Aircraft Maintenance Services expands operations to Richland County airport

The Jim Hamilton-LB Owens Airport is expanding its capabilities in aircraft maintenance and repair. Camden-based Aircraft Maintenance Services has relocated its headquarters to the airport.

Owens Field Airport welcomes Aircraft Maintenance Services to relocate its headquarters to the airport (photo provided).

Owens Field Airport welcomes Aircraft Maintenance Services to relocate its headquarters to the airport. (photo provided)

“It’s long been a goal of mine to return to CUB where I worked as a mechanic many years ago,” said owner Frank Schumpert. “I’m very pleased to be here and look forward to expanding our business lines to meet the demands of our many based and transient aircraft customers.”

The company is occupying a 10,000-square-foot hangar space to provide full service  maintenance and avionics to both piston and jet aircraft as an authorized Federal Aviation Administration repair station. Aircraft Maintenance Services also does some work on vintage military “war birds.”

“This move is a great enhancement to our airport,” said Richland County Airport Commission Chairman and pilot Don Purcell.

Schumpert has worked in aircraft maintenance since 1978 and started Aircraft Maintenance Services in 1994. The company is equipped to do certification and troubleshooting of aviation equipment, as well as conduct required FAA inspections of single engine, multi-engine and turbine aircraft. The company also is capable of repairing damaged landing gear and engines.

Schumpert was awarded FAA maintenance technician of the year in 1999. His service manager, John Koenig, received it the following year.

Aircraft Maintenance Services previously was at Woodward Field Airport serving Kershaw County. The company still will maintain some its operations in Camden. The Richland County Airport Commission and Richland County Councilman Greg Pearce led the efforts to bring the company to the county airport.

“It means more jobs in the community, more revenue flowing into Richland County from our airport and more robust aviation activity,” Greg Pearce said.

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