Emery Air to celebrate 55 years

Emery Air to celebrate 55 years


President Kennedy hadn’t taken office yet, and the Beatles were still a small band in Liverpool when Hartzog Aviation (now Emery Air) inked its first deal with Beechcraft as a sales and service center. The company has evolved, and Emery Air is now celebrating its 55th anniversary being affiliated with Beechcraft.

Emery Air, located at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport, is the region’s premier Beechcraft service center, working on the entire Beechcraft line from Baron/Bonanza (Authorized Service Center), to King Air, Beechjet, Hawker and Premier business aircraft and Beech 1900 airliners. Emery is recognized as an American Bonanza Society Center of Excellence service center. In addition, they are certified to work on Citation 500 series, Challenger 600 series and Lear 40/45 airframes, and also have a complete avionics department trained in repair and installation of all major avionics suites.

“We couldn’t be more happy to celebrate our history with Beechcraft products”, commented Curt Drumm, Emery’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Many of our staff members have decades of Beechcraft experience, and that knowledge helps us maintain our customer’s airplanes in top condition.”

The company has had a limited number of owners over the years. In 1985, Hartzog Aviation was sold to Beech Holdings (Raytheon Aircraft Corporation). The facility became a Beech factory-owned and operated Factory Service Center. In 2003, Emery Air Charter (which was part of the original Hartzog operation, now owned by Steve and Tina Thomas) acquired the Raytheon facility, consolidating all the services, and becoming one of the largest aviation service companies in the Midwest. The name was changed to Emery Air, Inc., to reflect their wide range of services. The Thomas family continues to operate the company today, and also owns Poplar Grove Airmotive, one of the most respected piston-engine repair and overhaul shops in the nation.

In addition to business aircraft and avionics, Emery operates a full-service FBO, services airline operations and the UPS distribution center. It also has a Regional Airline division specializing in Embraer 135, 145 and 170 jets, and Bombardier CRJ 200, 700, 900 and Dash 8/Q400 series aircraft.