With the greater Phoenix area in an excessive heat warning throughout June, Sky Harbor International Airport cancelled more than 40 flights operated by regional jets due to the high temperatures.

“It’s very common that a company like AvAir will be called on to help support with replacement units in these high heat conditions,” said AvAir Vice President Kevin Lenz, joined by AvAir President Mike Bianco.

Air becomes less dense as temperatures rise, which can affect engine thrust and lift. Some planes are not certified beyond a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees. On the day of the cancelled flights, temperatures hit 119 degrees.

Fox 10 News visited AvAir, the world’s #2 ranked aircraft parts supplier to learn more about the heat’s effect on aircrafts, as well as spotlight the Arizona-based company.

With more than 5 million rotable and consumable components across 170,000 square feet in their Chandler headquarters, AvAir shared how they work to keep flights in motion all over the world.

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Arizona based AvAir continues to rise to the top, with the aftermarket aircraft parts provider snagging the number-two spot in The Aviation 100’s “Parts Supplier of the Year” rankings.

Then annual publication honors the best of the best in today’s aerospace industry, honoring the top 10 performers across 10 different categories, and AvAir continues to surge within the rankings, climbing six spots from its previous, number-eight honor.

“We’re humbled to be in such great company, and to gain recognition from one of the industry’s most trusted publications,” said AvAir President Mike Bianco. “This is a field that continues to grow and develop, with consumer demands changing every day, and our six-spot jump is a testament to our ability to not only adapt, but embrace those changes and provide a product and level of service that is second to none.”

In determining this year’s rankings, Aviation 100 assessed companies in terms of their inventory and number of clients, locations and employees. Additionally, a parts provider’s ability to source and supply parts within a tight timeline was also taken into account, as were results from the publication’s industry survey.

Initially founded as a parts brokerage in 2000, AvAir opened a new flagship headquarters in Chandler, Arizona in 2015, offering up more than 170,000 square feet of inventory storage space. With offices globally in addition to the Chandler facility and more than five million parts in stock at any given time, AvAir continues to carve out a name for itself as a global aviation industry leader while maintaining the easy accessibility of a much smaller company.

“We’re one of the smallest businesses on the list, but it just goes to show that size is secondary to a great product and personal, attentive customer service,” Bianco said. “Next year, we’re gunning for that number-one spot.”

About AvAir

Launched in Chandler, Arizona, in 2000, AvAir is a leading aftermarket aviation parts supplier. With more than 170,000 square feet of space holding more than five million parts and international offices in major cities worldwide, AvAir continues to soar within the aftermarket aviation industry, consistently earning awards and accolades from the industry’s most trusted authorities. For more about AvAir, visit AvAir.aero.


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AvAir is a contender for the Aviation 100 Parts Supplier of the Year award. It’s an honor we’ve worked hard to earn this year. Please vote for us using the link below.

Voting takes just a few minutes. You’ll find Parts Supplier of the Year in Section 4 of the short survey, and can indicate “NA” in other categories if you wish to move quickly to that section.

Please don’t delay – vote today! The survey closes on Sunday, December 11. We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to working with you in 2017.



AvAir has announced the hiring of Bob Knox as senior vice president of finance. A business veteran with nearly 25 years of experience in inventory and cost control, capital budgeting, and financial planning and analysis, he most recently held the title of director of finance at Cytec, a $3 billion provider of advanced materials for aerospace and other industries. Knox will be charged with a number of responsibilities including overseeing AvAir’s financial planning and managing its banking relationships.

“Bob’s wealth of financial expertise and in-depth understanding of the aerospace industry will be a tremendous addition to our executive team,” said Mike Bianco, president at AvAir. “His skills, experience, and work ethic fit well with our philosophy of doing whatever it takes to deliver for our customers. We look forward to him playing a key role in guiding our continued expansion.”

AvAir is currently experiencing rapid growth, and is on a trajectory to have its best sales year ever. The company continues to expand its leadership team to harness the insights of the most talented executives in the business.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the AvAir team,” said Knox. “The company’s unique vision, strong values, and reputation for exceptional customer service are unparalleled in the industry. I look forward to working with our business partners and clients, and contributing my expertise toward our shared success.”

Mexico City-based Aeromexico, the flag carrier airline of Mexico and one of the largest in Latin America, has chosen AvAir to manage its excess inventory. Complete 767 rotable and consumable inventory is provided under the agreement.

Aeromexico operates scheduled services to nearly 60 destinations in South, Central, and North America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. It is one of the four founding members of the SkyTeam airline alliance, along with Delta Airlines, Air France, and Korean Air.

The arrangement will monetize surplus inventory for the carrier. It will also expand AvAir’s inventory of more than five million in-stock rotable and consumable components, to the benefit of its clients worldwide.
Do you have unused inventory you could be capitalizing on? AvAir encourages operators to contact them to learn more about the benefits of their asset management services.

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Mike McCune

The next time you talk to Mike McCune, AvAir Director of Inventory, imagine him sitting behind the wheel of his 1974 Mach I Ford Mustang driving the quarter mile in 10.70 seconds at 135 mph. Now, that’s fast!

His passion for drag racing began in high school with this first car–a stock 1973 Dodge Duster that he converted and raced at tracks in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. With his next hot rod, a 1965 California Coup Corvette, Mike took first place in his class at the Super Chevy Show at Palm Beach International Raceway in 1985.

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AvAir (Chandler, AZ), and Wings Capital PartnersTM (Newport Beach, CA) just announced the rollout of their new joint venture, AvWings, which will acquire mid-to- end of life aircraft, both on- and off-lease, for eventual partout.

AvAir, founded in 2000, is a respected leader in the aviation aftermarket, offering airlines, OEMs, MROs and stockists an extensive array of products and services plus unrivalled, personalized customer service and support. Wings Capital Partners, founded in 2013 by R. Stephen Hannahs and Two Sigma Private Investments, is a boutique aviation investment firm focusing on mid-life commercial jet leasing.

“This partnership adds a tremendous level of predictability to our product
offering,” begins AvAir President Mike Bianco. “In the past it was difficult to predict the products we’d have to support our customers prior to winning a bid. Now, we have much larger financial capability to acquire assets for partout, plus access to a full service leasing company that allows us to acquire on-lease aircraft. As a result, we can now give our customers a more accurate forecast of material coming down the pipeline.”

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