Yingling Aviation is marking its 75th anniversary in 2021 by further expanding its operations at Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.
The company has added another 50,000 square feet of hangar and office space to the 200,000 square feet of facilities for its Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) business and Fixed Base Operation (FBO).
The firm acquired three additional hangars (#10, 11, and 12) adjacent to the east runway (01/19) and in close proximity to its existing space.
“Expanding our ongoing business and operations is a significant and appropriate way to celebrate 75 years in Wichita,” said Yingling president Andrew Nichols.
“The acquisition of these three hangars comes at an ideal time, not just from a historical perspective, but also a practical one.
“Our MRO support of the Citation and King Air models and our FBO activities continue to expand.
“The addition of these properties will not only allow us to grow the services we offer, they make it possible for us to build lasting partnerships with an increasing number of aircraft owners and operators.
“This is a win for Wichita, the aviation community, and our Textron Aviation customers,”.
Marking its 75th birthday in 2021, the company is celebrating a history of growth and success that parallels the development of general aviation in this country.
Yingling has recorded a long list of “firsts” in the industry, beginning with being designated the very first Cessna Aircraft Company dealer in 1946.
Lynn Nichols, who currently serves as CEO, purchased the firm that year and led it until handing the reigns over to his son, Andrew in 2019.
“From my youth aviation was always important to me and to my family. My dad was an executive with Cessna, and I grew up around airplanes and flying, so it was not surprising that I felt a strong inclination to acquire Yingling Aviation in 2000 when it became available,” explained Lynn Nichols.
“It has been a challenging and rewarding experience and one I wouldn’t change for the world.
“It has given me the opportunity to meet, lead and grow close to our professional ‘family’ at Yingling and to share the experiences with my personal family, as well.
“The past two decades have been gratifying and they’ve passed quickly. Its success over 75 years is a tribute to all of the people who have been a part of the Yingling organization.
“I have been pleased to be a part of its success.”
“Like my Dad, I grew up in aviation, as well,” added Andrew Nichols.
“To have the privilege to lead a group of outstanding, loyal and dedicated employees over the past couple of years is a dream come true.
“I have learned from and grown close to this great group of employees and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in the ongoing Yingling. Aviation story,”.