts available, and can help a pilot do a small repair job on the spot. The staff is also on call to respond to emergencies.
The Air Associates of Missouri Maintenance Department staff strives to strike the best balance of customer requests and safety requirements. The owner has the final say on what work is done, and that decision should be an informed one. McInturff continued, "I give them the options - what is needed to make the aircraft airworthy, and what is recommended in addition to that. We give the owner a quote before we begin the work. Our rates are also very competitive.” Once the work begins, attention to detail is always observed. The staff takes extra care in performing their work, such as when replacing screws and lock washers, to increase the safety factor of the aircraft. McInturff added, “We treat their airplanes as if they were ours, even cleaning windows and anything we touch.”
Air Associates of Missouri offers the Cessna Skycatcher light sport aircraft for rental and flight training, about which the Maintenance Department has favorable reviews. The aircraft has flown about 325 flight hours, and very little unscheduled maintenance has been performed on it. The Continental O-200D engine is reliable and more compatible with other small aircraft engines than the specialty engines often used in other light sport aircraft. Thus, the Skycatcher is available for flying nearly every day, unless someone else gets to it first!
Favorable reviews of the Air Associates Maintenance Department are not difficult to find, and here are just a few:
The equipment is nicer here than in most flight schools. It’s the best equipment for a St. Louis flight school. I have that peace of mind that when I get into the plane I can focus on teaching the student. 2013 New St. Louis CFI of the Year Rich Franzer
Air Associates of Missouri consistently exceeds my expectations with their level of professionalism and customer service...Air Associates has earned my confidence through their workmanship and attention to detail. Customer James Reed
I can say that I am happy that AAMO is on the airport. Convenient. They allowed you to get to my plane and work on it FAST...no waiting to be squeezed into a schedule. That's fantastic! Customer Eve Cascella
The Air Associates Maintenance Department is ready to provide high-quality aircraft maintenance services to new customers. Director of Maintenance Jeremy McInturff can be contacted by calling 636-536-1341 or through the Air Associates website.