Zenith Aviation, Inc. began as Stanford & Associates, a company with expertise in the marketing and sales of turbine-powered aircraft. From 1982 to 2001, Stanford & Associates was renowned for their expertise in aircraft sales, acquisitions, aviation financial analysis, tax implications, aircraft valuations, maintenance management, operational procedures, planning, and market forecasting.
In 2002, the leadership team of Stanford & Associates seized a newly presented opportunity to enter the aircraft spare parts business, and Zenith Aviation, Inc. was formed. Concurrently, Zenith became a major player in the aviation center business when it assisted AvCraft Support Services in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina purchase the production rights of Fairchild-Dornier GmbH, the then-bankrupt manufacturer of the Dornier 328 Jet and Turboprop models. Because of the role they played in this purchase, Zenith was awarded sole distributorship rights, from December 2002 until March 2005, for the remaining unsold Dornier 328 aircraft AND a large quantity of spare parts. The allegiance of Zenith Aviation and AvCraft Support Services provided corporate and regional airline operators a comprehensive range of services including aircraft sales, completions & modifications, and airframe and engine maintenance. During this time, Zenith Aviation successfully sold all of the remaining Dornier 328 models, and emerged as an industry powerhouse.
By November 2007, Zenith Aviation had outgrown their 5000 square foot warehouse and began construction on a new 34,000 square foot building. This new facility would house the corporate headquarters and provide an additional 20,000 square foot of warehouse space. They took occupancy in late-spring 2008.
In the summer of 2008, Zenith completed the implementation of their Quality Management System, and in September of that year earned their certification to both the AS9120 and ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. Zenith is committed to continuously improve their Quality systems, and they are audited several times a year by their clients and at least once per year by their certifying body, the BSi Group. Zenith welcomes visits and/or quality audits from any of our clients!
By mid-2012 Zenith had nearly outgrown their space once again and underwent a nearly $3 million expansion, increasing the size of their secure, climate controlled warehouse to 44,000 square feet. They also added innovative technology to improve storage capabilities and operational efficiency. Zenith is now proud to house an automated inventory storage and retrieval system that is unparalleled in the industry!
At Zenith Aviation, we understand the pressures that are placed on our clients and we are confident that we provide the best option for all of your parts, consignment and logistics needs. Our staff consists of dedicated, service-oriented professionals from various sectors within the aviation industry. Our team draws their expertise in parts marketing and warehousing, and inventory management from both regional airline and corporate flight departments.
Zenith’s success is due to its strong knowledge of the aviation industry and its unwavering commitment to the needs of its customers. Our entrepreneurial spirit and nimble approach allow us the flexibility to meet our clients every need by providing responsive, creative, and innovative solutions to exceed the client’s expectation.