In May of 2015, Smyrna Air Center struck a formal partnership with Carpenter Avionics to provide Smyrna Air Center’s Customers premium avionics services, at a fair price.
After serving in the US Air Force and working in avionics for 25 years, Bob Carpenter moved his wife, Fran, and children, originally from South Carolina, to establish Carpenter Avionics in Nashville in August 1981.The company began business as the avionics affiliate of Nashville Jet Center, which is now known as Signature Flight Support at the Nashville International Airport.In 1992, the company moved to its current location at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport, an even more ideal location for general aviation.With Bob’s background and his team’s experience and talent, Carpenter Avionics earned recognition by Professional Pilot Magazine readers as one of the top avionics shops in the country for 20 years! Truly remarkable. Bob also was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Aircraft Electronics Association. Bob is no longer with us, yet his legacy lives on through a dedicated team committed to the highest quality workmanship, integrity and customer satisfaction.In November 2014, the company was acquired by Momentum Aviation Holdings, Inc., a privately held company based at that time in Naples, Florida. Momentum’s founder, Mark Lee, is an accomplished leader with diverse experience in software, telecom and aviation within respected organizations such as Microsoft and Nortel. Mark has held senior leadership roles in marketing and business development at Honda Aircraft, Aspen Avionics and Diamond Aircraft. Following a nationwide search for an aviation services firm to acquire, Mark, who is a Vanderbilt University MBA alum and Kentucky son, returned to the Nashville area to lead Carpenter, alongside its General Manager, John DenDekker, who joined the company in 2011. The new leadership team is 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.