Wichita — After unveiling an upgraded version of its remanufactured Ascend 172 at this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Yingling Aviation has now created a dealer network for the airplane.
Air Orlando Sales at Orlando Executive Airport in Florida and Suburban Aviation at Suburban Toledo Airport in Ohio will sell the Ascend 172, as well as provide support to customers.
“Among the things we have learned during the past year, as AOPA toured the first Ascend 172 around the country, is that potential customers, especially flight schools and flying clubs, are looking for quick, responsive and local service providers and maintenance expertise that will keep their re-manufactured airplanes performing at peak efficiency,” said Lynn Nichols, chairman and CEO of Yingling. “They want easy access to, and a familiarity with the people who sold them the airplanes. The answer for that is, of course, to create a network of experienced and motivated professionals who share our same knowledge, training and standards, so we made that a priority, too.”
Founded in 1984, Air Orlando Sales is a Cessna Factory Authorized Service Center. It is also approved to provide service for Piper aircraft, including the Meridian and has recently expanded its service offerings to include Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron models, as well.
Suburban Aviation, which serves the greater Toledo, Ohio, area as well as Southeast Michigan, is a family-owned business that was also founded in 1984. The firm, which operates a Cessna Factory Authorized Service Station, offers on-site flight training, sales and service and, through its sister company, Eagle Flight Center at Willow Run Airport (KYIP), provides all of the flight instruction for Eastern Michigan University.