|Montgomery Aviation began in 1945 on a newly formed dirt strip on a dairy farm six miles southeast of Montgomery, Alabama. Total assets of $15,000 included four small used trainer planes, a small building for an office, and the dirt/mud runways.
In 1946 Dannelly Field became available and Montgomery Aviation immediately started a second operation, moving all operations over to Dannelly Field two years later. From flight training and rental the activity progressed into charter and aircraft sales. Through the years, the company has served as a Beechcraft and Piper dealer, a Piper distributor, and has represented Taylorcraft, Swift, Cessna, Great Lakes, Ercoupe, and several other manufacturers.
Montgomery Aviation operates an excellent avionics facility, managed by Brooks Boothe. Longtime manager James Adams, has recently retired but still helps out on a part time basis. Bill Hindi manages the company's FAA Maintenance Repair Station, performing inspections and maintenance for most models of general aviation and corporate turbo-prop level aircraft.
One of the Flight Department's longest term employees is Ed Long. Ed is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the highest total time pilot in the world. Ed still flies each week. You can keep up with Ed's total time in the "Ed's Hours" section of our site. Part 135 Charter service and aircraft management is provided by Jim Mathis and his crews in turbine and piston aircraft.
Long-time customers will still find General Manager Carl Kuykendall in the office early each morning, and Customer Service Manager Steve Slocumb heading up a friendly customer service staff at the front office. Thirty year Line Service Supervisor Robert Hill, Jr. recently retired. In 1993, after a long relationship with another fine oil company, Montgomery Aviation joined the ranks of Exxon Aviation dealers, winning the Tiger Spirit Gold Award in 1994 and becoming an Exxon Avitat in 1996.