Maintenance Services

At Smith Field Airport

Why choose Sweet Aviation for your aircraft service?

At Sweet Aviation, our philosophy of doing the right thing means no job is complete until you are 100% satisfied. Before we even begin working on your aircraft, we want to understand your aviation goals and needs so that we can best serve you. Then, we’ll offer fair pricing on quality repairs that are done in a timely fashion, and we’ll aim to exceed your expectations in every aspect of your service needs.

As the only Cirrus Authorized Service Center in Northeast Indiana, our factory-trained technicians know your aircraft inside and out. They are meticulous and transparent — triple-checking every detail and keeping you informed throughout the maintenance process to ensure you get back into the air safely and conveniently.

Cirrus Authorized


  • Cirrus Experts – Factory-Trained and Cirrus-Authorized
  • Annual Inspections
  • Pre-purchase Inspections
  • Personalized Maintenance Tracking
  • Propeller Balance
  • Oxygen Bottle Refills
  • Interior & Exterior Detailing

Ready to Schedule Your Service?

Call us at (260) 267-5505 to make an appointment.

Meet Our Maintenance Team

Sean Barr
Sean Barr, Director of Maintenance & Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Sean graduated with honors from the US Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s in political science and a German language minor. He went on to serve eleven years on active duty as an Air Force Special Operations Pilot, logging over 2,100 hours of flight time including 1,000 hours of combat over Iraq and Afghanistan. For his accomplishments Sean was awarded a Bronze Star and eleven Air Medals.

In addition to aircraft, Sean is also passionate about his faith and earned his master’s in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary while attending A&P school.

Sean enjoys spending time with his four daughters, as well as camping, traveling, and hunting.

Michael Brewer, Maintenance Coordinator

Michael attended Vincennes University in the aviation flight program. There, he received private, commercial, and instrument flight training. He only recently returned to the aviation industry after an exciting 18-year adventure in the live music industry. Now, being a part of Sweet Aviation, he gets to enjoy his passion for both music and flying.

Jeff Reid
Jeff Reid, Maintenance Admin Assistant

Jeff didn’t know it at the time, but seeing airplanes at an airshow would send him down a career path in the aviation industry. Growing up in the Midwest, Jeff would attend a university where he would receive two Associate of Applied Science degrees as well as a Bachelor of Science business degree. Jeff then joined the Air Force where he would serve six years and be deployed to the Middle East three times. At Sweet Aviation, Jeff handles the administration and logistics for the maintenance shop and plans to earn his pilot license soon.

Austin Scheiderer
Austin Scheiderer, Shop Foreman & Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Austin earned his A&P and commercial pilot certificates from the School of Missionary Aviation Technology and has had a career as an aircraft mechanic and flown aerial survey missions across the United States.

Austin later graduated from Ethnos360 Bible Institute with an associate’s in biblical studies. He and his wife, Katie, have have a daughter and hope to one day fly with Ethnos360 as overseas missionaries.

Eric Carranza, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Eric has been working with his hands from a young age, be it putting together model cars or lego sets. His first car was a gradation gift that he had to get running himself. After high school, Eric worked as a service advisor in the automatic industry servicing and repairing automobiles. After a few years, Eric enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College where he earned his A&P license. He complemented this by enlisting in 2018 where he would serve with the 122nd Fighter Wing located in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he worked on the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II.

In his free time, Eric loves spending time with his two children, his wife, and family.

Eric Faulkner
Eric Faulkner, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Eric grew up in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and after his enlistment in the US Army, he focused on aviation as his next passion and turned it into a career path. Specializing in avionics and aircraft electrical systems, Eric earned his A&P through his time on the job and completed the program at Bakers School of Aeronautics.

He and his wife have three children and one of them is a plane lover already. Outside of aviation, Eric enjoys riding his motorcycle and beekeeping.

Corey Flynn
Cory Flynn, Aircraft Detailer

Cory was born and raised in Fort Wayne Indiana.  As a young kid, he worked with his father pressure washing his commercial accounts. Ever since then, Cory knew he had a passion and attention to detail. He then started detailing vehicles and about two years into that, he became more intrigued by the dynamics of performing paint correction and protection. Along with Cory’s training and courses, he traveled to Atlanta, GA to become a Certified Detailer- Skills Validated, then to Irvine, CA to earn his Detailing Master Technician Training Course Certificate. He is an active member of the International Detailing Association as well.

Daniel Horney, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Daniel grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and left the area after enlisting in the Marine Corps. Towards the end of his time in the military, he married his wife, Elizabeth, as she was beginning her career in the US Army as a helicopter pilot. Elizabeth’s career moved them to Washington state where Daniel attended Clover Park Technical College during which time he was issued his airframe and power plant certificates and received his associate degree in aviation maintenance. After working in general aviation in Washington and Alabama, the Army moved them to South Korea where Daniel worked on UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Upon completion of Elizabeth’s military commitment, they moved back to the Fort Wayne area where Daniel began working at Sweet Aviation.

Carter Kelly, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Carter grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana but has lived in Florida, Kentucky, and Michigan. Growing up he was always interested in mechanical objects and spent his formative years working on his own vehicles and vehicles for friends. Carter became interested in flying and saw aircraft maintenance as a good stepping stone to get into the industry. After high school he attended Ivy Tech Community College where he attained Airframe and Powerplant Certificates.

In his free time Carter enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing video games, working out, and reading.

Jessica McQueen
Jessica McQueen, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Jessica brings 12 years of experience serving in the U.S. Army to her role as an aircraft mechanic for Sweet Aviation. She spent nine of those 12 years serving as a UH-60 Blackhawk mechanic and crew chief. At Fort Drum, she supervised a team of more than 60 mechanics, working on three different military helicopter airframes. She has no shortage of experience flying either, flying mission sets in Central America, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Japan.

Jessica received her A&P certificates in 2023. She is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in psychology. When not surrounded by aircraft, Jessica loves surrounding herself with her family and pets.

Brock Nafziger
Brock Nafziger, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Brock is from Archbold, Ohio and earned his A&P certificate from Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology. His passion for aircraft began in his early teens when Brock decided to pursue a career in aviation. He enjoys off-road adventures in his Jeep and spending time with family.

Andrew Rupert
Andrew Rupert, Certified Aircraft Mechanic

Andrew was hooked into aviation at an early age when his uncle purchased a flight for him and his brother in a New Standard D-25 at the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With that start, he graduated from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a Bachelors of Technology in Aviation Flight & Maintenance. While finishing his A&P Andrew worked as a part time flight instructor for the university.

In his free time Andrew enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Alicia. The couple is often found camping, hiking, or Kayaking.

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