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 after concluding its lease agreement with the airport in December. The new facility (pictured above), which will accommodate various 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 Regional Airport facility will provide full maintenance services, including Heavy Maintenance, “A” checks, Line Maintenance, Drop-Ins and Engine Services, mirroring those services provided at its Orlando-Sanford facility. In addition to handling over-flow work from Avocet’s Orlando-Sanford facility, the Lakeland facility will also provide Paint and Aircraft Refinishing Services. The new Lakeland facility will increase Avocet’s overall capacity and ability to fulfill maintenance and paint slots, while also recruiting highly-skilled talent from a strong base of experienced personnel in the region.
“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.”
ABOUT AVOCET AVIATION SERVICES
Avocet Aviation Services, LLC is a Florida-based aircraft maintenance services provider specializing in line and heavy maintenance, aircraft modification services, engine services, and aircraft end-of-life transition services. The Avocet team has served the aviation industry since 1989 providing services to a wide range of commercial aircraft including Airbus, Boeing and more. Avocet’s unique offerings, services, and certifications allow it to offer cost efficiency, safety, high standards, and superior service to its clients. Avocet currently maintains a 55,000 sq. foot hangar at the Orlando-Sanford International Airport; and a 26,000 sq. foot facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. Avocet 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.
ABOUT LAKELAND LINDER REGIONAL AIRPORT
Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL) is ideally located in the center of one of the most dynamic growth corridors in the southeast. Situated in the heart of Florida along the I-4 corridor LAL is midway between Tampa and Orlando, with easy access to I-4 via the Polk Parkway. It is situated on over 1742 acres and has over One million square feet of leasable space. Over the past 5 years alone more than 100 million dollars have been invested into infrastructure at LAL including a new Air Traffic Control Tower, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Station, Taxiways, Ramps, and Runway Rehabilitation. LAL has over 117,000 Aircraft Operations a year. LAL has over 80 Businesses and Organizations that employ over 1400 people. For more information please visit www.flylakeland.com