Line service technician Chisholm Drew, left, assists Hays Aircraft manager Chris Springer as they do service work on an aircraft in the shop and maintenance hangar.
Chris Springer, who has been manager of Hays Aircraft FBO (fixed base operation) for approximately two years, sums it up this way: “There’s no one on the (airport) field that we don’t touch.”
He is quick to note that inspection authorization is “mostly what we do — inspect aircraft. It is our goal to give everyone who comes in here the best service we can, to see them on their way.”
In addition to providing fuel services for both general aviation aircraft and the scheduled air carrier, Springer said Hays Aircraft has a contract to provide fueling services for military aircraft.
“That’s why you see so many military helicopters frequent the airport,” he said.
Hays Aircraft history
Hays Aircraft LLC began service in July 2003 and was purchased by Zach Crotts, also owner of Crotts Aircraft Service in Dodge City. It is family-owned and has been in business for more than 30 years.
Prior to the Crotts purchase, the FBO at Hays Regional Airport was known as Rich’s Air Service.
Springer is a native of Winona, Minn., while his wife, Michele, originally is from Baltimore. Both are U.S. Army veterans who met while serving in the military. The couple and their two children, Ashley and Jonathon, moved to Hays from Fairbanks, Alaska.
While in Alaska, Springer earned certificates for airframe and power plant (A&P) at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
With a new full-time flight instructor on staff and a complement of full general aviation services available, Springer looks to continued growth at Hays Aircraft.
He also serves on the airport advisory board.