Lakeland, Florida (Feb 22, 2018) – Avocet Aviation Services LLC. is set to begin maintenance operations at its second maintenance facility located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. The FAA granted Avocet Aviation operational approval for the 26,000 square foot facility on December 22, 2017, after concluding its lease agreement with the airport earlier that month.
The new facility, which will accommodate multiple narrow-body aircraft both within and outside the hangar, will complement Avocet’s existing MRO facility located at Orlando-Sanford International Airport.
The Lakeland Linder Airport facility will provide full maintenance services, including Heavy Maintenance, “A” checks, Line Maintenance, Drop-Ins, and Engine Services, mirroring those services provided at is Orlando-Sanford facility. In addition to handling over-flow work from Avocet’s Orlando-Sanford facility, Lakeland Linder will also provide Paint and Aircraft Refinishing Services. The new Lakeland facility will increase Avocet’s overall capacity and ability to fulfill slots, while also recruiting highly-skilled talent from a strong base of experienced personnel in the region. (Photo provided courtesy of Lakeland Linder Regional Airport)
“Avocet is expanding its footprint in the state of Florida to ensure that we are ready to meet the needs of a dynamic industry as new aircraft come on line and existing fleets continue to age,” said Avocet Aviation CEO, Patrick Arellano Sr. “Lakeland Linder Regional Airport was the perfect choice for a second site for Avocet. Its location places us in a strategic logistics hub, while also having the right infrastructure and local talent in place.”
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport is located along the I-4 corridor, midway between Tampa and Orlando. During the last five years, more than $100 million in improvement projects have been completed at the airport to enhance, expand and improve its operations which span 1,742 acres, one million square feet of facilities, and an 8,500-foot runway. Contributing more than $284 million to the region in economic impact, the airport is now able to service the international business and aviation community having just opened a U.S. Customs Office.
“We enthusiastically welcome Avocet and their employees to our growing aviation community here at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport,” said Gene Conrad, Lakeland Airport Director. “Avocet not only brings additional jobs to the airport, but their tenancy elevates the services available and aligns with our continued facility and business growth.”
Avocet has proudly served the aviation industry since 1989, performing specialized services on a wide range of commercial aircraft including Airbus, Boeing and more. As one of the largest MRO service providers in the region, Avocet Aviation is proud of its highly-skilled team of employees, and commitment to providing superior, personalized and cost-effective and efficient, on-time service at a high standard of quality and safety. Avocet Aviation is also focused on driving the aviation and maintenance industry forward with its STAND UP for STEM program, which focuses on training, education and employment initiatives designed to build a bright and sustainable future for the industry by inspiring the next generation of highly-skilled and trained engineers and specialists.