Keeping You Safe in the Air

Why choose Sweet Aviation for your aircraft service?

  • Our Philosophy. First and foremost, we believe in doing the right thing, which means no job is complete until you are 100% satisfied. That means safety, thoroughness, and transparent communication. We will empower you to be able to participate in the maintenance process, so you’re an informed, confident aircraft owner. We offer fair pricing on quality repairs that are done in a timely fashion, and we aim to exceed your expectations in every aspect of your service needs.
  • Our People. Our team of talented certified aircraft maintenance technicians is made up of avid pilots who are passionate about aviation and experienced on the ground and in the air.
  • Our Service. Before we even begin working on your aircraft, we want to understand your aviation goals and needs so that we can best serve you. We will evaluate the potential costs and will always obtain your authorization before making any repairs. Through detailed communication every step of the way, our highly trained staff is dedicated to getting you back in the air safely and conveniently.
  • Our Credentials. Our aircraft technicians have worked very hard over the past few years to become factory-trained experts when it comes to servicing Cirrus aircraft, and that hard work has paid off with an official endorsement from Cirrus. We are excited to be an Cirrus Authorized Service Center, providing you with top-notch maintenance services. Our extensive experience and training also applies to almost every make and model of aircraft, our team can work on just about anything with wings or rotors!
  • Our Location. Centrally located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, we’re easy to find and convenient to access.

Customized Aircraft Management Service

IMG_3470Aircraft ownership is more than just flying – it also includes consistent maintenance, including regular service, cleaning, and testing. That’s where our customized aircraft management service comes in to save you time. We provide an abundance of services as part of aircraft management and will tailor an aircraft management package specific to your needs. Call us today and let us help you save time and stay safe, legal, and worry-free.

Available services

  • Annual inspections
  • Regular aircraft cleaning and detailing
  • Maintenance record keeping
  • GPS database update service
  • Maintenance tracking
  • AD compliance
  • Recurrent flight training
  • Transportation (ferry) service to/from SMD for maintenance
  • Online aircraft scheduling for aircraft with multiple owners/pilots
  • Assistance with setting up planes for flights to Canada
  • Installing, servicing, and/or inspecting aircraft fire extinguishers

Convenient Overnight Heated Hangars

If you have a trip planned for the holidays or anytime this winter, park your aircraft in our heated hangar overnight. You, your passengers, and your aircraft will be glad you did! Pricing varies by the size of the plane, but below is a rough breakdown of what you can expect.

Pricing structure

  • Single-engine piston – $50/night
  • Multi-engine piston – $100/night
  • Turbine – $150/night

 

Our Team

  • Sean Barr

    Director of Maintenance, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    Sean is originally from the Detroit, Michigan, area. After graduating with honors from the US Air Force Academy with a BS in political science and a German language minor, he went on to serve 11 years on active duty as an Air Force special operations pilot. During that time, he logged over 2,100 hours of flight time, including over 1,000 hours of combat time over Iraq and Afghanistan. He flew C-130, AC-130, and PC-12 aircraft and earned a Bronze Star and 11 Air Medals. He later earned an MA in theological studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and spent two years pastoring a small church in Lynchburg, Virginia, while attending A&P school. After graduating first in his class from Liberty University’s aviation maintenance technician program, he earned A&P inspector authorization through self-study. Sean is married with four daughters, and in addition to his flight and theological interests, he also enjoys traveling, camping, hunting, and time with his family.

  • Russ Moriarity

    Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    Russ is a licensed A&P, having graduated from Ivy Tech’s aviation maintenance program in 2014. His unique experience spans over 100 years of aviation innovation — from a 1911 Curtiss Model D to brand-new Cirrus SR22T aircraft. As a factory-trained and CAPS-certified Cirrus technician, his experience inspecting, maintaining, and repairing Cirrus aircraft stands out in Northeast Indiana. He belongs to the Antique Aircraft Association (AAA) and the OX5 Aviation Pioneers, an organization dedicated to honoring those associated with the OX-5 engine, an early American liquid-cooled V8 engine introduced in 1915 that played a vital role in early military and civil aviation following WWI. In his free time, he collects and restores Curtiss OX-5 engines and components.

