A new business has moved into the Scottsboro Municipal Airport, and the owners are looking forward to growing and helping the area grow as well.
Chris Martin and Paul Jacobs opened Martin Aviation at the airport at the beginning of August. The business is a full service inspection and repair facility for piston and jet aircraft.
Both Martin and Jacobs have been involved with in business aviation and aircraft maintenance for a combined total of 25 years. Martin and Jacobs are both professional pilots, and Martin is a Federal Aviation Administration Certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with inspector authorization from the FAA. Martin is the Director of Maintenance, which consists of overseeing the quality control and all aspects of the maintenance performed.
Jacobs is the Director of Operations, which consists of overseeing all the marketing, finance and scheduling for the business.
Jacobs said they want to make sure all the aircraft that comes into their shop is safer and in better shape when it leaves the shop. He also said they want to get younger people involved in the aviation business.
They are working with technical schools, local high schools, Northeast Alabama Community College and Snead State Community College to try and set up an apprenticeship program. Jacobs said they hope to hire those people at Martin Aviation.
Director of the Scottsboro Municipal Airport Ty Towery said Martin Aviation would help the surrounding area as well as the airport. There are 28 to 30 planes based at the airport, and all of them need maintenance whether or not something is wrong with the plane.
Towery said there are not many aircraft maintenance facilities and not many mechanics in this area. Martin Aviation could bring in other people and their families to the area and could bring more business to local shops.
Jacobs said they are excited to be in the area and are looking forward to growing their business as much as possible. Martin and Jacobs are both from Northeast Alabama. Both are graduates from Auburn University and have been involved in aviation from an early age.