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About Us

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

Sparkchasers Aircraft

Sparkchasers has a deep history in the aviation business that would be really difficult to expand upon comprehensively on this one page. The short version is that we founded our FAA licensed Part 145 repair station back in 1989 in a small T-hangar at 5W5, also known as, Triple W Airport in Fuquay Varina, NC. Later and as the business expanded, we moved to Johnston Regional Airport, where commercial facilities were available. We’re proud of our history, starting out humbly and clawing our way into the business that we are today.

We’ve won awards, performed installations that have won best of show at both OshKosh and Sun n’ Fun, made planes smarter, helped pilots fly safer, and even helped the State of North Carolina roll out the early stages of what is now known as ADS-B. We’re a small company with a super big heart for airplanes and pilots, and we strive every day to get better at what we do because we understand the importance of what we do.

Meet Our Team

Our staff of technicians and support personnel have more than 75 years of combined experience to work with the solution for your aircraft needs. We’re not the largest solution provider in the area, but we focus on quality and we’re easy to do business with. We believe that is why we have so much repeat business and why people come from good distances away to get work performed by us.

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Admin Team

Kristian is Marine Corps veteran who has a background as an avionics technician. Originally, Kristian started as a installer for Sparkchasers and is now seen around the shop speaking to customers about aviation. He enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys training for endurance races.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Kristian Butler

I have been in aviation for a little over 10 years, starting with Civil Air Patrol from 2011-2015, then getting my first job in aviation working the general aviation ramp at Signature Flight Support RDU from 2016-2019. I then moved down to JNX to work as an Avionics Technician at Sparkchasers. Outside at work, I like to fly a trusty old Cessna 150 down to the coast or maybe ride my motorcycle if it's warm enough.

AVIONICS SALES REP

Chris Grandin

My aviation career began 9 years ago, in 2012, when I first began working at Sparkchasers. The owners at the time needed help in the office, and they asked me if I would help out. I started with shipping/ receiving and inventory, and now I am currently the Office Manager for Sparkchasers. It has been an exciting experience to watch and be part of the company as it grows over the years. Little did I know when I first started working for Sparkchasers, I would acquire a second family.

FINANCE MANAGER

Nicole Adams

I have been actively involved in aviation since 2002. I was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol from 2002-2006. I got my first aviation job at JNX, working the ramp part-time. I moved to Greensboro in 2007 to attend Guilford Technical Community College to obtain my A&P. After graduating in 2009, I returned to Raleigh and worked for Signature Flight Support from 2009 to 2019, holding a management position during that time. In 2013, I began studying at Embry-Riddle Worldwide and obtained my B.S In Aviation Business Administration in 2017.

OPS COORDINATOR

Robert Rhew

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Technicians

BEHIND THE SCENES

The Technicians

Alex Carrier

Josh Beverly

Leon Jones

Nate Blackmon

Phil Bowers

Ryan Golden

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OUR LOCATION

Tour Our Facility

Sparkchasers offers a tour of their maintenance facility so that you can see the level of care and attention that goes into every upgrade. You’ll be able to see for yourself the high-quality work that we do, and you’ll know that your aircraft is in good hands when you choose Sparkchasers.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Our Partnerships

Welcome to Sparkchasers, the go-to aviation maintenance company for avionics upgrades. We know what it takes to keep your aircraft running safely and reliably, which is why we’re committed to providing you with exceptional service. From our world-class customer care, to our outstanding quality workmanship, everything that goes into an aircraft upgrade is done with you in mind, including our partnerships. It’s critical for us to maintain connections with firms and organizations that adhere to our exacting criteria and complement our own.

Sparkchasers is partners with Blue Line Aviation, Blue Line Technical Services, and Low & Slow Smokehouse at JNX Airport. Together we have created a destination hub where students can learn to become pilots, pilots can receive exceptional maintenance and trustworthy recommendations on upgrades, and the entire community can enjoy the delicious slow cooked meats and cold beverages while watching planes take off and land on the runway.

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