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Look! Someone’s hiring!Look! Someone’s hiring!

Given the monthly drumbeat of layoffs and dismal sales in the aircraft industry, it’s news when a company announces it needs to expand its workforce. Such is the case for Eagle Creek Aviation Services in Indianapolis, Ind.

Eagle Creek Aviation Services, a provider of aircraft service, new and used aircraft sales, and aircraft charter and management, is hiring 25 full-time and part-time employees in response to the company’s service demand level and sales growth. Recruiting efforts will begin immediately and hiring will continue through the first quarter of 2011.

Not only that, but Eagle Creek officials said 2010 was a good year for them, and that 2011 will be better. The standard wisdom in the aerospace industry now is that both 2010 and 2011 are “trough” years in the current recession.

Aircraft technicians will fill the majority of positions, although growth is planned in sales and management staff as well. Because of increased Embraer Phenom operations, additional pilots will also be recruited.

In addition to its sales and service for the Twin Commander turboprop, the Cessna Citation, and piston-powered aircraft, Eagle Creek now provides Embraer Phenom service and support. The company’s Indianapolis location serves as an Embraer Phenom Authorized Service Center. The company also operates Naples Jet Center in Naples, Fla.

“This increase in staffing will help us keep up with growing demand for our wide range of aviation services,” said Matt Hagans, Eagle Creek’s CEO. “2010 has exceeded our expectations, and we are projecting further growth in all our business units and locations in 2011 and beyond.”

“We have great business relationships with Cessna, Embraer, Honeywell, Twin Commander, and others who have allowed us to offer an attractive product and service mix in this challenging market,” Hagans added. “Our service center pipeline is full, and we have several promising projects pending. In addition, although our airframe service at American Avionics, while new, shows great promise and the demand in the Northwest is substantial. We expect to attract the most talented personnel to join us in meeting the growing demand for our services.”

Alton Marsh

Alton K. Marsh

Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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