Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance was originally founded as Thoroughbred Helicopters in 1988. In 2005, Thoroughbred was acquired by RJ Corman Railroad group, and was subsequently renamed RJ Corman Aircraft Maintenance.

Joe Otte, formerly with Rocky Mountain Helicopters and Astar Aircargo, was brought on in 2009 to oversee the transformation of the company. In the years since, Joe has added Robinson R22 and R44 to the list of service centers, as well as adding the maintenance of general aviation aircraft. The company’s growth has been steady, and a multitude of new services have been added, including avionicsaircraft painting, refurbishments and a wide array of parts sales.

Joe Otte and his business partner, Todd Case, acquired the company in 2016 and proudly reinstated the Thoroughbred name. Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance now has locations at six separate airports, and provides mobile maintenance as well. They maintain aircraft from small Cessnas to corporate jets, and helicopters from the helicycle to an AS 365N3.

In April of 2018 Todd and Joe, through Thoroughbred Aviation, completed the acquisition of Mustang Aviation, which was located in Lexington, KY at LEX Bluegrass Field. With this acquisition Thoroughbread obtained a Cessna/Cirrus/Diamond service center and doubled their Avionics department’s staff and capabilities. In addition, Thoroughbred has met all requirements to become an approved Airbus service center, Tecnam service center, and Rotax service center.

Thoroughbred Aviation continues to grow in order to meet our customers’ needs. We remain operationally driven to ensure our customers retain the highest level of aircraft availability.

Our clients include private and corporate general aviation customers and private and corporate helicopter customers, primarily in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. We also have contracts with flight schools, governments, state troopers, police departments and sheriff’s departments in both Kentucky and Indiana. Many of our clients have written testimonials for us – please see below to read just a few of them.

Bring your aircraft maintenance needs to Thoroughbred Aviation; you can depend on us for excellent work and top notch service! Give us a call today for more information or to schedule your appointment.


Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance holds all of the following certificates. In addition to the items below, please see our FAA Ratings & Limitations and FAA Drug & Alcohol Document. To see a larger version of the certificates, simply click on each one.