SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – February 2, 2023 — StandardAero announced today that it has acquired Western Jet Aviation, an independently owned business jet maintenance company that specializes in Gulfstream aircraft, located at the Van Nuys, California airport – one of the busiest business aviation airports in the world, with an additional facility located at the Miami-Opa Locka, Florida Executive Airport.
Western Jet Aviation represents StandardAero’s 12th acquisition since 2015 and the company comprises a footprint of over 120,000 square feet of hangar, shop and office space on ten acres along with a team of nearly 100 aviation professionals. This marks the first acquisition by StandardAero that focuses on airframe/non-engine work in recent history. Western Jet Aviation is a certified repair station offering tip-to-tail maintenance and interior services for GIV and G200 through G650, plus heavy avionics support on many other popular business aviation aircraft.
Western Jet Aviation offers business jet customers a myriad of AOG and scheduled maintenance services including airframe inspections, engine and APU trouble shooting, diagnostics and repair, part sales, interior soft good modifications and wood repair, and major structural repairs. The avionics install shop serves most major business jet platforms ranging from comprehensive cockpit and cabin management system upgrades, in-flight connectivity installations, annual certifications, troubleshooting, field support and OEM extended warranty programs.
Like StandardAero, Western Jet Aviation is FAA and EASA certified and OEM licensed with capabilities to provide modifications and upgrades for its customers. Western Jet Aviation provides line maintenance on Rolls-Royce Tay, Spey, BR710 and BR725 engines and services Honeywell 36 series and RE220 series APUs.
“Western Jet Aviation’s broad range of business aviation MRO capabilities expands our facility footprint, customer base, geographic reach and repair portfolio to facilitate continuing growth for StandardAero,” said Russell Ford, Chairman & CEO of StandardAero. “Organizationally, Western Jet Aviation will be aligned with our Business Aviation division and we warmly welcome the Western Jet Aviation team to StandardAero.”
Western Jet Aviation’s founder, Jim Hansen has led the company for over 20 years and commented, “After nearly 50 years in aviation, it was time for me to pass the reins. We have accomplished so much at Western Jet, but it was also time to find the right partner to help Western Jet go to the next level. StandardAero is the perfect partner to help this company do just that. I am thrilled for the employees and for the future of this company.”
StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components and energy markets. StandardAero is owned by global investment firm Carlyle.