A Word from the Owner
"Since I was a young child I've always enjoyed disassembling and reassembling motorized objects, starting from lawn mowers, bikes, and automobiles. I loved cars, so I started working as an auto mechanic at the age of 15. I've always been mechanically inclined". – Roy Ferguson
In 1979 my older brother, Jerry, left our hometown Huntington, West Virginia for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Under Mike Weinberg and Leo Bail, he worked in the aircraft salvage business for Solair. At the time, I was working in a local garage when Jerry called me to come down and apply as a mechanic for Solair. Solair needed more help, and Jerry needed a roommate. I was 18 when I started my first aircraft mechanic job with Solair, starting on the bench and then working my way up to traveling and tearing down aircrafts in Miami. I tore down 8 planes in total, and my final teardown was in Colombia tearing down a 727.
After returning to the U.S and my fourth year with Solair, I was offered and accepted a job as a mechanic with United Aviation Aerospace (UAA) under Ed Shanno and Joe Lemanski. After 4 years I moved up as chief inspector and then took over as shop manager. I took UAA from $135,000 to $350,000 a month revenue, achieving quick turn times and a rising customers' base. I had 25 mechanics working under me and dedicated 10 years of service to UAA.