Rotary Club invites local aircraft industry leader to speak

Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s Program Committee often selects, as keynote luncheon speakers, prominent business leaders from the growing number of international industries within our community.

Russell Ford addressing Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests.

Russell Ford addressing Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests.

At a recent meeting, held at The McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, Rotarian Mayor Jim Lane introduced Russell Ford, CEO of StandardAero, to the members and their guests. Mr. Ford provided an overview of StandardAero’s business of service, repair and maintenance of aircraft and helicopter engines, auxiliary power units and components, as well as, airframe services including major alterations.

The company, which can trace its roots back to 1911, has grown to a 1.7 billion dollar organization by acquiring small enterprises that are in the same or similar business. Mr. Ford pointed out that its major customers prefer to deal with a large reputable firm that can provide services around the world.

Because of its easy air access within Scottsdale Airport and Sky Harbor Airport, StandardAero picked Scottsdale for its international headquarters.

The minimum requirement for StandardAero is excellence in its work. All its maintenance personnel are certified and the organization must comply with strict FAA requirements.

When asked how they assure their high quality work, Mr. Ford stated that one way is to maintain records with the name of each individual who touches any part used in repair and maintenance operations. Another interesting part of its business is the retrofitting of aircraft for dignitaries and high-profile individuals.

The company will completely design and build interiors for musician celebrities and government leaders such as princes in the Middle East. They are bidding on refitting the interior of Air Force One. Through continued acquisitions, the company expects to more than double in size by 2020 by focusing on expanding its global capabilities.

Visit or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meetings, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.

Club’s Program Committee meet to plan upcoming programs.

Club’s Program Committee meet to plan upcoming programs.

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