Golfing, sunset Hawaiian BBQ on the beach, world-class attractions, and the roar of the world’s most powerful aircraft thundering overhead. If you love the world’s most spectacular aircraft as much as we do, then you won’t want to miss the world-famous Miramar Air Show Friday September 30th & Saturday October 1st in sunny San Diego. Leading Edge, the worlds largest aircraft painting company will be there once again, entertaining friends and family from its spectacular VIP chalet, and enjoying a fun-filled round of golf as part of its 15th annual Air Show Golf Tournament.
“In addition to the stunning displays, demonstrations and aviation excellence, this show is really about taking the time to thank the friends, family and clients that have played such a vital part of our success,” said Mike Manclark, CEO, LEAS. “We try to make this fun for the whole family, with everything from barbecues on the beach and trips to local attractions, to fully-hosted meals and runway seating at our VIP chalet. It’s definitely an event you won’t want to miss.”
“Simply put, you won’t find a better view of the Miramar Air show unless you’re flying in it,” added Manclark. “As the event’s longest-standing VIP supporter, our corporate chalet seats are the best in the house. We’re proud to share this unbeatable view with the people whose trust and loyalty has made Leading Edge the number one partner of choice for aircraft painting services.”
Due to popular demand, Leading Edge Aviation will once again be hosting its Annual golf Tournament at MCAS Miramar Memorial Golf Course while the air show rages on overhead. The shotgun-style tourney will once again feature a full bloody mary bar, complimentary breakfast and lunch along with awards.
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SANTA ANA, CA – Not even a global recession could stop Leading Edge Aviation Services Corp. (LEAS) from reaching its 9th consecutive quarter of growth. While airlines everywhere were busy shuttling passengers to their summertime destinations, Leading Edge was hard at work inking new contracts and making plans to substantially grow its overall capacity.
The world’s largest aircraft painting company, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, attributes the growth to a combination of competitive pricing, unmatched quality and a willingness to continually adapt in an industry that thrives on innovation.
“We continue to outpace our competitors because of our focus on building lifetime relationships with our clients,” said Mike Manclark, CEO, LEAS. “Making customers look good and getting things done right has always been our number one priority. In the past twenty years, we’ve built a rock solid reputation for going the extra mile. And in this business, those things make all the difference.”
With bookings currently at near capacity, Leading Edge is now eyeing places for expansion facilities, including locations throughout the South and Northeast. The timing is particularly important given that the company has recently inked contracts for an additional 45 aircraft from four major airlines – all of which will need to be completed by year’s end.
“We’re aggressively looking for new opportunities to grow our capacity from coast-to-coast,” added Manclark. “Bookings with military aircraft, fleets and specialty one-offs are all up, and will continue to rise over the foreseeable future. So we’re expanding to continually enhance our flexibility and convenience, something customers truly appreciate.”
About Leading Edge Aviation Services
Headquartered in Santa Ana, CA with facilities across the United States, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. is one of the most advanced, commercial aircraft services companies in the world. Specializing in commercial, private, and military aircraft painting, the company also provides a wide range of commercial services, including fuel system, mod-center support, contract labor, line-turn maintenance, composite and sheet metal, long and short-term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and strip and painting services to various branches of the United States Military. For more information, visit www.LeadingEdgeCorp.com.
As Leading Edge Aviation Services, the world’s largest commercial aircraft painting company ramps up capacity to meet its 2011 growth targets, it’s no surprise they’re looking for experienced people to help get them there. In fact, the company is now reporting plans to add nearly 200 employees – from aircraft painters to regulatory specialists and supervising staff – over the next 12-18 months to its facilities across America.
“There’s no question about it, we’re gearing up for significant growth both domestically and globally,” said Mike Manclark, CEO, LEAS. “In this business, we need the ability to deliver world-class service at the drop of a hat, even for the most demanding and challenging of jobs, We can’t do that alone. It takes a wide range of skilled and talented people. For anyone looking for long and rewarding careers, Leading Edge is the way to go. It’s never been more ripe with opportunity.”
About Leading Edge Aviation Services
Headquartered in Santa Ana, CA with facilities across the United States, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. is one of the most advanced, commercial aircraft services companies in the world. Specializing in commercial, private, and military aircraft painting, the company also provides a wide range of commercial services, including fuel system, mod-center support, contract labor, line-turn maintenance, composite and sheet metal, long and short-term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and strip and painting services to various branches of the United States Military.
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Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the largest aircraft painting company in the world, is continuing to celebrating its 20th Anniversary milestone with a customer appreciation event at the world-renowned Miramar Air Show in San Diego, CA. To mark the occasion, Leading Edge is rolling out the red carpet for the industry’s biggest VIPs at its exclusive Air Show chalet located right on the Miramar runway.
“Simply put, you won’t find a better view of the Miramar Air Show unless you’re flying in it,” said Mike Manclark, CEO, Leading Edge Aviation Services. “As one of the event’s longest-standing VIP supporters, we’ve got access to the very best seats in the house. It’s an honor to share them with the people, companies, and influencers who’ve made Leading Edge the de facto painting partner of choice for the world’s top airlines.”
Held from October 1-3, 2010 at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, CA, this year’s Miramar Air Show is themed “A Salute to Teamwork”, and features several exciting acts, including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Canadian Snowbirds, fighter aircraft demos, tanks, assault demonstrations and the Red Bull helicopter just to name a few. With the best location available, Leading Edge will entertain guests from around the world, providing its customers with a private flight line chalet, as well as catered food and beverage service.
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Santa Ana, CA – Mike Manclark knew he had it in him. While he fueled and moved airplanes at Orange County’s airport to earn a living, he watched as various companies serviced airplanes, providing painting and internal reconfigurations, maintenance, and fuel cell repair. Manclark realized he could provide these services, only better. Manclark then 19, borrowed $3,000 from his Dad and launched Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS). Says Manclark, “Everyone, and I mean everyone, thought I was crazy.”
Manclark started by detailing jets, including those of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. The company quickly grew as he applied three personal mandates: 1) never say no; 2) perform above expectations; and 3) hire the best employees you can. He quickly built a stellar reputation in the industry based on quality and dependable services. This past year, LEAS reported $42 million in sales, and it is now the world’s largest aircraft painting company in the world.
Manclark admits, however, that the profitability of projects is often difficult to judge. He applies several capital budgeting procedures to assess the attractiveness of projects. Some projects, but not all, yield sufficient payback and adequate returns. The key is being able to distinguish the profitable projects from those that are not. Manclark also makes managerial decisions that require difficult calls on what to scrap or not, what to buy, and what to pass on or process. In spite of these tough capital budgeting and managerial decisions, Manclark loves where he is. “I don’t do this for the money,” he says. “I do it for the love of airplane.” The money is not bad either; Manclark projects a record revenue growth of 25% through 2012. For that amount, many people would love airplanes.