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Aircraft maintenance facility at Capital City Airport sold to flight school

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A mechanic works on a plane engine inside the Cargill Service Center airplane hangar.
A mechanic works on a plane engine inside the Cargill Service Center airplane hangar. - (Photo / )

Cargill Aeronautical Academy recently purchased Wings 'N Things, an aircraft maintenance facility at Capital City Airport in Fairview Township.

The maintenance facility is a Federal Aviation Administration-certified business at 200 Airport Road, Suite 100, Cargill said in a news release. Wings 'N Things began operations in the mid-1980s.

Susan Naylor-Adams, president and CEO of Cargill, and Christian Goss, chief operating officer, said the maintenance facility will be known as the Cargill Service Center. Daryl Plouse, an experienced aircraft maintenance technician, will manage the facility.

Pauline Harris, spokesperson for Cargill, said both parties signed a confidential agreement not to disclose the sale price.

“With the purchase of Wings ‘N Things, the term full service means a lot at Cargill,” Naylor-Adams said. “We now have the technical staff and the facilities to meet the entire range of aircraft needs.”

Pilots and clients of Cargill Service Center will notice a few changes, the release said. They include "a new state-of-the-art" software system that streamlines all aspects of aircraft maintenance, progress tracking of each mechanic, flight time schedules online, maintenance records that can also be accessed online, and ease of billing/payment information, the release said.

The service center is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, but has a staff of professionals available round the clock to meet the needs of clients, the release said.

Cargill Aeronautical Academy was founded by Naylor-Adams and Goss in 2012. It is named after Richard Cargill, a Navy pilot and Goss' uncle, who taught both his nephew and Naylor-Adams to fly.

The academy offers flight training and aircraft rental.

John Hilton

John Hilton

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