Aircraft sales company moves maintenance operations to Springfield

Springfield Municipal Airport. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Springfield Municipal Airport. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

A company that buys and sells aircraft will be moving its maintenance operation to the Springfield–Beckley Municipal Airport with plans to further expand its presence there.

Lone Mountain Aircraft has shifted the maintenance side of its business to Springfield. The company has clients across the state and the United States as well as in several other countries. It will be leasing two hangars at the Springfield airport for now and will have six employees working out of there.

The company has invested in the renovation of two aircraft hangars at the Springfield airport and starting this month were working on five aircraft at that location.

The company primarily works on light general aviation airplanes.

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Lone Mountain’s President Mark Rogers said the move to Springfield will triple their hangar space needed for an increase demand in aircraft maintenance. Previously, the company’s maintenance division was based out of the Lebanon-Warren County Airport.

Rogers said the additional space and longer runways at the Springfield airport will allow them to increase the number of aircraft being worked on as well as allow for future company growth.

He said that could mean investing in additional hangar space as well as adding to its workforce in Springfield, with the latter slated to happen as early as this year.

“There has been an increase in market share and the general aviation fleet is growing. It is a growing field and we are also growing within that field,” Rogers said.

“Our aircraft sales business saw a record year in 2020 and that in turn drives a lot of our maintenance request,” he added.

The company has been working on a general growth plan, especially expanding its maintenance facilities, for about a year, Rogers said.

Springfield commissioners authorized the city manager last week to enter into a Joint Development Agreement and Hangar Rental Agreement with Lone Mountain Aircraft.

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Tom Franzen, the Director of Economic Development for the City of Springfield, said that the city’s part would be to invest $50,000 into renovating the hangars to be used by Lone Mountain.

Rogers said that his company will be investing more than that in the renovation project, which he says is about 80% completed.

Franzen said that Lone Mountain’s move adds to an already healthy mix of businesses operating out of the airport. He said the city has invested in infrastructure at the airport in an effort to boost and attract economic development.

The airport’s manager Seth Timmerman said “We look forward to the increase in air traffic and job growth to the Springfield-Clark County area.”

By the numbers

$50,000 - amount of money the City of Springfield will be investing into two hangars used by Lone Mountain Aircraft

5- number of aircraft Lone Mountain is currently working on at the Springfield–Beckley Municipal Airport

6- number of employees Lone Mountain has moved to the Springfield–Beckley Municipal Airport

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