On July 26, 2002 Spectra jet received approval from the FAA as a repair station for 20, 40, 50 and 60 series Learjet airframes. This adds to their original certification on Learjet 35/36 and 31/31a aircraft. Also, they expanded their engine coverage from single TFE731-2's to the TFE731 Series aircraft engines.
Spectra Jet places great emphasis upon the ever wide array of support equipment needed to maintain Learjet aircraft. Continually purchasing new items puts their organization in a position that favors each customer's desire for one stop, one shop complete service. This aggressive purchasing of new equipment has contributed to Spectra Jet's continued expansion.
As a partnership, Spectra Jet, Inc. is approaching its fourth anniversary. This seems a very short history for Mike Catherwood, Dave Riegel and John Yegerlehner, all working strictly within the Learjet support business. However, the events of the past three years has served to strengthen their ability, commitment and resolve to always provide the very best maintenance support for Learjet's, anywhere.
Located in Springfield, Ohio at Springfield / Beckley Municipal Airport, Spectra Jet's three founders and owners were awarded Safety Achievement Awards by the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) for three years of accident and incident free maintenance (see B&CA Sept. 2002. This is quite a feat in light of the extensive work accomplished during the period both at home as well as on-the-road. Their travels in support of individual, corporate and fleet fractional ownership companies expanded to eleven states surrounding Ohio. Spectra Jet has earned the right to boast about its record of flawless, incident free work in this demanding and critical segment of our air transportation system.
Instrumental in making perhaps the most significant impact upon their work was Dave Riegel (an outstanding Chief Inspector). Dave was additionally presented an 18 year Safety Award by the NBAA. Serving corporate aviation since 1984, Mr. Riegel gets an A+ for ensuring that his company maintains the highest level of safety consciousness and aggressive safety promotion.
In part, their enviable safety record stems from their combined 45+ years of Learjet experience, model specific factory training, and immensely positive attitudes. In addition, the small size of the company, five full and part time employees, makes quality control a successful reality in both short and long term. But, they do not allow their small size to influence the jobs they routinely tackle. Major inspections up through 12,000 hr / 12 Year work requirements are common practice.
The events of 9/11 have significantly changed aviation. Now, along with safety there are issues such as security and integrity that are foremost in our minds. Spectra Jet embraces these issues with re-dedicated commitment and resolve. Charles Darwin once said, "it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."
Lean, fair, eager and hungry, it remains to be seen what awaits this uniquely qualified aircraft repair company. Spectra Jet expects to see even greater achievements in the years to come.