Air Parts of Lock Haven

Air Parts of Lock Haven, Inc. was started in 1986 with one part-time employee in a small hangar located at the William T. Piper Memorial Airport. Since that time, Air Parts has grown to 13 employees and is located in a larger facility at the airport. Air Parts is piloted by Robert F. Larsen, President and George F. McKinney, Sr., Vice President.

Air Parts serves aircraft owners and shops all over the world. Their main business is overhaul and repair of aircraft instruments and gauges, along with heated windshield panels, pitot tubes and aircraft heaters in addition to selling spare parts for general aircraft. Aircraft is a certified FAA repair station – QK1R429K.

In 2007, Air Parts of Lock Haven was awarded the first radioactive materials license by the State of Pennsylvania for radioactive aircraft instruments and gauges. Air Parts is licensed to do work for all 50 states.

The Lock Haven University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was contacted by Air Parts, Inc. in 2008 by George McKinney and Bob Larsen for assistance in establishing a computerized inventory control system. Shannon Tyson and Nicole Rall-Miller met with Air Parts and reviewed the capabilities of QuickBooks POS and the integration of QuickBooks financial. Air Parts at the time was using DacEasy for its accounting needs.

Shannon and Nicole worked with George for determining equipment needs and estimated capital expenditures. Air Parts took approximately 1 year to inventory the thousands and thousands of parts.

September 1st, 2009 Air Parts went live with their new integrated accounting system, including a bio-metrics time clock for its employees which networks with QuickBooks payroll software.

“The SBDC has been an invaluable help to our business, especially in the conversion of our accounting and inventory systems to QuickBooks and QuickBooks POS," Bob Larsen and George McKinney said. "The center assisted with our employees training for these programs. They were always available to help us with any problems we had. They also helped us to implement internet sites for our sales and catalogue departments.”