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Great Tennessee Air Show

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in FBO, News & Updates | 0 comments

Great Tennessee Air Show

The Great Tennessee Air Show of 2014 is This Weekend! Smyrna Air Center is proud to be hosting the Blue Angels during their stay. Come on out the the Smyrna Airport (MQY), in Smyrna, TN, and watch the top aerial performers. See the list of scheduled performers HERE. OR Purchase your tickets...

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Considering a “Top” Overhaul?…Read this!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Featured Articles, Maintenance, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Considering a “Top” Overhaul?…Read this!

Greetings from the Hangar! I have had numerous discussions with owners and pilots over the years in regards to the “top overhaul” of a piston engine. I ran across an article (below), that I believe says it best, while going through my latest copy of ABS (American Bonanza Society).  Yes, I am an ABS member, and if you are a Beechcraft piston owner, you should be too!   I also recommend it to any maintenance personnel that want to be as knowledgeable as possible on these aircraft. The maintenance manual and tech data provided by...

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CAD Precision Avionics Panel Cut

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Services/Facility | 0 comments

CAD Precision Avionics Panel Cut

Smyrna Air Center Demonstrates CAD Precision Avionics Panel Cut! by Blake Tumbleson This week I was privileged to witness a panel cut by Smyrna Air Center’s Avionics Department.  While that may not sound very exciting to you, I was amazed! Rather than having to send the panel out for an outside vendor to cut and then hope that it will be done correctly, Smyrna Air Center completes the entire process in-house, ensuring the quality of the project.  The avionics panel design, computer layout, panel cut, installation of the new avionics, and...

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Daily News Journal- Power90

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in News & Updates, Power90 | 0 comments

Daily News Journal- Power90

The following was published by the Daily News Journal on May 11, 2013.   SMYRNA — For 30 years, Smyrna Air Center has provided services to the general aviation community at Smyrna Airport for everything from fuel sales to office and hangar leases to aircraft sales, maintenance and avionics repair. But the Fixed Base Operator is also the only company int he world with an exclusive contract with General Electric for the installation of engines on King Air aircraft. Curt Drumm, the president of Lakeshore Aviation of Manitowoc, Wis.,...

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Special Recognition

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance | 0 comments

Special Recognition

We have an excellent team here at Smyrna Air Center, and we like to recognize quality work and service.  The following is an email from a new customer that we received on May 9, 2013: Dear Neal,  My name is Blake B., and I am a new customer of Smyrna Air Center. I have a BE-55 that has been worked on for several jobs over the last quarter and I feel compelled to give some positive feedback from my experiences.   I have found the entire SAC team to be efficient, thorough and accommodating in their customer service.  Dave, Rob and...

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TAM- Power90 Install Center

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Featured Articles, Maintenance, Press Releases | 0 comments

TAM- Power90 Install Center

Press Release: SMYRNA AIR CENTER ANNOUNCES TAM AVIACAO EXECUTIVA E TAXI AEREO S/A (Brazil) AS AUTHORIZED INSTALL CENTER FOR THE POWER90 CONVERSION –SMYRNA, TENNESSEE—  Just days after announcing Brazilian approval of their STC to install the GE H80 engine on King Air C90 and E90 Models, Smyrna Air Center, Inc. announced today that they have just added TAM AVIACAO EXECUTIVA E TAXI AEREO S/A in Brazil as an authorized install center for the Power90 conversion. TAM is located in Sao Paulo. Dan Sigl, Director of Power90 Business...

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Brazil Approves Power90

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Featured Articles, Power90, Press Releases | 0 comments

Brazil Approves Power90

Press Release: SMYRNA AIR CENTER, EARNS BRAZILIAN APPROVAL OF STC FOR KING AIR GE H80 CONVERSION –SMYRNA, TENNESSEE— March 25, 2013. Smyrna Air Center, Inc. announced today that they have just won approval from the Brazilian Aviation Authority of their GE H80 engine conversion on the King Air C90, and E90 Model Aircraft (Brazilian CST # 2013S02-04) “This is yet another milestone for our program which is now being approved by aviation authorities around the globe” said Dan Sigl, Director of Power90 Business Development for Smyrna...