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  • Rob McKee

    Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    Rob started working as an apprentice mechanic at Sweet Aviation in 2014.  He is a certified A&P mechanic. Previously, he worked as a C & C machinist before pursuing his associates of applied science in aviation maintenance technology. He loves being part of Sweet Aviation and is excited to be a part of a company that has endless possibilities in the aviation community.

  • Steve Henry

    Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    Steve is in his 40th year of aircraft maintenance. He brings a wide variety of experience and expertise to our team, most recently as the aviation manager for Shuttleworth Inc. in Huntington, Indiana, for the past 20 years. Steve holds an A&P license with Inspection Authorization. Plus, he has earned aircraft single-engine land, multi-engine land, commercial, and instrument pilot ratings. Steve completed a BA in applied management at Trine University. He is also an aviation technology instructor at Ivy Tech Community College. When he takes a break from aviation, Steve enjoys motocross riding.

  • Blake Spurgeon

    Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    Blake received an A&P license from Baker’s School of Aeronautics, along with an AAS in aviation maintenance technology in the spring of 2015. After starting his career at SkyWest servicing the Bombardier CRJ200, he later joined Sweet Aviation to focus on smaller general aviation aircraft. Blake is currently attending IPFW for his BS in mechanical engineering technology and serves as starting goalie for the IPFW hockey team. As an avid outdoorsman, he also maintains membership with the school’s bass fishing team.

  • John Klotzle

    Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    John grew up in Southern California where he obtained his A&P certificate when he was 18. He began flying when he was 16 and eventually followed his dream of being a pilot to Purdue University where he went to flight school and obtained his commercial pilot certificate with single-engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. Along with being one of our aircraft technicians, John is also a commercial airplane pilot and a certified helicopter flight instructor.

  • Darrin Schwartz

    Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    Darrin grew up in Shipshewana, Indiana, and pursued an aviation career after early experiences flying radio control planes with his dad. He went to Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology, where he earned an A&P license. After graduation, he worked at TAS Aviation in Defiance, Ohio, a company that specializes in twin-engine Cessna aircraft. Darrin received Inspection Authorization in 2015 and his private pilot license in 2014. As a thrill-seeker, Darrin’s hobbies include roller coasters, sports, and flying his paramotor. He looks forward to being part of Sweet Aviation’s growth and development within the aviation community.

  • Greg Barker

    Certified Aircraft Mechanic

    Greg is a certified A&P mechanic with single-engine, multi-engine, commercial, and instrument pilot licensing. He completed a BS in aeronautical science at LeTourneau University. Greg has a broad range of aviation experience. He worked at Dynamic Aviation as an A&P/pilot for 7 years, spending several years in their ISR department flying and maintaining the King Air 90. He also worked at Flying Mission Services in Botswana, Africa, for three years. In Fort Wayne, he worked at Endeavor Air in the quality control department for a year maintaining the CRJ200. Other aircraft he has worked on through the course of his career include the Cessna 152, 172, 182, 207, and 210; the Beechcraft King Air 90 and 200; and the Boeing 737. In addition to his work with Sweet Aviation, Greg is also an aviation instructor with Ivy Tech.

  • Cody Worman

    Aircraft Mechanic

    Native to Northeast Indiana, Cody started his training in high school, where he received several American Welding Society welding certifications through Impact Institute in Kendallville, Indiana. As part of his training, Cody spent the summer before his senior year working as a maintenance technician and fabricator through an internship with Metal Technologies, Auburn Casting Center. After graduation in 2014, he enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College. Shortly after enrollment, Cody found a renewal of his childhood interest in aviation and began his flight training with Sweet Aviation. Cody is now a private pilot in pursuit of his instrument rating; he is also a powerplant rated aircraft mechanic, and he still uses his welding fabrication skills on occasion. After finishing his aviation maintenance technology degree through Ivy Tech in 2017, Cody hopes to become a certified flight instructor, in addition to a part-time aircraft mechanic.