New repair station for the Caribbean


Bohlke International Airways, an award-winning FBO and charter fleet operator based on St Croix in the US Virgin Islands, has opened a new 14 CFR Part 145 repair station. This makes it the first company in the Caribbean to offer maintenance on the Astra IAI-1125 series, Cessna 400 series and Citation 550 aircraft, in addition to Astra SPX, G100 and King Air 200 series, and also PT-6A Hot Sections.

A family-owned and operated company, Bohlke was recently presented with a certificate by the FAA to authorize the station, 6TDR745C. The talented team includes Charles Freehling, a winner of the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, presented by the FAA in honor of Charles Taylor, the first aviation mechanic in powered flight. The Bohlke station will also have a mobile maintenance capability.

William Bohlke, president of Bohlke International Airways, said, “The 145 repair station can save plane owners and pilots from flying another 900-plus miles to Florida. We are proud to open this maintenance facility after many years of working toward this goal.”

Yomar Batista, chief inspector for Bohlke’s new repair station, added, “We hope to offer ADS/B installations and pilot static transponder testing over the next six months. In the future, we look forward to adding avionics and eventually the supplement to work on international planes.”

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