Uniflight West Penn

In April of 2005, Jeff Holt and Dan Mansfield contacted the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to explore their dream of starting an avionics business. Jeff and Dan had known each other for quite a while, having worked together for various aviation companies. They decided to unite their experience and resources to form an avionic service company that would cater to corporate and general aviation markets in the Pittsburgh Area. 

Assistance provided by the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center included consulting assistance in start-up procedures, development of the business plan and financial projections. Various scenarios were considered in the development of financial projections, including industry averages and break-even analysis. During this process, the client determined that the project was feasible and decided to move forward with the project.

Dan and Jeff approached various lending institutions to finance the acquisition of a hanger. In July of 2008, the partners decided to open the business, Northeast Avionics, by leasing a hanger at the Rostraver Airport in Belle Vernon, PA. The business was started with limited resources. The partners utilized equipment and tools they have acquired over the years in the trade.  

Operating out of 16,000 sq. ft. hanger at the Rostraver Airport, Northeast Avionics has grown into a million dollar company and now employs 15 hard working individuals in the Belle Vernon area. The business specializes in avionics integration, structural modification and the installation and certification of avionic systems for helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. As of fiscal year end 2010, the company had expanded its market to include the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions of the United States and Eastern Canada.

In June of 2011, Northeast Avionics merged with Hawke Aerospace Group and is now known as Uniflight West Penn.   With the merger, Dan and Jeff are minority owners in Hawke Aerospace Group and become the prime avionics design, integration and installation experts for the group.   In addition, the company has expanded its market yet again to include the entire United States and has become an authorized dealer for numerous avionic equipment vendors.

The principals continue to receive management assistance from the Saint Vincent College Small Business Development Center.