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Smyrna Tower is Staying Open!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Cargo, FBO, Hangar/Office Leasing, Line Service Blog, News & Updates, Services/Facility | 0 comments

Smyrna Tower is Staying Open!

Great news! Smyrna Tower is going to stay open! Smyrna Air Center has been working hard, along with the Smyrna Airport Authority, to keep our tower amid the sequestration.  Here is the official statement from Airport Director, John Black: “We just received official notice that Smyrna Air Traffic Control Tower is among 24 towers that will remain OPEN ! We want to thank you very much for all your help and support in this effort. The FAA reviewed the list in conjunction with other affected agencies and the effect on the National Interest...

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What to Expect When Acquiring

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Featured Articles | 0 comments

What to Expect When Acquiring

(Part 5 of 5) What to Expect in the Purchase Process Here is a step-by-step general outline of what you can expect in the acquisition of an aircraft.  The order sometimes changes depending on the situation. 1. Ask yourself questions: What do you want?  What do you want to spend? What is your mission? etc. 2. Interview buyer’s agents to represent you, then make a decision and hire one. 3. Expect to sign an agency agreement giving the agent the exclusive right to represent you for a period of time and establishing the fee you will pay...

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Pitfalls of Aircraft Acquisition

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Pitfalls of Aircraft Acquisition

(Part 4 of 5) Pitfalls of Acquiring an Aircraft You’ve chosen your broker, set up your team and chosen an aircraft.  You’re well on your way, but you’re not out of the woods, yet.  Certainly there are many pitfalls in acquiring an aircraft, but these are some of the most common: Pre-purchase Inspection Just having a pre-purchase inspection performed is not enough.  You need to be certain that the inspection facility understands the make and model of the aircraft that you are buying and is on the cutting edge of current and pending...

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Aircraft Purchase FAQs

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Aircraft Purchase FAQs

(Part 3 of 5) Questions to Consider Before Purchasing an Aircraft You’ve made the decision to buy an aircraft, and you’ve found a great buyer’s agent / broker to help you.  Now, it’s time to ask yourself some questions; so, here’s a list to help you get started.  If you are a first-time aircraft buyer, you may not know the answers to some of these questions.  That’s okay, just use your best judgment.  Of course, these questions and your answers are just the start of the aircraft purchase process, but they will point you in...

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Dave’s Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Maintenance | 0 comments

Dave’s Maintenance Tips

 Pneumatic System Good operational habits of your aircraft can help you to save money and avoid out base breakdowns. Some examples of good operational habits with regards your pressure/vacuum/pneumatic system: I would recommend alternating the engines that you start first, when operating a twin-making sure to watch instrument air pressure indication with each start for any irregularities.  Additionally, operate your de-ice boot system several times before each flight, regardless of the time of year, while monitoring your gauge...

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February-March Garmin Avionics Special!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Avionics Specials | 0 comments

Beginning February 4, 2013, our customers can save up to $1,200 when purchasing a Garmin Traffic solution and Garmin GMA 350 or GMA 35 audio panel.     Customers will receive a $1,000 rebate when purchasing a GTS 800, GTS 820, or GTS 850 Traffic System.               If a customer purchases a GMA 350 or GMA 35 Audio Panel, they will receive a $200 rebate. This rebate will ends March 28, 2013.   Contact Chet for all of the details…. Chet Allen, Director of Avionics 615.459.3337 ext.109...

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Finding the Right Aircraft Broker

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Finding the Right Aircraft Broker

(Part 2 of 5) The Key to Success Before we get into some specific questions to ask yourself, and the steps to making an aircraft purchase, let me tell you the real key to a successful transaction…hire a competent and experienced broker with an excellent reputation.  You’ll most likely refer to the broker as your “agent” or “buyer’s agent,” but “broker” and “acquisition specialist” are also common monikers.  When hiring a broker, it’s important to do your homework.  Get referrals, check out the broker’s website,...

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Aircraft Purchasing Primer

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Featured Articles | 0 comments

Aircraft Purchasing Primer

(Part 1 of 5) As a successful business person, you’ve no doubt been involved in countless complicated high-dollar acquisitions and business deals over the years.  You’ve contemplated the effect on your business, considered the upside and covered the downside.  You’ve also consulted with your tax adviser, banker, attorney, and internal management team.  With the facts in hand and a plan in place, you proceeded with cautious optimism. When it came time to consider the purchase of an aircraft as a tool to expand your business, you...

