Piedmont Aircraft Co. launches

Piedmont Aircraft Co. has opened in Winston-Salem, N.C., representing previously owned Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft.

Industry veteran Tom Mekis is leading the company as president and CEO.

Piedmont Aircraft Co. was recently part of Landmark Aviation, acquired when the Carlyle Group purchased and combined the assets of Piedmont-Hawthorne Aviation, Garrett Aviation Services and Associated Air Center under the Landmark umbrella in 2004. When Encore Aviation acquired the Landmark Aviation FBOs and previously owned aircraft business from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in 2008, Encore opted to focus on the FBOs, which presented Mekis- who had served as vice president of Landmark’s aircraft sales, charter, management and MRO divisions – with an opportunity.

“We have invested in a company that is really just a natural extension of a strong brand with a rich, deep, 65-year heritage,” said Mekis. “The firm name may be new but we will continue to serve our customers the way we always have – with integrity, dedication, honesty and, of course, specialized industry expertise.”

Joining Mekis as vice president of aircraft sales is another industry veteran, Jim Odenwaldt, as well as the entire team of aircraft sales professionals who have worked with Mekis and Odenwaldt for many years.

Piedmont Aircraft, with offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, N.C., and Leesburg, Virginia, offers turnkey pre-owned aircraft acquisition, management, financing and sales consulting. Piedmont’s core market is mid-size, turbine-powered Beech and Hawker aircraft.

For more information: 800-259-1940 or PiedmontAircraft.com.

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