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Hillsboro, OR - Aero Air, at the Portland-Hillsboro International Airport (HIO), has broken ground on a new 30,000 sq. ft. hanger that is to be move-in ready by November 1, 2012. The hangar will include an additional 3,000 square feet of offices. Two of Aero’s primary services are aircraft hangar space leases and large airframe maintenance. The new addition will allow Aero’s maintenance and hangar leases businesses to grow with the increase in demand.
HIO is located 15 miles west of downtown Portland and is Oregon’s second busiest airport next to Portland International (PDX). The Port of Portland took over ownership of the Hillsboro airport in 1965 and in 1966 an air traffic control tower opened. Followed by the current main terminal in 1975, a 6,300 foot runway in 1976 and customs in 1989, which was located on Aero Air’s ramp.
Aero Air’s current facility consists of 75,000 sq. ft., which houses their FAA Certified Class IV Repair Station that includes major airframe maintenance, parts, avionics, and interior refurbishment as well as their hangar lease customers.   “We have been planning this expansion for some time,” according to Debbie Brown, Aero Air’s FBO Manager. “There is a considerable demand for hangar lease space in Hillsboro, because of the high tax costs for aircraft owners in California and Washington. We have only two spaces still available.”
Aero Air currently employs over 160 people throughout Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska with the majority employed in Oregon. The employee base has doubled since 2005. Aero Air was established in 1956 and primarily focused on aircraft sales and service. Since purchasing the company in 1998, Kevin McCullough, has expanded the business to include aircraft charter, fuel sales, medevac programs, manufacturing of 757 cargo doors, and most recently conversion of MD87’s into fire fighting tankers.
“Aero Air takes prides in its customer service, our ability to provide service 24/7/365 and our diversity, which are keys to our success and growth,” says Kevin McCullough, Aero Air’s President. “ We try to take care of all your aviation needs in one place, with a great team that works well to meet or beat our customers expectations.”