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“Power90″ In The News!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Power90 | 0 comments

“Power90″ In The News!

On Thursday January 30, 2013 over 40,000 aviation professionals received an email from AIN (Aviation International News) announcing Smyrna Air Center’s delivery of the worlds first GE H80-powered King Air.  Please read the brief article by clicking HERE. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in upgrading your King Air or purchasing a “turn-key” H80-powered King Air, please give me a call.  The benefits of owning Smyrna Air Center’s “Power90″ King Air are very compelling.  What are they?  Call...

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Power90 Program Milestone!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Parts, Power90, Press Releases | 0 comments

Power90 Program Milestone!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THE WORLD’S FIRST GE H80-POWERED KING AIR DELIVERED –SMYRNA, TENNESSEE—December 20, 2012.  Smyrna Air Center, Inc. has delivered the world’s first King Air C90 powered by General Electric’s new H80 800 SHP engines.  A formal ribbon cutting and delivery presentation was held at Smyrna Air Center at Smyrna Airport (MQY) in Smyrna Tennessee on Thursday December 20th, 2012.  In attendance was Greg Ryan, Sales Director at GE Aviation. The aircraft, a 1974 King Air C90, LJ-627, N4447W was fitted with two brand...

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The Latest From GE!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Power90 | 2 comments

The Latest From GE!

Check out GE’s latest newsletter!  There is a great deal of new information in it related to the H80 engine including the recent delivery of the WORLD’S FIRST GE H80-POWERED KING AIR! HERE is the link to the newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!    

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ADS-B: The Equipment

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Avionics, Featured Articles | 0 comments

ADS-B: The Equipment

In our previous blog on ADS-B we spoke of the basics of what ADS-B is, now I would like to share some specific information on the newly released Garmin solutions to the ADS-B mandate. Garmin has provided several different options to accommodate a variety of solutions.   The GDL 88 is the first dual-link solution for certified aircraft that not only provides a path to ADS-B “Out” compliance for many pilots, but also brings subscription-free weather and advanced traffic display to the cockpit. Under the NextGen air traffic...

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Hurricane Isaac Forces Aircraft to Us!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in FBO, Featured Articles, Line Service Blog, News & Updates | 1 comment

Hurricane Isaac Forces Aircraft to Us!

Smyrna Air Center is Hurricane Relief Home! Smyrna Air Center hosted 118 U.S. Military Bell 206 helicopters and T-6 Trainers as they were moved up from Pensacola, Florida to avoid potential damage from Hurricane Isaac.  More importantly, we played host to the pilots flying those aircraft to Smyrna! “There were no titles last week.  All of our employees jumped in to move pilots, assist our line service, bring in pizza’s, and do whatever else needed to be done.  I’m so proud of our team!” said Brenda Fields, Chief Operating Officer...

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ADS-B : The Basics

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Avionics, Featured Articles, News & Updates | 0 comments

ADS-B : The Basics

I’m sure most of you have at least heard the term ADS-B, it stands for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, it is a new technology that allows air traffic controllers to see traffic using highly accurate GPS signals via your transponder. As a result, ADS-B works where radar often doesn’t, and because it can function at low altitudes and on the ground.  It can also be used to monitor traffic on airport taxiways and runways. Aircraft with certain equipment can also receive ADS-B traffic and subscription-free weather information...

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Custom Avionics Panels

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Avionics, Maintenance, Parts | 0 comments

Custom Avionics Panels

            Years ago, the radio shop at the Repair Station I was working at could not find anyone willing to cut a hole in the panel. When they got to me (I didn’t know any better), I said “Sure, I’ll cut a hole.” From that day forward I was doing everything from drilling a small hole for a switch, to fabricating complete instrument panels…all by hand, using a hack saw, a drill and some files. Now it’s so much easier, and the results are clean, crisp, and factory in appearance. Today, you can...

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Pesky Nose Wheel Inspections?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Maintenance, Parts | 0 comments

Pesky Nose Wheel Inspections?

