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Aviation maintenance provider offers in-house, mobile, and on-call services.

Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, is a full-service aviation maintenance provider and FAA repair station with locations at many of the state’s airports. The company also offers mobile maintenance services and is the 24-hour on-call AOG service provider for all commercial and charter flights in and out of Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), with a 30-minute or less response time.

A Variety of Services
Thoroughbred offers a range of services for various makes and models of helicopters and airplanes, including avionics installation, repair, and inspection; full aircraft painting; interior and airframe repairs; refurbishments; scheduled and unscheduled service; and more. The company also maintains a large parts inventory for Airbus, Bell, MD Helicopters, Robinson, and Schweizer helicopters as well as parts for avionics and Lycoming, Rolls-Royce, and Safran engines, among others.

Recently, Thoroughbred was selected by HeavyDSparks of Diesel Brothers reality show fame for the television star’s latest project, a Black Hawk renovation. Thoroughbred will assist with the aircraft’s maintenance as well as the required certifications and PMI-1 and PMI-2 inspections.

Transformations over the Years
Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance was originally founded in 1988 as Thoroughbred Helicopters. In 2005, Thoroughbred was acquired by R. J. Corman Railroad Group and renamed R. J. Corman Aircraft Maintenance. Joe Otte, formerly with Rocky Mountain Helicopters and Astar Air Cargo, was brought on in 2009 to oversee the company’s transformation.

In 2016, the company became an authorized service center for Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. Also that year, Otte and business partner Todd Case acquired the company and reinstated the Thoroughbred name. In April 2018, Thoroughbred acquired Mustang Aviation of Lexington. The purchase doubled the company’s avionics department staff and capabilities.

Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance customers include private and corporate general aviation and helicopter operators primarily in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. The company also has contracts with flight schools, government entities, and local, county, and state law enforcement departments around the region.

Author

  • Jen Boyer

    Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.