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The Success is in The Details

AADA AfterGlow AircraftWhat started out as a side project in has quickly grown into an adapting, thriving business enterprise. Afterglow Aircraft Solutions (AAS) provides today’s ever-changing aviation market with an extensive list of services such as both interior and small paint refurbishment, paint revitalization, interior deep cleaning, leather refinishing, and more! Founded by Jonathan Rose in 2010, who represents the third generation of family owned and operated Rose Aircraft Services Inc. and having undergone extensive training in aircraft detailing. Rose saw a market opportunity for detail work in Northwest Arkansas. Rose gained AAS’ vision as a standalone operation that could morph to efficiently fill all sorts of needs and gaps in the aviation market.

They adapted from Afterglow Aircraft Detailing to Afterglow Aircraft Solutions when they incorporated new services that expanded beyond cleaning and polishing aircraft. Services like paint repair, small-scale spot in, blend repair, and utilizing their mobility to fix and repair on site. AAS’ works to provide quality service, something that wasn’t a rushed patch job.  Having discovered the smaller area needs they could work on and save customers money, without sacrificing quality, AAS became the best shop for unique go-to fixes and customized solutions. AAS’ focused on tailoring their services options to their client’s individual needs and budget. 

And recognizing that some client’s needs are bigger, AAS works with business partners, to offer full-scale refurbishment, maintenance, and avionics at their facilities. Partnerships with companies like Rose Aircraft or Air Resource Group have supported Afterglow’s success and helped them grow into the thriving company they are today!

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Get Ready for the Summit

AADA 2018 SummitThis year’s Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Summit will mark the 10thannual Summit .  While the Alliance continues to grow in membership each year, the Summit has remained a relaxed and approachable environment for relationship building. Though smaller than other national conventions, our summit is a great opportunity to make lasting impressions with national and international businesses and strengthen relationships with local partners.

Ten years strong and hosting around 200 attendees, the AADA Summit benefits as a smaller trade show providing smaller businesses ample opportunities to make connections and meet new companies and contacts. As AADA’s President Gina Radke said, “atthe Summit you get access to information and leaders within the industry, not just from Arkansas but from around the world. It's an excellent opportunity for networking and to explore new opportunities for training, grants, workforce and B2B connections.” The user-friendly floor allows for people to network in a low-pressure environment without sacrificing the ability to meet leading companies in the aerospace industry. This year alone,Dassault Falcon, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Aero Jet, and Triumph Group representatives are expected to be attending. At larger conventions, they don’t generally have B2B meetings, and when they do there’s such a large crowd many companies get lost in the shuffle.  

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Why Arkansas for Aerospace?

AADA WhyArkansas AerospaceAerospace consistently ranks as one of Arkansas’ top exports, accounting for more than $1.8 billion. Commercial airports generate about $2 billion to the state’s economy each year, and general aviation creates an economic impact on Arkansas of almost $500 million annually. There are currently about 180 aviation and aerospace-related companies in the state.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is the “jobs” Governor. He has promoted Aerospace and Defense throughout the country and around the globe. More and more industries, including aerospace and defense sectors are looking to Arkansas for supplier network growth and relocation. The governor has pursued a pro-business, pro-growth agenda through regulatory and tax reform. 

What makes Arkansas a good candidate for Aerospace? First, our location is ideal.  We are well positioned to supply aerospace and defense corridor stretching from Texas to Iowa. We also have a quality workforce and a governor committed to improving training and education opportunities for Arkansans.   

A very strong aerospace and defense base already exists in Arkansas, as well, and is positioned for growth.  Dassault Falcon Jet anchors a large business jet cluster in Central Arkansas, and projects are showing growth prospects for 2018. The Camden area is home to many defense contractors that are also well positioned to grow with the recent investment in our military infrastructure at the national level. 

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All the necessities, All in one place

AADA Article CFSClaud Holbert, a member of the Arkansas Air National Guard, founded Central Flying Service (CFS) in 1939 to bid on the Civilian Pilot Training program that former President Roosevelt implemented – in anticipation of WWII.  Working on the contract with Little Rock Junior College (now UALR), the CPT programs were converted to War Pilot Training programs once the war began, and trained hundreds of pilots for the services. Starting with just one Taylorcraft, Claud Holbert built a company that would go on to become one of the country's oldest and largest air charter and flying schools.

Following the war, CFS developed the entirety of their services including aircraft sales, charters, aircraft maintenance, hangar, and fueling. Unbeknownst at the time, this systemic business would soon become a vital aviation industry known as an FBO – Fixed Base Operation. In 1940, CFS introduced the first private, commercial multi-engine air service in the state with a Tri-Motor Ford. Other firsts include turbo-prop air charter, jet charter, and turbine helicopter charter in the state. More recently, Richard Holbert, current chairman and CEO of CFS, was present to accept the Milestone award. CFS was the recipient of the Milestone award this year, presented by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), for having reached 470,000 flight training hours since 1939.

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Expanding Customer Expectations

AADA Article CACIn 1989, Custom Aircraft Cabinets (CAC) was founded in a single-car family garage. Partners Paul Reesnes and Mike Gueringer recognized a special niche market in an exceptionally demanding field of business: aircraft interiors. Since then, the once fledgling company has evolved through need-based growth remodels and has encountered many industry changes and challenges. But, the foundation of CAC remains the same…uncompromising quality and unmatched customer satisfaction.

Mike and Paul wanted to create a faith-based, family-oriented company culture, and have been very successful in that effort. Most of the leadership team has been with the company around 20 years. Co-owner Mike Gueringer said, “Our goal is to exceed customer expectations. We take special pride in meeting delivery schedules with the highest quality product...and under budget.  This keeps customers returning to CAC, even though the competition in our market is fierce.”

The core mission of CAC is simple: deliver the finest manufactured cabin interior components for the private, corporate and head-of-state aircraft interiors market. Driving the success of this mission is a CAC leadership team with more than 300 years of combined experience.  It is easy for employees as well as customers to embrace the CAC company philosophy:

  • Treat each customer and employee honestly and with integrity.
  • Deliver exceptional quality products priced fairly.
  • Exceed all expectations in customer service.

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