Aero Interior Maintenance is a service company that targets the aviation industry. Their primary service is refurbishment of aircraft interior leather and vinyl surfaces. The scope of these activities would include cleaning, repairing damaged surfaces and worn areas, and redying as needed these surfaces to maintain and extend the life expectancy of these interiors.
FAA Certified Repair Station
AIM is both an FAA certificated #145 repair station and a franchise of Color Glo International. AIM uses an FAA approved and patented process specification from ColorGlo International. ColorGlo International is a global franchisor providing proprietary products and training for the interior restoration industry. This industry includes aviation as well as auto, marine, and furniture.
AIM identified the need in the aviation industry to provide certification and legal paperwork for the interior services they perform for this industry. They pursued becoming one of the first FAA certificated #145 repair stations to offer interior refurbishment services and were granted their repair station license in 2004. This was a first for the industry. Since that time they have expanded from their home base in Wichita, Kansas to include other ColorGlo franchise operations under their repair station license in the United States.
The Value of Certification
Why is using a certificated repair station so important in the aviation industry? Aircraft owners invest millions of dollars into their aircraft and part of that investment is in the interior. All interiors are issued a burn certificate when manufactured or modified. Doing any maintenance on this interior including cleaning, repairing damaged areas, or redying can very well void an existing burn certificate. An item that many aircraft brokers review very closely is any interior work that may have been performed over the life of an aircraft that is being purchased or sold. If burn certificates are not in place or void because of unauthorized service being performed this can devalue greatly an aircraft. Many times the only solution is to completely refurbish an interior to bring it again back into compliance.
Many companies have tested their products to prove that they will not alter existing burn certificates but what they haven’t done is create an FAA repair station that controls who uses these products, how they use them, and how they will qualify their work. This is called a quality control system. Using an FAA certificated system will assure that trained people are using these products, these products are traced from point of origin to point of use, and a quality control system is used to issue FAA approved paperwork to the aircraft owner returning the aircraft to service after the maintenance we provide is completed. AIM uses either FAA form #8130-3 or logbook entry forms at the customer requests. Rest assured that existing burn certifications will not be voided when AIM maintains your interiors.
Mobile Services–We Come to You
AIM’s primary focus is maintaining leather and vinyl surfaces to increase their life expectancy. The FAA rating allows AIM to provide service to both the general aviation sector (private owners and business aircraft) and the commercial sector (Delta-Southwest-Americanetc). With a central location of Wichita, Kansas, AIM has trained and FAA licensed technicians in many locations in the U.S. to Contacts Page Our FAA rating allows our services to be portable so we bring our technicians to the location of the aircraft to perform our work. Why is this important? It allows you as an aircraft owner, operator, or service provider to keep total control of your aircrafts interior and also eliminates the cost of shipping and the fact of dealing with lost and damaged interiors from shipping. We are only a phone call away from your aircraft and in most instances can place a trained and licensed technician in your place of business in less than 48 hours.
Aircraft owners place a high priority on the appearance of their aircraft both inside and out. It is a proven fact that regular cleaning and maintenance of aircraft interiors can greatly extend their usefulness, life expectancy, and cosmetic appearance. With the very costly upfront expense of a new aircraft, it simply makes sense to clean and maintain its interior to keep it in a like new condition. This can save the owner/operator greatly by eliminating premature wear and replacement of interior components plus the intangible benefit that the owner also enjoys an interior that is maintained in a “like new” condition.