Michael Elkaim, President, FLG Technics of Davie, FL opened their new business, FLG Teardowns, in Sebring Regional Airport’s Hangar 60 this past September.
FLG Teardowns will handle everything from aircraft parts distribution through dismantling, as well as materials recycling for unused parts. Says Elkaim, “Aerospace leaders are developing new strategies for management of end-of-life aircraft.”
As the international aerospace community continues its focus on environmental issues and landfill regulations mount, asset owners are looking for efficient, revenue building and environmentally sound methods for aircraft disposal. From parts distribution, to dismantling, through materials recycling, aerospace leaders are developing new strategies for management of end-of-life aircraft. Elkaim has capitalized on this very important aspect of the aerospace industry by opening a teardown facility at the Sebring Regional Airport.
Explains Elkaim, “With an estimated 12,000 aircraft retiring in the next two decades, aircraft recycling offers a broad range of opportunities for expanding aerospace business, while at the same time recycling the bi-products of aging aircraft.”
In the near future, with the support of Sebring Regional Airport (SRA) the new facility will include an aircraft-painting hangar, and full MRO of components and composites, landing gear, and Auxiliary Power Units,
Currently, Elkaim has an 18-24 month plan with the support of SRA, which includes the expansion of one of Sebring’s Runways to accommodate larger aircraft such as the B767 or A320. FLG plans to set up a heavy maintenance facility to support “C” and “D” checks on these aircraft in new state-of-the-art hangars. Required C&D checks are mandated by aircraft manufacturers and regulated by the FAA.
Elkaim is a 20 plus year veteran in aircraft parts repair and distribution. He started as a technical materials planner for a commercial airline in the 80’s and later moved into material sales from 1993 to 1998. In 1998, Elkaim started Flight Logistics Repair Group, recently renamed FLG Technics. Jose Rodriguez, an integral part of the FLG Teardowns team, also brings his considerable knowledge and expertise to this new venture. He has over 15 years experience in aircraft heavy maintenance, engine Boroscopes, engine removals and installation and performance runs.