We’re proud to be the exclusive aftermarket supplier for Whippany Actuation Systems


PHOENIX — AvAir, a global supplier of aftermarket aviation parts, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Whippany Actuation Systems, a New Jersey-based aerospace and aviation design and manufacturing company.

AvAir’s strong global customer base of airline and maintenance, repair and operations customers will help facilitate sales for Whippany Actuation Systems, which manufactures aircraft parts that are in high demand among AvAir’s 2,400 clients worldwide.

“Our clients expect the best access to material, and this partnership with Whippany Actuation Systems expands our capabilities,” said Steven Solomon, vice president of sales at AvAir. “Our company values always come first, and we’re fortunate to have found a partner that also places stock in customer service, consumer trust, corporate responsibility and fair pricing.”

The partnership between AvAir and Whippany Actuation Systems includes aftermarket sale of overhaul and shop visit materials, a joint exchange pool and special rate discounting on overhaul and repairs.

“Whippany Actuation Systems is pleased to announce a new strategic aftermarket partnership with AvAir,” said Erik Schwind, commercial business unit manager at Whippany. “AvAir’s global AOG service provides Whippany with an opportunity to support operators’ urgent needs with reliable OEM tagged units to keep fleets flying safely and longer across the globe.”

For more information about AvAir, visit AvAir.aero. For more information about Whippany Actuation Systems, visit WhipActSys.com.

Welcome Anthony Barker


Before discovering a passion for sales, Anthony Barker was a student athlete and local baseball state champion (Desert Vista high school, 2001). He continued to play in college after earning a scholarship to Henderson State in Arkansas. His competitive spirit led him to an eight year career at Cintas, where he was a two-time presidents club award winner. He’s excited for this new chapter at AvAir.

Outside of work, Anthony enjoys cooking, hunting and fishing. He lives in the Chandler area with his wife Sy and two sons, Mason and Miles.

Want to connect with Justin and the rest of our team? Shoot Austin a note at Anthony.Barker@avair.aero.

Please Welcome Justin Bendt


Justin has been a customer service professional since 2004 starting with Costco Wholesale in Issaquah Washington, and has been in the customer service field for over fifteen years.

Justin studied Programming and Business at Bellevue College in Washington State where he was born and raised.

Justin became part of a successful startup company out of Gilbert AZ in 2016 called Washmycar.com

In 2019 Justin became a certified personal trainer and coach at Azfitco, a crossfit and Olympic style lifting gym in Chandler where he enjoys helping people achieve their fitness goals.

Justin resides in South Chandler Arizona with his girlfriend Melissa and their dachshund Tucker.

Want to connect with Justin and the rest of our team? Shoot Austin a note at Justin.Bendt@avair.aero.

Please welcome Austin Kruge


I spent the first twenty years of my life growing up in a small town in New Jersey, relocating to Arizona in 2013.

Since I was a young child, I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors and spending as much time as possible fishing, hiking, etc. I also enjoy traveling the world, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people along the way.

My family is very small consisting of my father, who now lives in Arizona, an older brother in Pennsylvania and an older sister in New Jersey who just gave birth to her first child; my first nephew!

I sincerely love the aviation industry and being able to work closely with other professionals who share the same ideas and goals. I am very much looking forward to this new opportunity!

Want to connect with Austin and the rest of our team? Shoot Austin a note at Austin.Kruge@avair.aero.

AvAir Lands on 2019’s Prestigious “Inc. 5000” List


CHANDLER, Ariz. – AvAir is in the business of keeping planes in the air, and now, the Chandler-based aviation aftermarket parts provider has risen to the top of one of the most exclusive lists in modern business –– for the second time.

According to Inc., tens of thousands of companies have applied to the Inc. 5000 over the years, but only a small number have landed on the list more than once. In fact, only one in four companies have made the list two or more times.

On average, the companies on the list have grown sixfold since 2015 –– which is impressive given that the overall economy grew 12 percent.

“We’re of the mindset that strong company culture is what ultimately sets successful businesses apart from the rest of the pack, and we believe it’s our amazing workforce, combined with our clear vision for future growth, that’s helped us land this accolade,” said Mike Bianco, AvAir’s chief executive officer. “We’re extremely excited to be included in this prestigious list for the second time alongside so many other businesses we respect and admire.” Bianco, himself, is no stranger to recognition, having earned inclusion on Airline Economics’ recent “40 Under 40” list and a feature in AZBusiness’s “Thirty-Something” issue in 2018.

AvAir’s progressive growth is driven by delivering award-winning service to current and expanding clients while spearheading strategic acquisitions throughout the industry.

“While we’re always focusing on responsible growth, we’re also focused on maintaining a strong and reliable reputation in the aviation industry and seeking out new partnerships, as evidenced by our recent work on the Stratolaunch earlier this spring,” Bianco said, referencing AvAir’s assistance in supplying parts for what has since become the world’s largest aircraft. “It’s a careful balance, but it’s one we’ve managed to achieve, and we’re eager to make continued contributions to the aviation industry.”

To view the full list of this year’s Inc. 5000 businesses, check out https://www.inc.com/inc5000. For more about AvAir, check out AvAir.aero.


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 26 million parts and a growing presence 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.

Media Contact:

Ty Largo, ty@awecollective.com, 480-275-8888

Please Welcome Justin Mizel to the AvAir Team


AvAir is pleased to announce our newest hire, Justin Mizel, who joins our team as an Account Executive. Justin grew up locally in Arizona and studied Economics at Arizona State University. After graduating he spent three years traveling all over the globe overseeing events for Fortune 100 companies, associations, and conventions. After overseeing a few hundred events and thousands of guests later he went on to join the companies start up team where he spearheaded strategy, business development, and account management for one of the hottest emerging markets in live events called esports.

  • – Managing accounts and maintaining consistent communications with clients
  • – Catering to client needs and developing effective solutions
  • – Assisting with business development and the implementation of new marketing strategies

Want to connect with Justin and the rest of our team? Shoot Justin a note at Justin.Mizel@avair.aero.