Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance Mobile and on-site parts and maintenance Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:51:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reattaching the Black Hawk Blades for Ground Runs & System Checks Wed, 16 Nov 2022 19:41:47 +0000

Reattaching the Black Hawk Blades for Ground Runs & System Checks

Have you ever seen the four massive blades of Black Hawk being reattached? It’s a pretty big endeavor!

Heavy D Sparks recently purchased a Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter and hired Thoroughbred Aviation to perform the aircraft inspections. Because of the time involved with the government auction, acquisition and final release of the aircraft, the Black Hawk had been sitting unused for 6 months. In order to transport the aircraft, the main rotor blades, tail rotor blades and horizontal stabilizer had been removed. Because we were not completely confident of the aircraft’s condition, the decision was made to reinstall all of these removed components in order to perform ground runs and operational system checks prior to the disassembly of the aircraft for the PMI 1 & 2 inspections. @HeavyDSparks 

Heavy D buys the Black Hawk:…

tay tuned to our channel as we show the steps involved in the PMI1 and PMI2 inspections of this four-blade, twin-engine utility military helicopter.

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The Blackhawk Project Has Begun! Tue, 21 Jun 2022 19:53:24 +0000
HeavyD asks Thoroughbred Aviation to help with its Blackhawk Project


HeavyDSparks of Diesel Brothers fame has started his latest project – and has brought Thoroughbred Aviation along for the ride! Our shop was chosen to get the helicopter back into prime flying condition, and we are so excited for the challenge.

HeavyD had very kind words to say about our CEO, Joe Otte, in his announcement video:

Joe Otte is, hands down, the best aviation mechanic I’ve ever met in my entire life. He owns a big outfit down in Kentucky called Thoroughbred Aviation. I trust Joe with my life, with my money, and with this whole project. The thing about Joe is — he is honest, is extremely smart, and has got a huge facility with an excellent staff that can figure out just about anything. They’re the guys I trust to do all of the work on the Blackhawk …

We will be helping with not only the maintenance required but also the required certifications and PMI1 and PMI2 inspections. Many thanks to HeavyDSparks for placing his trust in Thoroughbred Aviation!


Interested in the latest Thoroughbred Aviation t-shirts?

We’ve got our new Blackhawk-themed shirt, as well as many others, available in the store now!

MD Helicopters Service Center of the Year! Thu, 10 Mar 2022 21:44:49 +0000


DALLAS, TEXAS, March 8, 2022 – MD Helicopters, Inc . (MDHI) announced the winners of its 2021 Service Excellence Awards yesterday during the manufacturer’s Authorized Service Center briefing. The five awards are given to MD Authorized Service Centers based on performance and level of customer support throughout the previous year. Winners received a plaque and a generous parts and service credit with MDHI.

The 2021 Service Excellence Award winners are:

Most Improved Year Over Year
Ro-Wing Aviation, Inc. of Camarillo, Calif., for most improved sales.

Outstanding Support During Covid-19
Rotorcraft Support, Inc. of Fillmore, Calif., for their strong AOG support during a challenging time.

Solution of the Year
E.M. Heli-Logistics, Ltd. of Langley, British Columbia, Canada, for their outstanding C-Model support.

Service Center of the Year
Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance of Georgetown, Ky., for their recent service center expansion.

Eagle Award for Outstanding Sales Performance
Precision Aviation Group of Atlanta, Georgia, for their strong revenue growth in 2021.

“MD Authorized Service Centers and Distributors are an extension of MD Helicopters, delivering the strong customer service experience we demand, and our customers expect, every day,” says Nick Nenadovic, Vice President, Aftermarket and Customer Support at MD Helicopters. “It is an honor to recognize these five great companies, their organizations and their achievements, a small example of our global network who go above and beyond to keep our customers flying.”

About MD Helicopters, Inc.
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), is a leading rotorcraft manufacturer of American Made commercial, military, law enforcement, and air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world-renowned for its value, versatility, and performance. Commercial offerings include the MD 500E, MD 530F, MD 520N, MD 600N, and twin-engine MD 902 Explorer. The MD 530F Cayuse Warrior and MD 530G Attack Helicopter comprise the company’s high-performance military offerings. A key feature of the MD 902, MD 600N, and MD 520N is the innovative NOTAR® system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor – exclusively by MDHI to provide safer, quieter performance and confined-area access capability.

For more information about MDHI, visit


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We’re an Authorized Beechcraft Piston Service Center Thu, 10 Mar 2022 19:58:02 +0000
Authorized Beechcraft Piston service center

We are an Authorized Beechcraft Service Center.  Contact us for Beechcraft service, parts, sales or technical support.

For more details and parts requests, please visit our Aircraft Parts Page.