        Would you like to install a new nose wheel on your King Air C90 to eliminate the required recurring nose wheel inspections? No problem, all you need is: The Cleveland Kit (Part Number Specific to your Aircraft) The Supplemental Type Certificate (& copies) The Permission Letter to Install the STC (& copies) The Installation Instructions & Drawings (Included with Kit) The Weight & Arm of the Nose Wheel Removed The Weight of the New Nose Wheel Your Current Equipment List The Current Weight &...

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Cargo Maintenance Services

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Cargo, Line Service Blog, Maintenance | 0 comments

Cargo Maintenance Services

        So, you are a cargo pilot or cargo dispatcher.  Maintenance and service checks are a part of your life, and when away from home they can be challenging to deal with.  Wouldn’t it help if your destination could provide maintenance and service checks right where you are parked? Smyrna Air Center has Line Maintenance and Service Checks available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We regularly service: DC-9 727 737 Convair Falcon 20’s Metroliners All other cargo aircraft large and small Our veteran staff has...

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Wing Tip Light Installation

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Maintenance | 1 comment

Wing Tip Light Installation

  Installation of Aveo Engineering Wing Tip Lights.     On this aircraft, the original factory supplied light is a combination Nav. Light, Position Light (Tail Nav.) and Strobe Light. The strobe system consists of a separate Flash Tube (Bulb) and Power Supply which is mounted inside the wing tip on this aircraft. All three light bulbs can go bad, as well as the strobe power supply, and any of those four items can be quite costly to replace even if you install them yourself. The Aveo Engineering light assembly is significantly...

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Newsletter-July 2012

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Aircraft Sales, Avionics, News & Updates, Power90 | 0 comments

Newsletter-July 2012

The NEW Smyrna Air Center Newsletter/July 2012 What’s New at The NEW Smyrna Air Center? by Blake Tumbleson, Director of Sales and Marketing blake@SmyrnaAirCenter.com * 615.459.3337 Well the short answer to this question is, EVERYTHING!   Here is a quick run down…. The NEW Smyrna Air Center!  We just re-launched our company after nearly 30 years with a promotional campaign “The NEW Smyrna Air Center!”.  So what is this about?  Read the blog at our web site www.SmyrnaAirCenter.com.  Also be sure to...

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Lessons From Rob #1

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Maintenance | 0 comments

My Brakes Don’t Work! I was working in a medium size General Aviation shop and we got a lot of twin Cessna’s.  A 421C owner comes in and says his brakes don’t work. I checked everything, linings, discs, bleeding…the brakes worked fine. I signed off the work order…”Could Not Duplicate.” The next day the same guy comes in just a bit angry..”I thought you guys told me there was no problem with my brakes! Don’t give it back to me again until it’s FIXED!” The shop foreman gave the...

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“Budget” Annual Inspections!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Maintenance, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Part 43 Appendix D and Annual Inspections Part 43 Appendix D vs. Manufacturer’s Inspection Outline FAR 43.15 contains rules about what an Annual Inspection must include. It states, for example, that an annual must include everything in Part 43 Appendix D. The problem is, Appendix D applies to ALL aircraft, so the list might be a bit loose. It will say things such as: • Open all necessary inspection plates, access doors, fairing, and cowling”….well, who decides if a panel is “necessary” and should be opened? •...

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Finding The Right Shop

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Maintenance | 0 comments

Found The Right Aircraft Maintenance Shop? No matter where you go, the work performed is only as good as the people who complete the task.  When you make the decision on where to have your maintenance done, consider this: Who will be working on the aircraft? How much experience do they have? Will I be paying to train them? Will the quality of work be worth what I pay? When you want the most for your money, find a place that cares about what they do.  Find people who really enjoy aviation.  When you find the mechanic who enjoys what...

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Seeing You at Oshkosh 2012?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Power90 | 0 comments

Seeing You at Oshkosh 2012?

Seeing You at Oshkosh? Next week Air Venture 2012 starts in Oshkosh, WI, also known as God’s Country. If you are there at the show, please stop by the GE tent near Aeroshell Square and introduce yourself and spend a few moments talking about airplane, engines, the weather, or you name it. I look forward to seeing you there. Dan Sigl Power 90 – Director of Business Development 615.971.8107 Mobile Dan.Sigl@SmyrnaAirCenter.com

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