Thursday, May 31, 2007
John Jewell Aircraft celebrates 30 years
A leader in the aviation industry, located right here in Marshall County, recently celebrated 30 years of providing quality products and services.
Festivities were held at John Jewell Aircraft Inc. on May 19 with approximately 200 in attendance from Holly Springs and surrounding communities and as far away as Louisiana.
A highlight of the day came when Janice Pelletti, manager of the Flight Standards District Office, Jackson, presented John Jewell with an Outstanding Service Award for three decades of dedicated service.
“Over the years you have provided the general aviation community with your experience, dedication and integrity in maintaining aircraft, aircraft engines and other services for general aviation,” wrote Janice Pelletti, manager of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, in a congratulatory letter. “During those years, you have built a strong company with professional employees who share your passion for aviation safety.”
Customers traveling the farthest were Jackie and Anita Hathorne of Lecompte, La., and Jimmy and Tonya McDonald of Glenmora, La. Guests also included friends, customers, vendors and colleagues. They came from places like Memphis, Tenn., Germantown, Tenn., Collierville, Tenn., Moscow, Tenn., Jackson, Tenn., Olive Branch, Hernando, Southaven, Como, Senatobia, Philadelphia, Lexington, Oxford, Greenwood, Cleveland, and Hati, Mo.
Over 25 aircraft flew in – various makes and models, including Cessna, Piper, Beech, homebuilt and experimental.
Some of the vintage aircraft included a 1944 Howard DGA-15P and a 1946 Piper J3 Cub.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Johnny and Nancy Boone provided vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet made with their five-gallon ice cream machines, powered by a 1920 John Deere “Hit & Miss” engine.
Dr. Joe Johnson served the attendees lunch all afternoon.
Mid-afternoon visitors were entertained by impressive fly-bys courtesy of Dave Robinson, Pitts 12 “Sweetie;” John Bailey, Pitts 12; and Steve Stires, RV4. The trio was returning from a dedication service, re-naming the Iuka Airport.
After landing, visitors were able to admire Dave and Ellyn Robinson’s “Sweetie,” which won “Best Homebuilt Bi-plane” at Sun-n-Fun in 2004 and 2006. “Sweetie” has also been featured in Sport Aviation magazine.
A new 2007 C182 with the Garmin G-1000 “glass panel” and equipped with the new G-700 auto pilot was on display courtesy of Bob Fennell, Tony Iacobucci and Jerry Christian of New South Aviation, Memphis, Tenn., an authorized new Cessna aircraft dealer.
John Jewell Aircraft also had its Cessna C182-300 STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) on display. This is one of John Jewell Aircraft’s STCs which modifies Cessna 182 aircraft from carbureted 230hp to fuel injected 300hp. Shawn Jewell demonstrated the performance of this aircraft to one of JJA’s customers.
Also on display was a new STC in process by John Jewell Aircraft. JJA has begun research and development (R & D) on a new Hartzell propeller to install on Cessna 206, 207, 210 models. This propeller is expected to provide better climb, cruise and quieter operation. Flight testing is scheduled to begin next week.
The custom engine overhaul and cylinder repair facilities were open for tour. Visitors were able to view the facilities JJA uses to overhaul engines from teardown to assembly and cylinder barrel honing, seat and guide removal and replacement.
Lunch was provided in the main hangar that is primarily used for airframe repair and modification, engine removal and replacement.
Current staff includes:
The aviation industry is experiencing change and John Jewell Aircraft is ready for the challenges ahead, according to Saunders.
“Technology is improving and JJA intends on keeping on top of these changes so that we can offer the best, most cost effective, safest products and services to our customers,” she said. “This includes already existing engine overhaul, cylinder repair, airframe inspections and repair, and STC modifications. This also leads JJA to always strive for better ways to maximize performance through additional engine, prop and airframe modifications.
“With the ongoing changes in the regional and local aviation maintenance needs, as well as the anticipated expansion of the Holly Springs-Marshall County Airport infrastructure, JJA is prepared to provide additional services as the need and opportunity arises.
“John Jewell Aircraft is proud to have been in business for 30 years, and to have been located at Holly Springs for 24 years. John Jewell Aircraft Inc. owes thanks to professional and dedicated staff, wonderful friends, quality vendors and loyal customers.”
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