Part 2 of Williams Airmotive/ Airframe Components Review
As promised, here is the second, part of my recent visit to Williams Airmotive in Kendallville IN. Nestled between the vast farmland of north-eastern Indiana is one of the rather impressive wing & control surface re builder’s. Roy and Shelly Williams run a top-notch FAA & EASA certified facility focusing on quick and simple turnarounds for your wing & control surface damages. The pictures attached will show only a glimpse at the impressive warehouses full of parts ranging from spars to ribs and everything in between. The “Wing Department” is run by Ross Sumney who has been with the company for a long time. With a lot of experience and expertise Ross is capable of rattling down part lists and knows the insides of your wing better than the back of his hand. When walking the warehouse with Ross, it was immediately clear that this man loves what he does. The complete atmosphere in the place was not as much business like, it was more a rather large family, yet, when the phone rings (an it does ring a lot!) this well oiled machine kicks into gear big time. Turing projects quickly, while providing quality work is the main objective. Ruth, with an impressive long time career with Learjet, but also “sheet metal mechanics” who don’t only know how to fix a wing or control surface but also have fun working.
The customer base is international, within the area hangs a map with pinned locations from which Williams Airmotive received orders. One of the highlights, again, was to see the impressive amount of spars for Piper, Cessna and other types, but also the sheer amount of cores, parked in and outside. Enjoy the pictures – Airframe Components & Williams Airmotive was a very interesting trip for yours truly. Getting there was hard, leaving was harder… 😉 Roy and Shelly Williams are considering to sponsor the new Seaplane Forum, as well. While they are both incredibly busy, I hope to be able to have them appear in our forum from time to time, to answer questions and/ or simply talk airplane stuff.