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LEGACY AVIATION SERVICES:
NAMED FOR EXPERIENCE

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Legacy Aviation Services was founded just seven short years ago, but its name is still appropriate thanks to the experience claimed by its staff.


Legacy was founded after Downtown Airpark (DTA) in Oklahoma City, one of the original Twin Commander Service Centers, closed its doors in 2005. Key shop personnel at DTA followed General Manager Raul J. “RJ” Gomez and CFO Kevin Chance when they founded Legacy at the Clarence E. Page Airport in Yukon, Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City.


Seven years later, those key people still comprise the core group at Legacy. “We have a very professional crew,” says Gomez.


Legacy’s Steve Reid has 30-plus years experience working on Twin Commanders, and is considered one of the top structures and sheet metal technicians in the country. He has performed more than 30 belly-mounted camera mods on Twin Commanders, as well as other special-mission modifications.


Lonnie Walden, Legacy’s head of maintenance, counts more than 20 years of Twin Commander maintenance experience. Parts Manager Dennis Snow has close to 20 years experience with Commander parts.


“When prospective customers start to talk to our guys, they come to us and stay with us,” says Gomez.


Legacy has traveled around the world to help customers, and it has paid off. Technicians went to South Africa to assist a Twin Commander operator, and now that operator brings his newly acquired JetProp 1000 to Legacy for maintenance.


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Some 80 percent of Legacy customers are Twin Commander operators, according to Gomez.


The Legacy complex at Clarence E. Page includes maintenance and modifications shops, a full interior completions shop, and the paint facility. Legacy handles avionics work for customers, and is looking to add full avionics sales and service capability. Gomez also does aircraft sales.


Since being named an authorized Twin Commander Service Center about five years ago, Legacy has grown steadily. It is consistently recognized as among the highest performing in the Twin Commander service center network, and has also been noticed by the Oklahoma business community.


In 2008, the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce named Legacy as the 12th fastest-growing among 50 area companies.


In 2009, Inc. magazine named Legacy among the 5000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. Legacy posted 174.3 percent growth in income over a four-year period, according to Inc., resulting in a ranking of 1826, putting it in the top 36 percent of Inc’s 5000 fastest-growing companies that year.


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And, Gomez adds, the following year was the company’s best-ever in terms of revenue.


Gomez aims to keep the momentum going. “We are looking to grow the business, especially in maintenance, repair, and avionics,” he says.


For more information contact RJ Gomez at Legacy Aviation Services, C.E. Page Airport, 1701A N. Cimarron Rd., Yukon, OK 73099; tel (405) 350-2100; fax (405) 350-7600; www.legacy-aviation.com.




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