Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Company Coming to Charlotte County
Big news in our growing aviation industry. It’s not “cleared for takeoff” because details need to be finalized, but it’s on the runway and all engines are purring. The big news? Intrepid Aerospace, an FAA-certified repair facility, is lined up to land at Punta Gorda Airport. The company specializes in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft for national and international operators, fixed-base operators (FBOs), and government and military operations. “This is a big deal,” said Dave Gammon, interim director of economic development for Charlotte County. “Intrepid will bring in more than 100 jobs and they’re hoping to be operational in six months.”
“Large airplane maintenance facilities usually operate at big airports like Tampa or Miami,” Gammon added. They chose Punta Gorda for its location and the quality of airport management and operations. Intrepid signed a Letter of Intent on April 9th to build a $1.8 million temporary hangar to work on commercial aircraft at PGD. The company plans to build a permanent facility there in the next few years.
The core skill of Intrepid Aerospace—aviation mechanics—offers excellent synergy with the new Aviation Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics Certification Course through Charlotte Technical College. Graduates of the CTC program can take the written, oral, and practical exams required to earn an FAA mechanic license with airframe and powerplant ratings. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, more than one million new aviation jobs will need to be filled by 2032. The aviation industry is booming. The jobs will be there, and Charlotte County will be ready.
City of Punta Gorda Councilman Jaha Cummings was instrumental in connecting Charlotte County with Space Florida, which is a state entity created to boost Florida’s aerospace industry with corporate recruitment, job training, and financial and tax incentives. The organization touts Florida as a national and international leader in the aerospace industry with more than 130,000 employees at 17,000+ companies contributing more than $19 billion in revenues to Florida’s economy. Airport Executive Director James Parish and Dave Gammon were key players in the Intrepid deal.
Intrepid Aerospace bills itself as “an FAA-approved repair station with a limited Airframe and Accessories rating specializing in the maintenance, repair, overhaul, and modification of sheet metal, advanced composites components, hydraulics, pneumatics, and electromechanical components.” To learn more about the company, visit www.intrepidaerospace.com. To learn more about Space Florida, visit www.spaceflorida.gov.