Our Blue Grass Headquarters Are Now Open! Thu, 10 Mar 2022 19:20:29 +0000

Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance Cuts Ribbon on New Headquarters at Blue Grass Airport

Company to add 47 jobs in Lexington with $800,000 investment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2021) – Yet another homegrown Kentucky company is expanding in the commonwealth, as today Gov. Andy Beshear congratulated Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance on the opening of its new consolidated headquarters operation at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport, a project creating up to 47 full-time jobs over the next three years with an $800,000 investment.

“Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance is a perfect example of how companies of all types can grow in the commonwealth,” Gov. Beshear said. “This company has operated in our state for more than 30 years and continues to grow and create quality job opportunities for our residents. I want to congratulate TAM on this new operation and thank its leaders for their continued commitment to Kentucky and our skilled workforce across multiple communities.”

Rocky Adkins, Gov. Beshear’s Senior Advisor, attended Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting at the new location, which will consolidate TAM’s existing presence at Blue Grass Airport, where it has operated since 2018 when the company acquired Mustang Aviation. TAM maintains and services all inbound and departing commercial flights in Lexington, currently employing 18 people. Company leaders expect the new operation to add 10 positions over the next 12 months, with target employment of 65 full-time staff members within three years. Jobs created by this project include aircraft technicians, sheet metal specialists, avionics and administrative positions. TAM recently partnered with Bluegrass Community & Technical College to capitalize on its apprenticeship program and create a local talent pipeline.

The company’s new headquarters at the Blue Grass Airport is in addition to locations in Richmond and the Big Sandy Regional Airport in Martin County, which opened in 2017. TAM also maintains a facility at the Huntington Tri-State Airport in West Virginia and on-call facilities in Danville and Somerset.


“Thoroughbred is excited about our consolidation and expansion at Blue Grass Airport,” said Joe Otte, vice president of TAM. “We are grateful for our partnership with Blue Grass Airport and Commerce Lexington, and the positive business environment they foster. We believe the greater amenities, business diversification and access to commercial flights will enhance our customers’ experience and help our business expand.”

Founded in 1988 as Thoroughbred Helicopters, TAM has grown to include maintenance of aircraft from small Cessna planes to corporate jets, and helicopters from the helicycle to an AS365 N3 Airbus medium utility helicopter. TAM provides avionics installation, repair and inspections, aircraft painting, interiors, airframe repair and other services for government aircraft and law enforcement agencies, as well as corporate and privately owned aircraft. In 2017, TAM secured two five-year contracts with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to upgrade and maintain two Airbus H120 utility helicopters, along with contracts with numerous other federal, state and local government agencies in Kentucky and surrounding states.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton noted the importance of TAM to the Blue Grass Airport, a vital part of the community.

“Blue Grass Airport and all of the services provided there, like the highly skilled maintenance work done by the technicians at Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance, are vitally important to our regional economy. The Airport helps us grow local jobs and attract new companies,” Mayor Gorton said. “TAM’s growth and the 47 new jobs the company is bringing here also means growth for our city. Congratulations!”

Bob Quick, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc., welcomed the company’s growth in the region.

“We are so excited to see the growth of Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance right here in Central Kentucky,” Quick said. “We appreciate their commitment to Lexington and the surrounding region, as they consolidate operations at Blue Grass Airport to create a variety of well-paying jobs. We enjoyed working with the Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance team on this expansion project and look forward to more great things in the future.”

TAM’s investment and planned job creation continues a recent wave of economic momentum in the commonwealth, as the state builds back stronger following the effects of the pandemic.

Last month, thanks to strong fiscal management by the Beshear administration, the state budget office reported the commonwealth ended the 2021 fiscal year with a general fund surplus of over $1.1 billion – the highest ever in the commonwealth – and a 10.9% increase in general fund receipts to $12.8 billion.

Year-to-date, private-sector new-location and expansion announcements include $2.65 billion in total planned investment and the creation of 5,800-plus full-time jobs across the coming years. Through July, Kentucky’s average incentivized hourly wage is $23.47 before benefits, a 6.2% increase over the previous year.

In May, Moody’s Analytics published a positive economic outlook for Kentucky, noting mass vaccination as the driving force behind a sustained recovery in consumer services. The state’s recovery, Moody’s said, benefited from earlier reopening efforts and increased demand for manufactured goods over services. The report also found Kentucky’s manufacturing industry outperformed the nation’s since the national downturn last year.

Fitch Ratings in May improved the state’s financial outlook to stable, reflecting the commonwealth’s solid economic recovery. The state’s April sales tax receipts set an all-time monthly record at $486.5 million, as did vehicle usage tax receipts at over $64 million.

In March, Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for 2020 positioned Kentucky atop the South Central region, and third nationally, for qualifying projects per capita. The commonwealth also placed seventh overall in total projects, the highest of any state with a population under 5 million. Site Selection also recently placed Kentucky in a tie for fifth in its 2021 Prosperity Cup rankings, positioning the state among the national leaders for business climate.

For more information on Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance, visit

A detailed community profile for Fayette County can be viewed here.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at, on Twitter @CEDkygov and LinkedIn.